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Field Education Office Professional Development Workshop

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Aidyn Iachini, PhD,

Making Change Happen

Dr. Aidyn Iachini believes that all stakeholders—including youth and families—should be part of the planning process of the organizations who serve them. Currently, she is a Co-Principal Investigator working with other faculty members (Dr. DeHart, PI; Dr. Teri Browne, Co-PI; Dr. Robert Hock, Co-PI) in collaboration with several South Carolina state agencies as part of the Recovery Program Transformation & Innovation Fund Research & Program Evaluation Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to support innovative, evidence-based projects and provide capacity-building that will enhance services for addictions treatment and recovery support in South Carolina. Recently, the faculty team, along with the Project Coordinator, Stephanie Clone, and several graduate social work students, conducted site visits across the state to ensure key stakeholders have a voice in this process.

Dr. Iachini also recently received an ASPIRE-I grant, awarded by the university for innovative research, to focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating a school mental health early intervention designed to support the at-risk high school student population. This project is conducted in collaboration with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. As part of this project, social work field placement students also will be trained in motivational interviewing, a key component of the developing intervention. This work builds from past work, particularly an ASPIRE-II grant awarded to Dr. Iachini and faculty in psychology and psychiatry that focused on training students from three disciplines (social work, psychology, and psychiatry) to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide interventions to students who were at-risk for, or were currently experiencing, a mood disorder.

Research Background

Dr. Aidyn L. Iachini joined the College of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2011. She has an interdisciplinary background, receiving her PhD in Sport and Exercise Management in 2008 and her MSW with a school social work concentration in 2010 from Ohio State University. She has experience working within rural, urban, and suburban school settings. She also has experience serving as a grants administrator and evaluation consultant for youth development programs. Her research interests include positive youth development, leadership and administration within youth development and human service organizations, school social work, afterschool, sport, and physical activity programming, and program evaluation. 

Aidyn Iachini

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Major Classes Taught
  • SOWK791 - Social Work Research Methodologies
  • SOWK79 - Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • SOWK793 - Evaluation of Social Work Programs
  • SOWK 716 HBSE II – Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWK 679/HPEB 679/SCCP 788 - Addressing Childhood Obesity through Community Approaches
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