Pamela A. Monroe, PhD

Professor; Lois Canulette & W.A. “Buster” Baker Alumni Professor

306 Huey P. Long Field House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1374



PhD, Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, 1985
MS, Family Studies, University of Kentucky, 1982
BS, Psychology, Francis Marion College, 1978

Brief Biography

Pam Monroe is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University where she has been on the faculty for 22 years. She holds the PhD in Child and Family Development with a concentration in Public Policy, from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, Dr. Monroe served as a policy analyst for the Louisiana House of Representatives, Health and Welfare Committee. She is past-president and is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

Dr. Monroe is engaged in numerous activities related to poverty elimination in Louisiana and the Mid-South Delta region of the United States. She leads the Louisiana Poverty Initiative; is the state leader of the Family Impact Seminars, a series of non-partisan educational seminars for policy makers; and she is Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Child Poverty Prevention Council, a state anti-poverty task. Dr. Monroe’s current focus in research and community engagement is a multi-state project called “Turning the Tide on Poverty.” The project is designed to foster civic engagement on solutions to poverty in low-wealth rural communities. Most recently, the project has been expanded to a partnership with Entergy Louisiana for the Istrouma School Zone Initiative, and will grow in the future along with the new Baton Rouge Achievement Zone initiative.

Selected Publications

Chaney, C. & Monroe, P.A. (2011). Transitions to Engagement Promoting Marriage among Low-Income, Cohabitating African-American Couples: A Family Perspective for Policy. Journal of Family Issues, 32,(5), 653-678. DOI 10.1177/0192513X10390860

Monroe, P.A. (2011). Review of Evidence-Based Policymaking for Journal of Marriage and Families, 73, 687-689.

Monroe, P.A. (2009). Self-sufficiency as a developmental notion. Report, Winter, Vol. 54.4, F-5-6.

Holton, F., Ellis, R., Kosma, M., Cherry, K. E., Allen, P. D., Monroe, P. A., & Wood, R. H. (2009). Predictors of ADL disability in culturally diverse older adults.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 2(3): 202-214. Available at:

Vlosky, D.A., & Monroe, P.A. (2009). A Study of Participatory Development in a Community Project in Honduras. Social Development Issues: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Research Collaborations.

Marks, L.D., Hopkins, K., Chaney, C., Rayburn, A., Sasser, D., & Monroe, P.A. (2008). “Together, We’re Strong”: A Qualitative Study of Enduring African-American Marriages. Family Relations, 57, 172-185.

Family Impact Seminar Briefing reports, 2010, 2011, 2012, available at

Selected Presentations

Monroe, P.A. “Innovations in the Battle Against Poverty.” Master Session given at the 2012, 2011, and 2010 NSW-LA annual meetings, Baton Rouge, LA March 22.

Monroe, P.A. “State and Federal Anti-Poverty Initiatives.” Presentation given at the 2012 LANO Public Policy meetings, Baton Rouge, LA March 8.

2011 – Organizer and presider, panel on families’ response to natural disasters. Annual meetings of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando FL Nov. 15-18.

2009 – Invited participant and discussant, “Reducing Poverty: Assessing Recent State Policy Innovations and Strategies.” Emory University, Atlanta GA. Nov 19-20.

2009 – Invited participant, panel on the future of poverty research, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family annual meetings, Chapel Hill, NC, June 7-11.

O’Neil, C.E., Perez, M.S.G., Monroe, P.A., & Guarino, A. The Perception of the Louisiana Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program’s Ability to Improve Diet and Other Lifestyle measures of Participants. Paper delivered at the 2009 5th Central European Congress on Food, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, May 19-22.

Monroe, P.A. “Vision for the Louisiana Poverty Center.” Presentation made as part of a panel organized by Timothy Smeeding and including S. Danziger, R. Haskins, J. Iceland, & M. Waters entitled "From Mollie Orshansky to Hurricane Katrina: Population perspectives on 40 years of poverty and anti-poverty policy for families and children." Population Association of America 2008 annual meetings, New Orleans, LA, April 17.

2008 – Lead organizer and presider, Mid-South Delta Region Poverty Summit, with funding support from Southern University-BR, Southern Rural Development Center, LANO, and USDA-ERS. Convened a 2-day summit of poverty researchers from institutions including the USDA-ERS, Cornell University, Syracuse University, Pennsylvania State University, Mississippi State University, Washington University, University of Kentucky, CLASP, RAND, MDRC and state and regional practitioners and non-profit organizations, at Lod Cook Center, Baton Rouge, LA.

2008 – Organizer and presider, panel on proposed changes in the federal poverty measure and the related national and regional poverty centers. Annual meetings of the National Council on Family Relations, Little Rock, AR Nov. 5-8. Also, served as paper discussant for a separate panel at the same meeting.

2008 – Invited participant, national conference on the Economics of Obesity held at Lod Cook Alumni Center, Baton Rouge LA.

Monroe, P.A. “Unanswered Questions about Poverty.” Presidential Address delivered at the 2006 annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 11.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Monroe, P.A. (2011; 2009; 2008). Proposals to the LSU Graduate School to support Economic Development Assistantships for doctoral student to work with Entergy Adopt-a-School project, Istrouma School Zone Initiative; also with the Poverty Data Clearinghouse. Funded 3 assistantships @ $100,000 each for 4 years; total funding $300,000.
Monroe, P.A. (2011 – 2012). Istrouma School Zone Initiative/Turning the Tide on Poverty. Funded by Entergy Louisiana as part of their Adopt-A-School program:$74,000.

Monroe, P.A. (2010-2012). Family Impact Seminar funding from the Kellogg Foundation through the University of Wisconsin Policy Institute for a series of four seminars on Vulnerable Children, $72,000.

Co-Organizer, Working Environments Workshop (with funding and support from OxFam America and the Rockefeller Foundation) November, 2010

Monroe, P.A. (2008 – 2011). Turning the Tide on Poverty, multistate poverty project, research and civic engagement, organized through the Southern Rural Development Center at MS State Univ. Funded: $4000 (+ expenses) for pilot year; additional funding for data collection in 2011.

Monroe, P.A. (2010). Family Impact Seminar: Connecting Business to Innovative Strategies for Poverty Reduction: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew Center on the States:$15,000.

Monroe, P.A. (2009). Louisiana Parenting Education Network, assessment and instrument development. Funded: $10,000 (6/09-7/09).

Monroe, P.A. (2009-2012). Capital Area Human Services District, data analysis. Funded: $5,000 (4/09). Contract extended to full project management and support for doctoral graduate assistant, $20,000 (9/09-5/10). Contract re-issued for data analysis and evaluation, $14,500 (3/12-8/12).

Monroe, P.A. with King, V. (2008). Proposal to the Frost Foundation to support establishing a statewide poverty data clearinghouse. Funded: $150,000 (6 years).