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Sylvia Twersky

Sylvia Twersky

Assistant Professor of Instruction


Ritter Annex, 9th Floor
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office: 215-204-9316
Fax: 215-204-1854


  • PhD, Rutgers University School of Public Health
  • MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine


Sylvia Twersky, MPH, PhD has been a faculty member in public health at Temple University since 2005 where she concentrates on issues of policy as they intersect with health outcomes. Her research focuses on immigrant and refugee families, particularly looking at healthcare access and outcomes for U.S. citizen children in these families. She studies the impact of state and local laws and policies on access to social safety net services such as Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP benefits for these vulnerable groups. Dr. Twersky also looks at functional needs groups, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emergency preparedness both in terms of emergency management planning and response as well as individual level preparedness. She applies econometric methods to look at large data sets and qualitative methods to explore these issues within local communities and at the state level. 

Research Interests

  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Emergency Management
  • State Laws
  • Health Policy