Amy N. Mendenhall


Amy Mendenhall
  • Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
  • Professor
  • Co-Investigator
  • Director for the Center for Community Engagement & Collaboration
she/her/hers

Contact Info

Twente Hall, Room 206
Lawrence

Biography

Dr. Amy Mendenhall is an associate professor and the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She joined the KU faculty in 2009, and served as the Director for the School's Center for Children & Families from 2013-2016. Dr. Mendenhall received her MSW and PhD from the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University Medical Center. As a graduate assistant and post-doctoral fellow in the OSU Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Mendenhall completed approximately three years of post-MSW practice experience in the inpatient, outpatient, and research units. Her scholarship and research focus on child and adolescent well-being and mental health, specifically service utilization, mental health literacy, and the impact of trauma and mental illness on families. Past research and evaluation projects include studies of strengths case management for youth, the Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up intervention, Mental Health First Aid, service utilization of children diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance, and rural patient centered health care. Dr. Mendenhall teaches BSW and MSW clinical courses including "Mental Health and Psychopathology" in the MSW Program and "Foundations of Social Work Practice" in the junior year of the BSW Program.

Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
MSW, The Ohio State University
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, University of Virginia

Specialization

Advanced Training

HERS Leadership Institute (2022)

Rockwood Virtual Art of Leadership Institute (2021)

University of Kansas Senior Administrative Fellows (2016-2017)

Mediation & Moderation: Modern Methods and Approaches (2013)

Research

Dr. Mendenhall's scholarship and research focus on children's mental health, specifically service utilization, mental health literacy, and the impact of mental illness on children and their families.

Research interests:

  • children's mental health
  • mental health literacy
  • service utilization

Teaching

Teaching interests:

