Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an associate professor at The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Her primary interest lies in community-based strategies to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable Latino children and families. Dr. Johnson-Motoyama has been involved in child welfare research, administration, and practice since 1994, and has worked with child welfare agencies in Illinois, Hawaii, and California to support the translation of research into practice. Her work has been supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund and the Society for Social Work and Research.
Rebecca Gillam, LMSW, Ph.D., is an Assistant Director with the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research. Dr. Gillam has over 15 years of social service experience, including direct services, project management, and evaluation. She has facilitated and evaluated interagency collaboration at both the state and local levels, primarily in the area of early childhood. Dr. Gillam has served as the evaluator for Lemonade for Life, a curriculum developed through a Kansas-Iowa partnership focused on translating the Adverse Childhood Experiences research to practice. Dr. Gillam has conducted both qualitative and quantitative evaluations designed to support ongoing quality improvements in service delivery, with an emphasis on effective interagency partnerships. Her dissertation, Predictors of Interagency Coordination in Early Childhood, examined data from 10 local interagency teams across 4 states.
Tracy VanVlack, B.S., A.A., earned degrees in Sociology and Early Childhood Education at the University of Oregon and is currently a Research Assistant with the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research. Tracy has over 20 years of experience working with families as a preschool teacher, a Parent Educator, and Family Support Worker. She began her career in research 10 years ago as a recruiter and family coordinator for The Early Growth & Development Study (EGDS), a nationwide, prospective study of birth parents and adoptive families aimed at investigating how families can help their children develop to their fullest potential. Tracy is currently working with Dr. Gillam on the State of Kansas Title V Needs Assessment.
Mindi Moses, M.S.W., is a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant at The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She has previous work experience in the field of education as a bilingual elementary school teacher and worked with an education-based non-profit organization in Texas. Past work opportunities in the social services field include individual and couples counseling and a position as a substance abuse therapist at a state prison. Her main research interests lie in the area of child welfare and well-being, especially among Latino and immigrant children and identifying and evaluating practices to strengthen social and economic supports for vulnerable families.