Dr. Culhane studies homelessness and housing policy. His research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness, including expansions in supportive housing for people who are chronically homeless, and housing stabilization programs for people at-risk of homelessness.
Dr. Culhane co-directs the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory (CML), which applies spatial data and spatial analysis tools to the study of how the social and built environments influence health and behavior, particularly in an urban context. The CML collaborates with researchers at seven of Penn's schools, with projects as diverse as obesity prevention, gun violence, early school success and youth development. The CML has also played a key planning role in support of the University's West Philadelphia initiatives.