Faculty and Staff

Poverty Center Staff (1)



Claudia Coulton, PhD, Co-Director

Distinguished University Professor, Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research

216.368.2304. claudia.coulton@case.edu


rob_fischer_0986Robert Fischer, PhD, Co-Director

Research Associate Professor

216.368.2711. fischer@case.edu


David Crampton, PhD, Associate Directordavid_crampton_1089

Associate Professor

216.368.6680. david.crampton@case.edu


Mark Chupp, PhD, Assistant Professor

216.368.5157. mark.chupp@case.edu


Joseph_Mark_29Mark Joseph, PhD, Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Associate Professor

216.368.3426. mark.joseph@case.edu


FranciscaBanner2Francisca Richter, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

216.368.8686. francisca.richter@case.edu


Elizabeth Anthony, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

Senior Research Associate

216.368.2734. elizabeth.anthony@case.edu




Research and Programming Staff

Tsui ChanProgrammer/Analyst

216.368.2321. tsui.chan@case.edu

Tsui Chan, BS in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University, is a Programmer/Analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Her responsibilities include developing and designing databases, analyzing data using SAS and other software packages, conducting spatial analysis and mapping, and managing the Center’s servers. She also maintains the databases for the Center’s online neighborhood information system (NEOCANDO) and provides data to support Center’s research projects and program evaluations.


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Youngmin Cho, PhD in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center. His research interests focus on the effects of poverty and neighborhood disadvantage on child and family well-being, the relationship between parental employment and work-family conflict, and risk and protective factors contributing to child and adolescent development. His current work involves the evaluation of social interventions by applying a longitudinal integrated data system.


Eamon JohnsonPostdoctoral Scholar

216.368.3188. eamon.johnson@case.edu

Eamon Johnson, is a post-doctoral scholar who received his PhD in computer science from Case Western Reserve University in 2016.   He uses his deep background in software, networking, and databases to guide the design, build, and maintenance of the Center’s web-based data services.


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Haenim Lee, PhD in Social Work from Boston College, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Her program of research seeks to investigate pathways to child and adolescent health of multi-generational families, and community-based intervention research related to reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations, including families and children.

Meghan Salas AtwellSenior Research Associate

216.368.1875. margaret.salasatwell@case.edu

Meghan Salas Atwell, PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University, joined the center in 2016 as a Senior Research Associate. Her research uses integrated data to evaluate programs aimed at alleviating the effects of poverty on individuals and families. Prior to joining the center, Meghan worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Urban Institute examining issues relating state and local government fiscal health and the criminal justice system. During her graduate work she investigated educational outcomes of immigrant students in Florida.


Research Associate, Analyst/Programmer

216.368.0206. michael.schramm@case.edu

Michael Schramm, MA in geography from Syracuse University, is a Research Associate and Analyst/Programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is extensively involved in the development and maintenance of the Center’s neighborhood information system, NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). He also assists the community on a continuing basis with data and GIS mapping and conducts regular training sessions on how to use the NEO CANDO as a tool for social change. Michael’s research interests include: lending and foreclosure patterns, vacant properties and neighborhood revitalization. Michael’s expertise on foreclosure, subprime mortgages, and other real property data have been extensively utilized by the Neighborhood Stabilization Team sponsored by Neighborhood Progress, Inc, the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program as well as the newly established Cuyahoga County Land Bank. He is also active in the local foreclosure and vacant property dialogue through VAPAC (Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council) and has presented at numerous national meeting and conferences on these topics. Beginning in July 2010, Michael took on an additional role as the Director of IT and Research at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, but continues to be associated with Case and NEO CANDO in an advisory role.

Research Associate

Stephen Steh, MS in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University, MA in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, is a Research Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. He is involved in data management, improvement, and upkeep of the CHILD system. He also aids in the creation and analysis of integrated data sets at the center.

April UrbanResearch Associate

216.368.3390. april.urban@case.edu

April Urban, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, is a research associate with a passion for building Cleveland’s capacity to use data to solve civic problems. April oversees the Poverty Center’s NEOCANDO data tools, aids in research and community consultation on projects related to the built environment, and often works with community groups seeking the Poverty Center’s help in using community indicators in their work. She is the Poverty Center’s liaison to the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership at the Urban Institute and served on the Executive Committee from 2016-2018. She is the co-creator and co-lead organizer of Data Days CLE, and is a part of the Cleveland Civic Tech and Open Data Collaborative.