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Becci A. Akin

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2647
Twente Hall
Room 303


Dr. Becci Akin is an Assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She joined the School as a faculty member in 2013. Before joining the KU faculty, Dr. Akin spent her early social work career in child welfare as a caseworker and policy advocate. She also worked in community-based agencies as a macro practitioner on a wide range of human service and community issues. Dr. Akin has taught at the BSW and MSW levels including courses in community practice, social work policy, research methods, and agency-based outcomes evaluation. She has recently collaborated with other KUSSW faculty to develop a child welfare certificate program in the School. Dr. Akin’s scholarship focuses on understanding the keys to successful implementation and effective and equitable interventions for families involved in child welfare. Her recent publications have examined barriers to permanency for families of children with serious mental health problems; predictors of exits to different types of permanency as influenced by parental substance use; frontline staff perceptions on implementation of evidence-based interventions in foster care; and rigorous outcomes evaluation of evidence-based parenting interventions in child welfare. Dr. Akin has served as principal or co-principal investigator on six federally funded studies, including a randomized study of behavioral parent training for Kansas youth in foster care with significant emotional and behavioral problems. Her newest initiatives include partnering with colleagues to co-lead the evaluation of the national Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare, and working with an interdisciplinary research team to examine the intergenerational transmission of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Akin has published 29 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented more than 45 papers at national and international conferences and proceedings. She received her MSW and Ph.D. degrees, with honors, from the University of Kansas.

Teaching Interests

  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Advocacy and Administration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Work Policy
  • Organizational and Community Practice

Research Interests

  • Equitable and Effective Child Welfare Practices and Policies
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Children's mental health
  • Parent Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parent Mental Health
  • Implementation Research
  • Intervention Research
  • Translational Research
  • Community-Based Research
  • Evidence-Based Practice

Selected Publications

Akin, B. A., Lang, K. McDonald, T. Yan, Y. & Little, T. (in press). Randomized study of PMTO in foster care: Six-month parent outcomes. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI:10.1177/1049731517703746

Chasnoff, I. J., Barber, G. Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (in press). The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: Knowledge and actions of health care and legal professionals. Child Welfare.

Akin, B. A., Lang, K. McDonald, T. Yan, Y. & Little, T. (in press). Randomized trial of PMTO in foster care: Six month child well-being outcomes . Research on Social Work Practice. DOI:10.1177/1049731516669822

Akin, B. A., Yan, Y. & McDonald, T. (2017). Changes in Effective Parenting During Parent Management Training Oregon model with Parents of Children in Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 76, 181-191. DOI://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.03.010

Akin, B. A., Domenech Rodriguez, M. M., Yan, Y. DeGarmo, D. S., McDonald, T. & Forgatch, M. S. (2017). Clinician's observations of family interactions in the reunification process: The Parent Child Checklist. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(1), 137-147. DOI:10.1007/s10826-016-0556-9

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H., & McDonald, T. (2017). Effect of a parenting intervention on foster care re-entry after reunification among substance-affected families: A quasi-experimental study. Child Maltreatment, 22(3), 194-204. DOI:10.1177/1077559517702743

Akin, B. A., & Gomi, S. (2017). Non-completion of evidence-based parent training: An empirical examination among families of children in foster care. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(1), 52-68. DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2016.1226229

Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2017). Parental drug use and permanency for young children in foster care: A competing risks analysis of reunification, guardianship, and adoption. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 177-187. DOI://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.016

McDonald, T. Bhattarai, J. & Akin, B. A. (2017). Predictors of consent to a randomized study of an evidence-based parenting intervention in foster care. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 14(4), 243-265. DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23761407.2017.1319774

Akin, B. A., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Collins-Camargo, C. (2017). Successes and challenges in developing trauma-informed child welfare systems: A real-world case study of exploration and initial implementation. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 42-52. DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.007

Kim, J. Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (2017). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with substance using individuals: A randomized controlled trial study. Research on Social Work Practice, 14(4), 243-265. DOI:10.1177/1049731516650517

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H., Bhattarai, J. Johnson-Motoyama, M. & Moses, M. (2016). A study in contrasts: Supports and barriers to successful implementation of two evidence-based parenting interventions in child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect, 57, 30-40. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.002

Brook, J. Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. Johnson-Motoyama, M. & Yan, Y. (2016). Family drug courts as comprehensive service models: Cost considerations. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 67(3), 23-43. DOI:10.1111/jfcj.12060

Akin, B. A. (2016). Practitioner views on the core functions of coaching in the implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 159-168. DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.010

Brook, J. Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., Bhattarai, J. & McDonald, T. (2016). The use of prospective versus retrospective pretests with child-welfare involved families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(9), 2740-2752. DOI:10.1007/s10826-016-0446-1

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Byers, K. & Lloyd, M. H. (2016). Worker perspectives from the front line: Implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(3), 870-882. DOI:10.1007/s10826-015-0283-7

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. & Lloyd, M. H. (2015). Co-occurrence of parental substance abuse and child serious emotional disturbance: Understanding multiple pathways to improved child and family outcomes. Child Welfare, 94(4), 71-96.

