A Foundation of Strengths. A Vision of Justice. A Mission of Change.

Becci A. Akin, PhD

Associate Professor
PhD Program Director
Primary office:
785.864.2647
Twente Hall, 204


Summary

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.

Teaching Interests

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

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

Selected Publications

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 [Journal Articles]. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), 206–222. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731516669822
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 [Journal Articles]. Developmental Child Welfare, 1(2), 124–142. https://doi.org/10.1177/2516103219829479
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 Articles]. Journal of Family Social Work, 21(4–5), 313–330. https://doi.org/10.1080/10522158.2018.1469562
Akin, B. A., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Davis, S., Paceley, M. S., & 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 abuse [Journal Articles]. Child & Family Social Work, 23(4), 735–742. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12470
Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (2018). Randomized study of PMTO in foster care: Reunification otucomes [Journal Articles]. Child Abuse & Neglect, 83, 94–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.07.011
Akin, B. A., Lang, K., McDonald, T., Yan, Y., & Little, T. (2018). Randomized study of PMTO in foster care: Six-month parent outcomes [Journal Articles]. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(7), 810–826. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731517703746
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 [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 95, 49–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.10.018
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. [Journal Articles]. Child Welfare, 96(3), 41–58.
Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Chasnoff, I. (2018). The policy to practice gap: Factors associated with practitioner knowledge of CAPTA 2010 mandates for identifying and intervening in cases of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure [Journal Articles]. Families In Society, 99(3), 232–243. https://doi.org/10.1177/1044389418785326
Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., & McDonald, T. (2017). Changes in Effective Parenting During Parent Management Training Oregon model with Parents of Children in Foster Care [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 76, 181–191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.03.010
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 Articles]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(1), 137–147. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0556-9
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & McDonald, T. (2017). Effect of a parenting intervention on foster care re-entry after reunification among substance-affected families: A quasi-experimental study [Journal Articles]. Child Maltreatment, 22(3), 194–204. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559517702743
Akin, B. A., & Gomi, S. (2017). Non-completion of evidence-based parent training: An empirical examination among families of children in foster care. [Journal Articles]. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(1), 52–68. https://doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2016.1226229
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 [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 177–187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.016
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 Articles]. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 14(4), 243–265. https://doi.org/10.1080/23761407.2017.1319774
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 [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 42–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.007
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., 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 [Journal Articles]. Child Abuse & Neglect, 57, 30–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.002
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Yan, Y. (2016). Family drug courts as comprehensive service models: Cost considerations [Journal Articles]. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 67(3), 23–43. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfcj.12060
Akin, B. A. (2016). Practitioner views on the core functions of coaching in the implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 159–168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.010
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., Bhattarai, J., & McDonald, T. (2016). The use of prospective versus retrospective pretests with child-welfare involved families [Journal Articles]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(9), 2740–2752. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0446-1
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Byers, K., & Lloyd, M. H. (2016). Worker perspectives from the front line: Implementation of an evidence-based intervention in child welfare [Journal Articles]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(3), 870–882. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0283-7
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., & Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. (2015). Behavioral Health [Book Chapters]. In A Decade of Difference (pp. 84–122). Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Lloyd, M. H. (2015). Co-occurrence of parental substance abuse and child serious emotional disturbance: Understanding multiple pathways to improved child and family outcomes. [Journal Articles]. Child Welfare, 94(4), 71–96.
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Lloyd, M. H. (2015). Examining the role of methamphetamine in permanency: A competing risks analysis of reunification, guardianship and adoption. [Journal Articles]. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(2), 119–130. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000052
Mariscal, S., Akin, B. A., Lieberman, A., & Washington, D. (2015). Exploring the path from foster care to stable and lasting adoption: Perceptions of foster care alumni. [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 55, 111–120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.017
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., & Yan, Y. (2015). Family drug court, targeted parent training and family reunification: Did this enhanced service strategy make a difference? [Journal Articles]. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 66(2), 35–52. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfcj.12028
Akin, B. A., Byers, K., Lloyd, M. H., & McDonald, T. (2015). Joining formative evaluation with translational science to assess an EBI in foster care: Examining social-emotional well-being and placement stability [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 58, 253–264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.10.005
Akin  , B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T., & Wilson, C. (2014). A Case Example of the ACYF’s Well-Being Framework: The Kansas Intensive Permanency Project (KIPP) [Other]. In Integrating Safety, Permanency, and Well-being Series. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
Akin , B. A., McDonald, T., Testa, M., Melz, H., Blase, K., & Barclay, A. (2014). Formative evaluation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Assessing readiness for rigorous impact evaluation [Journal Articles]. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8(4), 354–374. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2014.939250
Akin    , B. A., Mariscal, S., Bass, L., Bhattarai, J., McArthur, V., & Bruns, K. (2014). Implementation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Practitioner perceptions of key challenges and supports [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 285–293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.09.006
Bryson, S. A., & Akin , B. A. (2014). Predictors of admission to inpatient psychiatric care among children enrolled in Medicaid [Journal Articles]. Journal of Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 42(2), 197–208. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-014-0560-6
Bryson, S. A., Akin , B. A., Blase, K., & McDonald, T. (2014). Selecting an evidence-based intervention for families of children with severe emotional disturbances [Journal Articles]. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11(1–2), 208–221. https://doi.org/10.1080/15433714.2013.850325
Lloyd, M. H., & Akin, B. A. (2014). The disparate impact of alcohol, methamphetamine, and other drugs on family reunification [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 72–81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.05.013
Akin , B. A., Bryson, S. A., Testa, M., Blase, K., McDonald, T., & Melz, H. (2013). Usability testing, initial implementation and formative evaluation of an evidence-based intervention: Lessons from a demonstration project to reduce long-term foster care [Journal Articles]. Evaluation and Program Planning, 41, 19–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2013.06.003
Akin , B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T. P., & Walker, S. (2012). Defining a target population at high-risk of long-term foster care: Barriers to permanency for families of children with severe emotional disturbances [Journal Articles]. Child Welfare, 91(6), 79–101.
Akin , B. A. (2011). Predictors of foster care exits to permanency: A competing risks analysis of reunification, guardianship, and adoption [Journal Articles]. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(6), 999–1011. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.01.008
Akin , B. A., McDonald, T., & Tullis, L. (2010). An inventory of risk assessment in child protection: Instrument usage and key features [Journal Articles]. Protecting Children, 25(3), 35–51.
Akin, B. A., & Gregoire, T. (1997). Parents views on child welfare’s response to addiction [Journal Articles]. Families in Society, 78(4), 393–404. https://doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.797

