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Jody Brook, PhD, MSW/LCSW

Associate Professor
Director of Center for Children & Families
Primary office:
785-864-8554
Regnier Hall, Edwards Campus
Room 270G


Dr. Jody Brook received her Ph.D., with honors, from the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the KU Center for Children and Families at the KU School of Social Welfare. Before joining the faculty at the School of Social Welfare, Dr. Brook served as a Research Associate and Principal Investigator at KU School of Social Welfare from 2005-2011, immediately following a national research fellowship for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families from 2003-2005, which was also administered through the KU School of Social Welfare. She earned her Master of Social Work at Tulane University in 1988, and has maintained a license to practice at the clinical level since 1991. She has served as the Program Evaluator for 14 externally funded research projects which center on designing, implementing, monitoring, refining, and evaluating the ongoing implementation of services and program practices into the child welfare, behavioral health, and court related service delivery systems that serve vulnerable child welfare involved families. These program evaluations have resulted in over 25 contributions to the peer reviewed literature and over 35 scholarly presentations, helping to disseminate knowledge about program evaluation and key content areas (child welfare, parenting interventions, parental substance abuse). From 1988-1995, Dr. Brook practiced clinical social work in behavioral health and medical settings at the clinical level. She currently teaches SW 987 (Teaching Social Work in Higher Education); and has taught SW 740 (Research Methods), SW 633 (Bachelor Level Crisis Intervention), SW 868 (Master Level Crisis Intervention), and SW 874 (Social Work Practice with Women). In Academic Year 2016-2017, Dr. Brook served as a KU Diversity Scholar.

Teaching Interests

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Pedagogy
  • Research Methods
  • Substance Abuse
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical thinking
  • Competency development

Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Drug Courts
  • Child Welfare
  • Research Methods
  • Community Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community-Based Research
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Selected Publications

Lloyd, M. Akin, B. & 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:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.016

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

Brook, J. Akin, B. 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

Brook, J. Akin, B. Lloyd, M. Bhattarai, J. & McDonald, T. P. (2016). The use of prospective versus retrospective pretests with child-welfare involved families. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Akin, B. Brook, J. Lloyd, M. 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 and Neglect.

Kim, J. Brook, J. & Akin, B. (2016). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with substance using individuals: A randomized controlled trial study. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI:10.1177/1049731516650517

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

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

Brook, J. Akin, B. Lloyd, M. & Yan, Y. (2015). Family drug court, targeted parent training and child 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. 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

Lloyd, M. & Brook, J. (2014). Strengths-based approaches to practice and family drug courts: Is there a fit? Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1). http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol14/iss1/15

Brook, J. (2014). Clinician perspectives on relationship, therapeutic strategy, and gender responsiveness in child welfare substance abuse settings. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 359-377. DOI:10.1080/1533256X.2014.957118

Lloyd, M. Johnson, T. & Brook, J. (2014). Illuminating the black box from within: Stakeholder perspectives on family drug court best practices. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 378-401. DOI:10.1080/1533256X.2014.958492

Brook, J. Rifenbark, G. Boulton, A. Little, T. & McDonald, T. (2014). Risk and protective factors for drug use among youth living in foster care . Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,(August 2014), 1-17. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0345-5

Brook, J. Yan, Y. Lloyd, M. & McDonald, T. (2014). Screening for substance use disorders as a supplement to caseworker assessment among foster care-involved families. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8(3), 239-259. DOI:10.1080/15548732.2014.903221

McDonald, T. Mariscal, S. Yan, Y. & Brook, J. (2014). Substance use and abuse for youths in foster care: Results from the communities that care normative database. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(4), 262-268. DOI:10.1080/1067828X.2014.912093

Motoyama, M. J., Brook, J. Yan, Y. & McDonald, T. P. (2013). Cost analysis of the strengthening families program in reducing time to family reunification in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 244-252.

Brook, J. McDonald, T. & Yan, Y. (2012). An analysis of the impact of the Strengthening Families Program on family reunification in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 691-695.

Brook, J. McDonald, T. Gregoire, T. Press, A. & Hindman, B. (2010). Parental substance abuse and family reunification. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(4).

Brook, J. & McDonald, T. (2009). The impact of parental substance abuse on stability of family reunifications from foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(2), 193-198.

McDonald, T. & Brook, J. (2009). Typologies of children in foster care for reasons other than abuse or neglect. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(9), 391-408.

Brook, J. & McDonald, T. (2007). Evaluating the effects of comprehensive substance abuse intervention on successful reunification. Research on Social Work Practice, 17(6), 664-673.

