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MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Advancing mental, emotional, and behavioral health across the lifespan.

Mental, emotional and behavioral health are key to overall well-being and long-term health, development, and functioning. The School of Social Welfare has an extensive history of child and adult mental health research and training activities across the state of Kansas, other regional locations, nationally, and internationally. In particular, the School has been instrumental in introducing a strengths and recovery oriented approach into mental health services. Researchers continue both local and national efforts to expand mental and behavioral health intervention and treatment, improve outcomes, and enhance the overall service system.  

 

 

Research Projects

 

 

Strenghts Model and Strengths Plus for Adults at Johnson County Mental Health Center

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Dates: 01/01/19 to 12/31/19

Strengths Model Case Management for Adults at Hong Fook Mental Health Association Toronto, Canada

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Hong Fook Mental Health Association
  • Dates: 11/01/18 to 10/31/19

Eastern Sierra Strengths Model Learning Collaborative

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Alpine County Behavioral Health Services, Mono County Behavioral Health, Inyo County Behavioral Health
  • Dates: 01/01/18 to 03/01/19

California Compliance Project

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
  • Dates: 07/01/18 to 06/30/19

Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families

  • PI: Brook, Jody
  • Funder: Administration on Children & Families
  • Dates: 09/30/14 to 09/30/19

Evaluation Services for the Oklahoma Regional Partnership 3 Grant

  • PI: Brook, Jody; Co-PIs: Mendenhall, A.N. and Akin, Becci
  • Funder: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, SAMHSA, ACF
  • Dates: 10/01/17 to 09/1/22

Kansas Serves Native American Families

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

Parenting in the Context of Addiction Recovery

  • PI: Kepple, Nancy
  • Funder: University of Kansas
  • Dates: 05/05/17 to 05/04/19

FACULTY & RESEARCHERS

 

Becci Akin, Associate Professor, PhD Program Director

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Scholarship Focus
Understanding the keys to successful implementation and effective and equitable interventions for families involved in child welfare.

 Grand Challenge
Ensure healthy development for all youth. Stop family violence.

Jody Brook, Associate Professor

Jody Brook

Scholarship Focus
Substance abuse across the lifespan; child welfare; family drug courts; substance abuse prevention; community substance abuse strategies; mixed research methods.

 Grand Challenge
Close the health gap. Ensure healthy development for all youth. Advance long and productive lives.

Nancy Jo Kepple, Assistant Professor

Nancy Jo Kepple

Scholarship Focus
Social consequences of the availability, distribution and use of psychoactive substances; substance use behaviors among parenting populations; the role of parent substance use in child welfare decision-making; and racial/ethnic disparities within the child welfare system.

 Grand Challenge
Stop family violence. Ensure healthy development for all youth. Eradicate social isolation.

Jason Matekowski, Associate Professor

Edward Scanlon

Scholarship Focus
Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

 Grand Challenge
Promote smart decarceration. End homelessness.

Amy Mendenhall, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Amy Mendenhall

Scholarship Focus
Children’s mental health including serious mental illness, service utilization, parent and child education and the impact of mental illness on children and their families.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Close the health gap. Ensure health development for all youth.

Ally Mabry, Research Project Director

Edward Scanlon

Scholarship Focus
Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

 Grand Challenge
Promote smart decarceration. End homelessness.

Michelle Levy, Research Project Director

Michelle Levy

Scholarship Focus
Recruitment, retention and workforce issues; health and behavioral health; interprofessional education, integrated care; prevention; rural perspectives; engagement; organizational intervention; cross-systems collaboration.

 Grand Challenge
Ensure healthy development for all youth. Close the health gap. Achieve equal opportunity and justice.


Research Office Contacts
Amy Mendenhall
Associate Dean for Research
amendenhall@ku.edu
785-864-4792
 
Jenni Atwood
atwoodj@ku.edu
785-864-7368
Social Welfare Research Events
Recent Publications
 
Carlson, J. (principal author), & Casey, E. A. (2018a). Disjunctures in experiences of support during the transition to fatherhood among men who have used intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
 
Grube, W. A., Liming, K. W. (2018). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup: A systematic review, Infant Mental Health.