  • social work practice
  • mental health

Selected Publications

*indicates student co-author; ______ indicates community partner co-author

Major Publications (Refereed)- Articles & Chapters

  1. Graaf, G., Accomazzo, S., *Matthews, K., Mendenhall, A.N., & Grube, W. (2021). Evidence Based Practice in Systems of Care for Children with Complex Mental Health Needs. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, April 8; 1-19. Online ahead of print.doi: 10.1080/26408066.2021.1891172
  2. *Schuetz, N., Mendenhall, A.N., & Grube, W. (2021). Strengths Model for Youth Case Management: Impact on Provider and Agency. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 38, 43-55.doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00668-2
  3. Davis, S., Mendenhall, A., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Fairman, M., & *Jung, E. (2020). Delivering the Strengthening Families Program to Native American Families During COVID-19: Lessons & Next Steps. Greenwich Social Work Review, 1(2), 141-149. Doi:10.21100/gswr.v1i2.1172
  4. Grube, W. & Mendenhall, A.N. (2020). Strengths-based Group Supervision: Restoring Child and Adolescent-Centered Social Work Team Meetings. Journal of Family Strengths, 20(2). https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol20/iss2/1
  5. Frauenholtz, S. & Mendenhall, A.N. (2020). “They’ll give you a second chance”: Perceptions of Youth and Caregivers Regarding Their Experiences in a Community-Based Mental Health System of Care. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 37, 477-485.doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00654-8
  6. Mendenhall, A.N., *Grube, W, & *Schuetz, N. (2020). Strengths Model for Youth: Moving toward a client-centered strengths-based model of case management in community mental health. Rooted in Strengths: Celebrating the Strengths Perspective in Social Work. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/30264
  7. Mendenhall, A.N., *Grube, W., & *Jung, E. (2019). Implementing Strengths Model for Youth in Community Mental Health: Impact on Case Managers’ Professional Quality of Life. Children and Youth Services Review, 102, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.04.020 
  8. *Schuetz, N., Mendenhall, A.N., & *Grube, W. (2019). Strengths Model for Youth Case Management: Professionals’ Perceptions of Model Impact on Clients. Social Work in Mental Health, 17(4), 426-448. doi:10.1080/15332985.2018.1563024 
  9. Cai, H., Spreckelmeyer, K., Mendenhall, A., Holmes, C., & Levy, M. (2018). A Regional Survey on Residents’ Preferences on Patient Centered Medical Home Design in Rural Areas. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 12(3), 187-205. doi:10.1177/1937586718806866 
  10. *Frauenholtz, S., Mendenhall, A.N., & *Moon, J. (2017). The Role of School Employees’ Mental Health Knowledge in Interdisciplinary Collaborations to Support the Academic Success of Students Experiencing Mental Health Distress. Children & Schools, 39(2), 71-79. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdx004
  11. Levy, M., Holmes, C., Mendenhall, A., & *Grube, W. (2017). Engaging Rural Residents in Patient-Centered Health Care Research. Patient Experience Journal, 4(1), 46-53. Available at: https://pxjournal.org/journal/vol4/iss1/6  
  12. Mendenhall, A.N., & *Grube, W. (2017). Developing a New Approach to Case Management in Youth Mental Health: Strengths Model for Youth Case Management. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 34(4), 369-379. doi:10.1007/s10560-016-0467-z 
  13. *Moon, J., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A.N. (2017). Educators’ Perceptions of Youth Mental Health: Implications for Training and the Promotion of Mental Health Services in Schools. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 384–391. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.006 
  14. *Grube, W., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2016). Adolescent Mental Health Case Management: Provider Perspectives. Social Work in Mental Health, 14, 583-605. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2015.1089971  
  15. *Grube, W., & Mendenhall, A.N. (2016). Adolescent Mental Health Case Management: Consumer Perspectives. Families in Society, 97(2), 86-94. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.2016.97.13
  16. *Frauenholtz, S., *Conrad-Hiebner, A., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2015). Children’s mental health providers’ perceptions of mental health literacy among parents and caregivers. Journal of Family Social Work, 18(1), 40-56. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2014.9741
  17. *Frauenholtz, S., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A.N. (2015). Assessing school employees’ abilities to respond to children’s mental health needs: implications for social work. School Social Work Journal, 39(2), 46-62.  
  18. Lucksted, A., Mendenhall, A.N., *Frauenholtz, S., & Aakre, J. (2015). Experiences of Graduates of the Mental Health First Aid-USA course. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17(3), 169-183.doi:10.1080/14623730.2015.1013670
  19. Mendenhall, A.N., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2015). Predictors of Mental Health Literacy among Parents of Youth Diagnosed with Mood Disorders. Child and Family Social Work, 20(3), 300-309. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12078 
  20. MacPherson, H., Algorta, G. P., Mendenhall, A. N., *Fields, B., & Fristad, M. A. (2014). Predictors and moderators in the randomized trial of Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for Childhood Mood Disorders. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 459-472. doi: 0.1080/15374416.2013.807735
  21. Mendenhall, A. N., Fontanella, C., Hiance, D., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2014). Factors associated with treatment attrition for Medicaid-enrolled youth with serious emotional disturbances. Children & Youth Services Review, 40, 20-28. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.011
  22. Mendenhall, A. N., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2014). System of care development in children’s mental health: lessons learned from a process evaluation. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 23(1), 157-168. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9701-2 
  23. Mendenhall, A. N., *Frauenholtz, S., & *Hiebner, A. (2014). Provider Perceptions of Mental Health Literacy among Youth. Child and Family Social Work, 31(3), 281-293. doi: 10.1007/s10560-013-0321-5
  24. Mendenhall, A. N., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2013). Mental Health Literacy: Social Work's Role in Improving Public Mental Health. Social Work, 58(4), 365-368. doi: 10.1093/sw/swt038
  25. Mendenhall, A. N., Iachini, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2013). Exploring facilitators and barriers to implementation of an expanded school improvement model. Children & Schools, 35(4), 225-234. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdt011
  26. Mendenhall, A. N., & *Jackson, S. (2013). Instructor Insights into Delivery of Mental Health First Aid USA: A Case Study of Mental Health Promotion across One State. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 15(5), 275-287. doi: 10.1080/14623730.2013.853420
  27. Mendenhall, A.N., *Jackson, S., & *Hase, S. (2013). Mental Health First Aid USA in a Rural Community: Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior. Social Work in Mental Health, 15(5), 275-287. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2013.812542
  28. Mendenhall, A. N., Kapp, S., *Rand, A., Robbins, M. L., & *Stipp, K. F. (2013). Theory meets practice: The localization of wraparound services for youth with serious emotional disturbance. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(6), 793-804. doi: 10.1007/s10597-013-9646-y 
  29. Mendoza, N. S., Resko, S. M., De Luca, S., Mendenhall, A. N., & Early, T. J. (2013). Social workers and post-doctoral experience. Social Work Research, 37(1), 76-80. doi:10.1093/swr/svt006
  30. Mendenhall, A. N. (2011). Predictors of service utilization among youth diagnosed with mood disorders. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(4), 603-611. doi: 10.1007/s10826-011-9512-x 
  31. Mendenhall, A. N., Demeter, C., Findling, R.L, Frazier, T.W., Fristad, M. A., Youngstrom, E.A., Arnold, L.E., Birmaher, B., Gill, M.K., Axelson, D., Kowatch, R.A., & Horwitz, S.M. (2011). Mental health service use by children with serious emotional and behavioral disturbance: Results from the LAMS Study. Psychiatric Services, 62, 650-658. doi: 10.1176/ps.62.6.pss6206_0650 
  32. Mendenhall, A. N., & *Mount, K. (2011). Parents of youth with mental illness: A look at caregiver strain and caregiver-focused interventions. Families in Society, 92(2), 183-190. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.4097
  33. Mendenhall, A. N., Davidson, K. H., & Fristad, M. A. (2010). The service provider and medication usage grids: A new method to measure Treatment as Usual (TAU). Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 6, 423-434. doi: 10.1007/s10560-010-0214-9
  34. Mendenhall, A. N., Fristad, M. A., & Early, T. J. (2009). Factors influencing service utilization and mood symptom severity in children with mood disorders: Effects of Multi-family Psychoeducation Groups (MFPG). Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 77, 463-473. doi: 10.1037/a0014527
  35. Mendenhall, A. N. (2007). Mary's emancipation: The integrative social work approach of a M.S.W. student. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 13(2), 17-26. 
  36. Mendenhall, A. N. (2007). Switching hats: Transitioning from the role of clinician to the role of researcher in Social Work doctoral education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27(3), 273-290. doi: 10.1300/J067v27n03_17
  37. Mendenhall, A. N. (2006). A guide to the Earned Income Tax Credit: What everyone should know about the EITC. Journal of Poverty, 10(3), 51-68. doi: 10.1300/J134v10n03_03

