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.
Project Coordinator for the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project (KAPP) and KU SSW Center of Children & Families. Twenty years of experience on federal/state child welfare and justice projects at the SSW. Areas of interest include privatization of child welfare serves, university partnerships with child welfare agencies, and supervision and coaching practices.
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.
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.
Originally from Kansas, Cheryl Holmes, MPA, joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2002 and now serves as Research Project Director. Typically employing community based approaches, her work focuses on behavioral health, integrated care, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. Previous research and evaluation work has included primary/behavioral health integrated care across the life span, shared decision making for teens with SED and their families, and patient-centered medical homes in rural settings, among others.
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.
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.
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.