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Deborah Adams
Associate Professor, MSW Program Director
913.897.8444
Regnier Hall, Edwards Campus, 270L

Academic Areas

Poverty and policy studies; asset building and asset effects; well-being of women and children; social and economic development; theory for research; mixed methods research.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Akin, Becci
Associate Professor, PhD Program Director
785.864.2647
Twente Hall, 204

Academic Areas

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.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Meredith Bagwell-Gray
Assistant Professor
785-864-4293
Twente Hall, Room 300A

Academic Areas

Reduce health disparities for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV); sexual safety planning intervention to address HIV/STI risk, substance use, and trauma.

Education

Ph.D., Arizona State University

Banerjee, Mahasweta
Professor, BSW Program Director
785.864.8950
Twente Hall, 121

Academic Areas

Theories and practices associated with enhancing social and economic justice; community development; micro-enterprise as an anti-poverty strategy; international social development; qualitative and quantitative research.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Jared Barton
Assistant Research Professor
785-864-7440
Twente Hall, Room 304

Academic Areas

Child welfare management; management reporting; use of data in program improvement planning and management decision making; outcomes research; program evaluation; risk assessment; and abuse/neglect prevention with public assistance populations.

Education
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Brook, Jody
Associate Professor
913-897-8554
Twente Hall, 203

Academic Areas

Substance abuse across the lifespan, child welfare, family drug courts, substance abuse prevention, community substance abuse strategies, mixed research methods.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Kaela Byers
Associate Research Professor
785.864.0269
Twente Hall, 205

Academic Areas

Social determinants of health and toxic stress; promotion of protective factors; child welfare and early childhood systems improvement; implementation and outcomes evaluation.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Juliana Carlson, Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
785.864.9026
Twente Hall, 310

Academic Areas

International organizational practices to engage men in gender-based violence prevention; formal support of new and expectant fathers to reduce child exposure to domestic violence; economic and social justice for families.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Michelle Mohr Carney
Dean of the School of Social Welfare
785-864-8975
Twente Hall, Room 212

Academic Areas
Intimate partner violence, at-risk youth, community practice, nonprofit development and management, program development and evaluation, leadership development, collaboration building and conflict resolution, grant writing, strategic planning.

Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Kortney Carr
Associate Professor of Practice
913-897-8789
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270

Academic Areas

Intergenerational trauma, clinical practice in social work, leadership development, trauma and its impact on behaviors, relationships, and violence in communities, mental health

Education

M.S.W., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Sarah Jen
Assistant Professor
785-864-4291
Twente Hall, Room 307

Academic Areas

Intersections of social work, gerontology, and sexuality; support the sexual needs of aging populations and to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ midlife and older adults.

Education

Ph.D., University of Washington

Kelly Jones
Field Education Director, Professor of the Practice
785-864-2663
Twente Hall, Room 103

Academic Areas

Educational standards of field education and cohesive School and community partnerships, participatory budgetary decisions and policymaking, dementia care and public health in aging populations

Education

M.S.W., University of Kansas

Kepple, Nancy Jo
Assistant Professor
785.864.0147
Twente Hall, 113

Academic Areas

Social consequences of the availability, distribution, and use of psychoactive substances; substance use behaviors among parenting populations; the role of parent substance use in child welfare decision-making; and racial/ethnic disparities within the child welfare system.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Koenig, Terry
Professor
785-864-2656
Twente Hall, Room 9

Academic Areas

Ethical decision making in social work practice; social welfare philosophy; International social work development and cross-cultural practices; Central Asian and post-Soviet issues; aging, elder abuse and self-neglect; qualitative research methods.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Lewis, Melinda Kay
Associate Professor of the Practice
785-864-1047
Twente Hall, Room 312

Academic Areas

Poverty and economic inequality, asset-based financial aid, social change, strategies for effective policy advocacy by nonprofit organizations, advocacy evaluation, and advocacy capacity-building for individuals and social service organizations.

Education

M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis

Matejkowski, Jason
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
785.864.5851
Twente Hall, 201

Academic Areas

Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Briana McGeough
Assistant Professor
785-864-1293
Twente Hall, Room 302

Academic Areas

Understanding and intervening on mental health disparities experienced by sexual minority individuals, particularly disparities in depression and alcohol use disorders.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Mendenhall, Amy N.
Professor, Associate Dean for Research
785.864.4792
Twente Hall, 206

Academic Areas

Children’s mental health including serious mental illness, service utilization, parent and child education and the impact of mental illness on children and their families.

Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Paceley, Megan
Assistant Professor
785-864-2284
Twente Hall, Room 313

Academic Areas

Understanding the impact of non-urban communities on the health and well-being of gender and sexual minority (GSM youth; development, sustainability, and evaluation of gender and sexual minority community organizations.

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ramirez, Laurie
Associate Professor of Practice, Liaison to Native Communities
785-864-8969
Twente Hall, Room 305

Academic Areas
Culturally grounded social work practice with oppressed populations, diversity, equity and inclusion in social work education, children and families, and evaluation of culturally adapted practices.

Tribal Affiliation 
Turtle Mountain, Band of Chippewas

Education
M.S.W., University of Kansas

 

Michael Riquino
Assistant Professor
785-864-1294
Twente Hall, Room 303

Academic Areas

Nonsuicidal self-injury across the lifespan, child and adolescent mental health and trauma, centering the perspectives of youth with marginalized identities, integrating micro and macro approaches, mixed methods research

Education

Ph.D., University of Utah

Scanlon, Edward
Associate Professor
913-897-8555
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270

Academic Areas

Anti-poverty programs and policies; social justice; policy and social change strategies.

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Kim Warren
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, School of Social Welfare, Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
785-864-9451
Wescoe Hall, Room 3616

Academic Areas

Kim Warren is a historian of race and gender, social reform, education, civil, human, and women's rights. She conducts research and teaching in areas of African Diasporas, Native American studies, and feminist studies. Professor Warren earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Yale University; and an MA and PhD in History from Stanford University. At KU, she is affiliated faculty with Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, African and African-American Studies, Indigenous Studies, and has recently held the Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.

Education

Ph.D. in History, Stanford University


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