Major Publications- Book

  1. Mendenhall, A.N. & Carney, M.M. (Eds.). (2020). Rooted in Strengths: 30 Years of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/30023

Minor Publications (Non- Refereed) 

  1. *Schuetz, N. & Mendenhall, A.N. (2019). Anxiety Disorders. In J. Raines (Ed), School Mental Health: An Evidence-Based Perspective (pp. 230-261). New York: Oxford University Press. 
  2. Mendenhall, A.N., Arnold, L. Eugene, & Fristad, M. (2016). Parent Counseling, Psychoeducation, & Parent Support Groups. In M. K. Dulcan, Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2nd Edition (pp. 875-899). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing. 
  3. Mendenhall, A.N. & *Grube, W. (2016, July). The Strengths Model for Youth - Final Evaluation Report. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Center for Children & Families. 
  4. Mendenhall, A.N. & *Tham, S. (2015, December). Cornerstones of Care Nurse Case Management Evaluation- 2015 Evaluation Report. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Center for Children & Families. 
  5. *Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A. (2014). Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  6. Mendenhall, A.N. & *Frauenholtz, S. (2013). Children’s Enhancement Project Final Report. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Office of Child Welfare & Children’s Mental Health.
  7. Mendenhall, A. N., & Fristad, M.A. (2010). Psychoeducational approaches to children with bipolar disorder. In D. J. Miklowitz & D. Cicchetti (Eds.), Bipolar disorder:  A developmental psychopathology approach (pp. 494-521). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
  8. Mendenhall, A. N., Arnold, L. E., & Fristad, M. A. (2010). Parent counseling, psychoeducation, and parent support groups. In M.K. Dulcan, Textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry (pp. 825-844). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing. 
  9. Bronson, D. E., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2006). Women's contributions to social work research and evaluation in the United States: 1890-1940. In K. Slany, Women's contributions to social work (pp.33-42). Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University.

Works Submitted or In Preparation

  1. Mendenhall, A.N. (accepted- 2015). Mental Health. In S. Kapp (Ed.), Introduction to Social Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  2. Reese, J., Mendenhall, A.N., Arnold, L. Eugene, & Fristad, M. (accepted). Parent Counseling, Psychoeducation, & Parent Support Groups. In M. K. Dulcan, Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing. 
  3. Grube, W., Mendenhall, A.N., & Byers, K., *Sattler, P. (under review). Examining Differences in Stressors and Functioning among Families Receiving Early Childhood Intervention. Children & Youth Services Review.
  4. *Sattler, P., Paceley, M., *Mulkey, Z., & Mendenhall, A. (under review). Lost in translation: Views from the field on delivering an early childhood intervention to non-English speakers. Journal of Community Practice.
  5. Byers, K., Grube, W., Mendenhall, A.N., & *Sattler, P. (in preparation). Profiles of Toxic Stress Risk and Protection in Early Childhood: A Latent Class Analysis of the Household Strength and Strain Inventory. To be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.
  6. Mendenhall, A.N., Grube, W., Sattler, P., *Schuetz, N. (in preparation). Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-Up: Parent Coach Perceptions of an Early Childhood Intervention. To be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.
  7. Mendenhall, A.N., Grube, W., *Schuetz, N., Goscha, R., Mabry, A., & Knowles, B. (in preparation). Implementing Strengths Model Case Management with Transition Age Youth. To be submitted to a peer reviewed journal. 
  8. *Youngren, L., Cornwell, P, Mendenhall, A., Pfannenstiel, A., *Schuetz, N., Bennett, B., Barton, J., Rathbun, C., & Akin, B. (in preparation). Measure What Matters: Unlocking Positive Change with Measurement Based Care. To be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

