Allison Zippay (PhD, University of California, Berkeley), is Director of the PhD Program and Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Her research areas encompass community planning and community practice, and the ways in which place and social connections affect life prospects, including economic opportunity and social service utilization, for various subgroups of the poor. Dr. Zippay received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the ways in which communities and service agencies plan and locate psychiatric housing. This research identified 'geographies of opportunity' that promote social and community inclusion, and factors associated with community opposition to special needs housing. Other research examines resource mobilization and employment among low-income groups. Dr. Zippay has served as Associate Dean for Curriculum, and was a participant in the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education. She teaches graduate courses in the areas of policy and management. She is a recipient of the Rutgers University Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Courses Taught

  • Qualitative Research
  • Methods (PhD program); Social Welfare Policy and Services I (MSW):
  • Program Development and Strategic Planning (MSW)

Selected Recent Publications


Zippay, A. (1991). From middle income to poor: Downward mobility among displaced steelworkers. NY: Praeger.

Journal articles, monographs, and book chapters

Jang, S.J., & Zippay, A. (in press). Managing work-life conflict and work-life balance. Families in Society.

Speer, P., Peterson, A., Zippay, A. & Christens, B. (in press). Mixed-methods study of civic engagement. In Roberts-DeGennaro, M., & Fogel, S. (Eds.), Empirical support for community intervention. Chicago: Lyceum.

Zippay, A., & Lee, S. (2008). Neighbors' perceptions of community-based psychiatric housing. Social Service Review, 82(3), 395-417.

Zippay, A., & Thompson, A. (2007). Psychiatric housing: locational patterns and choices. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(3), 392-401.

Zippay, A. (2007). Psychiatric residences: Notification, NIMBY, and neighborhood relations. Psychiatric Services, 58(1), 109-113.

Zippay, A. & Rangarajan, A. (2006) Child care 'packaging' among TANF recipients: Implications for social work. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 23(1).

Zippay, A., Rangarajan, A. (2005) How mothers see fathers. In J. Berrick & B. Fuller, & I. Sawhill (Eds.). Good parents or good workers? How policy shapes families' daily lives. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Zippay, A. (2005) In-depth interviewing; and reprint of Dynamics of income packaging. In L. Alexander and P. Solomon (Eds.). The research process in the social services: Behind the scenes. Wadsworth Publishing.

Speer, P. & Zippay, A. (2005). Participatory decision making among community coalitions. Administration in Social Work, 29(3).

Rangarajan, A., Haimson, J., Rosenberg, L., Strong, D., Wood, R., & Zippay, A. (2005). Moving clients into self-sufficiency: Summary of findings from the WFNJ evaluation. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

Zippay, A., & Rangarajan, A. (2004). In their own words: WorkFirst New Jersey clients talk about family, work, and welfare. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zippay, A. (2002). The dynamics of income packaging. Social Work, 47(3), 291-300.

Zippay, A. (2001). The role of social capital in reclaiming human capital. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 28(4), 99-120.

Zippay, A., & Rangarajan, A. (2001). Struggling to make it: Voices from the New Jersey WorkFirst Program. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zippay, A. (1999). Establishing group housing: Community outreach methods. Administration in Social Work, 23(2), 33-46.

Zippay, A. (1997). The changing dynamics of community resistance to group homes. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 22(1), 37-44.

Zippay, A. (1997). Trends in siting strategies. Community Mental Health Journal, 33(4), 301-310.

Zippay, A. (1995). The politics of empowerment. Social Work, 40(2), 263-7.

Zippay, A. (1995). Expanding employment skills and social networks among teen mothers: Case study of a mentor program. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work, 12(1), 51-70.

Zippay, A. (1995). Tracing behavioral changes among discouraged workers. Psychological Reports, 76, 531-543.

Zippay, A. (1994). The role of working class women in a recessionary economy. Affilia, 9(1), 30-44.

Zippay, A. (1993). The effects of advance notice on displaced manufacturing workers: A case study. Labor Studies Journal, 18(1), 43-57.

Zippay, A. (1993). Should community organizers operate with the tactics of earlier generations? In M. Austin & J. Isaac Lowe (Eds.), Controversial issues in communities and organizations. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Chavis, D., Speer, P., Resnick, I. & Zippay, A. (1992). Building community capacity. In R. Davis, A. Lurgio, & D. Rosenbaum (Eds.), Drugs and the community. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Zippay, A. (1992). Corporate funding of human services agencies. Social Work, 37(3), 210-215.

Zippay, A. (1991). Job training and relocation experiences among displaced industrial workers. Evaluation Review, 15(5), 555-569.

Zippay, A. (1990). The limits of intimates: Social networks and economic status. The Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 15(1), 75-95.

Zippay, A., & Bluestone, P. (1990). Experiment in intra-organizational coordination. Administration in Social Work, 14(4), 103-116.

Zippay, A. (1988). California's Commitment to Prevention: From idea to statute. In N. Gilbert, J. Berrick, N. LeProhn, & N. Nyman. Preventing child sexual abuse. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.