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Research Office
Twente Hall, Room 209

The KUSSW Research Office supports and promotes research activities at the School by creating internal resources, launching initiatives to foster PI and research staff success, providing ways to engage the greater community with our work and disseminating information about current projects.

Bruns, Kimberly
Projects Coordinator
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270

Project Coordinator for the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project (KAPP) and KU SSW Center of Children & Families. Twenty years of experience on federal/state child welfare and justice projects at the SSW. Areas of interest include privatization of child welfare serves, university partnerships with child welfare agencies, and supervision and coaching practices.

Davis-Groves, Sharah
Project Manager
Watkins Home, Room 207

Development of family driven systems of care in children's mental health; and encouraging youth voice in policy and program development.

Eichler, Monika Szucs
Supported Housing Coordinator

Monika coordinates activities related to supported housing initiatives. A Supported Housing Fidelity Scale and Resource Guide have been developed in the past few years. Monika is the official coordinator of activities for international visitors coming to the Office.

Whitney’s research and scholarship interests include child and adolescent wellbeing. Whitney is particularly interested in early childhood and early adolescent mental health treatment and evidence based practices. Whitney’s prior work experience includes project development for the prevention of early childhood exposure to adverse experiences; adaptation and implementation of strengths-based child and adolescent community-based mental health services; and direct practice experience with children diagnosed with severe emotional or behavioral disturbances.

Holmes, Cheryl
Research Project Director
Twente Hall, Room 5

Originally from Kansas, Cheryl Holmes, MPA, joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2002 and now serves as Research Project Director. Typically employing community based approaches, her work focuses on behavioral health, integrated care, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. Previous research and evaluation work has included primary/behavioral health integrated care across the life span, shared decision making for teens with SED and their families, and patient-centered medical homes in rural settings, among others. 

Knowles, Bryan
IDDT Consultant/Trainer
Wakarusa, Room 215

Bryan provides training and consultation on the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) model for mental health centers across Kansas to help these agencies better serve people who have both a psychiatric disability and substance abuse challenges.

Levy, Michelle Marie
Research Associate
Watkins Home, Room 210

Behavioral health and child welfare workforce development, children’s health and mental health, consumer engagement and systems collaboration.

Mabry, Ally
Research Project Director
Watkins Home, Room 211

Evidence-based best practices implementation support for organizations providing services to adults and transition age youth who experience serious mental illness; the Strengths Model of Case Management; Development of fidelity scales to measure adherence to emerging best practices in mental health; Client-centered social administrative practices for mental health organizations and state mental health authorities.

Research Project Specialist
Twente Hall, Room 202
Spencer, Kellie
Shared Decision Consultant and Trainer
Watkins Home, Room 213A

Kellie serves as a consultant and trainer directly supporting community mental health agencies in developing recovery oriented and strengths based programs with the ultimate aim of improving the lives and amplifying the voices of those impacted by the mental health system. They have provided assistance within the practices of strengths-based case management, IMR: Illness Management & Recovery, CommonGround, WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Housing First, and peer support services.

Research Project Coordinator
Watkins Home, Room 7B

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

Wendel-Hummell, Carrie
Project Manager
Watkins Home, Room 108

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

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