Dr. Aykanian is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. While originally from Massachusetts, she relocated to Texas from upstate New York after completing her doctoral education. She has a BA in psychology from Framingham State University, an MA in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a PhD in social welfare from the University at Albany.
Her research interests center on strengthening homeless service systems, including improving system design and function, identifying facilitators and barriers to service access, identifying disparities in service access and outcomes, and effective program and policy evaluation strategies. Her dissertation research on cross-county mobility and homeless service use was supported by the William J. Reid Endowment Scholarship.
Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Amanda worked in program evaluation and community-based research for over 13 years, with particular expertise in designing and implementing mixed method evaluations of programs that provide outreach, housing, and case management services to populations experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. She is also the former research and project lead for the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services.
In addition, Amanda is committed to using her expertise to develop creative ways for integrating homelessness content into social work curriculum. She co-edited the first social work textbook on homelessness, Homelessness Prevention and Intervention in Social Work: Policies, Programs, and Practices (Springer International). Most recently, she guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Education featuring curriculum, field training, and experiential learning innovations for teaching students about homelessness.
SOCW 5308-001RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
SOCW 5313-019RESEARCH AND EVALUATION II
SOCW 5313-026RESEARCH AND EVALUATION II