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. & Lloyd, M. H. (2015). Examining the role of methamphetamine in permanency: A competing risks analysis of reunification, guardianship and adoption. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(2), 119-130. DOI:10.1037/ort0000052

Mariscal, S. Akin, B. A., Lieberman, A. & Washington, D. (2015). Exploring the path from foster care to stable and lasting adoption: Perceptions of foster care alumni. Children and Youth Services Review, 55, 111-120. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.017

Brook, J. Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., & Yan, Y. (2015). Family drug court, targeted parent training and family reunification: Did this enhanced service strategy make a difference? Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 66(2), 35-52. DOI:10.1111/jfcj.12028

Akin, B. A., Byers, K. Lloyd, M. H., & McDonald, T. (2015). Joining formative evaluation with translational science to assess an EBI in foster care: Examining social-emotional well-being and placement stability. Children and Youth Services Review, 58, 253-264. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.10.005

Brook, J. Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H. (2015). Behavioral Health. In . Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Ed.), A Decade of Difference (pp. 84-122). Kansas City, MO: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Akin, B. A., McDonald, T. Testa, M. Melz, H. Blase, K. & Barclay, A. (2014). Formative evaluation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Assessing readiness for rigorous impact evaluation. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8(4), 354-374. DOI:10.1080/15548732.2014.939250

Akin, B. A., Mariscal, S. Bass, L. Bhattarai, J. McArthur, V. & Bruns, K. (2014). Implementation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Practitioner perceptions of key challenges and supports. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 285-293. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.09.006

Bryson, S. A., & Akin, B. A. (2014). Predictors of admission to inpatient psychiatric care among children enrolled in Medicaid. Journal of Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 42(2), 197-208. DOI:10.1007/s10488-014-0560-6

Bryson, S. A., Akin, B. A., Blase, K. & McDonald, T. (2014). Selecting an evidence-based intervention for families of children with severe emotional disturbances. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11(1-2), 208-221. DOI:10.1080/15433714.2013.850325

Lloyd, M. H., & Akin, B. A. (2014). The disparate impact of alcohol, methamphetamine, and other drugs on family reunification. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 72-81. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.05.013

Akin, B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T. & Wilson, C. (2014). A Case Example of the ACYF’s Well-Being Framework: The Kansas Intensive Permanency Project (KIPP). Integrating Safety, Permanency, and Well-being Series. 16. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Akin, B. A., Bryson, S. A., Testa, M. Blase, K. McDonald, T. & Melz, H. (2013). Usability testing, initial implementation and formative evaluation of an evidence-based intervention: Lessons from a demonstration project to reduce long-term foster care. Evaluation and Program Planning, 41, 19-30. DOI:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2013.06.003

Akin, B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T. P., & Walker, S. (2012). Defining a target population at high-risk of long-term foster care: Barriers to permanency for families of children with severe emotional disturbances. Child Welfare, 91(6), 79-101.

Akin, B. A. (2011). Predictors of foster care exits to permanency: A competing risks analysis of reunification, guardianship, and adoption. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(6), 999-1011. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.01.008

Akin, B. A., McDonald, T. & Tullis, L. (2010). An inventory of risk assessment in child protection: Instrument usage and key features. Protecting Children, 25(3), 35-51.

Akin, B. A., & Gregoire, T. (1997). Parents views on child welfare's response to addiction. Families in Society, 78(4), 393-404. DOI:10.1606/1044-3894.797

