Faculty

Akin, Becci
Assistant Professor
785-864-2647
Twente Hall, Room 303

Research interests include long term foster care and children with severe emotional disturbance, foster care and the use of psychotropic drugs and psychotropic drug use among Medicaid recipients. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on three federally-funded demonstration projects.

Brook, Jody
Associate Professor, Director of Center for Children & Families
785-864-8554
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270

Substance abuse across the lifespan, child welfare, family drug courts, substance abuse prevention, community substance abuse strategies, mixed research methods

Carlson, Juliana
Assistant Professor
785-864-9026
Twente Hall, Room 104

International organizational practices to engage men in gender-based violence prevention; formal support of new and expectant fathers to reduce child exposure to domestic violence; economic and social justice for families.

Johnson-Motoyama, Michelle
Associate Professor
785-864-2378
Twente Hall, Room 311

Community based approaches to child maltreatment prevention; immigration and child welfare; evidence informed practice in organizational settings.

Kapp, Stephen
Professor
785-864-2269
Twente Hall, Room 206

Juvenile justice, agency-based program evaluation including outcome-oriented program management and consumer-based input.

Assistant Professor
785-864-0147
Twente Hall, Room 115

Social consequences of the availability, distribution, and use of psychoactive substances; substance use behaviors among parenting populations; the role of parent substance use in child welfare decision-making; and racial/ethnic disparities within the child welfare system.

Lieberman, Alice
Professor, Chancellor's Club Professor of Teaching
785-864-8957
Twente Hall, Room 302

Social work education in child welfare; workforce issues in child welfare; generalist social work education pedagogy.

McDonald, Thomas
Professor
785-864-8959
Watkins Home, Room 213B

Child welfare and children's mental health; research methods and statistical analysis; service delivery; use of information systems in policy and practice decisions.

Mendenhall, Amy
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research
785-864-4792
Twente Hall, Room 207

Children’s mental health including serious mental illness, service utilization, parent and child education and the impact of mental illness on children and their families.

Petr, Christopher
Professor
785-864-8963
Twente Hall, Room 102

Policy and practice issues in child mental health and child welfare; family-centered practice; professional-consumer relationship.

Williford, Anne
Associate Professor, PhD Program Director
785-864-8969
Twente Hall, Room 305

Understanding characteristics associated with bullying and peer victimization among children and adolescents, and identifying strategies to prevent such behaviors in school settings.

Zinn, Andrew
Assistant Professor
785-864-8946
Twente Hall, Room 202

Child maltreatment and child protective services; foster family care and adoption; juvenile court outcomes; service needs and outcomes of adolescents and young-adults; research methods and statistical analysis.


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