Kitchen, A. & Brook, J. (2005). Social work at the heart of the medical team. Journal of Social Work in Healthcare, 40(4), 1-18.

Selected Presentations

Lloyd, M. & Brook, J. . (10/20/2017). Developing Best Practices for Drug Testing in Child Welfare. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Dallas, TX

Brook, J. LaVoy, C. Lyles, W. & Yulle, L. . (08/17/2017). Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into Course Design and Delivery: Insight from Four 2016-2017 CTE Diversity Scholars. University of Kansas, 2017 Teaching Summit. Lawrence, KS

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

Brook, J. Akin, B. Lloyd, M. & 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.. New Orleans, LA

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

Brook, J. Akin, B. Lloyd, M. 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. New Orleans, LA

Lloyd, M. Akin, B. 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. New Orleans, LA

Lloyd, M. H., Brook, J. & Scanlon, E. . (11/06/2016). Educating Social Workers on Substance Abuse: Are Standard Addictions Counseling Competencies Sufficient? Council on Social Work Education, 62nd Annual Program Meeting, Advancing Collaborative Practice Through Social Work Education. Atlanta

Chasnoff, I. Brook, J. Barber, G. Akin, B. & Lloyd, M. . (09/01/2016). The 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

Brook, J. . (08/31/2016). Using Data to Tell Your Program's Story. Regional Partnership Grantee Meeting. Washington, DC

Brook, J. Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A. & Johnson-Motoyama, M. . (08/01/2016). Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Across Systems and Settings to Enhance Services for Substance-Abuse Affected Families: Process, Outcomes and Cost Savings. Child Welfare League of America, Special Conference on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. Anaheim, CA

Akin, B. Brook, J. Lloyd, M. Byers, K. & . (01/17/2016). 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

Brook, J. . (09/18/2015). Prenatal Substance Exposure: Understanding Risk, Protection and Pathways for Intervention. University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Center for Children and Families, Coffee and CEUs Series Workshop. Overland Park, KS

Brook, J. . (09/17/2015). Building Community Structure for Family and Child Well-Being: Some Considerations. United Services of Johnson County, KS. Overland Park, KS

Brook, J. P. (04/30/2015). Substance Exposed Newborns: Understanding Risk, Protection and Pathways for Intervention. 10th Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference. Wichita, KS

Brook, J. Yan, Y. & Lloyd, M. H. (01/18/2015). Family Drug Courts: An Innovative Service Delivery Strategy for Child Welfare-Involved Substance-Affected Families. Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA

Johnson, T. Lloyd, M. H. & Brook, J. P. (01/18/2015). “Have a Judge Who Makes Good Speeches”: Concept Mapping Client and Team Member Perspectives on Keys to Success in a Family Drug Court. Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA

Brook, J. & Scanlon, E. . (08/21/2014 - 08/21/2014). No Small Task: Linking Core Competency Measurement & Student Skill Demonstration through Course Assignments. University of Kansas, Center for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Summit. Lawrence, KS

Lloyd, M. Johnson, T. Brook, J. & . (04/10/2014). Stakeholder Perspectives on an Innovative Approach to Drug-Involved Families in the Child Welfare System. Global Social Sciences Conference. Hong Kong

Brook, J. & Akin, B. . (02/11/2014 - 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

Brook, J. Yueqi, Y. & Lloyd, M. . (01/17/2014). Evaluating the Efficacy of a Family Drug Court. Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX

Brook, J. . (04/12/2013 - 04/12/2013). Data Sharing among State Agencies: What do Grantees Need to Know? USDHHS, Administration for Children and Families, National Grantees Meeting. Washington, DC

Brook, J. P. (01/12/2013). Building Community Structure for Child and Family Well-being: Some Considerations. United Community Services of Johnson County. Johnson County, KS

Brook, J. . (08/22/2012 - 08/22/2012). Implementing Evidence Based Parenting Programming: Sharing Experience, Strategy and Outcome. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, National Grantees Meeting. . Washington, DC

Brook, J. . (07/18/2012 - 07/18/2012). Evidence Based Parenting Programs in Child Welfare. SAMHSA 5th National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls. San Diego, CA

Brook, J. . (06/07/2012 - 06/07/2012). The use of the UNCOPE: A facilitated discussion. National Webinar, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, through the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.

Brook, J. & McDonald, T. . (04/12/2012 - 04/12/2012). Using Data to Inform your Regional Partnership Grant: The Kansas Experience. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect and Regional Partnership Grants Special Topics Meeting.. Washington, DC

Brook, J. & . (03/14/2012 - 03/14/2012). Implementing Evidence Based Parenting Programs in Family Drug Court Contexts. . National Webinar, sponsored by USDHHS, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.

