Research Projects

Research projects at the School of Social Welfare work towards advancing the science & knowledge base of social work through collaboration, curriculum, scholarship & research

Children & Families

Promoting child & family well-being through prevention, intervention & system change




Current Research Projects

  • Kansas Serves Native American Families

    • PI: Levy, Michelle; Co-PI: Mendenhall, A.N. • Sponsor: Administration on Children & Families • Dates: 09/29/17 to 09/29/21

  • Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale Third Party Review

    • PI: Mendenhall, A.N.; Co-PIs: Kepple, N., Akin, B. & Riquino, R. • Dates: 09/01/18 to 12/31/20

  • Evaluation Services for Kansas Family First Prevention Services

    • PI: Byers, K.; Co-PIs: Akin, Becci & Mendenhall, A.N. • Sponsor: Kansas DCF • Dates: 10/01/2019 - 09/30/2022

  • Fatherhood – Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient & Essential (Fatherhood …

    • PI: Barton, J.; Co-PIs: Byers, K. & Akin, B. • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance • Dates: 10/1/2020-9/30/2025

  • Examination & Predictors of Youth Absent from Care

    • PI: Byers, Kaela; Co-PIs: Barton, Jared & Akin, Becci • Sponsor: TFI Family Services, Inc. • Dates: 9/1/2020-8/31/2021

Health Equity

Supporting access, equity & quality in health service delivery & outcomes




Current Research Projects

  • Assessing the Acceptability, Feasibility, and Efficacy of a Novel Intervention …

    • PI: Bagwell-Gray, Meredith • Sponsor: American Cancer Society

  • Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Workers and Health Research: Developing Capaci…

    • PI: Holmes, Cheryl • Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

  • Cervical Cancer Prevention among Survivors of Partner Violence: Technological I…

    • PI: Bagwell-Gray, Meredith • Sponsor: KU Research • Dates: 7/1/20-6/20/2022

Mental & Behavioral Health

Advancing mental, emotional & behavioral health across the lifespan




Current Research Projects

  • Evaluation Services for the Oklahoma Regional Partnership 3 Grant to Increase t…

    • PI: Brook, Jody; Co-PIs: Mendenhall, A.N. and Akin, Becci • Sponsor: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, SAMHSA, Administration on Children & Families

  • Kansas Serves Native American Families

    • PI: Levy, Michelle; Co-PI: Mendenhall, A.N. • Sponsor: Administration on Children & Families • Dates: 09/29/17 to 09/29/21

  • Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale Third Party Review

    • PI: Mendenhall, A.N. • Dates: 09/01/18 to 12/31/20

  • Understanding 12-Step Involvement among Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

    • PI: McGeough, Briana • Sponsor: NIH, National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse • Dates: 09/01/19 to 12/31/20

Social & Economic Justice

Working towards social & economic justice across individuals & systems




Current Research Projects

  • Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project

    • PI: Doan, A; Co-PIs: Carlson, J. M. and Mabachi, N. • Sponsor: US Department of Health & Human Services

  • Understanding 12-Step Involvement among Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

    • PI: McGeough, Briana • Sponsor: NIH, National Institute of Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse • Dates: 09/01/19 to 12/31/20

  • Understanding SMART Recovery

    • PI: McGeough, Briana • Sponsor: University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund • Dates: 01/01/21 to 12/31/22

Older Adults

Advancing quality of life & community integration for older adults




Current Research Projects

  • Sexual Competency, Policy, and Practices in Long-Term Care Settings for Older A…

    • PI: Jen, S. • Sponsor: University of Kansas Office of Research • Dates: 11/25/2019 - 11/25/2021

  • Medicaid Functional Elgibility

    • PI: Wendel-Hummell, C. • Sponsor: Funder: Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Service