Dr. Despard’s academic focus is on the financial security of lower-income families and on the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving these families. He is currently conducting research on the outcomes of a large scale tax-time savings experiment and on the promise of employer-based financial wellness programs in partnership with colleagues at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also working on research concerning summer youth employment; the relationship between access to and use of financial services and household financial outcomes; and the capacity and financial health of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.
Ph.D. and M.S.W. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University