Brook, J. . (12/01/2011). Substance use and abuse and the social worker: Opportunities for intervention, coordination, and collaboration. Field Instructors Forum, The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare. Overland Park, KS

Brook, J. Yan, Y. & Mariscal, S. . (11/04/2011). The Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families Project. The Kansas Governor's Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Topeka, KS

Brook, J. . (12/31/2009). Substance abuse and child welfare. The Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference. Lenexa, KS

Selected Grants

McDonald, Thomas P, (Principal), Mariscal, Susana, (Co-Principal), Byers, Kaela, (Co-Principal), Brook, Jody, (Co-Author), Akin, Becci, (Co-Author), Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families;, 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 06/16/2014 (10/01/2014 - 09/30/2019) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody P, (Principal), Okmulgee County, OK Family Drug Court Enhancement Program Evaluation, USDHHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, OK Dept of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, $195,000, Submitted 03/16/2015 (10/01/2015 - 09/30/2018) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Akin, Becci, (Principal), Lieberman, Alice, (Co-Principal), Brook, Jody, (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.

Brook, Jody P, (Principal), Akin, Becci A, (Co-Principal), , Iowa Families and Children Together Project-Program Evaluation: Enhancing Services to Children and Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse., Primary Funding to the Iowa State Supreme Court Administration, Children's Justice Initiative; Evaluation funding is required flow through to KU, $485,000, Submitted 07/10/2012 (10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017) . This contract encompasses the provision of technical assistance and evaluation to the Iowa Children's Justice division of the state Supreme Court regarding state's handling of parental addictions and child welfare system interventions designed to facilitate family recovery and reunification. Key outcome measures: reunification rates, parental addiction severity, child well being, family well being, court recidivism. Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody P, (Principal), Akin, Becci A, (Co-Principal), The Oklahoma Partnership Initiative 2012-2017, USDHHS through the State of Oklahoma, $500,000, Submitted 07/10/2012 (10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017) . Technical Assistance and Outcomes Evaluation for statewide implementation of universal screening for substance use disorders among child welfare involved families; technical assistance and evaluation to state in implementation of two evidence based community programs to improve parental substance abuse and parenting skills outcomes within child welfare involved families. Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Joanna, (Principal), Akin, Becci, (Co-Principal), USDHHS-Administration for Children and FamiliesOklahoma Partnership Initiative Phase 2 Evaluation, 4529051282, OK Dept of Mental Health & Substance Abu and US Dept of Health & Human Svcs, $92,619, Submitted 08/31/2015 (10/01/2015 - 09/30/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson Motoyama, Michelle, (Principal), Brook, Jody, (Co-Principal), Akin, Becci, (Co-Principal), Expanded Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Family Drug Courts: Iowa Court Collaborative Evaluation, USDHHS-SAMHSA, $175,500, Submitted 04/10/2013 (08/01/2013 - 07/30/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), Enhancement and expansion of family drug court services in Tulsa County, OK, US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program, $183,500, (10/01/2010 - 09/30/2014) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), McDonald, Tom, (Co-Principal), The Oklahoma Partnership Initiative to Improve Well-Being of and Improve Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Methamphetamine and Other substance Abuse, US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $96,000, (10/01/2012 - 09/30/2013) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), Kansas City Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Project, Subcontract with First Call, Kansas City with primary funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, $84,000, (01/01/2010 - 12/31/2012) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), The Impact of Caring for Kids, an Educational Curriculum Designed to Increase Awareness of Familial Substance Abuse, First Call Kansas City, $27,500, (01/01/2010 - 12/31/2012) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Co-Principal), McDonald, Tom, (Principal), The Oklahoma Partnership Initiative to Improve Well-Being of and Improve Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Methamphetamine and Other Substance Abuse, US Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministration for Children and Families, $250,000, (01/01/2007 - 12/31/2012) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Co-Principal), McDonald, Tom, (Principal), Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, $952,000, (10/01/2007 - 09/30/2012) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), Kansas City Metro Youth Tobacco Prevention Initiative, First Call/Healthcare Foundation of Greater KC, $87,500, Submitted 01/01/2012 (08/23/2010 - 08/23/2012) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Co-Principal), McDonald, Tom, (Principal), Three site evaluation of Safe Haven Program and evaluation of Immediate Access Program for Substance Abusing Families in Child Welfare, State of Oklahoma, Department of Human Services, $44,000, (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2009) . Other States. Status: Funded.

Brook, Jody, (Principal), Health in Pregnancy Evaluation, State of Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services, $36,000, (01/01/2006 - 12/31/2008) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.


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