Vicky Albert

Professor, Social Work
Expertise: Welfare policies and programs, Social policy


Vicky Albert’s research focuses on welfare policies and programs. Over time, her research branched out into other fields that intersect with welfare, including child welfare and immigration. Much of Albert’s research evaluates the consequences of social policies for families with children from an aggregate or macro perspective. 

In 2010, Albert began her collaboration with Ron Haskins, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Their project, titled “The Responsiveness of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to the Great Recession,” was funded by The Pew Charitable Trust as part of the Economic Mobility Project.

Albert’s other publications include books and articles on welfare benefit levels and families’ economic well-being, states’ decisions to set welfare benefit levels, welfare financial incentives, and aggregate movements to and from welfare. She wrote Welfare Dependence and Welfare Policy: A Statistical Study (sole author, Greenwood Press, 1988) and From Child Abuse to Permanency Planning (Co-author, Aldine de-Gruyter, 1994). 

Albert was a professor at The Ohio State University and has been teaching at University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Social Work since 1998. 


  • D.S.W., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S.W., University of Illinois, Urbana
  • B.S.W., University of Illinois, Urbana

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Articles Featuring Vicky Albert

Research | October 3, 2014

How well did the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program respond to the Great Recession? UNLV and Brookings Institution researchers take unique approach to the analysis.

Research | August 13, 2014

UNLV professor Vicky Albert and Brookings scholars find in new report that safety net programs with work requirements during recession prevented 20 million from falling into poverty.