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Research Office
Twente Hall, Room 209

The KUSSW Research Office supports and promotes research activities at the School by creating internal resources, launching initiatives to foster PI and research staff success, providing ways to engage the greater community with our work and disseminating information about current projects.

Davis-Groves, Sharah
Project Manager
Watkins Home, Room 207

Development of family driven systems of care in children's mental health; and encouraging youth voice in policy and program development.

Eichler, Monika Szucs
Supported Housing Coordinator

Monika coordinates activities related to supported housing initiatives. A Supported Housing Fidelity Scale and Resource Guide have been developed in the past few years. Monika is the official coordinator of activities for international visitors coming to the Office.

Maria Fairman
Project Coordinator
Twente Hall, Room 13

Academic Areas
Tribal communities including early childhood education, gaming, judicial council, and social services.

Tribal Affiliation 
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska/Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

B.B.A., Washburn University


Whitney’s research and scholarship interests include child and adolescent wellbeing. Whitney is particularly interested in early childhood and early adolescent mental health treatment and evidence based practices. Whitney’s prior work experience includes project development for the prevention of early childhood exposure to adverse experiences; adaptation and implementation of strengths-based child and adolescent community-based mental health services; and direct practice experience with children diagnosed with severe emotional or behavioral disturbances.

Holmes, Cheryl
Research Project Director
Twente Hall, 5

Cheryl Holmes, MPA, joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2002 and now serves as Research Project Director. Using a community based approach, her work focuses on physical/behavioral health, health disparities, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.

Knowles, Bryan
IDDT Consultant/Trainer
Wakarusa, Room 215

Bryan provides training and consultation on the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) model for mental health centers across Kansas to help these agencies better serve people who have both a psychiatric disability and substance abuse challenges.

Levy, Michelle Marie
Research Project Director, iPEPR Research Affiliate/Investigator, University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing
Watkins Home, Room 210
Academic Areas
Behavioral health workforce development; integrated primary and behavioral health care; rural, frontier and tribal communities; interprofessional education; social determinants of health
AM, University of Chicago


Mabry, Ally
Research Project Director
Watkins Home, Room 211

Evidence-based best practices implementation support for organizations providing services to adults and transition age youth who experience serious mental illness; the Strengths Model of Case Management; Development of fidelity scales to measure adherence to emerging best practices in mental health; Client-centered social administrative practices for mental health organizations and state mental health authorities.

Research Project Specialist
Twente Hall, Room 202
Spencer, Kellie
Shared Decision Consultant and Trainer
Watkins Home, Room 213A

Kellie serves as a consultant and trainer directly supporting community mental health agencies in developing recovery oriented and strengths based programs with the ultimate aim of improving the lives and amplifying the voices of those impacted by the mental health system. They have provided assistance within the practices of strengths-based case management, IMR: Illness Management & Recovery, CommonGround, WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Housing First, and peer support services.

Research Project Coordinator
Watkins Home, Room 7B

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

Julie Toplikar
Research Project Coordinator
Watkins Home, Room 210

Serves as Research Project Coordinator working in evaluation of the Kansas Family First Prevention Services Act Initiative, longitudinally evaluating the impact of prevention services to keep children safely at home.

Wendel-Hummell, Carrie
Project Manager
Watkins Home, Room 108

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

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