Selected Presentations

Romero, A. Akin, B. A., Dunkerley, S. Bruns, K. & Brook, J. . (01/14/2018). Driving Organization and System Change: Child Welfare Supervisor and Administrator Perspectives of Initial Implementation. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Dunkerley, S. Akin, B. A., Romero, A. Bruns, K. & Brook, J. . (01/14/2018). Initial Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Data-Driven Case Planning Approach in Child Welfare. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J. & Chasnoff, I. . (01/14/2018). The Policy to Practice Gap: Factors with Practitioner Knowledge of CAPTA 2010 Mandates for Identifying and Intervening in Cases of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A. & McDonald, T. . (01/13/2018). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Parent Management Training Oregon Model in Foster Care: Reunification Outcomes. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A. & Brook, J. . (01/13/2018). Parental Drug Use and Permanency for Young Children in Foster Care: A Competing Risks Analysis of Reunification, Guardianship, and Adoption. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Moon, J. Akin, B. A., Yan, Y. & McDonald, T. . (01/12/2018). Parenting Practice Changes during Parent Management Training Oregon Model with Parents of Children in Foster Care: A Growth Curve Analysis. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A., Yan, Y. McDonald, T. Lang, K. & Little, T. . (01/12/2018). PMTO for Children in Foster Care with Serious Mental Health Problems: Follow-up Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A. (06/21/2017). Put Me in Coach: How to Build Positive Coaching Practices in Child Welfare. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems. Toronto, Canada

Akin, B. A. & Brook, J. . (06/20/2017). Community Engagement and Collaboration in the Implementation of a Statewide Child Welfare Initiative. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems. Toronto, Canada

McArthur, V. Dunkerley, S. & Akin, B. A. (06/08/2017). Practitioners Measurement of Parent and Child Progress with the Parent-Child Checklist: Implementation and Results. International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO in Diversity. Aarhus, Denmark

McArthur, V. Dunkerley, S. & Akin, B. A. (06/07/2017). PMTO Model for Kansas Youth In Foster Care with Emotional and Behavioral Problems. International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO in Diversity. Aarhus, Denmark

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H. & Johnson-Motoyama, M. . (01/24/2017). A Study in Contrasts: Supports and Barriers to Successful Implementation of Two Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare. Webinar for Practice and Research Together. Toronto, Canada

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H. & McDonald, T. . (01/15/2017). Effect of a Parenting Intervention on Foster Care Re-Entry Among Substance-Affected Families. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Kim, J. Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (01/15/2017). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Substance Using Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Brook, J. Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., Bhattarai, J. & McDonald, T. . (01/14/2017). Examining Response Shift in the Evaluation of Self-Reported Program Impact within Child Welfare Settings. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Akin, B. A., Collins-Camargo, C. Strolin, J. & . (01/13/2017). Symposium on Implementing with Science: Integrating Research and Practice to Develop Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare Systems. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J. & McDonald, T. . (01/13/2017). The Hidden Influence of Social Desirability Bias: Assessing the Validity of a Parenting and Family Skills Assessment to Measure Change over Time in Child Welfare. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Akin, B. A., Romero, A. Bhattarai, J. & Lieberman, A. . (01/13/2017). Using a Cross-System, Multi-Informant Approach to Develop a Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare System. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Akin, B. A., Lang, K. McDonald, T. Yan, Y. & Little, T. . (01/12/2017). A Randomized Effectiveness Trial of Evidence-Based Parent Training for Children with Serious Mental Health Problems: Six Month Child Well-Being Outcomes. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA

Akin, B. A., & . (11/04/2016). Psychotropic Medications Among Children and Youth in Foster Care. Meeting with Kansas Department for Children and Families Workgroup on Psychotropic Drugs and Foster Care. Topeka, KS

Chasnoff, I. J., Brook, J. Barber, G. Akin, B. A. & Lloyd, M. H. (09/01/2016). Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Substance Exposed Infant: A Failure to Launch. 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope. Washington, DC

Romero, A. & Akin, B. A. (08/31/2016). Cross-System Views on the Supports and Challenges of Adoption from Foster Care . 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope. Washington, DC

Bess, R. Gabel, G. & Akin, B. A. (08/31/2016). Lessons from the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII): Using Data to Inform, Adjust, and Strengthen Practice. 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope. Washington, DC

Carlson, J. & Akin, B. A. (08/18/2016). Do You Like CATs? Using Classroom Assessment Techniques to Improve Classroom Climate and Student Learning. University of Kansas, Center for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Summit. Lawrence, KS

Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A. & Johnson-Motoyama, M. . (08/01/2016). Implementing EBPs Across Systems and Settings to Enhance Services for Substance-Abuse affected Families:Process, Outcomes, and Cost Savings. Child Welfare League of America 2016 National Conference: Advancing excellence in practice and policy: What works for families affected by substance use. Anaheim, CA

Akin, B. A., Alexander, T. Bass, L. Bertram, R. Gilles, M. Keyes, T. McArthur, V. & Phillips, T. . (07/27/2016). Selection and Installation of New Child Welfare Practice Models: How Implementation Affects You. Fostering Strategies for Change 2016 Conference: Children, Families and Their Communities. Kansas City, MO

