Ashley is a scholar who studies well-being in young adulthood. She is particularly interested in practices and policies that support vulnerable populations, such as low-income individuals, those with mental health disorders, and those with prior systems-involvement, as they transition into young adulthood. Specific research areas of interest include housing, transportation, education, employment, poverty, and inequality and how these areas impact well-being and outcomes in young adulthood.
Ashley’s direct practice experience includes case management with foster families in Kansas and the provision of in-home therapy services to children in foster care. She also held an administrative role as a program coordinator, a role that required interagency collaboration and coordination with community mental health centers across Kansas to offer respite and professional resource family care services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance.