Dr. Hodges is a Research Associate Professor and Division Director in the Department of Child and Family Studies. As an applied organizational anthropologist, Dr. Hodges has more than 20 years of experience working with community coalitions in children’s mental health. Her research, training, and technical assistance efforts have focused on service system development and change, and her expertise includes qualitative and applied ethnographic field methods. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on a study of school and child welfare collaboration for children and youth in foster care, an evaluation of a federally funded trauma recovery initiative for children and youth, an evaluation of a community health worker initiative intended to improve wellness for children ages 2-6 and their families, and a theory-driven evaluation project for the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. Past work includes research and technical assistance on service system integration, and system accountability as well as on how organizational culture affects the utilization of outcome information.
Dr. Hodges is a member of the core faculty the CFS Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health which prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit organizations that serve children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. In this role, she provides leadership for the MS degree concentration in Leadership in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. This concentration was developed to prepare students for positions of executive leadership in public and private organizations and will provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills in innovation, communication, organizational capacity building, change management, values-based action, and research translation.
In her role as Director of CFS’ Division of Training, Research, Education, and Demonstration, Dr. Hodges provides leadership and management for a multi-disciplinary faculty and staff in the development of knowledge that supports, improves, and sustains best practice in programs and systems. TREaD’s research, education, and community engagement activities are focused on multi-agency service system development for children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families, the reduction of mental health disparities, and positive youth and community development.
Contact: Sharon Hodges, PhD, MBA