Selected Presentations

Palmer, A., Akin, B. A., Dunkerley, S., & Brook, J. (3/3/2019). Collaboration in a Public-Private Partnership for Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Services. 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Tampa, FL
Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & Akin, B. A. (1/31/2019). A Propensity Score Analysis of Reunification Outcomes Among Families Affected By Substances and Served By the Strengthening Families Program. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Akin, B. A., Carlson, J., Conrad, A., Rose, J., Taggert, S., Davis, L., ...Zinn, A. (1/31/2019). Collaboration at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: The Views of Stakeholders from Multiple Systems. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H. (1/31/2019). Community Challenges and Barriers to the Delivery of Behavioral Health Services. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Yan, Y., Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (1/31/2019). 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. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Paceley, M., & Davis, S. (1/31/2019). Parent Perspectives of a Parenting Intervention at Program Start and Completion: Considering the Views of Parents Involved in Child Welfare and Affected By Substance Use. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Kepple, N. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Akin, B. A. (1/31/2019). Resilient Parenting Project: Exploring the Role of OB/GYN Clinics in the Prevention of the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Kim, J., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (1/31/2019). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to Improve Child Well-Being and Family Functioning Outcomes with Substance Using Parents in the Child Welfare System. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ending Gender Based Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA
Bass, L., & Akin, B. A. (7/31/2018). Implementing EBPs for Reunification and Sustained Permanency. Webinar for Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC
Roberts, C., Akin, B. A., & Suzan, S. (5/7/2018). Hello from the Other Side: A Guide to Working with Biological Parents of Foster Youth. American Psychiatric Association 2018 Annual Meeting, Building Well-Being through Innovation. New York, NY
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. (5/31/2018). Reunification Findings of the Iowa Regional Partnership Grant. In Murphy, J., Nicodimos, S., Thomas, M., Owens, W., & Lloyd, M. H. (Panel Presenters), Strengthening Families and Supporting Success. 24th National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training Conference. Houston, TX
Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (5/23/2018). Working with Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use: Lessons for Engagement from Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions. 2018 International Conference on Working with Involuntary Clients. Monash University, Prato, Italy
Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (1/13/2018). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Parent Management Training Oregon Model in Foster Care: Reunification Outcomes. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., Romero, A., Bruns, K., & Brook, J. (1/14/2018). Driving Organization and System Change: Child Welfare Supervisor and Administrator Perspectives of Initial Implementation. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Dunkerley, S., Akin, B. A., Romero, A., Bruns, K., & Brook, J. (1/14/2018). Initial Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Data-Driven Case Planning Approach in Child Welfare. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (1/13/2018). Parental Drug Use and Permanency for Young Children in Foster Care: A Competing Risks Analysis of Reunification, Guardianship, and Adoption. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Moon, J., Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., & McDonald, T. (1/12/2018). Parenting Practice Changes during Parent Management Training Oregon Model with Parents of Children in Foster Care: A Growth Curve Analysis. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., Yan, Y., McDonald, T., Lang, K., & Little, T. (1/12/2018). PMTO for Children in Foster Care with Serious Mental Health Problems: Follow-up Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & Chasnoff, I. (1/14/2018). 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. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., & Brook, J. (6/20/2017). Community Engagement and Collaboration in the Implementation of a Statewide Child Welfare Initiative. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems. Toronto, Canada
McArthur, V., Dunkerley, S., & Akin, B. A. (6/7/2017). PMTO Model for Kansas Youth In Foster Care with Emotional and Behavioral Problems. International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO in Diversity. Aarhus, Denmark
McArthur, V., Dunkerley, S., & Akin, B. A. (6/8/2017). Practitioners Measurement of Parent and Child Progress with the Parent-Child Checklist: Implementation and Results. International PMTO Conference in Europe, PMTO in Diversity. Aarhus, Denmark