Selected Presentations

*indicates student co-presenter, ______ indicates community partner co-presenter

Major Presentations (Invited)

  1. Mendenhall, A.N. (2020, December 12- online). Strengths Model Case Management for Youth. Community Resilience Initiative: Establishing Systems of Referral and Case Based Management for Youth, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (International)
  2. Mendenhall, A.N., *Grube, W, & *Schuetz, N. (2020, April 17- online). Strengths Model for Youth: Moving toward a Client-Centered Strengths-Based Model of Case Management in Community Mental Health. Social Work Day 2020: Celebrating 30 Years of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, Lawrence, KS. (International)
  3. Levy, M. & Mendenhall, A. (2020, March 4). Kansas Serves Native American Families: An Overview. Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) Annual Grantee Meeting, Washington DC. (National)
  4. Levy, M. & Mendenhall, A. (2020, March 4). Measuring Fidelity to Well-Specified Program Models: An Example from Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Maltreatment. Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) Annual Grantee Meeting, Washington DC. (National)
  5. Levy, M. & Mendenhall, A. (2019, April 23). Engaging Stakeholders in Your Evaluation. Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) Annual Grantee Meeting, Washington DC. (National)

Major Presentations (Refereed)

  1. Bagwell- Gray, M, Kepple, N., *Sattler, P.L., & Mendenhall, A. (2021, November 6). Revisioning Doctoral Education to Center Racial Justice and a Critical Perspective. Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Florida. (National) 
  2. Jung, E., Mendenhall, A., & Levy, M. (2021, November 6). Delivering a Parenting Program in Native American Communities: Pandemic: Lessons Learned. Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Florida. (National) 
  3. Grube, W., Mendenhall, A., & *Jung, E. (2021, January). Strengths Model for Youth: Initial Longitudinal Analysis on Youth Outcomes. Society for Social Work Research 25th Annual Conference, virtual. (National)
  4. Grube, W., Davis, S., & Mendenhall, A. (2020, November 16). Variation in the Administration of Standardized Assessments: Implications for Social Work Education. Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, virtual. (National) 
  5. *Sattler, P., Mendenhall, A., Byers, K., & Mulkey, Z. (2020, March 16). Implementation of an Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting Intervention Across Diverse Community-Based Service Contexts. 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National) (Conference Canceled)
  6. *Schuetz, N., Mendenhall, A., Cornwell, P., Pfannenstiel, A., & Akin, B. (2020, March 17). Developing a Universal Survey to Measure Agency-Wide Impact: One Instrument Across Diverse Programs, Services, and Clients. 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National) (Conference Canceled)
  7. Mendenhall, A., *Grube, W., *Jeong, M, Davis, S., Kepple, N., & Akin, B (2020, January 19). Using Standardized Assessments for Service Eligibility & Delivery in the Children’s Behavioral Health System: Observations & Recommendations from A Midwestern State. Society for Social Work Research 24th Annual Conference, Washington DC. (National)
  8. Mendenhall, A., *Grube, W., *Sattler, P. & Byers, K. (2019, April 25). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup: Lessons Learned from Implementation of an Evidence-Based Practice in Rural and Urban Communities. 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington DC. (National)
  9. Mendenhall, A., Schoenfeld, E., White, B., & *Grube, W. (2019, March 5). The Strengths Model: Applications for Innovative Work with Youth. 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  10. *Borland, O., Mendenhall, A., & *Grube, W. (2019, March 3). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up: Investigating the Experiences and Views of Cultural Relevance from Bilingual Home Visitors. 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  11. Graaf, G., & Mendenhall, A. (2019, March 3). Evidence into Systems of Care: An Integrative Framework. 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  12. Mendenhall, A., *Grube, W., & Byers, K. (2019, January 19). Examining Differences in Home and Family Environment and Child and Caregiver Functioning Among Families Receiving Early Childhood Intervention. Society for Social Work Research 23rd Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. (National)
  13. Mendenhall, A., & Frauenholtz, S. (2018, November 9). Developmental Challenges to Interprofessional Collaboration in Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care. Council on Social Work Education 2018 Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL. (National)
  14. Mendenhall, A., Frauenholtz, S., & *Grube, W. (2018, October 24). Mutuality in the Mentorship Relationship between Pre-Tenured Faculty and Doctoral Students. 2018 Mentoring Conference, Albuquerque, NM. (National)
  15. Byers, K., *Grube, W., & Mendenhall, A. (2018, July 7). Profiles of Toxic Stress Risk and Protection in Early Childhood: A latent class analysis of the Household Strength and Strain Inventory. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland. (International)
  16. Mendenhall, A., & *Grube, W. (2018, July 7). Strengths Model Case Management for Youth: A Case Study of a Mental Health Center’s Journey to Providing Strengths-Based, Client-Driven Services. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland. (International)
