Becci A. Akin


Becci Akin
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD Program Director
she/her

Contact Info

Twente Hall, Room 204

Biography

Dr. Becci Akin is an Associate professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She joined the School as a faculty member in 2013. Before joining the KU faculty, Dr. Akin spent her early social work career in child welfare as a caseworker and policy advocate. She also worked in community-based agencies as a macro practitioner on a wide range of human service and community issues. Dr. Akin has taught at the BSW and MSW levels including courses in community practice, social work policy, research methods, program design, grant writing, and agency-based outcomes evaluation. She has recently collaborated with other KUSSW faculty to develop a child welfare certificate program in the School. Dr. Akin's scholarship focuses on understanding the keys to successful implementation and effective and equitable interventions for families involved in child welfare. Her recent publications have examined barriers to permanency for families of children with serious mental health problems; predictors of exits to different types of permanency as influenced by parental substance use; frontline staff perceptions on implementation of evidence-based interventions in foster care; and rigorous outcomes evaluation of evidence-based parenting interventions in child welfare. Dr. Akin has served as principal or co-principal investigator on six federally funded studies, including a randomized study of behavioral parent training for Kansas youth in foster care with significant emotional and behavioral problems. A recent initiative includes partnering with KUSSW colleagues to co-lead the evaluation of the national Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare, and working with an interdisciplinary research team to examine the intergenerational transmission of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Akin has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented more than 55 papers at national and international conferences and proceedings. She received her MSW and Ph.D. degrees, with honors, from the University of Kansas.

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Research

Research interests:

  • 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

Teaching

Teaching interests:

  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Advocacy and Administration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Work Policy
  • Organizational and Community Practice

Selected Publications

Publications

Major (Refereed)

* Denotes student authors

  1. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Bruns, K. (in press). Implementing trauma-informed assessments and case planning in child welfare: Frontline worker perspectives on barriers and facilitators. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
     
  2. Kim, J., Brook, J., Liming, K., *Park, I., Akin, B., & Franklin, C. (in press). Randomized Controlled Trial Study of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Substance Use Disorder Affected Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.
     
  3. Liming, K., Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (in press). Cumulative Adverse Childhood Experiences among Children in Foster Care and the Association with Reunification: A Survival Analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect.
     
  4. Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S., Brook, J., & Bruns, K. (in press). Driving organization and systems change toward trauma-responsive services in child welfare: Supervisor and administrator perspectives on initial implementation. Journal of Public Child Welfare. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2019.1652720
     
  5. *Clark, S. L., Akin, B. A., & *Wright, K. (2020). A future of strength: The strength perspective and developing social workers. In Mendenhall, A. & Carney, M. (Eds.) Rooted in Strengths. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (Refereed).
     
  6. *Clark, S. L, Palmer, A. N., Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. (2020). Investigating the relationship between trauma symptoms and placement instability for children in foster care. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104660
     
  7. Akin, B. A., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Kepple, N., & *Clark, S. L. (2019). Intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment. Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780195389678-0274 (Refereed)
     
  8.  Brook, J. & Akin, B. A. (2019). Using theory of change as a framework for examining community context and philanthropic impact. Evaluation and Program Planning, 77, doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101708
     
  9. Collins-Camargo, C., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Akin, B. A. (2019). Use of Technology to Facilitate Practice Improvement in Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems. Child Welfare.
     
  10. Kim, J., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2019). Solution-focused brief therapy to improve child well-being and family functioning outcomes with substance using parents in the child welfare system. Developmental Child Welfare 1(2), 124-142. doi: 10.1177/2516103219829479
     
  11. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Paceley, M., & Davis, S. (2018). Engaging substance-affected families in child welfare: Parent perspectives of a parenting intervention at program initiation and completion. Journal of Family Social Work, 21(4-5), 313-330. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2018.1469562
     
  12. Akin, B. A., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Davis, S., Paceley, M., & Brook, J. (2018). Parent perspectives of engagement in the Strengthening Families Program: An evidence-based intervention for families in child welfare and affected by parental substance use. Child & Family Social Work 23(4), 735-742. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12470
     
  13. Akin, B. A., Lang, K., Yan, Y. & McDonald, T. (2018). Randomized trial of PMTO in foster care: 12-month child well-being, parenting, and caregiver functioning outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 95, 49-63. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.10.018
     
  14. Akin, B. A. & McDonald, T. (2018). Parenting intervention effects on reunification: A randomized trial of PMTO in foster care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 83, 94-105. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.07.011
     
  15. Chasnoff, I. J., Barber, G., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2018). The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: Knowledge of health care and legal professionals. Child Welfare, 96 (3), 41-58.
     