Akin, B. A. (6/21/2017). Put Me in Coach: How to Build Positive Coaching Practices in Child Welfare. Global Implementation Conference, Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems. Toronto, Canada
Akin, B. A., Lang, K., McDonald, T., Yan, Y., & Little, T. (1/12/2017). A Randomized Effectiveness Trial of Evidence-Based Parent Training for Children with Serious Mental Health Problems: Six Month Child Well-Being Outcomes. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (1/24/2017). 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
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & McDonald, T. (1/15/2017). Effect of a Parenting Intervention on Foster Care Re-Entry Among Substance-Affected Families. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Brook, J., Akin, B. A., Lloyd, M. H., Bhattarai, J., & McDonald, T. (1/14/2017). Examining Response Shift in the Evaluation of Self-Reported Program Impact within Child Welfare Settings. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Kim, J., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (1/15/2017). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Substance Using Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A., Collins-Camargo, C., & Strolin, J. (1/13/2017). Symposium on Implementing with Science: Integrating Research and Practice to Develop Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare Systems. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., Brook, J., & McDonald, T. (1/13/2017). 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. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A., Romero, A., Bhattarai, J., & Lieberman, A. (1/13/2017). Using a Cross-System, Multi-Informant Approach to Develop a Trauma-Informed, Data-Driven Child Welfare System. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A. (11/4/2016). Psychotropic Medications Among Children and Youth in Foster Care. Meeting with Kansas Department for Children and Families Workgroup on Psychotropic Drugs and Foster Care. Topeka, KS
Chasnoff, I. J., Brook, J., Barber, G., Akin, B. A., & Lloyd, M. H. (9/1/2016). 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
Romero, A., & Akin, B. A. (8/31/2016). Cross-System Views on the Supports and Challenges of Adoption from Foster Care. 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope. Washington, DC
Carlson, J., & Akin, B. A. (8/18/2016). Do You Like CATs? Using Classroom Assessment Techniques to Improve Classroom Climate and Student Learning. University of Kansas, Center for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Summit. Lawrence, KS
Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., Akin, B. A., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (8/1/2016). Implementing EBPs Across Systems and Settings to Enhance Services for Substance-Abuse affected Families:Process, Outcomes, and Cost Savings. Child Welfare League of America 2016 National Conference: Advancing excellence in practice and policy: What works for families affected by substance use. Anaheim, CA
Bess, R., Gabel, G., & Akin, B. A. (8/31/2016). Lessons from the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII): Using Data to Inform, Adjust, and Strengthen Practice. 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Building Community, Building Hope. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., Alexander, T., Bass, L., Bertram, R., Gilles, M., Keyes, T., ...Phillips, T. (7/27/2016). Selection and Installation of New Child Welfare Practice Models: How Implementation Affects You. Fostering Strategies for Change 2016 Conference: Children, Families and Their Communities. Kansas City, MO
Akin, B. A. (4/12/2016). Lessons Learned from Implementing a Parenting Intervention to Improve Permanency Among Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Problems. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Task Force on Timely Permanency in Foster Care. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A. (1/15/2016). Coaching as a Key Implementation Strategy for Evidence-Based Interventions: Core Functions and Critical Features. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., Brook, J., Lloyd, M. H., & Byers, K. (1/16/2016). Front Line Perspectives on Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare Settings. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC
McDonald, T. P., Bhattarai, J., & Akin, B. A. (1/16/2016). Predictors of Consent in a Randomized Field Study in Child Welfare. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future. Washington, DC
Strolin-Goltzman, J., Collins-Camargo, C., & Akin, B. A. (10/18/2015). Community Assessment Data and the Development of Trauma-informed, Data-driven Child Welfare Systems. Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting, Social Work on the Frontiers of Change. Denver, CO
Akin, B. A., Bass, L., & McArthur, V. (9/8/2015). Kansas Intensive Permanency Project: Implementation Processes, Early Outcomes, and Cost Considerations. Meeting for U.S. DHHS, Administration for Children and Families, Region VII Federal Site Visit. Kansas City, MO
Akin, B. A., Blase, K., Bryson, S. A., McArthur, V., & Bass, L. (5/27/2015). Scaling-Up an Evidence-Based Intervention: Successes and Setbacks in Developing and Sustaining an Implementation Infrastructure. Global Implementation Conference. Dublin, Ireland