Akin, B. A. (04/12/2016). Lessons Learned from Implementing a Parenting Intervention to Improve Permanency Among Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Problems. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Task Force on Timely Permanency in Foster Care. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A., Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H. & Byers, K. . (01/16/2016 - 01/16/2016). Front Line Perspectives on Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare Settings. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC

McDonald, T. P., Bhattarai, J. & Akin, B. A. (01/16/2016 - 01/16/2016). Predictors of Consent in a Randomized Field Study in Child Welfare. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A. (01/15/2016 - 01/15/2016). Coaching as a Key Implementation Strategy for Evidence-Based Interventions: Core Functions and Critical Features. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC

Strolin-Goltzman, J. Collins-Camargo, C. & Akin, B. A. (10/18/2015 - 10/18/2015). Community Assessment Data and the Development of Trauma-informed, Data-driven Child Welfare Systems. Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting, Social Work on the Frontiers of Change . Denver, CO

Akin, B. A., Bass, L. & McArthur, V. . (09/08/2015). Kansas Intensive Permanency Project: Implementation Processes, Early Outcomes, and Cost Considerations. Meeting for U.S. DHHS, Administration for Children and Families, Region VII Federal Site Visit. Kansas City, MO

Akin, B. A., Blase, K. Bryson, S. A., McArthur, V. & Bass, L. . (05/27/2015 - 05/27/2015). Scaling-Up an Evidence-Based Intervention: Successes and Setbacks in Developing and Sustaining an Implementation Infrastructure. Global Implementation Conference. Dublin, Ireland

Akin, B. A. (02/20/2015). Kansas Intensive Permanency Project: Implementation Processes, Early Outcomes, and Cost Considerations. Meeting with the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Children's Bureau, Region VII. Lawrence, KS

Akin, B. A. & Byers, K. . (01/16/2015 - 01/16/2015). Placement Stability and Emotional Well-Being: Examining Key Measures in a Formative Evaluation of Evidence-Based Parenting for Children in Foster Care. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA

Mariscal, S. Akin, B. A. & Lieberman, A. . (01/15/2015 - 01/15/2015). A Multi-Informant View on the Supports and Challenges for Adoptive Families of Children with Mental Health and Trauma-Related Needs. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA

Akin, B. A. & Gomi, S. . (01/15/2015 - 01/15/2015). Non-Completion of Evidence-Based Parent Training: An Empirical Examination among Families of Children in Foster Care. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA

Lloyd, M. H. & Akin, B. A. (01/15/2015 - 01/15/2015). The Disparate Impact of Alcohol, Methamphetamine and Other Drugs on Family Reunification. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA

Bryson, S. A. & Akin, B. A. (08/27/2014). A Case Example of the ACYF's Well-Being Framework: KIPP; . Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being Series by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A., Mariscal, S. Bass, L. McArthur, V. Bhattarai, J. & Bruns, K. . (06/10/2014 - 06/10/2014). Multidimensional Approach to the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care: Practitioner, Administrator, and Researcher Perceptions of Key Facilitators and Challenges. Third International Conference on Practice Research. New York, NY

Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (02/11/2014). Beyond Evidence-Based Program Selection: Implementing Quality Programs into Agency Services. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Community Forum. Kansas City, MO

Akin , B. A., Bass, L. Mariscal, S. McArthur, V. Bhattarai, J. & Bruns, K. . (01/16/2014 - 01/19/2014). Implementing an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-term Foster Care: Practitioner Perceptions of Key Challenges and Supports. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges. San Antonio, TX

Akin , B. A., McDonald, T. & Testa, M. . (01/17/2014 - 01/17/2014). Formative Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care: Assessing Readiness for Rigorous Impact Evaluation. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges. San Antonio, TX

Akin, B. A., Bass, L. McArthur, V. & Long, P. . (10/29/2013). Scaling Up an Evidence-Based Intervention: An Implementation Discussion. Webinar by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Organizational Improvement. University of Southern Maine, Portland, OR

Bryson, S. A., Akin, B. A. & Gomi, S. . (01/19/2013). Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Children and Youth: Precipitants of Admissions and Readmissions. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders. San Diego, CA

DePanfilis, D. Akin, B. A., Bright, C. Freeman, P. & Bryson, S. A. (01/17/2013). Measuring the Implementation of Social Work Interventions: Options and Examples. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders. San Diego, CA

Akin, B. A. & McDonald, T. . (12/12/2012). Defining a Target Population and Selecting an Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care. Webinar by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Washington, DC

Akin, B. . & Bryson, S. A. (05/01/2012). Lessons Learned from Usability Testing an Initial Implementation of an Evidence-Supported Intervention. Webinar by the Permanency Innovations Initiative Peer Learning Network.

