Kristin Lupfer, MSW

Kristin Lupfer, MSW, is a Program Area Director at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) where she provides management and oversight of personnel, budget, and task timelines and is responsible for coordinating and managing all projects within the Housing and Income Supports Program Area. Additionally, Ms. Lupfer is the Project Director for SAMHSA’s SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) TA Center. She is the co-author of SOAR Online Course Increases Capacity for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities in the US. (Frontiers in Public Health, 2016) and An Evaluation of SOAR: Implementation and Outcomes of an Effort to Improve Access to SSI and SSDI (Psychiatric Services, 2016) and numerous SOAR TA Center publications. Ms. Lupfer is the Program Manager of SSA’s Analyzing Relationships Between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program and is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Technical Assistance Point of Contact for Continuums of Care (CoCs) in Region 10. Ms. Lupfer earned her MSW at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her previous experience includes work as a Supported Employment Specialist and caseworker assisting people with disabilities who were experiencing homelessness in New York City and Atlanta.  In addition, she has conducted research and data analysis with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Prior to joining the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, Ms. Lupfer was the Director of the PATH-funded Georgia SOAR Program. Ms. Lupfer oversees all aspects of the SOAR TA Center, including delivery of onsite TA, development of the SOAR Online Courses, supervision of staff, development of new materials and technical assistance to SOAR states on strategic planning, collaborations, funding, sustainability, and implementation.