  16. Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Chasnoff (2018). Factors associated with practitioner knowledge of CAPTA 2010 mandates for identifying and intervening in cases of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure: The policy to practice gap. Families In Society, 99(3), 232-243. doi: 10.1177/1044389418785326
     
  17. Akin, B. A., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Collins-Camargo, C. (2017). Successes and challenges in developing trauma-informed child welfare systems: A real-world case study of exploration and initial implementation. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 42-52. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.007
     
  18. Akin, B. A., Lang, K., McDonald, T., Yan, Y., & Little, T. (2019). Randomized trial of PMTO in foster care: Six-month child well-being outcomes. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), 206-222. doi:10.1177/1049731516669822
     
  19. Akin, B. A., Lang, K., McDonald, T., Yan, Y., & Little, T. (2018). Randomized study of PMTO in foster care: Six-month parent outcomes. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(7), 810-826. doi:10.1177/1049731517703746
     
  20. Kim, J., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2018). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with substance using individuals: A randomized controlled trial study. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(4), 452-462. doi:10.1177/1049731516650517
     
  21. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & *Lloyd, M., & McDonald, T. (2017). Effect of a parenting intervention on foster care re-entry after reunification among substance-affected families: A quasi-experimental study. Child Maltreatment, 22(3), 194-204. doi:10.1177/1077559517702743
     
  22. Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., McDonald, T. & *Moon, J. (2017). Changes in effective parenting during PMTO with parents of children in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 76, 181-191. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.03.010
     
  23. Akin, B. A., Domenech Rodriguez, M. M., *Yan, Y., DeGarmo, D. S., McDonald, T., & Forgatch, M. S. (2017). Clinician's observations of family interactions in the reunification process: The Parent Child Checklist. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26 (1), 137-147. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0556-9
     
  24. Akin, B. A., & *Gomi, S. (2017). Non-completion of evidence-based parent training: An empirical examination among families of children in foster care. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(1), 52-68. doi:10.1080/01488376.2016.1226229
     
  25. *Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., & 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
     
  26. McDonald, T., *Bhattarai, J., & Akin, B. A. (2017). Predictors of consent to a randomized study of an evidence-based parenting intervention in foster care. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 14(4), 243-265. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2017.1319774
     
  27. Akin, B. A. (2016). Practitioner views on the core functions of coaching in the implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 159-168. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.010
     
  28. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., *Byers, K., & *Lloyd, M. (2016). Worker perspectives from the front line: Implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(3), 870-882. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0283-7
     
  29. Akin, B. A., 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 & Neglect, 57, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.002
     
  30. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., *Lloyd, M., *Bhattarai, J., & McDonald, T. (2016). The use of prospective versus retrospective pretests with child-welfare involved families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(9), 2740-2752. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0446-1
     
  31. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., *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

Minor

(Non-Refereed)

  1. Akin, B. A., Wright, K., McCall, S., Byers, K., Alford, D., Shaw-Woody, N., & Kline, M. (in press). Pursuing Equity in Child Welfare: Learning from a Collective Process to Eliminate Racial Disparities. St. Paul, MN: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota.
     
  2. White Starr, R., Mota, W., Carlson, J., & Akin, B. A. (2020). Centering Racial Equity in Collaboration Scale. Boston, MA: Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence.

Selected Presentations

Scholarly Presentations

* Denotes student authors

Major

  1. Akin, B. A., Byers, K., Dunkerley, S., Clark, S. L., Wright, K., McArthur, V., Alford, D. (2021, May 3-6). Collaborative Teaming and Planning to Support the Selection of Innovations and Implementation Strategies. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference 2021, Addressing Equity in Implementation: Building Research, Practice, and Policy Across the Globe, Denver, CO (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  2. Banda, L., Akin, B. A., Diaz, A., Carlson, J., Holmes, C., & Kepple, N. (2021, May 3-6). Iterative Development of a Fidelity Assessment to the Balance Needs of Multi-system Human Services Settings. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference 2021, Addressing Equity in Implementation: Building Research, Practice, and Policy Across the Globe, Denver, CO (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  3. Carlson, J., Akin, B. A., Holmes, C., Banda, L., Diaz, A., & Kepple, N. (2021, May 3-6). Working with Implementation Teams to Promote Gender and Racial Equity: Actionable Insights from a Multi-Systems Change Demonstration Project. (2021, May 3-6). Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference 2021, Addressing Equity in Implementation: Building Research, Practice, and Policy Across the Globe, Denver, CO (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  4. Diaz, A., Kepple, N., Holmes, C., Banda, L., Carlson, J., & Akin, B. A. (2021, May 3-6). Implementation Teams’ Perceptions of Collaboration with a Racial Equity Lens: Results from Diverse Stakeholders Applied to Improvement in Implementation Stages. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference 2021, Addressing Equity in Implementation: Building Research, Practice, and Policy Across the Globe, Denver, CO (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  5. Wright, K., McCall, S., Akin, B. A. (2021, May 3-6). Pursuing Equity and Justice in Implementation: Learning from the Collective Process of Addressing Racial Disparities in Child Welfare. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference 2021, Addressing Equity in Implementation: Building Research, Practice, and Policy Across the Globe, Denver, CO (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  6. *Clark, S. L, McCall, S., Akin, B. A., Piepmeier, S., Long, L., Reichart, M., Byers, K. (2021, April 11). When Abstract Meets Concrete: Using Art to Shape Child Welfare Practice and Policy. Paper presentation at the ResilienceCon 2020, Nashville, TN (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  7. *Clark, S. L., McCall, S., Akin, B.A., *Gomez, M., Byers, K. (2021, April 11-13). Amplified: A Poetic Inquiry of Voices in Child Welfare. Poster presentation at the ResilienceCon 2020, Nashville, TN (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  8. Carlson, J. & Akin, B. A. (2021, March 5). What’s Your Data? Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare, All of Us, Every Family, (Virtual Conference) (Invited).
     
  9. White Starr, R., Mota, W., Carlson, J. & Akin, B. A. (2021, March 3). Advancing Equity. Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare, All of Us, Every Family, (Virtual Conference) (Invited).
     
