Lauren A. Hall, PhD


School Affiliation

School of Social Work


  • Income support programs (e.g., TANF, SNAP)
  • Public sector outcomes measurement
  • Equity considerations in social policy


Dr. Hall (she/her) currently serves as the Assistant Research Director of the Family Welfare Research and Training Group at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW). She has 15 years of experience supporting evidence-based policy- and decision-making through research, and translating data into accessible deliverables. Broadly, her experience is in the social policy and higher education policy spaces, with specific expertise related to TANF, SNAP, access to higher education, measuring outcomes across diverse populations, public sector performance management, and equity considerations in performance management. In her role at SSW, she provides the Maryland Department of Human Services with research and analytic support related to the state’s TANF and SNAP caseloads. She is currently the principal investigator for a mixed methods, comprehensive evaluation of Maryland’s TANF program, evaluating program design, policies, and processes, with a focus on equity and best practices. Lauren completed her graduate training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), receiving an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Public Policy with an Evaluation and Analytical Methods concentration.

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This information was last updated October 13, 2023.