Current Projects

Posted 12/18/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Hall

Dr. Hall has been studying an intervention to improve services to families dealing with addiction who come into contact with the child welfare system. Two of the 7 studies (6 of which he was involved in) were reviewed by the Title IV-E Prevention Clearinghouse as being a promising practice. This means that jurisdictions can put funding into utilizing the practice into their Family First Plan and can be supported for more evaluation so that it can move up the ladder of evidence.

Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams

Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) serves families with at least one child under 6 years of age who are involved in the child welfare system and have a parent with substance use disorders (SUD).

Posted 10/15/2020

Congratulations to Alyssa Middleton. 
American Cancer Society - Role Assessment of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers.  $40,000.00.

Posted 9/1/2020

University of Louisville

Sexual Awareness, Values and Generational Empowerment Project

Project Abstract

Children represented in Title IV-D caseloads are disproportionately born to unmarried parents.  Many of these parents face significant challenges with regard to paternity establishment, child support compliance, and securing visitation.  In response, several state child support agencies have developed educational interventions aimed at assisting youth in following the “success sequence” in which they achieve their educational goals, get married, and have children in chronological order. However, not all youth have access to the relevant educational, social and vocational resources to reach their goals. Therefore, the proposed project, the Sexual Awareness, Values, and Generational Empowerment project represents a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Income Support-Child Support Enforcement and the Kent School of Social Work to provide adolescents residing in Louisville, Kentucky with a comprehensive intervention featuring group-based workshops, individualized case management, and peer mentoring services. These services will be provided to increase participants’ knowledge regarding the social, legal and economic implications of parenting; connect them to supportive resources in pursuit of their post high school or career goals; and to equip them with the skills needed to make positive decisions regarding their romantic relationships. To test the effectiveness of these services, the proposed project will also include an evaluation featuring an experimental research design that will produce results to inform the field and advance the state of knowledge in the area of youth development.

Grant Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement

Grant period: September 2020-September 2023

Funding amount: $942,294 (Kent School Subaward-$668,447)

Kent School Key Personnel:

Armon R. Perry, Ph.D., MSW (PI/Project Director)

Cheri Langley, Ph.D., MPH, CHES

Danielle Whiteside, MSC, Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

William Mack, BA


Congratulations to Dr. Eli Karam

Eli Karam, PhD, professor with the Kent School of Social Work, has been selected by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as the recipient of the 2020 AAMFT Excellence in Media Award. This award was established in order to recognize and encourage the use of media to: 1) Effectively portray marriage and family therapists’ exceptional and substantive contribution to health and mental health care; 2) Promote the profession of marriage and family therapy to the public; or 3) Significantly contribute to family well-being. Karam hosts an AAMFT podcast and will receive the national award later this year.


Congratulations to Dr. Sunshine Rote

Dr. Sunshine Rote’s project, Dementia Progression and Care in the Mexican-Origin Population, was awarded for two years through the NIH Health Disparities LRP Program.


Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost

Stephanie Grace Prost, PhD, assistant professor in the Kent School of Social Work, received funding from the Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) Network, a Behavioral and Social Research Network under the NIH National Institute on Aging. Funding through the ARCH Network at the University of California, San Francisco, supports a nationwide, multi-disciplinary community of emerging and established researchers, aimed at catalyzing research and interventions designed to improve health and social outcomes in the growing population of criminal justice-involved older adults.


Congratulations to Dr. Bibhuti K. Sar for his SAMHSA award, Integrated Care for Persons with Co-Occuring Disorders.  $396,402.

Project Abstract:

The Kent School of Social Work and Wellspring will utilize a comprehensive, community-centered approach to help individuals become free of homelessness, engage in recovery, and improve their well-being and quality of life . By the completion of the project, 180 persons will have been provided outreach and other engagement strategies to increase participation in screenings and offered direct treatment for co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders (COD), provided case management or other strategies to link with and retained in permanent housing and other necessary services, been enrolled in Medicaid and/or other benefits programs, will have received “wrap-around” recovery support services designed to improve access and retention in services.  The community based approach undertaken will be evaluated and a final report will be disseminated through presentations and publication on the project’s impact and lessons learned on how to best respond to the needs of persons experiencing homelessness and co-occurring disorders.


Congratulations to Dr. Hee Hyul Moon

Summary of the funding ($22,758):

Dr. Hee Hyul Moon was awarded the Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (NAD RCMAR) pilot grant funded by National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Dr. Rote will work on this grant as CoPI from September 2020 to Feb 2022. The grant project “Longitudinal trajectories of cognitive impairment and functional disabilities among American Indian (AI) older adults compared with White, Black, and Hispanic older adults. We will conduct a pilot study of disparities in cognitive impairment of AI older adults compared to other racial/ethnic groups (Non-Hispanic White (NHW); Non-Hispanic Black (NHB); Hispanic). The goals of our project are (1) to understand the disparities in dementia prevalence and risk factors as well as their effects on trends in cognitive impairment among AI older adults, and (2) to increase our understanding of trends in prevalence and their associations with changes in functional disabilities compared to other racial/ethnic groups.