Akin, B. A. (2/20/2015). Kansas Intensive Permanency Project: Implementation Processes, Early Outcomes, and Cost Considerations. Meeting with the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Children's Bureau, Region VII. Lawrence, KS
Mariscal, S., Akin, B. A., & Lieberman, A. (1/15/2015). A Multi-Informant View on the Supports and Challenges for Adoptive Families of Children with Mental Health and Trauma-Related Needs. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A., & Gomi, S. (1/15/2015). Non-Completion of Evidence-Based Parent Training: An Empirical Examination among Families of Children in Foster Care. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA
Akin, B. A., & Byers, K. (1/16/2015). Placement Stability and Emotional Well-Being: Examining Key Measures in a Formative Evaluation of Evidence-Based Parenting for Children in Foster Care. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA
Lloyd, M. H., & Akin, B. A. (1/15/2015). The Disparate Impact of Alcohol, Methamphetamine and Other Drugs on Family Reunification. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. New Orleans, LA
Bryson, S. A., & Akin, B. A. (8/27/2014). A Case Example of the ACYF's Well-Being Framework: KIPP;. Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being Series by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., Mariscal, S., Bass, L., McArthur, V., Bhattarai, J., & Bruns, K. (6/10/2014). Multidimensional Approach to the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care: Practitioner, Administrator, and Researcher Perceptions of Key Facilitators and Challenges. Third International Conference on Practice Research. New York, NY
Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2/11/2014). Beyond Evidence-Based Program Selection: Implementing Quality Programs into Agency Services. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Community Forum. Kansas City, MO
Akin , B. A., McDonald, T., & Testa, M. (1/17/2014). Formative Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care: Assessing Readiness for Rigorous Impact Evaluation. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges. San Antonio, TX
Akin , B. A., Bass, L., Mariscal, S., McArthur, V., Bhattarai, J., & Bruns, K. (1/19/2014). Implementing an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Long-term Foster Care: Practitioner Perceptions of Key Challenges and Supports. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges. San Antonio, TX
Akin, B. A., Bass, L., McArthur, V., & Long, P. (10/29/2013). Scaling Up an Evidence-Based Intervention: An Implementation Discussion. Webinar by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Organizational Improvement. University of Southern Maine, Portland, OR
Bryson, S. A., Akin, B. A., & Gomi, S. (1/19/2013). Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Children and Youth: Precipitants of Admissions and Readmissions. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders. San Diego, CA
DePanfilis, D., Akin, B. A., Bright, C., Freeman, P., & Bryson, S. A. (1/17/2013). Measuring the Implementation of Social Work Interventions: Options and Examples. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders. San Diego, CA
Akin, B. A., & McDonald, T. (12/12/2012). Defining a Target Population and Selecting an Intervention to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care. Webinar by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., & Bryson, S. A. (5/1/2012). Lessons Learned from Usability Testing an Initial Implementation of an Evidence-Supported Intervention. Webinar by the Permanency Innovations Initiative Peer Learning Network
DePanfilis, D., Akin, B. A., & Webster, D. (1/14/2012). Exploring case and service characteristics of children in long-term foster care to guide organizational decision-making for implementing practice and system reforms. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Research that Makes a Difference - Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., Bryson, S. A., McDonald, T., & Walker, S. (1/15/2012). Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Explore Barriers to Permanency for Children with SED and Their Parents. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Research that Makes a Difference - Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A. (12/8/2011). Kansas Data Mining: Identifying a Target Population for the Kansas Intensive Permanency Project. Webinar to the National Resource Center on Child Welfare Data and Technology. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A. (11/30/2011). Data Mining Strategies to Better Target Grantee Interventions. Webinar by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and Children's Bureau
Sedlak, A., Judkins, D., Akin, B. A., & Webster, D. (8/30/2011). Identifying and Refining the Target Populations for a National Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care Population. National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit 2011. Washington, DC
Akin, B. A., & Bryson, S. A. (1/15/2011). Psychotropic Medication Patterns among Child and Youth Medicaid Beneficiaries. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Emerging Horizons for Social Work Research. Tampa, FL
Akin, B. A. (12/31/1996). Responding to Substance Abusing Parents: The Parent's Perspective of What Works. National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect, Eleventh National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, DC

