Senior Research Associate, Economic Security
Wilhelmina Leigh has done work throughout her career in the areas of health policy, housing policy, income security/asset building, and labor market issues. While at the Joint Center, she has conducted health policy research about access to care, women’s health, men’s health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and child health disparities. She has also analyzed asset building programs, the Social Security system, and soft skills programs. Previously a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Dr. Leigh also worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Urban Institute, and the National Urban League Research Department.
Dr. Leigh has been an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) since 1996, and became a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute in 2012.
Dr. Leigh taught at Harvard University, Howard University, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University, and has been an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1996. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University and her A.B., also in economics, from Cornell University.