Name: Dr. John (Jay) K Bainbridge
Title: Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration
Office Location: Dyson 310
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2941
Degrees Held:

Columbia University, School of Social Work
Ph.D. in Social Policy, May 2002

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Master of Public Administration, May 1991

Cornell University
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, January 1987


Before joining Marist College in Fall 2009, Jay Bainbridge was Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Research at the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Dr. Bainbridge contributed to a variety of major initiatives at DHS, such as the evaluation of the agency's then-new prevention programs, the writing of two reports on the health of the homeless, and the designing and running of the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE), New York City's annual street count involving thousands of volunteers and city workers. Prior to his work at DHS, Jay worked as a researcher and consultant for a number of organizations including the National Center for Children in Poverty, the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Child Care Action Campaign. Jay has a bachelor degree in Mathematics from Cornell University, and both a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctorate in Social Policy from Columbia University. He has also taught research methods, statistics, policy analysis, and social welfare policy at such institutions as Columbia University, Barnard College, and New York University.

Dr. Bainbridge’s research applies statistical and research methods to public sector problems. His current research focuses on trends, causes and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless, and he continues to consult on homeless services policy and planning for national and international cities.  Working with Bloomberg Associates, he recently guided the first systematic street counts internationally in Mexico City, Bogota, Paris and Athens.   

He has published in reputable journals such as the American Journal of Public Health on topics related to homelessness prevention, aging of the homeless population, and the health of the homeless.


Awards & Honors:

Columbia University Public Policy Consortium Fellowship, 2000-2001

MacArthur Network on Families and the Economy Research Grant, 1998-2001

Columbia University School of Social Work Research
Assistantship, 1998-2000

Columbia University SIPA Teaching Assistantship, 1990-1991


Journal Articles

Bainbridge, J., Carrizales, T. (2017). Global Homelessness in a Post-Recession World. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 24(1).

Bainbridge, J., Melitski, J., Zahradnik, A. G., Lauria, E., Jayaprakash, S., Baron, J. (2015). Predicting At-Risk Students in Online Public Affairs and Administration Education. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21(2), 247-262.

Shinn, M., Greer, A. L., Bainbridge, J., Zuiderveen, S., Kwon, J. (2013). Efficient Targeting of Homelessness Prevention for Families. To appear in American Journal of Public Health, 103(S2), S324–S330.

Culhane, D. P., Metraux, S., Byrne, T., Stino, M., Bainbridge, J. (2013). "The Age Structure of Contemporary Homelessness: Evidence and Implications For Public Policy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Carrizales, T., Bainbridge, J. (2013). International Sanitation Management and Performance Measurement:  Taking out the Trash. To appear in International Journal of Public Administration.

Culhane, D. P., Metraux, S., Byrne, T., Stino, M., Bainbridge, J. (2013). Aging Trends in Homeless Populations. Contexts, American Sociological Association, Sage Publications, 12(2), 66-68.

Metraux, S., Eng, N., Bainbridge, J., Culhane, D. (2011). The Impact of Shelter Use and Housing Placement on Mortality Hazard for Unaccompanied Adults and Adults in Family Households Entering New York City Shelters: 1990-2002. Journal of Urban Health, 88(6), 1091-1104.

Kerker, B., Bainbridge, J., Thorpe, L., Marder, D., Kennedy, J. (2011). A Population-Based Assessment of the Health of Homeless Families in New York City, 2001-2003. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 546 - 553.

A. Levitt, D. Culhane, J. DeGenova, P. Quinn, and J. Bainbridge. Health and Social Characteristics of Homeless Adults in Manhattan Who Were Chronically or Not Chronically Unsheltered. Psychiatric Services, July 2009.

C. Henderson, J. Bainbridge, K. Keaton, M. Kenton, M. Guz, and B. Kanis. The Use of Data to Assist in the Design of a New Service System for Homeless Veterans in New York City. Psychiatric Quarterly, December 2007.

K. Harknett, I. Garfinkel, J. Bainbridge, Tim Smeeding, Nancy Folbre, and S. McLanahan. Are Public Expenditures Associated with Better Child Outcomes in the U.S.? A Comparison Across Fifty States. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, December 2005.

J. Bainbridge, M. Meyers, S. Tanaka, and J. Waldfogel. Who Gets an Early Education? Family Income and the Enrollment of 3- to 5-Year-Olds from 1968 to 2000. Social Science Quarterly, September 2005.

J. Bainbridge, M. Meyers, and J. Waldfogel. Child Care Reform and the Employment of Single Mothers. Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 84 Issue 4, Page 771, December 2003.

Other Reports and Publications

Bainbridge, J., Nayowith, S. (2016). In Frances Brennan (Ed.), Social Work: Finding Real Solutions to Real Problems. New York, NY: Helen Rehr Center for Social Work Practice.

Contributor to A Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, September 2006.

B. Kerker, J. Bainbridge, W. Li, J. Kennedy, Y. Bennani, T. Agerton, D. Marder, L. Torian, B. Tsoi, K. Appel, A. Gutkovich. The Health of the Homeless Adults in New York City. A report from the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Homeless Services, December 2005.

J. Bainbridge. Who Supports Children in the U.S.? Dissertation, February 2002.

J. Bainbridge and I. Garfinkel. Private and Public Supports for Children by Income Quintile. Columbia University School of Social Work manuscript, March 2001.

G. Richardson, J. Bainbridge, and A. Collins, A Bridge to Independence: Making Transitional Child Care Work in Nassau County, Child Care Action Campaign, 1995.

J. Bainbridge, A. Collins, and N. Aron, A Long and Winding Road: Child Care for Families Moving from Welfare to Work in New York City, Child Care Action Campaign, 1995.

J. Bainbridge and G. Richardson, The Head Start/BEGIN Blueprint, Part I: The Policy Choices Defined, Child Care Action Campaign, 1995.

R. Miller and J. Bainbridge, Spatial Analysis of the Jewish Population in the New York Metropolitan Area, Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1994.

J. Bainbridge, New York Redistricting Advisory Committee Report, "Analysis of Proportional Representation and School Board Membership in Relation to Voting Age Population," and "Update of Proportional Representation Analysis: the Correlation of Registered and Parent Voters with Community School Board Representation,� NYC Board of Education, 1994.

J. Meier and J. Bainbridge, SpaceMax: Opening Schools to the Community, Fund for the City of New York, 1993.

N. Rankin and J. Bainbridge, Making Public Dollars More Effective: Strategies for Community-Based Senior Services in New York City, New York City Department for the Aging, 1993.

J. Ukeles and J. Bainbridge, Public Space for Public Life, A Plan for the 21st Century, Chapter V., Governance and Management, The Parks Council and Central Park Conservancy, 1993.

J. Meier and J. Bainbridge; Downsizing 110 Livingston Street: The Budget for the Central Headquarters of the New York City Board of Education, The City Project, 1992.

J. Ukeles and J. Bainbridge, An Operations Plan for Central Park, The Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, 1992.

Research Interests:

Dr. Bainbridge�s current research interests include trends, causes and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless and to the effects of prevention services on families at risk of homelessness.