Selected Grants

Strengthening Child Welfare Systems to Achieve Expected Child and Family Outcomes (Kansas Strong for Children and Families). 90-CO-1139. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $8049877.00. Submitted 7/1/2018 (10/1/2018 - 9/30/2023). Federal. Status: Funded
Evaluation for the Quality Improvement Center on Child Welfare Involved Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence. HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CA-1184. US DHHS, Administration for Children and Families. $2677745.00. Submitted 7/1/2016 (10/1/2016 - 9/30/2021). Federal. Status: Funded
Promoting Well-Being and Adoption After Trauma (Kansas Adoption Permanency Project). 90-CO-1120. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $2425000.00. Submitted 8/1/2013 (10/1/2013 - 9/30/2019). Federal. Status: Funded
Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families. HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CU-0809. US DHHS, Administration for Children and Families Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of and Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse. $2900000.00. Submitted 6/1/2014 (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2019). Federal. Status: Funded. Contributing Author. Funded grant is a modified version and re-submission of earlier unfunded work submitted by Brook and Akin (2012).
Evaluation for the Kansas Parent Management Training Oregon Model (KS-PMTO) in Child Welfare. KVC Kansas. $38426.00. Submitted 6/30/2017 (7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
Evaluation for the Kansas Parent Management Training Oregon Model (KS-PMTO) in Child Welfare.. Saint Francis Community Services. $38426.00. Submitted 6/29/2017 (7/1/2017 - 6/27/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
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 (Iowa's Project for Enhancing Services to Children and Families). Contract with Iowa Children's Justice; Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $436527.00. Submitted 7/1/2012 (10/1/2012 - 9/30/2017). Federal. Status: Funded
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. $502623.00. Submitted 7/1/2012 (10/1/2012 - 9/30/2017). Federal. Status: Funded
Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care (Kansas Intensive Permanency Project). 90-CT-0152. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $13313116.00. Submitted 8/1/2010 (10/1/2010 - 9/30/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
Evaluation Services for the Iowa Drug Court Expansion Project. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. $175500.00. Submitted 4/1/2013 (8/1/2013 - 7/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
Evaluation Services for the Permanency Innovations Initiative, Kansas Intensive Permanency Project. Westat, Rockville, MD. $881000.00. (10/1/2011 - 6/30/2016). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded

Social Welfare Events