  10. Akin, B. A. (2021, January 21). Stable Reunification: Long-term Follow-up on a Randomized Study of a Parenting Intervention for Families of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems. 25th Paper presentation at the Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  11. *Liming, K., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2021, January 21). Influence of Cumulative Adverse Childhood Experiences on Reunification for Children in Foster Care. Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  12. *Wright, K., Akin, B. A., McCall, S., & Weber, K. (2021, January 21). Pursuing Justice with Collaborative Institutional Research: Examining the Collective Process of Addressing Racial Disparity in Child Welfare Research. Roundtable at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  13. Carlson, J., Akin, B. A., Kepple, N., & *Banda, L. (2021, January 22). Team Work Makes the Dream Work: Implementing Blameless Retrospective Practice in Research Teams. Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  14. *Liming, K., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2021, January 22). The Association between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Placement Setting Type and Placement Stability for Children in out-of-Home Placement. Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  15. *Wright, K., Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S., Byers, K., *Clark, S. & McCall, S. (2021, January 22). Parents' and Professionals' Perceptions of the Court and Legal System. Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  16. Byers, K. & Akin, B. A. (2021, January). Geographic Barriers to Achieving Timely Permanency: A Survival Analysis. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  17. *Dunkerley, S., Palmer, A., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2021, January). Parent and Worker Perspectives on the Helping Relationship. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  18. *Clark, S., Byers, K., Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S., *Wright, K. & McCall, S. (2021, January). Child Safety and Family Preservation: Investigating the Relationships between Tenure, Type of Employment, and Values Influencing Decision Making Among Child Welfare Professionals. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  19. *Dunkerley, S. & Akin, B. A. (2021, January). Engaging Foster Care-Involved Parents: An Exploratory Study on Parent Engagement and Placement Stability. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  20. *Banda, L., Akin, B. A., Carlson, J., Holmes, C. & *Diaz, A. (2021, January). Early Testing Mechanisms for Assessment of Initial Implementation Outcomes on Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  21. *Diaz, A., Holmes, C., Kepple, N., Carlson, J. & Akin, B. A. (2021, January). Assessing Perceptions of Collaboration Among Diverse Stakeholders in Implementation Teams: Preliminary Results from a Project-Developed Collaboration Survey. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work Science for Social Change. (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  22. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., *Clark, S. L. & *Wright, K. (2020, November 20). Foster Care-Involved Parents’ Views on Court and Legal Practices. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  23. *Clark, S. L., McCall, S., Akin, B. A. (2020, November 19). Lessons Learned from Facilitating Youth Directed, Participatory Action Research in a State-Wide Study of Child Welfare Services. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  24. *Dunkerley, S., Palmer, A., Akin, B. A. & Brook, J. (2020, November 17). Parent and Worker Perspectives on the Helping Relationship in Foster Care. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, (Virtual Conference) (Refereed).
     
  25. *Wright, K., *Carr, K., & Akin, B. A. (2020, November 13). Social Work’s Racialized Foundations: Recreating a more Equitable History of the Field. Paper presentation at the 2020 Racial Justice Symposium; Reckoning with Our History, Interrogating Our Present, Re-Imagining Our Future, Virtual Symposium, University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. (Refereed).
     
  26. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Palmer, A., & *Dunkerley, S. (2020, June 7). Trauma Informed Assessment and Foster Care Placement Stability. Paper presentation at the 7th World Congress, World Association for Infant Mental Health, Creating Stories in Infant Mental Health: Research, Recovery, and Regeneration, Brisbane, Australia. (Refereed) (Conference canceled).
     
  27. *Clark, S., *Wright, K., & Akin, B. A. (2020, April 17). A future of strength: The strength perspective and developing social workers. Paper presentation at the Social Work Day Conference, Lawrence, KS. (Refereed) (Conference canceled).
     
  28. *Schuetz, N., Mendenhall, A., Cornwell, P., Pfannenstiel, A., & Akin, B. A. (2020, March 17). Developing a Universal Survey to Measure Agency-Wide Impact: One Instrument Across Diverse Programs, Services and Clients. Paper presentation at the 33rd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (Refereed) (Conference canceled).
     
  29. Akin, B. A. & Byers, K. (2020, March 4). Summary Results of SOAR Analysis for Kansas Strong for Children and Families. Paper presentation for the Strengthening Child Welfare Systems Grantee Meeting, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, Washington, DC. (Invited).
     
  30. Akin, B. A., White Starr, R., Mota, W., & Carlson, J. (2020, January 17). Collaboration and Racial Equity in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: Exploring the Development and Use of a Racial Equity and Anti-White Supremacy Infused Measure of Collaboration. Roundtable at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  31. *Clark, S. L., *Palmer, A., Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. & Brook, J. (2020, January 18). Investigating the Relationship between Trauma Symptoms and Placement Instability for Children in Foster Care. Paper presentation at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  32. *Palmer, A., Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. & Brook, J. (2020, January 18). Collaboration in a Public-Private-University Partnership for Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Services. Poster presentation at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  33. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A. & Brook, J. (2020, January 19). An Examination of Parent Engagement and Parent Challenges Early in Foster Care Involvement. Paper presentation at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  34. Mendenhall, A., *Grube, W., *Jeong, M., Davis, S., Kepple, N. J. & Akin, B. A. (2020, January 19). Using Standardized Assessments for Service Eligibility & Delivery in the Children's Behavioral Health System: Observations & Recommendations from a Midwestern State. Poster presentation at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  35. *Moon, D., Johnson-Motoyama, M. & Akin, B. A. (2020, January 19). Trauma-Informed Integrated Primary Care: Rural Healthcare Innovation through Community Partnership. Poster presentation at the 24th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  36. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2019, October 24). Parent Reports of Engagement and Challenges Early in Their Foster Care Involvement. Paper presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting, Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, CO. (Refereed)
     
  37. *Moon, D., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Nelson, E., Wright, S. D., & Akin, B. A. (2019, September 14). Rural Primary Care Organizational Change Toward Trauma-Informed Integrated Primary Care through Community Partnerships. Paper presentation at the 5th Biennial Society for Implementation Research, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice, Seattle, Washington. (Refereed).
     
