Jennifer comes to the University of Kansas with research interests in mediation, conflict, social justice, and cultural studies. She is also interested in exploring vulnerability, empowerment, advocacy, and mutual transformation within interpersonal and community helping relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.