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Ph.D. in Social Work

Deb Adams
Associate Professor, MSW Program Director
913-897-8444
Regnier Hall, Edwards Campus, Room 270L

Academic Areas

Poverty and policy studies; asset building and asset effects; well-being of women and children; social and economic development; theory for research; mixed methods research.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

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

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Banerjee, Mahasweta
Professor, BSW Program Director, Co-director TJ Office of Race and Social Justice
785-864-8950
Twente Hall, Room 121

Academic Areas

Theories and practices associated with enhancing social and economic justice; community development; micro-enterprise as an anti-poverty strategy; international social development; qualitative and quantitative research.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

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

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Canda, Edward R.
Professor, Coordinator of KU Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Initiative
785-864-8939
Twente Hall, Room 203

Academic Areas

Cross-cultural and international social work; spiritual and religious diversity; Asian and Asian-American issues; qualitative research approaches; philosophy of social welfare; health and mental health resiliency.

Education

Ph.D., Ohio State University

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

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Chapin, Rosemary
Professor, Director, Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options(CRADO) crado@ku.edu;
785-864-8941
Watkins Home, Room 119

Academic Areas

Strengths based interdisciplinary, applied research to improve social service practice and policy with older adults and people with disabilities; public policy in long term care financing and in the promotion of autonomy and community alternatives for elders and people with disabilities, aging of the baby boom and elder friendly communities. Developing accurate assessments to improve practice with these groups.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor
785-864-8962
Twente Hall, Room 310

Academic Areas

Health, wellness and illness related to American Indian Elders; health inequities; qualitative research approaches including Indigenous Methodologies; Food Justice.

Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Friedline, Terri
Assistant Professor
785-864-2267
Twente Hall, Room 307

Academic Areas

Improving young people's wellbeing through saving; asset-building; economic and educational disparities; public policy.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Johnson-Motoyama, Michelle
Associate Professor, Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
785-864-2378
Twente Hall, Room 311

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Professor, Interim Dean
785-864-2269
Twente Hall, Room 206

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Kepple, Nancy Jo
Assistant Professor
785-864-0147
Twente Hall, Room 115

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Koenig, Terry
Associate Professor
785-864-2656
Twente Hall, Room 101

Academic Areas

Ethical decision making in social work practice; social welfare philosophy; International social work development and cross-cultural practices; Central Asian and post-Soviet issues; aging, elder abuse and self-neglect; qualitative research methods.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Lewis, Melinda Kay
Associate Professor of the Practice
785-864-1047
Twente Hall, Room 312

Academic Areas

Poverty and economic inequality, asset-based financial aid, social change, strategies for effective policy advocacy by nonprofit organizations, advocacy evaluation, and advocacy capacity-building for individuals and social service organizations.

Education

M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis

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

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matejkowski, Jason
Assistant Professor
785-864-5851
Twente Hall, Room 201

Academic Areas

Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mendenhall, Amy N.
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research
785-864-4792
Twente Hall, Room 304

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Paceley, Megan
Assistant Professor
785-864-2284
Twente Hall, Room 209

Academic Areas

Understanding the impact of non-urban communities on the health and well-being of gender and sexual minority (GSM youth; development, sustainability, and evaluation of gender and sexual minority community organizations.

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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

Academic Areas

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

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Scanlon, Edward
Associate Professor
785-864-8555
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270

Academic Areas

Anti-poverty programs and policies; social justice; policy and social change strategies.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Severson, Margaret
Professor
785-864-8952
Twente Hall, Room 120

Academic Areas

Research and practice in social justice venues, including mental health and suicide prevention programming in detention centers, divorce and child custody mediation, restorative justice and social work ethics.

Education

J.D., M.S.W., University of Denver

Smokowski, Paul
Professor
919-428-5716

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Spano, Richard N.
Associate Professor
785-864-8971
Twente Hall, Room 9

Academic Areas

Child welfare, particularly foster care, sexual abuse; the history of social work and social welfare, ethics and values as they impact practice.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Zinn, Andrew
Assistant Professor
785-979-2125
Twente Hall, Room 202

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Questions?

Laurie Ramirez
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
785-864-3883
lramirez@ku.edu

Becky Hofer
Director of Graduate Admissions
785-864-8956
bhofer@ku.edu

Margaret Severson
PhD Program Director
 

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