  38. Akin, B. A., Bass, L., & McArthur, V. (2019, September 17). Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons on Sustaining a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Initiative. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference, Implementation for Impact, Glasgow, Scotland. (Refereed).
     
  39. Akin, B. A., Carlson, J., Mota, W., & White Starr, R. (2019, September 17). Lessons Learned from Developing and Using a Measure of Collaboration Informed by a Racial Equity Lens. Global Implementation Conference, Implementation for Impact, Glasgow, Scotland. (Refereed).
     
  40. Barton, J. & Akin, B. A. (2019, September 17). Implementation Drivers as Practical Measures of Data-Driven Decision-Making in Early Childhood Programs. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference, Implementation for Impact, Glasgow, Scotland. (Refereed).
     
  41. Carlson, J. M., & Akin, B. A. (2019, September 17). Cultivating a Suite of Implementation Tools for a Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Intervention. Poster presentation at the Global Implementation Conference, Implementation for Impact, Glasgow, Scotland. (Refereed).
     
  42. Akin, B. A., Bass, L. H., & McArthur, V. (2019, August 20). Reunification Outcomes of Families of Children with Mental Health Problems: A Randomized Study. Paper presentation at the 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  43. *Clark, S. L., *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., & *Palmer, A. (2019, August 21). Making Data Digestible: How a Study on Early Parent Engagement in Foster Care is Shaping Child Welfare Practice in Kansas. Poster presentation at the 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  44. Palmer, A., Heimbach, L. H., & Akin, B. A. (2019, August 20). Trauma-Informed Evaluation in Child Welfare: Lessons Learned from the Statewide Integration of Trauma Assessment Data and Child Welfare Administrative Data. Poster presentation at the 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  45. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2019, April 25). Parent Reports of Engagement and Challenges Early in Their Involvement with Foster Care. Paper presentation at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Striving and Thriving Families, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  46. Akin, B. A., Strolin, J., & Collins-Camargo, C. (2019, April 24). Implementing with Science: Developing Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare Systems with the Integration of Research and Practice. Paper presentation at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Striving and Thriving Families, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  47. *Palmer, A., Akin, B. A., Dunkerley, S., & Brook, J. (2019, March 3). Collaboration in a Public-Private Partnership for Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Services. Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa Conference, Tampa, FL. (Refereed).
     
  48. Kepple, N. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Akin, B. A. (2019, January 20). Resilient Parenting Project: Exploring the Role of Ob/Gyn Clinics in the Prevention of the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. Paper presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  49. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Paceley, M., & Davis-Groves, S. (2019, January 19). Parent Perspectives of a Parenting Intervention as Program Start and Completion: Considering the Views of Parents Involved in Child Welfare and Affected by Substance Use. Paper presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  50. Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & Akin, B. A. (2019, January 19). A Propensity Score Analysis of Reunification Outcomes Among Families Affected by Substances and Served by the Strengthening Families Program. Paper presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  51. Kim, J., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2019, January 19). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to Improve Child Well-Being and Family Functioning Outcomes with Substance Using Parents in the Child Welfare System. Paper presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  52. Akin, B. A., Carlson, J., *Conrad, A., Rose, J., Taggart, S., Davis, L., & Zinn, A. (2019, January 17). Collaboration at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: The Views of Stakeholders from Multiple Systems. Paper presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  53. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H. (2019, January 17). Community Challenges and Barriers to the Delivery of Behavioral Health Services. Poster presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  54. Yan, Y., Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (2019, January 17). Does PMTO Moderate the Change of Child and Family Functioning within Families with Children in Foster Care with Serious Mental Health Problems: A Latent Profile Transition Analysis. Poster presentation at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Ending Gender-Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed).
     
  55. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Johnson-Motoyama (2018, May 23). Working with Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use: Lessons for Engagement from Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions. Paper presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Working with Involuntary Clients, Monash University, Prato, Italy. (Refereed).
     
  56. Roberts, C., Akin, B. A., Song, S. (2018, May 7). Hello from the Other Side: A Guide to Working with Biological Parents of Foster Youth. Paper presentation at the American Psychiatric Association 2018 Annual Meeting, Building Well-Being through Innovation, New York, NY, USA. (Refereed).
     
  57. Bass, L. & Akin, B. A. (2018, July 31). Implementing EBPs for Reunification and Sustained Permanency. Webinar for Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC. (Invited).
     
  58. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H., (2018, June 1). Reunification Findings from the Iowa Regional Partnership Grant. In Murphy, J., Nicodimos, S., Thomas, M., Owens, W., & Lloyd, M. H. (Panel Presenters), Strengthening Families and Supporting Success. Paper presentation at the 24th National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training Conference, Houston, TX. (Refereed).
     
