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Ph.D. in Social Work

Twente Hall, Room 18C
Chappell Deckert, Jennifer

Jennifer's research interests include international social work, mental health, migration, human rights, pedagogy, and human behavior theory.  She is a member of the University of Kansas Qualitative Research Graduate Student Working Group and a Research Assistant at the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation.

Twente Hall, Room 306
Damman, Jeri
Twente Hall, Room 2D

Family involvement strategies in child welfare, structural barriers to maltreatment prevention and child wellbeing promotion, child welfare reform, economic and social justice, international social work practice and policy

Twente hall, Room 306C
Frauenholtz, Susan Ileen
Twente Hall, Room 7

Children's mental health; organizational behavior and occupational social work

Grube, Whitney Ann
Project Coordinator
Twente Hall, Room 11

Children’s mental health including evidence-based practices; Outcome-based program management and evaluation; Social policy and practice implications

Edwards Campus, Regents Center
Twente Hall, Room 7C
Kang, Hyun
Watkins Home, Room 3

Kang has a great strength in quantitative analytical method. He is particularly interested in ageism, baby-boom generation, and long-term care. In addition, he is interested in developing a happiness index for immigrants to see their level of adaptation. Social innovation especially fundraising and financial assistance for social enterprises is also his particular field of interest.

Twente Hall, Room 2B

Interested in children and youth who have a physical or intellectual disability and are involved in the child welfare system, agency policies regarding children and youth with disabilities, and cultural (specifically Native American) factors influencing children and youth with disabilities.

Twente Hall, Room 7B

Kiley’s research and scholarship interests include intimate partner violence, families affected by domestic violence, and co-occuring adverse childhood experiences.  Kiley’s background includes grant-funded program development, implementation, and management; working with children and families affected by intimate partner violence; and direct mental health patient care in the in-patient, outpatient, and group home settings.

Lloyd, Margaret H.
Edwards Campus, Regents Center 226

Margaret’s research and scholarship interests include the nexus of substance abuse, child well-being, and the legal system, with a specific focus on restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.

Matthews, Kris
Education Program Coordinator
Twente Hall, Room 17

Kris is a researcher and trainer for the Wraparound Facilitation Training Project through the Center for Children & Families. Her research interests include interagency collaboration, systems-of-care issues, and the use of proactive and preventative approaches to meet the needs of individuals and families.

Mitchell, Felicia M.

Felicia’s research and scholarship interests include health inequities among historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, particularly among American Indians; social determinants of health social; and cultural and racial diversity in social work education. Felicia is also currently a Fellow with the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program.

Moon, Jungrim
Twente Hall, Room 7

Mental Health of ethnic minority and immigrant children, Population-based/community-based/preventive mental health interventions. Spiritual Diversity in Social Work, Multiculturalism, International Social Work, Participatory research paradigm. Mixed Methods.

Moses, Mindi

Research interests in the area of child welfare; specific focus on children of incarcerated parents, Latino youth, social work in the school setting, and elimination of stigma and disparities in welfare system.

Nam, Eunji
Twente Hall, Room 2A

Mental health promotion with special interests in co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, employment, racial/ethnic disparities in service access and utilization.

Elizabeth O'Neill
Twente Hall, Room 2

Research interests include physical, mental, and sexual health inequalities, with an emphasis on social determinants of health, individuals with comorbid psychiatric and chronic physical health conditions, and models for integrated physical and behavioral health treatment.

Palmer, Ashley
Watkins Home, Room 4

Research that informs policy and practice in the area of older youth and young adults. Specifically, identifying unique strengths and needs of this population including service utilization and support, homelessness, trauma, and co-occurring difficulties.

Twente Hall, Room 18D
Romero, Aly
Edwards Campus, Regents Center 226

Research interests include: Child Welfare (specifically foster care and youth aging out of foster care); Child Welfare Workforce Issues (including retention and the identification of compassion satisfaction among workers); Mindfulness.

Schuetz, Nikolaus
Twente Hall, Room 306

Research interests include mental health treatment, the intersection of physical and mental health, social determinants of health, and health care utilization. Previously, Nik has conducted research on economic mobility, family drug court, cross-cultural perception of time, and dieting behavior among college students.

Sellon, Alicia
Watkins Home, Room 3
Shibikom, Alegnta
785-864-2365, 240-423-7123
Twente Hall, Room 304E

Alegnta has research interests related to poverty and the wellbeing of families and children. His specific research endeavors primarily focus on financial capability and asset building in low income and financially vulnerable families.

Statz-Hill, Melisande
Twente Hall, Room 10

Mental health, people with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), strengths perspective & strengths model case management, medical social work, behavioral health home model, qualitative research, social justice & social policy, disability, and children with medical complexity

Warren, Sherry
Twente Hall, Room 7D

Sherry's interests include international social work with an emphasis in Central America and has conducted research in Guatemala through a field research grant. She also works with Dr. Edward R. Canda on spirituality in social work and mindfulness.


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Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Anne Williford
Ph.D. Program Director

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