Christal G. Hamilton

Christal Hamilton is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the impact of socioeconomic inequality on vulnerable groups and the role of public policy in reducing existing socioeconomic disparities or increasing social mobility. She is particularly interested in young adults and immigrants. In her current position, Dr Hamilton examines the changing circumstances of young adults and experiences of hardship around the birth of a child. She also works with CPSP researchers to evaluate the impact of the extended CTC. She received her PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri in July 2021.

Research Interests

Adolescent / Young Adult Developmental Transitions
Health Inequities
Immigrant Health
Policy (Policies)
Social Policy
Social Stratification


American Community Survey (ACS)
Administrative Data (State or National)
CPS (Current Population Survey)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)