  59. *Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., *Romero, A., Bruns, K., & Brook, J. (2018, January 14). Initial Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Data-Driven Case Planning Approach in Child Welfare. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  60. Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Chasnoff, I. (2018, January 14). The Policy to Practice Gap: Factors with Practitioner Knowledge of CAPTA 2010 Mandates for Identifying and Intervening in Cases of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure. S Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  61. *Dunkerley, Akin, B. A., *Romero, A., Bruns, K., & Brook, J. (2018, January 14). Driving Organization and System Change: Child Welfare Supervisor and Administrator Perspectives of Initial Implementation. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  62. Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (2018, January 13). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Parent Management Training Oregon Model in Foster Care: Reunification Outcomes. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  63. Carlson, J., *Willard, M., *Moon, J., *Conrad, A., *Sanders, I., Akin, B. A., Rose, J., Davis, L., Taggart, S., & Zinn, A. (2018, January 13). What Is the Problem? Child Welfare Involved Families Experiencing Domestic Violence: Perceptions of Stakeholders across Multiple Systems. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  64. Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (2018, January 13). Parental Drug Use and Permanency for Young Children in Foster Care: A Competing Risks Analysis of Reunification, Guardianship, and Adoption. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  65. Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., McDonald, T., Lang, K., & Little, T. (2018, January 12). PMTO for Children in Foster Care with Serious Mental Health Problems: Follow-up Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Paper presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  66. *Moon, J., Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., & McDonald, T. (2018, January 12). Parenting Practice Changes during Parent Management Training Oregon Model with Parents of Children in Foster Care: A Growth Curve Analysis. Poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  67.  Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M., & McDonald, T. (2017, January 15). Effect of a Parenting Intervention on Foster Care Re-Entry Among Substance-Affected Families. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  68. Akin, B. A., Collins-Camargo, C., & Strolin, J. (2017, January 13). Symposium on Implementing with Science: Integrating Research and Practice to Develop Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare Systems. Symposium organizer at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  69. Akin, B. A., Lang, K., McDonald, T., Yan, Y., & Little, T. (2017, January 12). A Randomized Effectiveness Trial of Evidence-Based Parent Training for Children with Serious Mental Health Problems: Six Month Child Well-Being Outcomes. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  70. Akin, B. A., *Romero, A., *Bhattarai, J., & Lieberman, A. (2017, January 13). Using a Cross-System, Multi-Informant Approach to Develop Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare System. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  71. Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., *Bhattarai, J., & McDonald, T. (2017, January 14). Examining Response Shift in the Evaluation of Self-Reported Program Impact within Child Welfare Settings. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  72. Kim, J., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2017, January 15). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Substance Using Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  73. Lloyd, M., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & McDonald, T. (2017, January 13). 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. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  74. *Romero, A. & Akin, B. A. (2017, January 13). Cross-system Views on the Supports and Challenges of Adoption from Foster Care. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA. (Refereed).
     
  75. Akin, B. A. (2017, June 21). Put Me in Coach: How to Build Positive Coaching Practices in Child Welfare. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Refereed).
     
  76. Akin, B. A. & Brook, J. (2017, June 20). Community Engagement and Collaboration in the Implementation of a Statewide Child Welfare Initiative: Key Supports and Challenges. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Refereed).
     
  77. McArthur, V., *Dunkerley, S. N., & Akin, B. A. (2017, June 7). PMTO Model for Kansas Youth in Foster Care with Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Presentation at the International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO In Diversity, Aarhus, Denmark. (Invited).
     
  78. McArthur, V., *Dunkerley, S. N., & Akin, B. A. (2017, June 8). Practitioners Measurement of Parent and Child Progress with the Parent-Child Checklist: Implementation and Results. Presentation at the International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO In Diversity, Aarhus, Denmark. (Invited).
     
  79. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., *Lloyd, M. H., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2017, January 24). A Study in Contrasts: Supports and Barriers to Successful Implementation of Two Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare. Webinar for Practice and Research Together, Toronto, Canada. (Invited).
     
  80. Chasnoff, I. J., Brook, J., Barber, G., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H. (2016, September 1). 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. (Refereed).
     
  81. Bess, R., Gabel, G., & Akin, B. A. (2016, August 31). Lessons from the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII): Using Data to Inform, Adjust, and Strengthen Practice. Paper presentation at the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  82. *Romero, A., & Akin, B. A. (2016, August 31). Cross-System Views on the Supports and Challenges of Adoption from Foster Care. Poster presentation at the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  83. Brook, J., *Lloyd, M., Akin, B. A., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2016, August 1). Implementing EBPs Across Systems and Settings to Enhance Services for Substance-Abuse affected Families: Process, Outcomes, and Cost Savings. Paper presentation at the Child Welfare League of America 2016 National Conference: Advancing excellence in practice and policy: What works for families affected by substance use, Anaheim, CA. (Refereed).
     
  84. Akin, B. A. (2016, April 12). Lessons Learned from Implementing a Parenting Intervention to Improve Permanency Among Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Paper presentation at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Task Force on Timely Permanency in Foster Care, Washington, DC. (Invited).
     
  85. Akin, B. A., Brook, J., *Lloyd, M. H., & *Byers, K. (2016, January 17). Front Line Perspectives on Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare Settings. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  86. Akin, B. A. (2016, January 17). Coaching as a Key Implementation Strategy for Evidence-Based Interventions: Core Functions and Critical Features. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future, Washington, DC. (Refereed).
     