Akin, B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T. & Walker, S. . (01/11/2012 - 01/15/2012). Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Explore Barriers to Permanency for Children with SED and Their Parents. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Research that Makes a Difference - Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy. Washington, DC

DePanfilis, D. Akin, B. A. & Webster, D. . (01/14/2012 - 01/14/2012). Exploring case and service characteristics of children in long-term foster care to guide organizational decision-making for implementing practice and system reforms. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Research that Makes a Difference - Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A. (12/08/2011). Kansas Data Mining: Identifying a Target Population for the Kansas Intensive Permanency Project. Webinar to the National Resource Center on Child Welfare Data and Technology. Washington, DC

Akin, B. A. (11/30/2011). Data Mining Strategies to Better Target Grantee Interventions. Webinar by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and Children's Bureau.

Sedlak, A. Judkins, D. Akin, B. A. & Webster, D. . (08/30/2011 - 08/30/2011). Identifying and Refining the Target Populations for a National Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care Population. National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit 2011. Washington, DC

Akin, B. . & Bryson, S. A. (01/15/2011 - 01/15/2011). Psychotropic Medication Patterns among Child and Youth Medicaid Beneficiaries. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Emerging Horizons for Social Work Research. Tampa, FL

Akin, B. A. (12/31/1996). Responding to Substance Abusing Parents: The Parent's Perspective of What Works. National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect, Eleventh National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, DC

Selected Grants

Zinn, Andrew, (Principal), Carlson, Juliana, (Co-Principal), Akin, Becci A., (Co-Principal), Evaluation for the Quality Improvement Center on Child Welfare Involved Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence, HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CA-1184, US DHHS, Administration for Children and Families, $2,677,745, Submitted 07/01/2016 (10/01/2016 - 09/30/2021) . Federal. Status: Funded.

McDonald, Thomas P, (Principal), Byers, Kaela, (Co-Principal), Mariscal, Susana, (Co-Principal), Brook, Jody , (Co-Author), Akin, Becci A., (Co-Author), Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families, HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CU-0809, US DHHS, Administration for Children and Families Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of and Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse, $2,900,000, Submitted 06/01/2014 (01/01/2014 - 12/31/2019) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Akin , Becci A., (Principal), Lieberman, Alice, (Co-Principal), Brook, J, (Co-Principal), Promoting Well-Being and Adoption After Trauma (Kansas Adoption Permanency Project), 90-CO-1120, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $2,425,000, Submitted 08/01/2013 (10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Akin, Becci, (Principal), Evaluation for the Kansas Parent Management Training Oregon Model (KS-PMTO) in Child Welfare, KVC Kansas, $38,426, Submitted 06/30/2017 (07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Akin, Becci, (Principal), Evaluation for the Kansas Parent Management Training Oregon Model (KS-PMTO) in Child Welfare., Saint Francis Community Services, $38,426, Submitted 06/29/2017 (07/01/2017 - 06/27/2018) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody , (Principal), Akin , Becci A., (Co-Principal), Evaluation Services for the Iowa Regional Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse (Iowa's Project for Enhancing Services to Children and Families), Contract with Iowa Children's Justice; Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $436,527, Submitted 07/01/2012 (10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody , (Principal), Akin , Becci A., (Co-Principal), Evaluation Services for the Oklahoma Regional Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse, Oklahoma Partnership Child Well-Being Initiative Phase 2, OPI-2 contract with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $502,623, Submitted 07/01/2012 (10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Akin , Becci A., (Principal), McDonald, Tom , (Co-Principal), Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care (Kansas Intensive Permanency Project), 90-CT-0152, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $13,313,116, Submitted 08/01/2010 (10/01/2010 - 09/30/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson-Motoyama, Michelle , (Principal), Akin , Becci A., (Co-Principal), Brook, Jody , (Co-Principal), Evaluation Services for the Iowa Drug Court Expansion Project, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $175,500, Submitted 04/01/2013 (08/01/2013 - 07/31/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Akin , Becci A., (Co-Principal), McDonald, Tom , (Principal), Evaluation Services for the Permanency Innovations Initiative, Kansas Intensive Permanency Project, Westat, Rockville, MD, $881,000, (10/01/2011 - 06/30/2016) . For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.


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