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Research Office Manager
Twente Hall, Room 209
Bruns, Kimberly
Projects Coordinator
785-864-8551
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.

Coffman, Melinda
Research Assistant
785-864-0907
Twente Hall Room 13

Melinda assists the EBP Trainers with fidelity reviews for a number of EBPs: including Integrated Dual Diagnosis Training, Strengths Case Management, Family Psychoeducation, Supported Education and Supported Housing, and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).

Davis-Groves, Sharah
Project Manager
785-864-6495
Twente Hall, Room 3C

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.

Holmes, Cheryl
Research Project Director
785-864-6493
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. 

Levy, Michelle Marie
Research Associate
785-864-2291
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
785-864-8037
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.

Twente Hall, Room 311
Moore, Terry
Project Director
785-864-8938
Watkins Home, Room 209

Child welfare management; management reporting; use of data in program improvement planning and management decision making; outcomes research; program evaluation; risk assessment; and abuse/neglect prevention with public assistance populations.

Spencer, Kellie
Shared Decision Consultant and Trainer
785-864-5021
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
785-864-9015
Watkins Home, Room 7B

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

Wendel-Hummell, Carrie
Project Manager
785-864-3797
Watkins Home, Room 108

Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options


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