  17. *Mills, A., *Grube, W., & Mendenhall, A. (2018, March 6). The Effect of Strengths Model for Youth Implementation on Professional Quality of Life for Mental Health Case Managers. 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  18. *Schuetz, N., & Mendenhall, A. (2018, March 4). Insights from Implementing the Strengths Model for Youth. 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  19. *Grube, W., Mendenhall, A., Holmes, C., & Levy, M. (2017, January 14). Exploring Patient Centered Care in a Rural Context: The Relationship between Rural Residents’ Age and Components of the Patient Centered Medical Home Model. 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (National)
  20. *Moon, J., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A. (2017, January 14). Assessing Self-Efficacy to Address Student Mental Health Needs Among Public School Educators: Implications for School Social Work. 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (National)
  21. *Grube, W., & Mendenhall, A. (2016, March 16). The strengths model for youth: an innovative approach to case management. 29th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL. (National) 
  22. Iachini, A., Mendenhall, A., & Hock, R. (2014, September 24). Youth and Family Voice: Exploring Influential Mental Health Treatment and Provider Characteristics. 8th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health & the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, London, UK. (International)
  23. *Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2014, March 4). Stakeholder views regarding the evolving challenges of developing a system of care in children’s mental health. 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL. (National)
  24. Mendenhall, A., *Frauenholtz, S., & *Heavilin, K. (2014, March 2). Incorporating child and family voice in systems of care: the experience of one change effort. 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL. (National)
  25. *Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2013, November). Improving Children's Mental Health Literacy: The Role of Social Work. Council on Social Work Education 59th Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX. (National)
  26. Mendenhall, A. N., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2013, November). A Comparison of Traditional and Blended Formats in an Advanced Practice Course. Council on Social Work Education 59th Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX. (National)
  27. *Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A. (2012, November). Child & Family Voice in Systems of Care: A Qualitative Study. National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference, Washington, DC. (National)
  28. Mendenhall, A., & *Frauenholtz, S. (2012, November). Empowering Children and Families in Mental Health Services and Supports: The Role of Mental Health Literacy. National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference, Washington, DC. (National)
  29. *Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2012, July 29). The children's enhancement project: An overview and evaluation of an innovative system of care in children's mental health. Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development Training Institute:  Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation:  The Role of the System of Care Approach, Orlando, FL. (National)
  30. Kapp, S., Robbins, M. L., Mendenhall, A. N., & *Rand, A. (2012, March 7). Theory meets practice: The localization of wraparound services for youth on the Home and Community Based Services/Serious Emotional Disturbances (HCBS/SED) waiver. 25th Annual Conference, Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  31. Mendenhall, A. N., Fristad, M. A., & Horwitz, S. M. (2010, October). Service utilization for children in the Longitudinal Assessment of Manic Symptoms (LAMS) study. Annual Meeting, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York City, NY. (National)
  32. Mendoza, N., Resko, N., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2010, October). Social Workers and the post-doctoral experience: Building foundations for an interdisciplinary career. 56th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Portland, OR. (National)
  33. Aschbrenner, K., Gehlert, S., Greenberg, J., Proctor, E., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2009, January). Preparing the next generation of Social Work researchers: Interdisciplinary paths in post-doctoral training and early career development. Annual Conference, Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA. (National)
  34. Mendenhall, A. N., Early, T., & Fristad, M. A. (2008, March). Service utilization of children with mood disorders: Effects of a multi-family psychoeducation program. 21st Annual Research Conference, Research & Training Center for Children's Mental Health, Tampa, FL. (National)
  35. Mendenhall, A. N., Fristad, M. A., & Early, T. (2008, March). Direct and mediated effects of psycho-education on outcome for children with mood disorders. Pediatric Bipolar Conference, Boston, MA. (National)
  36. De Luca, S., Mendenhall, A. N., & Warren, K. (2007, January 13). Acculturation: Is it hazardous to your child's health? Annual Conference, Society for Social Work Research, San Francisco, CA. (National)
  37. Mendenhall, A. N., Iachini, A., & Ledgerwood, A. (2005, October). A project overview of the Ohio Community Collaboration Model for School Improvement. 10th Annual Conference, Effective School Mental Health Practice: Building a Shared Agenda with Schools, Communities, and Families, Advancing School-Based Mental Health, Cleveland, OH. (National)

Minor Presentations (Invited)

