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John A. Kirlin

Assistant Deputy Director for SNAP Research

John Kirlin is the Assistant Deputy Director for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Research in ERS' Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP). His research interests are in the areas of program evaluation, research design, the impacts of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems, consumer decisions regarding program participation and food purchasing, and nutrition education.

Prior to joining ERS, John was at the Office of Research, Nutrition, and Analysis (ORNA) at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service where he served as ORNA's project director for the WIC Special Project Grants program and designed and managed several evaluation projects. Prior to coming to USDA, John directed a number of evaluations of food assistance programs while a senior associate at Abt Associates Inc., including an Assessment of WIC Cost-Containment Practices and several evaluations of EBT pilot demonstrations for the Food Stamp Program.

John has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University.

Selected Publications:
John A. Kirlin et al. Report to Congress: The Nebraska Rural Area Eligibility Determination Pilot for the CACFP, USDA, FNS, July 2008.

John Kirlin, Nancy Cole, and Chris Logan. Assessment of WIC Cost-Containment Practices: Final Report, E-FAN-03-005, USDA, ERS, February 2003.

John Kirlin and Chris Logan. Effects of EBT Customer Service Waivers on Food Stamp Recipients: Final Report, E-FAN-02-007, UDSA, ERS, June 2002.

John Kirlin, Nancy Cole, William Adam and Charles Pappas, Feasibility Study of Capturing Food Data at Checkout, USDA, FNS, September 1999.

John Kirlin and William Adam, Food Stamp EBT Systems and Program-Eligible vs. Non-Eligible Food Items: Report to Congress, USDA, FNS, August 1998.

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