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Andrew Foell, PhD

Assistant Professor


Building & Room:

4246 ETMSW


1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office Phone:



Dr. Foell’s research agenda focuses on issues of housing and community development. His current research includes examining housing relocation and interorganizational partnerships in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI), housing stability in HUD’s Family Unification Program (FUP), and consequences of community violence exposure for youth living in public housing. Dr. Foell has several years of practice experience in the areas of youth homelessness, school social work, community development, and program evaluation.

Professional Interests:

Housing and Community Development Policy
Mixed-Income Community Development Initiatives
Urban Poverty and Low-Income Populations
Organizational Partnerships and Collaboration
Community-Engaged and Mixed-Methods Research

Teaching Experience:
SocW 519 Practice III Organization and Community Practice

Selected Publications


Fowler, P. J., Foell, A., Rufa, A. K., & Schoeny, M. (2023). Moving to Problems: Unintended Consequences of Housing Vouchers for Child Welfare-Involved Families. Cityscape, 25 (1), 215-235.

Enelamah, N., Lombe, M., Yu, M., Villodas, M.L., Foell, A., Newransky, C., Smith, L., & Nebbit, V. (2023). Structural and Intermediate Social Determinants of Health and the Emotional and Behavioral Health of US Children, Children 10:7, 1100, DOI: 10.3390/children10071100

Foster, K. A., Davis, B., & Foell, A. (2022). Innovations to Photovoice: Using Smartphones and Social Media, Urban Affairs Review, DOI: 10.1177/10780874221100263

Foell, A., & Foster, K. A. (2021). “We Roll our Sleeves up and get to Work!”: Portraits of Collective Action and Neighborhood Change in Atlanta’s West End, Urban Affairs Review, DOI:10.1177/10780874211027848

Villodas, M.L., Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Yu, M., Foell, A., McCoy, H., Enelamah, N. (2021). Assessing the Neighborhood Cohesion Index Among African American Adolescents Living in Public Housing: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research, DOI:/10.1086/716084

Foell, A., Pitzer, K. A., Nebbitt, V., Lombe, Yu, M., Villodas, M. L., Newransky, C. (2021). Exposure to Community Violence and Depressive Symptoms: Examining Community, Family, and Peer Effects among Public Housing Youth, Health & Place, 69, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102579

Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Pitzer, K.A., Foell, A., Enelamah, N., Chu, Y., Yu, M., Newransky, C., & Gaylord-Harden, N. (2021). Exposure to Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Among Youth in Public Housing, Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities, 8:1, 264-274, DOI: 10.1007/s40615-020-00780-0

Foell, A. & K. A. Pitzer. (2020). Geographically Targeted Place-Based Community Development Interventions: A Systematic Review and Examination of Studies’ Methodological Rigor, Housing Policy Debate, 30:5, 741-765, DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2020.1741421

Foell, A., Purnell, J. Q., Barth, R., Witthaus, M., Murphy-Watson, T., Martinez, S., & Foley, M. (2020). Resident-led Neighborhood Development to Support Health: Identifying Strategies using CBPR, American Journal of Community Psychology, 66:3-4, 404-416, DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12441

Book Review

Foell, A. (2018). [Review of the book On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods, by Paul C. Brophy (ed)]. Journal of Urban Affairs, Published Online, DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1470869

Foell, A. (2016). [Review of the book Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form, by Kathleen M. Blee]. Journal of Community Practice, 24(1), 109-111. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2016.1129237

Foell, A. (2016). [Review of the book A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse, by K. Animashaun Ducre]. Community Development, Published Online, DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2016.1230306

Other Publications and Reports

The Nature Conservancy and United States Forest Service. (2022). Nature’s Impact on Human Health Action Guide, Vibrant Cities Lab. Available at:

Foell, A. and Foster, K. (2021). Place Attachment Fosters Collective Action in Rapidly Changing Urban Neighborhoods, Urban Affairs Forum. Available at:

Foell, A. (2020). Addressing the Social Determinants of Health with CBPR, Society for Community Research and Action Featured Research. Available at:

Chun, Y. and Jabbari, J. and Nandan, P., Foell, A., & Grinstein-Weiss, M. (2020). Who Relocates, Where Do They Move, and Why?, Social Science Research Network. Available at:

For the Sake of All & Grace Hill Settlement House. (2018). College Hill Neighborhood Solutions: A community-driven initiative, Health Equity Works Program Reports. Available at:

Editorial Reviews
American Journal of Community Psychology
Health and Social Care in the Community
Journal of Community Psychology
Journal of Health and Place
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research


AA, Ozarks Technical Community College
BSW, Missouri State University
MSW, University of Minnesota
MPP, University of Minnesota
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Memberships

Association for Community Organization and Social Action
Community Development Society
Society for Social Work and Research
Society for Community Research and Action
Urban Affairs Association