Research Assistants (BSW/MSW)

Kelly Harrington
2nd year MSW Student
University of Kansas
kbharrin@ku.edu

Research Assistant for the 2015/2016 School Year

Bio:  Kelly Harrington is currently a second year Masters students at the KU School of Social Welfare with a concentration in Social Work Administration and Advocacy Practice (SWAAP). Kelly received her Bachelors of Arts in psychology and Spanish from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in May 2010. After graduating, Kelly taught English in Spain, served as an AmeriCorps tutor and provided outreach for a community clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also worked as an assistant community mobilizer for a community coalition in the Latino community of Kansas City, Kansas, which provided her experience in community-based health promotion research. During the summer of 2015, she gained experience in policy advocacy as an intern at a pro-immigration advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Kelly’s major areas of practice interest include health equity, immigrant rights, economic inequality, and policy advocacy. 

 

Jennifer D'Achiardi
1st year MSW Student
University of Kansas
jennydachiardi@ku.edu

Research Assistant for the 2015/2016 School Year

Bio: Jenny D’Achiardi is a first year Masters level student at the KU School of Social Welfare and is a recipient of the University’s Research Scholars Program. The Scholars Program is designed to help social work students gain exposure to research by actively participating in salient studies conducted by professors who are experts in their respective fields. She is a returning student, having graduated in 1999 with a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a double major in Spanish Language and Literature and International Affairs. Jenny has a professional background in criminal justice and teaching, having spent time both working in the courts as an interpreter as well as a year and a half living in Madrid, Spain teaching English to adult learners. She is excited about the many opportunities available in the social work profession and is passionate about empowering others like undocumented immigrants, offenders and children, although she is open to collaborating with individuals from any group.

 

Christine Burleson
2nd year MSW Student
University of Kansas
burleson.cy@ku.edu

Research Assistant for the 2015/2016 School Year

Bio: Christine will graduate with her MSW in May 2016 from KU’s Edwards Campus. Her Social Welfare focus is policy advocacy and legislation. Her macro interests led her to the Social Work Administration and Advocacy Practice (SWAAP) track for her studies. Her research interests piqued during her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she gained valuable experience assisting in the Community Health Research Lab. This interest continues and motivated her to seek out research experience at KU.  She has served in direct care roles including SSVF Case Manager for US Veterans experiencing homelessness and Community Health Worker, providing invaluable resources for Kansas City residents lacking access to healthcare. 

 

Nicole Gilmore,
2nd year BSW Student
University of Kansas

Research Assistant for the 2014/2015 School Year

Bio: Nicole was an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Social Work and Political Science with a minor in Communication Studies.Through the course of her studies, she volunteered with the Willow Domestic Violence Center as both a shelter and court advocate, administering shelter in-takes, exits, and crisis calls, as well as providing assistance in filing protection orders. She is conducted her practicum at Kansas Legal Services in Topeka, where she assisted in helping individuals obtain gainful employment and stable housing. Ms. Gilmore will be graduated in May of 2015 and aims to attend graduate school after her completion.

 

 

Nehemiah Rosell, BSW
2nd Year MSW Student
University of Kansas

Research Assistant for the 2014/2015 School Year

Bio: Nehemiah was a Master’s level clinical Social Work student at the University of Kansas. He graduated from Truman State University in 2009 with a BA in Philosophy and Religion. After college, Nehemiah lived and worked at two different Catholic Worker Houses in Chicago and Kansas City, where he helped provide food, shelter, and community to those who are low-income and homeless. He was a student intern at Wyandot Center doing outpatient psychotherapy with uninsured clients and assisted with research on KU’s Investing with Kids study.

 

 

Sandra Yoder, BSW
2nd year MSW Student
University of Kansas

Research Assistant for the 2013/2014 School Year

Bio: Sandra graduated with a Master of Social Welfare degree in May 2014. She is passionate about social policy reforms to promote equality and health and to reduce poverty. She currently works as a patient advocate in Wichita and volunteers on a team trained by the Kansas Leadership Center to find creative solutions to health disparities across the state.

 

Katie Showalter, BSW
2nd year MSW student
University of Kansas

Research Assistant for the 2012/2013 School Year

Bio: Katie Showalter was an advanced standing Social Work Administration and Advocacy Practice (SWAAP) student in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Kansas. Ms. Showalter completed her Bachelors of Social Work degree at the University of Kansas in May of 2012 and will be graduated from the Master’s program in May of 2013.  As an undergraduate student, Ms. Showalter gained researching experience as a research assistant in a psychological study of domestic violence among college-aged students. Additionally, Ms. Showalter has social work experience from her previous field education placement and AmeriCorps participation. She is worked as a Student Intern at the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) where she developed her skills working with state and federal legislation and in program management. In the future, she hopes to contribute to the social work field through social policy reform and one day pursue a PhD in social work.

 

 

Mac Crawford, BA
2nd year MSW student
University of Kansas

Research Assistant for the 2013/2014 School Year

Bio: Mac Crawford was a Master's level student at the University of Kansas. Mr. Crawford received his Bachelor's from the University of Kansas in Psychology and Anthropology in 2008. After receiving his BGS, he worked for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas as a CSS/CFS Case Manager serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness as well as children with serious emotional disturbance. Mr. Crawford has worked on several research projects' through KU and also worked to develop a group depression protocol in conjunction with the Psychology department. His primary research interest is the financial and socio-psychological effects of household assets on educational outcomes with youth and family populations. Mr. Crawford continues to work at Bert Nash CMHC and is in an internship at Topeka High School in Topeka, Kansas.

New Book Released

Today’s student loan system is in place because of a political compromise, and growing discontent with student debt may signal that this arrangement has run its course. While there are resources and organizations in place to help those struggling with debt, the time has come to consider a new direction for financial aid, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis argue in “Student Debt: A Reference Handbook.”

Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times