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Wilhelmina A. Leigh, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Economic Security, Civic Engagement and Governance Institute

Wilhelmina Leigh has done work throughout her career in the areas of health policy, housing policy, income security/asset building, and labor market issues. While at the Joint Center, she has conducted health policy research about access to care, women's health, men's health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and child health disparities.  She has also analyzed asset building programs, the Social Security system, and  soft skills programs. Previously a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Dr. Leigh also worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Urban Institute, and the National Urban League Research Department.

Dr. Leigh has been an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) since 1996, and became a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute in 2012.

Select Published Works

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2010). African American Perspectives on the Social Security System: 1998 and 2009. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2010). Retirement Savings Behavior and Expectations of African Americans: 1998 and 2009. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2010). The 2008-2009 Economic Downturn: Perspectives of African Americans. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A., Ross, L.M., Wheatley, A.L., & Huff, D. (2009). Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 1: Predisposing Factors and Promising Practices in States Effective at Building Assets for Low-Income Residents. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2009). Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 2: State Comparisons. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2009). Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Black-White Disparities. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2009). Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Hispanic-White Disparities. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Wheatley, A.L. (2009). Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disparities (Executive Summary). Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Huff, D. (2007) Retirement Prospects and Perils: Public Opinion on Social Security and Wealth, by Race, 1997-2005. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. & Huff, D. (2006) Women of Color Health Data Book (3rd ed.) Bethesda, MD: NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.

Leigh, W.A. & Huff, D. (2006). The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Men of Color: Analyzing and Interpreting the Data. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A. (2004). Factors Affecting the Health of Men of Color in the United States. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Leigh, W.A., Coleman, K.D., & Andrews, J.L. (2004). Meeting the Workforce Development Needs of Community-Based Health Facilities: A Toolkit. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Leigh, W.A. & Andrews, J.L. (2002). The Reproductive Health of African American Adolescents: What We Know and What We Don't Know. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

 

Dr. Leigh's full biography can be found here.