  1. Weinstein, N. & Mendenhall, A.N. (2020, October 15). When Values Align: Human Resource Tools to Help your Organization Hire and Support Mission-Aligned Staff. Webinar presented in MCTAC’s Webinar Series Workforce Priorities: How to Attract, Hire and Retain the Right People for Today’s Behavioral Health World. New York, New York (Regional)
  2. Mendenhall, A.N. (2019, December). Strengths Model for Youth: A Community-Based, Youth-Driven Case Management Model. PACES Community Mental Health Center, Kansas City, KS (Local)
  3. Mendenhall, A.N. (2019, September). A Foundation of Strengths: Inspiring Hope and Growth in Children & Families. University of Kansas Community Research Impact Talk, Lawrence, KS (Local)  
  4. Frauenholtz, S., & Mendenhall, A.N. (2019, April). Developmental challenges to interdisciplinary collaboration in children's mental health. Workshop presented at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke First Annual College of Health Sciences Symposium, Pembroke, N.C. (Local)
  5. Mendenhall, A. & *Grube, W. (2019, March 20). Strengths Model for Youth: A Community-Based, Youth-Driven Case Management Model. Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, KS. (Local)
  6. Mendenhall, A. & *Schuetz, N. (2018, September 14). Strengths Model for Youth: Final Evaluation Results. Johnson County Mental Health Center Learning Community, Olathe, KS. (Local) 
  7. Mendenhall, A. & *Grube, W. (2018, May 9). Kansas Early Childhood Initiative: Year 1 Evaluation Results. Kansas Early Childhood Initiative Learning Community, Hutchinson, KS. (State).  
  8. Mendenhall, A. (2018, April 5). Strengths Model for Youth: A Community-Based, Youth-Driven Case Management Model. 2018 Evidence-Based Practices Symposium, Sacramento, CA. (State).
  9. Moser, R., Pulido, M., & Mendenhall, A. (2016, March 11). Healthcare System Challenges & Opportunities. Innovations in Rural Healthcare Environments Think Tank, Lawrence, KS. (State)
  10. Schrandt, S., Ellerbeck, E., Befort, C., & Mendenhall, A. (2015, November 10). PCORI experience at KU and KUMC. Leadership in Research: An Invited Symposium, Lawrence, KS. (State)
  11. Mendenhall, A. N. (2011, March 4). Childhood mood disorders: Issues in diagnosis and application of psycho-educational psychotherapy treatment. Field Forum, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Lawrence, KS. (State) 
  12. Mendenhall, A. N. (2008). Healthy kids for a brighter future: Information about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Firstlink Organization, Columbus, OH. (Local)
  13. Mendenhall, A. N., & De Luca, S. (2006). The misdiagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder: Has it led to the high rates of suicide among adolescents? Annual Conference, Ohio National Association of Social Work, Columbus, OH. (State)

Minor Presentations (Refereed)

  1. Mendenhall, A., Sattler, P., Byers, K., Schoenhoff, K., & Grube, W. (2020, November 17). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup: An Early Childhood Initiative. 44th Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, virtual. (State)
  2. Cornwell, P., Mendenhall, A., & *Schuetz, N. (2020, November 18). Developing a Universal Survey to measure Organization-wide Impact. 44th Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, virtual. (State)
  3. Downes, D., Mendenhall, A., Schoenhoff, K., & Lopez, R. (2017, October 11). Growing state-wide capacity to reduce toxic stress in families: a multi-site study in Kansas. 74th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Conference, Manhattan, KS. (State)
  4. *Grube, W. & Mendenhall, A. (2014, November 12). Traditional and Strengths Case Management: Providers’ and Consumers’ Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding the Current State of Case Management and Model Adaptation. Fostering Strategies for Change: Children, Families, and their Communities Conference, Kansas City, MO. (Regional)
  5. Mendenhall, A., *Frauenholtz, S., & Cunningham, T.  (2012, October 9). The Children’s Enhancement Project: Program Overview & Assessment. Fostering Strategies for Change: Children, Families & Their Communities Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. (Regional)

Awards & Honors

Awards, Honors and Fellowships 

2018 Gene & Gretchen Budig Teaching Award, KU School of Social Welfare

2016 Statland Research Award, KU School of Social Welfare

2016 - 2017 University of Kansas Senior Administrative Fellow

2014 KU Leading Light Award, University of Kansas (For receiving external funding of >$1 million)

2008 Meriss Cornell Distinguished Researcher Award for Dissertation, The Ohio State University 

2007 Anna Marie Robinson Scholarship in Mental Health Research, The Ohio State University

2006 Selma & Alexander W. Erlen Award for Doctoral Student Excellence, The Ohio State University

2004 Judith Holm Memorial Award, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

2004 Meriss Cornell Distinguished Researcher Award for Master's Thesis, The Ohio State University

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Grants and Funded Projects 

Summary statistics: Total $8,728,560 (31 funded projects)
Federal Grants $3,664,013
State Contracts $3,936,716
Foundation $654,011
Agency Contracts $465,820
University $8,000

