Transform Lives. Be the Change.

Cheryl Holmes

Research Project Director
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 5
Second office:
Twente Hall
Room 5


Cheryl Holmes, MPA, joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2002 and now serves as Research Project Director. Using a community based approach, her work focuses on physical/behavioral health, health disparities, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.


Using a community-based participatory approach, her work focuses on physical/behavioral health, health disparities, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.

Research Interests

  • Frontier and Rural
  • Health Disparities
  • Behavioral Health
  • Physical Health Across the Lifespan
  • Integrated Care


2019 - present KU School of Social Welfare DEI Advisory Council

Migrant Workers in the U.S.: Harvesting Food, Building Healthy Communities (2018). See

Selected Publications

Cai, H. Spreckelmeyer, K. Mendenhall, A. Li, D. Holmes, C. & Levy, M. (2018). A regional survey on residents' preferences on patient-centered medical home design in rural areas. Health Environments Research and Design Journal. DOI:10.1177/1937586718806866

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.

Moore, W. Klem, A. Holmes, C. Holley, J. & Houchen, C. (2016). Community innovation network framework: A model for reshaping community identity. The Foundation Review, 8(3). DOI:10.9707/1944-5660.1311

O'Brien, M. Holmes, C. Chapman, K. Rosen, M. Lee, J. & Crickard, E. (2015). Innovations in practice: Supporting parent and teen communication during outpatient psychotropic medication appointments. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20(2), 107-111. DOI:10.1111/camh.12076

Holmes, C. Levy, M. Smith, A. Pinne, S. & Neese, P. (2014). A model for creating a supportive trauma-informed culture for children in preschool settings. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1650-1659. DOI:10.1007/s10826-014-9968-6

O'Brien, M. Crickard, E. Lee, J. & Holmes, C. (2013). Attitudes and experience of youth and their parents with psychiatric medication and relationship to self-reported adherence. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(5), 567-575. DOI:10.1007/s10597-012-9526-x

O'Brien, M. Crickard, E. Rapp, C. Holmes, C. & McDonald, T. (2011). Critical issues for psychiatric medication shared decision making with youth and families. Families in Society, 92(3), 310-316.

Crickard, E. O'Brien, M. Rapp, C. & Holmes, C. (2010). Developing a framework to support shared decision making for youth mental health medication treatment. Community Mental Health Journal, 46(5), 474-481.

Bryson, S. Corrigan, S. McDonald, T. & Holmes, C. (2008). Characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders who received services through community mental health centers. Autism, 12(1), 65-82.

Selected Presentations

Holmes, C. Gladney, S. Levy, M. Reid, E. & Uland, K. . (02/21/2019). Engaging Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Healthcare Research. Research Impact Talks. Overland Park, KS

Hunter, E. Penick, E. C., Paolo, T. Levy, M. Holmes, C. & Matejkowski, J. . (11/16/2017). An Interprofessional Collaboration between a Clinical Social Work Training Program and a Clinical Psychology Internship Program to Meet the Behavioral Healthcare Needs of Rural and Urban Underserved Populations. University of Kansas Medical Center's Faculty Academic Day & Interprofessional Preceptor Summit. Kansas City, KS

Levy, M. Holmes, C. & Boyd, C. . (09/13/2017). Preparing the Behavioral Health Workforce for Integrated Care in Rural Communities. 2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Conference Lessons from the Field: Innovations in Behavioral Health Workforce Education, Training and Development. Virtual

Levy, M. Holmes, C. & Boyd, C. . (03/14/2017). Preparing Master's Level Social Work Graduates for Integrated Behavioral Health. Sunflower Foundation Integrated Care Learning Collaborative. Topeka, KS

Grube, W. Mendenhall, A. Holmes, C. & Levy, M. . (01/14/2017). Exploring Patient Centered Care in a Rural Context: The Relationship Between Rural Residents’ Age and Components of the Patient Centered Medical Home Model. Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA

Holmes, C. Levy, M. & Mendenhall, A. . (10/07/2015). Rural Engagement to Enhance Patient Centered Care. PCORI Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.

Klem, A. Holmes, C. & Moore, W. . (04/16/2015). The Implementer’s Guide to Using Theory of Change with Rural Health Initiatives. National Rural Health Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Moore, W. & Holmes, C. . (04/14/2015). A Health Foundation’s Journey to Explore Rural Culture. National Rural Health Association Multiracial and Multicultural Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Holmes, C. & Crickard, E. . (07/19/2008). Increasing Inclusion in Research: Frontier and Rural Inclusion. In S.K. Corrigan (Chair) Shaping the System through Community Empowerment. 2nd Biennial World Conference of the Society for Korean Children and Youth Studies (KCYS). Lawrence, KS

Bagwell-Gray, M. Holmes, C. & Chimwemwe Banda, L. . (08/20/2019 - 08/21/2019). Responding to Domestic Violence Among Child Welfare Involved Families. 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit. Washington, D.C.

Holmes, C. Gladney, S. Reid, E. & Uland, K. . (09/18/2019 - 09/20/2019). Engaging Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers in Healthcare Research. 2019 PCORI Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Selected Grants

Holmes, Cheryl, (Principal), Levy, Michelle, (Co-Principal), Engaging Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Healthcare Research, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), $250,000, Submitted 12/12/2016 (03/01/2017 - 12/15/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Holmes, Cheryl, (Principal), Rural Health Initiative Field Support, 16-047-OI-SSN, The REACH Healthcare Foundation, (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Holmes, Cheryl, (Principal), RHI Field Support, 15-016-INT-SY-MU, The REACH Healthcare Foundation, (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Holmes, Cheryl, (Principal), Rural Health Initiative Field Support, 14-011-INT-SY-MU, The REACH Healthcare Foundation, (01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Holmes, Cheryl, (Principal), Field Support for RHI Technical Assistance, 13-005-INT-SY-MU, The REACH Healthcare Foundation, (01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Holmes, Cheryl L, (Principal), Britton, Hannah, (Researcher), Soberón, Jorge, (Researcher), Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers and Health Research: Developing Capacity for PCOR, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) - Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award, $240,003, Submitted 04/01/2019 (09/01/2019 - 08/31/2021). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Social Welfare Events