Andrew Fenelon
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 3310B
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Andrew Fenelon is a sociologist and demographer studying health disparities, population health, policies and health, and methods. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Dr. Fenelon's research has examined race/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in health in the United States, immigrant health and mortality, and cigarette smoking's impact on US life expectancy. Dr. Fenelon's current research addresses the effects of HUD housing assistance on health, health care access, and neighborhood attainment in the US using the recent linkage of HUD administrative records to the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This work highlights the significant health and economic benefits of receiving housing assistance and demonstrates the potential for social policies to leverage the social determinants of health to reduce health disparities. Dr. Fenelon's work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Demography, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs and JAMA among other outlets. He is also a faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.

Education and Training

PhD., Sociology and Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2012     

A.M., Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

B.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Honors and Awards

NICHD – R21-HD095329-01. "Residential Characteristics and Child Health and Well-Being”
Role: Principal Investigator

NIA – F31-AG039188-01. National Institute on Aging National Research Service Award (F31), Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship. “The impact of cigarette smoking on mortality: a population based approach.”
Role: Principal Investigator


Fenelon, Andrew and Boudreaux, Michel (2019) “Life and Death in the American City: Men’s Life Expectancy in 25 Major American Cities from 1990 to 2015” forthcoming at Demography.

Fenelon, Andrew, Slopen, Natalie, Boudreaux, Michel, and Newman, Sandra J (2018) “The Impact of Housing Assistance on the Mental Health of Children in the United States” Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Boudreaux, Michel, Fenelon, Andrew, and Slopen, Natalie (2018) “Misclassification of Rental Assistance in the National Health Interview Survey: Evidence and Implications” Epidemiology

Slopen, Natalie, Fenelon, Andrew, Newman, Sandra J., and Boudreaux, Michel (2018) “Housing assistance and child health in the United States: A systematic review” Pediatrics

Filion, Nicole*, Fenelon, Andrew, and Boudreaux, Michel (2018) “Immigration, Citizenship, and the Mental Health of Adolescents” PLoS One.

Fenelon, Andrew (2017) “Rethinking the Hispanic Paradox: the Mortality Experience of Mexican Immigrants in Traditional Gateways and New Destinations” International Migration Review. 51(3): 567-599

Simon, Alan, Fenelon, Andrew, Helms, Veronica, Lloyd, Patricia C. and Rossen, Lauren (2017) “HUD Housing Assistance Associated with Lower Uninsurance Rates and Unmet Medical Need” Health Affairs. 36(6): 1-10

Fenelon, Andrew, Mayne, Robert P., Simon, Alan, Helms, Veronica, Lloyd, Patricia C. and Rossen, Lauren, Sperling, Jon, and Steffen, Barry (2017) “Housing Assistance Programs and Adult Health in the United States” American Journal of Public Health. 107(4): 571-578.

Fenelon, Andrew, Chinn, Juanita, and Anderson, Robert (2017) “A Comprehensive Analysis of the Mortality Experience of Hispanic Subgroups in the United States” SSM-Population Health. 3: 245-254

Fenelon, Andrew and Sabrina Danielsen (2016) “Leaving My Religion: Understanding the Relationship Between Religious Disaffiliation, Health, and Well-Being” Social Science Research. 57: 49-62

Fenelon, Andrew, Chen, Li-Hui, and Baker, Susan P. (2016) “Major causes of injury death and the life expectancy gap between the United States and other high-income countries” Journal of the American Medical Association. 315(6): 609-611

Ho, Jessica and Andrew Fenelon (2015) “The Contribution of Smoking to Educational Gradients in U.S. Life Expectancy” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 56(3): 307-322

Fenelon, Andrew and Laura Blue (2014) “Widening Life Expectancy Advantage of Hispanics in the United States: 1990 – 2010” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 17:1130-1137

Sullivan, Allison R. and Andrew Fenelon (2014) “Patterns of Widowhood Mortality” Journal of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences. 69B(1): 53-62

Fenelon, Andrew  (2013)  “Geographic Divergence in Mortality in the United States”  Population and Development Review. 39(4): 611-634

Fenelon, Andrew (2013) “An Examination of Black/White Differences in the Rate of Age-Related Mortality Increase” Demographic Research. 29: 441-472

Fenelon, Andrew (2013). “Revisiting the Hispanic Mortality Advantage in the United States: the role of smoking” Social Science & Medicine. 82: 1-9.

Myrskyla, Mikko and Andrew Fenelon (2012) “Maternal Age and Offspring Adult Health: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study” Demography. 49(4): 1231-1257.

Fenelon, Andrew and Samuel H. Preston (2012). “Estimating smoking-attributable mortality in the United States” Demography. 49(3): 797-818

Blue, Laura and Andrew Fenelon. (2011) “Explaining Low Mortality among US Immigrants Relative to Native-Born Americans: The Role of Smoking” International Journal of Epidemiology. 40(3): 786-793

Gurven, Michael and Andrew Fenelon (2009) “Has actuarial aging “slowed” over the past 250 years? A comparison of small-scale subsistence populations and European cohorts.”  Evolution. 63(4): 1017-1035