A major challenge facing the United States is to create thriving communities that enable low- and moderate-income families to lead lives with a reasonable degree of stability, support and resources to take care of their basic needs, find satisfaction in life and raise and educate their children successfully. It seems likely that a truly adequate response to this challenge will rest on multidisciplinary research on finances, physical and mental health, employment, housing, child development and education, community well-being, political access and representation, and environmental sustainability.

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Research from 2019

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Segregation and a Path Forward to Inclusion in St. Louis, Henry S. Webber

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Who Will Help Children? Building Brain Regimes, William F. Tate IV

Research from 2018

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Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States, Michael McLaughlin and Mark R. Rank

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Hypermobility and Educational Outcomes: The Case of St. Louis, Molly W. Metzger, Patrick J. Fowler, and Todd Swanstom

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St. Louis's “Team TIF”: A Community–Academic Partnership for Tax Incentive Reform, Nay'Chelle Harris and Molly W. Metzger

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The Relationship Between Cigarette Taxes and Child Maltreatment, Michael McLaughlin

Research from 2015

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American Indian/Alaskan Native College Dropout: Recommendations for Increasing Retention and Graduation, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, and Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

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Creating a Just and Inclusive America, Xavier Briggs

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Evicting Victims: Reforming St. Louis's Nuisance Ordinance for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Nava Kantor and Molly W. Metzger

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Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Michael Sherraden

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From Mass Incarceration to Smart Decarceration, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Matthew W. Epperson

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Housing and Child Well-Being, Kate Marcal and Patrick J. Fowler

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Impact of Stranger Violence and Intimate Partner Violence on the Grades of American Indian/Alaska Native Undergraduate College Students, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Jacob Perkins, and Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

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Impact of the Academic-Social Context on American Indian/Alaska Native Students’ Academic Performance, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf and Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes

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Patterns of Housing Voucher Use Revisited: Segregation and Section 8 Using Updated Data and More Precise Comparison Groups, 2013, Molly Metzger and Danilo Pelletiere

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Residential Mobility During Adolescence: Even "Upward" Moves Predict High School Dropout, Molly W. Metzger, Patrick J. Fowler, and Bennett Kelberman

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The Right to Stay Put: City Garden Montessori School and Neighborhood Change, Janine Bologna, Nava Kantor, Yunqing Liu, and Samuel Taylor

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The University, the Community, and Race, Larry Davis

Research from 2014

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New Measures of Economic Security and Development: Savings Goals for Short-Term and Long-Term Economic Needs, Yunju Nam, YungSoo Lee, Shawn McMahon, and Michael Sherraden

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Rebound Neighborhoods in Older Industrial Cities: The Story of St. Louis, Hank Webber and Todd Swanstrom

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Section 8 in the St. Louis Region: Local Opportunities to Expand Housing Choice, Molly Metzger

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Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility, Marion G. Crain and Micahel Sherraden

Research from 2011

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Social Ecological Constraints to Park Use in Communities With Quality Access, J. Aaron Hipp, Ravikumar Chockalingam, and Deepti Adlakha

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Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Participation in People With Aphasia: A Qualitative Approach, Elisa Garcia and Lisa Tabor Connor

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Understanding Geographic Variations in Bmi in India, Ravikumar Chockalingham, Ramesh Raghavan, Jyotsna Agrawal, Gyanesh Lama, Hor Yan Angel Lai, and Guatam Yadama

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"We Try to Create the World That We Want": Intentional Communities Forging Livable Lives in St. Louis, Joshua Lockyer, Peter Benson, Daniel Burton, LeeAnn Felder, Danielle Hayes, Erica Jackey, and Alysa Lerman

Research from 2010

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Estimating the Life Course Dynamics of Asset Poverty, Mark R. Rank and Thomas A. Hirschl