  87. McDonald, T. P., *Bhattarai, J., & Akin, B. A. (2016, January 17). Predictors of Consent in a Randomized Field Study in Child Welfare. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future, Washington, DC. (Refereed).

Minor Presentations

  1. Byers, K., Akin, B. A., Bowling, A. (2020, November 19). Strengthening Service Array & System Alignment for Children and Families. Paper presentation at the Kansas Governor's Annual Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Topeka, KS. (Refereed).
     
  2. Clark, S. L.*, McCall, S.*, Akin, B. A., Reichart, M., & Kansas Youth Advisory Council (2020, November 17). Sharing the Voices of Foster Youth: A Roundtable Discussion Exploring Lessons Learned from a Digital Arts, Participatory Action Research Project Centering the Experiences of Youth in Kansas Foster Care. Paper presentation at the Kansas Governor's Annual Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Topeka, KS. (Refereed).
     
  3. *Dunkerley, S. N., Palmer, A., *Clark, S., McArthur, V., Bass, L., Bruns, K., McCall, S., & Akin, B. A. (2019, April 5). Lessons Learned from the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project: A Community Conversation on Improving Kansas Child Welfare. Project presentation to community stakeholders, Topeka, KS. (Invited).
     
  4. Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. N., Palmer, A., *Clark, S., McArthur, V., Bruns, K., & McCall, S. (2019, March 29). Lessons Learned from the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project: A Community Conversation on Improving Kansas Child Welfare. Project presentation to community stakeholders, Garden City, KS. (Invited).
     
  5. Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. N., Palmer, A., *Clark, S., Bass, L., McArthur, V., Bruns, K., & McCall, S. (2019, March 8). Lessons Learned from the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project: A Community Conversation on Improving Kansas Child Welfare. Project presentation to community stakeholders, Wichita, KS. (Invited).
     
  6. Akin, B. A., *Dunkerley, S. N., Palmer, A., vClark, S., Bass, L., McArthur, V., Bruns, K., & McCall, S. (2019, February 15). Lessons Learned from the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project: A Community Conversation to Strengthen Kansas Child Welfare. Project presentation to community stakeholders, Overland Park, KS. (Invited).
     
  7. Akin, B. A., Alexander, T., Bass, L., Bertram, R., Gilles, M., Keyes, T., McArthur, V., & Phillips, T. (2016, July 27). Selection and Installation of New Child Welfare Practice Models: How Implementation Affects You. Symposium at the Fostering Strategies for Change 2016 Conference: Children, Families and Their Communities, Kansas City, MO. (Refereed).

Awards & Honors

SSWR Fellow, Society for Social Work & Research 2020

Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Kansas 2019

Kansas Governor's Conference Award for Exemplary Service to Children and Families, 39th Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect 2015

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Grants and/or Other Funded Projects

External Funding Submitted Proposals

 University of Kansas

  1. Akin, B. A. (Principal), Carlson, J. (Co-Principal) & Kepple, N. J. (Co-Principal) Evaluation Services for the National Center to Transform Society for Children and Youth. Submitted Round 1 Application by Caminar Latino, Inc. to the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Racial Equity 2030. (Submitted Initial Proposal March 2021). (Refereed/Competitive)

Funded Proposals

University of Kansas

  1. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Kepple, N. (Co-Principal), Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal), & Riquino, M. (Co-Principal). Kansas SED Waiver Assessment & Evaluation Services. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service $287,250. Awarded January 2021 (January 2021 – December 30, 2021). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  2. Barton, J. (Principal), Byers, K. (Co-Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Impact Evaluation of the Saint Francis Ministries’ Fatherhood FIRE Initiative (Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, & Essential). Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) contract with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance $867,857. Awarded October 2020 (October 2020 – September 2025). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  3. Byers, K., (Principal)., Barton, J. (Co-Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Examination of Predictors of Youth Absent from Foster Care. TFI Family Services $69,930. (September 2020 – August 2021). (Invited Sole Source Contract).
     
  4. Mendenhall, A. N. (Principal) & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Assessment of Client Functioning Across Populations and Programs. Saint Francis Community Services $63,820. Awarded July 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  5. Byers, K. (Principal), Akin, B. A. (Proposal Principal/Co-Principal), Garstka, T. (Co-Principal), Mendenhall, A. N. (Co-Principal), & Counts, J. Evaluation Services for the Kansas Family First Prevention Services. Kansas Department for Children and Families $2,204,743. Awarded October 2019 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  6. Mendenhall, A. N. (Principal) & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Assessment of Client Functioning Across Populations and Programs. Saint Francis Community Services $55,215. Submitted June 2019 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  7. Akin, B. A. (Principal), Byers, K. (Co-Principal, January 2020 – September 2023), & Brook, J. (Co-Principal, October 2018 – December 2019). Kansas Strong for Children and Families. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $8,049,941, Submitted July 2018 (October 2018 – September 2023). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  8. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Kepple, N. (Co-Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Kansas SED Waiver Assessment & Evaluation Services. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service $255,304, Submitted October 2017 (September 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  9. Mendenhall, A.N. (Principal) & Akin, B. (Co-Principal). Assessment of Client Functioning Across Populations and Programs. Saint Francis Community Services. $54,000 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  10. Brook, J. (Principal), Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal) & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Evaluation Services for the Oklahoma Regional Partnership 3 Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse. Oklahoma Partnership Child Well-Being Initiative Phase 3, OPI-3 contract with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $675,000, Submitted July 2017 (October 2017 – September 2022). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  11. Akin, B. A. (Principal). Evaluation for the Kansas Parent Management Training Oregon Model (KS-PMTO) in Child Welfare. KVC Kansas, Olathe, KS; and Saint Francis Community Services, Salina, KS $116,852 (July 2017 – June 2019). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
     