External Funding

Funded Proposals

  1. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up: Kansas Early Childhood Initiative- Phase 2. United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. $144,135 (May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2022). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  2. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Akin, B. (Co-Principal), Kepple, N. (Co-Principal), & Riquinio, Michael (Co-Principal). Kansas SED Waiver Assessment & Evaluation Using the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $287,250 (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  3. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Akin, B. (Co-Principal), & Barton, J. (Co-Principal). Assessment of Client Functioning Across Populations and Programs. Saint Francis Community Services. $63,820 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  4. Byers, K. (Principal), Akin, B.A. (Co-Principal), Mendenhall, A.N. (Co-Principal), Gartska, T. (Co-Principal), & Counts, J. Evaluation Services for the Kansas Family First Prevention Services. Kansas Department of Children and Families. $2,204,743 (October 1, 2019- June 30, 2022). (Refereed/Competitive)  
  5. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Akin, B. (Co-Principal), & Kepple, N. (Co-Principal). Kansas SED Waiver Assessment & Evaluation Using the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $403,102 (September 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  6. Mendenhall, A. (Principal) & Akin, B. (Co-Principal). Assessment of Client Functioning Across Populations and Programs. Saint Francis Community Services. $55,215 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  7. Levy, M. (Principal), & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Kansas Serves Native American Families. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $2,989,013 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2022). (Refereed/Competitive)
  8. Mendenhall, A. (Principal), Akin, B. (Co-Principal), & Kepple, N. (Co-Principal). Kansas SED Waiver Assessment & Evaluation Using the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $299,420 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  9. Mendenhall, A. (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. (Co-Principal). Evaluation Services for theOklahoma Partnership Grant to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse. Oklahoma Partnership Initiative, Phase 3: Program Evaluation. OPI-3 contract with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families $675,000 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2022). (Refereed/Competitive)
  11. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up: Kansas Early Childhood Initiative- Phase 1. United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. $212,000 (May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2020). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  12. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Strengths Model for Youth at Johnson County Mental Health Center. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. $45,981 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018). (Refereed/Competitive)
  13. Kepple, N. (Principal) & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Substance Abuse Service Needs Assessment with First Call. First Call. $36,187 (May 15, 2017 - May 14, 2018). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  14. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Strengths Model for Youth at Johnson County Mental Health Center. The Health Care Foundation of Greater KC. $42,395 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017). (Refereed/Competitive)
  15. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up Evaluation. United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. $17,500 (October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  16. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Strengths Case Management for Youth. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $133,858 (September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  17. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Rural Patient and Provider Perspectives on the Patient Centered Medical Home Model. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. $224,598 (February 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016). (Refereed/Competitive)
  18. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Cornerstones of Care Nurse Case Management Evaluation Year 2. Contract with Cornerstones of Care through a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $22,000 (January 2015 - December 2015). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  19. Williford, A. (Principal), & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Evaluating the Impact of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) on Knowledge Gains and Self-Efficacy to Intervene among K-12 Educators. Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. 20,639 (January 2015 - September 2015). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  20. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). I/DD Case Management Study. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $85,455 (August 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). (Invited Sole Source Contract) 
  21. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Strengths-based Case Management for Children. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $79,257 (August 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  22. Williford, A. (Principal), & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). School-based Mental Health Services in Kansas. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $126,995 (August 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  23. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Cornerstones of Care Nurse Case Management Evaluation, Year 1.  Contract with Cornerstones of Care through a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. $22,000 (January 2014 - December 2014). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  24. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Kansas Evaluation of Youth Mental Health First Aid. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $101,816 (July 1, 2013 - July 30, 2014). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  25. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Strengths-based Case Management for Children. Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $144,181 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  26. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Kansas Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal Flow Through Funding). $50,000 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  27. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Success by 6 Collaboration Evaluation. Contract with Success by 6 Coalition through the Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant. $10,000 (January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012). (Invited Sole Source Contract)
  28. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Children's Enhancement Project Assessment- Year 3. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. $50,000 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). (Refereed/Competitive)
  29. Mendenhall, A. (Principal) & McDonald, T. (Co-Principal). Children’s Enhancement Project Assessment- Year 2. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. $60,000 (June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012). (Refereed/Competitive)
  30. McDonald, T (Principal) & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Children’s Enhancement Project Assessment- Year 1. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. $60,000 (March 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011). (Refereed/Competitive)

