Mary Clare Lennon has spent much of her career examining the relationship between gender, socioeconomic status, and health problems. Her recent work has focused on the health and well-being of low-income women and children. She is codirector of the Health and Society Research Group at the GC’s Center for Human Environments and the associate editor of the journal Sociology of Mental Health. The coeditor of Policy into Action: Implementation Research and Welfare Reform (2003) and editor of Welfare, Work, and Well-Being (2001), she also has contributed to several other books that examine the mental health of low-income women. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the American Journal of Sociology as well as in public health journals.
For the last three years Lennon has been a visiting fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Education. She is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Population Research Center. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and a visiting research collaborator at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and the Center for the Study of Child Wellbeing. She has received significant grant funding from several organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Science Foundation. Lennon earned a B.A. in sociology from Fordham University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, as well as an M.S. in biostatistics, from Columbia. She was formerly professor of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and director of social science research at Columbia’s National Center for Children in Poverty.