  12. Zinn, A. (Principal), Carlson, J. (Co-Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Evaluation for the Quality Improvement Center on Child Welfare Involved Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $2,677,745, Submitted July 2016 (October 2016 – September 2021). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  13. McDonald, T. P. (Principal), Byers, K. (Co-Principal), Mariscal, S. (Co-Principal), Brook, J. (Co-Author), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Author). Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $2,900,000, Submitted June 2014 (October 2014 – September 2019). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  14. Akin, B. A. (Principal), Lieberman, A. (Co-Principal), & Brook, J. (Co-Principal). Promoting Well-Being and Adoption After Trauma (Kansas Assessment Permanency Project). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $2,425,000, Submitted August 2013 (October 2013 – September 2018). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  15. Brook, J. (Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Evaluation Services for the Iowa Regional Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse. Contract with Iowa Children's Justice; Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $436,527, Submitted July 2012 (October 2012 – September 2017). Refereed/Competitive)
     
  16. Brook, J. (Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Evaluation Services for the Oklahoma Regional Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse. Oklahoma Partnership Child Well-Being Initiative Phase 2, OPI-2 contract with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $502,623, Submitted July 2012 (October 2012 – September 2017). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  17. Akin, B. A. (Principal), & McDonald, T. (Co-Principal). Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care (Kansas Intensive Permanency Project). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families $13,313,116, Submitted August 2010 (October 2010 – September 2016). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  18. Johnson-Motoyama, M. (Principal), Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal), & Brook, J. (Co-Principal). Evaluation Services for the Iowa Drug Court Expansion Project. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration $175,500, Submitted April 2013 (August 2013 – July 2016). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  19. Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal), & McDonald, T. (Principal). Evaluation Services for the Permanency Innovations Initiative, Kansas Intensive Permanency Project. Westat, Rockville, MD $881,000 (October 2011 – June 2016). (Invited Sole Source Contract)

Unfunded Proposals

University of Kansas

  1. Gewirtz, A. (Principal), DeGarmo, D. (Co-Principal), Forgatch, M. (Co-Principal), Domenech-Rodriguez, M. (Co-Principal), Parra-Cadona, J. R. (Co-Principal), Kjobli, J. (Co-Principal), Tommeras, T. (Co-Principal), Amador Buenabad, N. G. (Co-Principal), Sigmarsdottir, M. (Co-Principal), & Akin, B. A. (Co-Principal). Secondary Mega-Analysis of Parent Management Training-Oregon Model Randomized Trials: Crossover Effects on Parent and Child Mental Health. National Institute of Mental Health (RFA-MH-20-110) $1,200,000. (Submitted January 2020). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  2. Riquino, M., (Principal) & Akin, B. A. Evaluation for Kansas Project Connect. Project Connect: Mental Health & Substance Use Education, Training and Support for Families and Professionals with KVC Kansas, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. (Submitted February 2020). (Refereed/Competitive)
     
  3. Akin, B. A. (Principal) & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Evaluation for Kansas Project LAUNCH. Project LAUNCH with KVC Kansas, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. $350,585 (Submitted April 2019). (Refereed/Competitive)

Memberships

Service Record

University of Kansas Service

University

Member
Faculty Senate Judicial Board 2020 – Present

Member
Faculty Senate Faculty Research Committee (Appointment by Faculty Senate Executive Committee) 2019 – 2020

Chair Faculty
Senate Faculty Research Committee (Appointment by Faculty Senate President) 2018 – 2019

Member, Ex-Officio
Faculty Senate Restricted Research Committee (Appointed by Faculty Senate President) 2018 – 2019

Reviewer
Office of Graduate Studies April 2018

Member
Fostering Jayhawk Success (Committee to address issues of KU Students who have been in foster care or homeless.) 2016 – 2020

Member
University Sustainability Ambassador 2018 – 2020

Member
University Senate Library Committee (Appointment by Dean) 2015 – 2018

Member
Faculty Senate Faculty Research Committee (Appointment by Faculty Senate Executive Committee) 2017 – 2018

Member
School of Social Welfare Dean’s Search Committee (Appointed by Provost) 2016 – 2017

Reviewer
Center for Undergraduate Research April 2017

School Member
Promotion and Tenure Committee (Elected) 2019 – 2021

Chair
PhD Program Committee (Appointed) 2019 – Present

Member
Scholarship Review Committee 2019 – Present

Member
Macro Practice Curriculum Subcommittee (MSW) 2013 – Present

Faculty Mentor
Doctoral Student Mentoring 2016 – Present

Faculty Mentor
Adjunct Mentoring for SW 849 Managing Financial Resources 2016 – Present

Faculty Mentor
GTA Mentoring (various courses) 2013 – Present

Member
Search committee (Elected) 2019 – 2020

Member
Student Mental Health Committee (Appointed) 2019 – 2020

Member
DSW Committee (Appointed) 2019 – 2020

Faculty Mentor
Adjunct Mentoring for SW 630 Antisocial, Aggressive Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence 2017 – 2020

Faculty Mentor
Adjunct Mentoring for SW 843 Program Management & Supervision 2016 – 2020

Faculty Mentor
Adjunct Mentoring for SW 740 Research Methods 2014 – 2020

Chair
Ad Hoc Committee on Child Welfare/Children and Family Certificate for BSW 2016 – 2019