Proposals Under Review

None

Other Proposals Submitted, Not Funded

  1. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Teen Mental Health First Aid USA: Pilot Evaluation. Council for Behavioral Health. Submitted August 2018. $66,933  (Refereed/Competitive)
  2. O’Brien, M. (Principal) & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal). Children’s Mental Health Literacy Systematic Scoping Review. National Institute of Health. Resubmitted July 2014. $254,747. (Refereed/Competitive) 
  3. Mendenhall, A. (Principal) & O’Brien, M. (Co-Principal).  Children’s Mental Health Literacy Scoping Review. National Institute of Health. Submitted October 2013. $402,940. (Refereed/Competitive)  
  4. Kim, J. (Principal) & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal).  From Task-Centered to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Training Children’s Mercy Hospital Social Workers in an Evidence-Based Intervention. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Submitted April 2012. $369,153.  (Refereed/Competitive)
  5. Williford, A. (Principal), Fite, P. J. (Co-Principal), & Mendenhall, A. (Co-Principal), & Vernberg, E. (Co-Investigator). Preventing Mental Health Issues among Victims of Bullying in Olathe Public Schools. Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Submitted April 2014. $132,944. (Refereed/Competitive) 
  6. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Evaluation Services for the Kansas Building Blocks for Early Success Grant to Expand Early Childhood Services for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System.Subcontract with Saint Francis Community Services. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. $350,000. (October 1, 2018- September 30, 2023). (Refereed/Competitive)

Internal Funding

  1. Mendenhall, A. (Principal). Exploring Mental Health Literacy in Children's Mental Health. KU Center for Research. $8,000. (2011 - 2013). 

Memberships

University of Kansas Service 

University (Appointed)

Member - KU Office of Research Promotion Committee, 8/2021-7/2024

Member - KU Office of Research Conflict of Interest Committee, 8/2021- 7/2024

Member - KU Center for Research Administration, Finance & Research Integrity Advisory Group, 2021 - 2023

Member - KU Center for Research Board of Trustees, 2020 

Member - School of Social Welfare Dean's Search Committee, 2016 – 2017

Member - University Senate Libraries Committee, 2011 - 2015

University (Not Appointed/Not Elected)

Facilitator - Faculty Peer Mentoring Group, 2020 - 2021

Facilitator - Jayhawks Give a Flock Bystander Intervention Program, Summer 2019

Judge - Graduate Research Competition, April 2018

Member - Academic Integrity Committee, Summer 2017

Mentor - Emerging Scholars Program, 2016 –2017

Member - Student Housing Advisory Board, 2009-2012

School (Elected)

Chair - Faculty Search Committee, 2018 – Present

Member - Promotion, Retention, and Tenure Committee,  2016 – 2019, 2021 - 2022

Member - Ad Hoc Curriculum Revision Planning Committee, Spring 2018

Co-Chair - Ad Hoc Committee on Interim Dean Selection Process, May 2016

Member - Search Committee, 2013 - 2015

Member - Awards Committee, 2011 - 2014

Member - Faculty Executive Committee, 2010 - 2013

School (Appointed)

Member - PhD Committee, 2020 – 2021

Member - Ad Hoc Mission Revision Committee, 2016 - 2017

School (Not Elected/Appointed)

Member - Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee, 2021 - 

Mentor - Adjunct Mentoring for SW 866: SW Practice with Children, 2016 - Present

Mentor - Adjunct Mentoring for SW 810: Clinical SW Prac, 2016 - Present

Mentor - Adjunct Mentoring for SW 510: Fndmntals of SW, 2016 – Present

Mentor - Adjunct Mentoring for SW 863: MH & Psychopath, 2010 – Present

Member - MSW Clinical Curriculum Group, 2009 – 2020

Advisor - BSW Student Group, 2011 - 2014

Professional Service outside the University

International

Thesis Reviewer - Social Work Department, Bharathidasan University, India, Fall 2018

Reviewer - Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 2017 – 2019

Reviewer - Advances in Mental Health, 2017

Reviewer - Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 2017

Facilitator/Host - Strengths Model in Kansas- Australian Mental Health Providers Site Visit, Nov. 2017

National

Editor - Journal of Community Practice, 2022 - 2024

Editorial Board - Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal, 2020 - 2022

Facilitator/Host - Strengths Model for Youth in Kansas Texas Providers Site Visit, Sept. 2018

Grant Reviewer - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, August 2018 

Panel Member - Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children Expert Panel, RTI International, May 2017 

Site Visitor - Buffalo Center for Social Research- Center Review, April 2017

Reviewer - Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 2017 – 2019

Reviewer - Children and Youth Services Review, 2017 – 2019

Reviewer - Child & Family Social Work,2016 – 2019

Reviewer - Families in Society, 2012 – 2019

Reviewer - Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 2018, 2020

Reviewer - Psychiatry Research, 2016, 2019

Reviewer - American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2016

Reviewer - Children & Schools, 2011 – 2012

Book Reviewer - Sage Publications, 2011

Reviewer - Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2010

Reviewer - Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 2009

Reviewer - Council on Social Work Education, Abstracts, 2009

Local and State

Member - Kansas Governor's Mental Health Task Force, Children's Subcommittee, Topeka, KS, 2014 - 2016

Member - Success by 6 Coalition Board of Directors, Lawrence, KS, 2011-13, 2016 

Co-Chair - Success by 6 Coalition Board of Directors, Lawrence, KS, 2014 - 2015 

Professional Affiliations

Council on Social Work Education

Society for Social Work Research