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“Dr. Carmela DeCandia is without doubt one of the strongest, most effective, and most tireless advocates of vulnerable families in the U.S., especially for families that struggle with housing instability. Her advocacy and consultation is solidly grounded in the latest research on child development, family psychology, and homelessness; furthermore, she actively contributes important work to this base of knowledge. Dr. DeCandia’s early background in direct services drives her passion for families and her ability to provide “real world” expertise as a consultant.” Mary Haskett, Ph.D. Professor, North Carolina State University

In The News

Services Matter

HAPHousing in Springfield, MA hosted a panel discussion, “Services Matter: How Housing and Services Can End Family Homelessness” led by Dr. Carmela DeCandia of The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth in Boston.

On September 16, 2016 Dr. DeCandia accepted the Antioch New England Alumni Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award. DeCandia was recognized for her unwavering commitment to social justice and for decades of work to improve research, practice, and policies for the nation’s most vulnerable children and families, and the organizational systems that serve them. Read more at:

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Dr. DeCandia discusses the importance of play and fitness for homeless children and supports Kettlebells4kids! Watch the video on WCVB Channel 5 news.

Homeless Women Aren’t Getting
The Mental Health Support They Need
& This Is The Cost

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re shedding a light on the true story of homeless women across America. From the untold circumstances that brought it on, to the lack of trauma care given to them, the odds are stacked against these women. The topic: A look at the struggles homeless women with mental illness face — and how we can help them.

Podcasts and Videos

June 2016   Congressional Briefing on Family Homelessness and Child Well-Being on Capitol Hill

Scholars and advocates joined with the American Psychological Association to present the most up to date evidence on ways to address improve outcomes and child well-being for families experiencing homelessness. Based on the 2017 special edition publication of Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, five panelists presented. Listen to Dr. DeCandia present on Assessing Families Experiencing Homelessness: Towards a New Framework.  The entire congressional briefing can be viewed here.

May 2016   Doris Duke Fellowship webinar

Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D. & Jenna Montgomery Amrstrong, MA, presented a webinar on the need for integrated housing and services to address family homeless. They reviewed the state of the evidence and concluded with implications for research, practice, and policy This webinar was delivered to fellows of the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. DeCandia serves as a policy mentor on child & family homelessness for Ms. Armstrong, a doctoral student studying the impact of an evidenced based parenting program for homeless families at North Carolina State University. The full webinar can be accessed here:

Dec. 2015 Trauma in the Lives of Vulnerable Children and Youth.

Podcast Center for Social Innovation, Changing the Conversation series.

October 2015 Dawn Jahn Moses Memorial Lecture – Sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation

November 2014 Huffington Post- Panel on Child Homelessness

A report by the National Center on Family Homelessness reveals that one in every 30 children in the U.S. is homeless, with families making up 37% of the homeless population. How and why are we failing to address the needs of homeless families?

April, 2014 Panel discussion about the future wellbeing of New York City’s homeless children. Hosted by Women in Need (WIN) at WNYC.

The Real Face of Homelessness: Breaking the Cycle for NYC’s Children in Shelter