Degree: PhD, University of North Carolina
- Family Support
- Family Resource Centers
- Intensive Family Preservation Services
- Program Evaluation
- Social Welfare Policy
- Family Based Services
- Child Welfare
Biography: Kellie Reed Ashcraft, Ph.D., Associate Professor, is completing her tenth year with the Social Work Program at Appalachian State University. Dr. Reed Ashcraft currently teaches courses in advanced social welfare policy and evaluation of practice within the Program. She previously has taught courses including introductory social work, introductory social welfare policy, and field seminar. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Reed Ashcraft serves as a co-principal investigator along with Dr. John Turner on two multi-year, funded projects with the North Carolina Division of Social Services: the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative and the North Carolina Community-Based Programs Database Management Project. Dr. Reed Ashcraft also serves as a research associate on North Carolina 's Model Methamphetamine Family Treatment Program, a project funded through North Carolina 's Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
Dr. Reed Ashcraft's research interests include program evaluation; family support, family preservation, and intensive family preservation services; child welfare; risk and resiliency research; social welfare policy; and assessment tool development. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian State University, Dr. Reed Ashcraft served as a research associate at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In this role, she co-developed the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale along with her supervisor, Dr. Ray Kirk, and she worked with Dr. Kirk on evaluations of the North Carolina 's Intensive Family Preservation Services Program, and North Carolina 's Commission on Indian Affairs' Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program. Prior to working at UNC-CH, Dr. Reed Ashcraft was a staff member with Information Technology International (ITI), an agency in Washington, DC . As a staff member at ITI, Dr. Reed Ashcraft worked with colleagues on two subcontracts with the federal Family and Youth Services Bureau: The Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth, and the Drug Abuse Prevention Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth. She also has worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures, a public interest advocacy group in Washington, DC . Finally, Dr. Reed Ashcraft has been interested in other key social issues, and she has volunteered with different organizations. Her previous volunteer work includes working as a direct service hospice volunteer; a board member for a domestic violence shelter; a mentor with a non-profit agency serving at-risk youth; a big sister with a foster care agency; and a victim advocate with a non-profit agency serving crime victims.
Department: Department of Social Work
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Phone: (828) 265-8667
Fax: (828) 262-6811