Member
Awards Committee (Elected) 2018 – 2019

Member
Research Council 2018 – 2019

Member
PhD Program Committee (Elected) 2017 – 2019

Member
Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum Revision Process (Elected) Spring 2018

Chair
MSW Curriculum Area Group, Research (Elected) 2015 – 2018

Member
MSW Foundation Curriculum Committee 2013 – 2018

Member
MSW Program Committee 2016 – 2018

Chair
Awards Committee (Elected) 2016 – 2018

Chair
Macro Practice Curriculum Committee (Elected) 2016 – 2018

Member
PhD Program Committee (Appointment by Dean) 2014 – 2017

Co-Chair
Ad Hoc Committee on Interim Dean Selection Process (Elected) May 2016

Member
Awards Committee (Elected) 2014 – 2016

Member
Macro Practice Curriculum Committee 2013 – 2016

Professional Service Outside the University

International

Treasurer
Board of Directors, Global Implementation Society (Elected) 2019 – Present

Member
Editorial Board, Developmental Child Welfare 2018 – Present

Reviewer Global Implementation Conference, Conference Abstracts 2020

Session Support
Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Implementation Research and Evaluation, Global Implementation Conference, Glasgow, Scotland September 2019

Session Chairperson
Systemic Perspectives on Implementation of Innovation in the UK: The Learning for Evaluators, Global Implementation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 2017

Session Chairperson
Implementation at Scale/EBPs, Global Implementation Conference, Dublin, Ireland May 2015

National Member
Editorial Board, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 2021 – Present

Member
Editorial Board, Journal of Public Child Welfare 2017 – Present

Member
Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation National Advisory Committee, New York, NY. (Appointment by New York Community Trust). 2017 – Present

Member
Subcommittee on the Development of the Child Welfare Futures section, Journal of Public Child Welfare Fall 2020

Session Moderator
Child Welfare Track Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting November 2020

Member
Advisory Committee for Building Evidence Training Project II, Washington, DC. (Appointment by U.S. Children's Bureau) 2019 – 2020

Member
Advisory Committee on Summative Evaluation of the Youth At-Risk of Homelessness Grantee cluster, Washington, DC. (Appointment by U.S. Children’s Bureau) January 2020 – March 2020

Member
Subcommittee on the Selection of the Article of the Year, Journal of Public Child Welfare 2017 – 2020

Session Moderator
Reflections on Evidence-Building in Child Welfare: Discussing Opportunities and Challenges, National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC. (Invited by U.S. Children's Bureau) August 2019

Member
Subcommittee on the Selection of the Dissertation Award 2019, Transforming Child Welfare, CSWE Child Welfare Track 2019

Reviewer
Administration & Policy in Mental Health 2020 – Present

Reviewer
Council on Social Work Education, Conference Abstracts 2020 – Present

Reviewer
Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 2020 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Family Studies 2020 – Present

Reviewer
American Journal of Community Psychology 2018 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 2018 – Present

Reviewer
Families in Society 2018 – Present

Reviewer
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health & Well-being 2017 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Family Social Work 2017 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 2017 – Present

Reviewer
Child Abuse & Neglect 2016 – Present

Reviewer
Child and Family Social Work 2016 – Present

Reviewer
Adoption Quarterly 2015 – Present

Reviewer
Child Maltreatment 2015 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Child and Family Studies 2015 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Family Strengths 2015 – Present

Reviewer
Psychiatric Services 2015 – Present

Reviewer
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2014 – Present

Reviewer
Evaluation and Program Planning 2014 – Present

Reviewer
Journal of Public Child Welfare 2013 – Present

Reviewer
Society for Social Work Research, Conference Abstract 2012 – Present

Reviewer
Children and Youth Services Review 2010 – Present

Member Advisory
Committee for Building Evidence Training Project I, Washington, DC. (Appointment by U.S. Children's Bureau) 2017 – 2018

Member
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Task Force on Timely Permanence in Foster Care, Washington, DC. (Appointment by National Academy of Medicine, Board on Children, Youth and Families) April 2016 – September 2016

State

Member
Kansas Department for Children and Families Statewide Family Well-being System Committee 2021 – Present

Member
Kansas Department for Children and Families Statewide Assessment Project Team 2021 Member Kansas Working Group on Crossover Youth Services, Topeka, KS 2019 Member Kansas Early Childhood Mental Health Stakeholder Workgroup, Topeka, KS 2014 – 2017

Member
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Children and Family Services, Kansas Child Safety and Permanency Review/Children's Justice Act Task Force, Topeka, KS 2009 – 2015

Member
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Children and Family Services, Kansas Child Welfare Quality Improvement Committee, Topeka, KS 2008 – 2015

Member
Kansas Department of Children and Family Services and Casey Family Programs, Permanency Roundtable Design Team 2011 – 2013

Member
Kansas Action for Children, Advisory Committee on Children's Access to Health Care, Topeka, KS 2011

Member
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Children and Family Services and Casey Family Programs, Kansas Children and Family Services Vision and Priorities Core Planning Team, Topeka, KS 2011

Professional Memberships

Global

Implementation Society, Founding Member 2018 – Present

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 2017 – Present

National Prevention Science Coalition’s Research to Policy Collaboration 2017 – Present

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration 2016 – Present

Council on Social Work Education 2015 – Present

Society for Social Work and Research 2009 – Present