KARA ANN BYRNE portrait
  • Research Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work

Research Statement

Kara’s research interests include community-university partnerships, DCFS and DJJS practice settings and financial literacy for new or arriving populations. Her research takes a community-based research approach, engaging stakeholders in collaborative evaluation development, administration and sub-sequent technical assistance. Research focuses include: participatory action research, evidence-based practice in child welfare and juvenile justice settings, and community-university partnerships

Research Keywords

  • Community Based Research
  • Refugee and Immigrant
  • Child Welfare
  • Collective Impact
  • Housing

Presentations

  • Byrne, K. & Vogel-Fergusion, M.B. Foundations for Refugee Case Management. Jesuit Refugee Services. Bangkok, Thailand. Presentation, Presented, 12/13/2016.
  • Byrne, K. & Mohamed, A. (May, 2016). Community Voices for Housing Equality. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 14th Annual International Conference: New Orleans. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/14/2016.
  • Byrne, K., Mohamed, A., & Magana, G.R. (October, 2015). Community Voices for Housing Equality. Utah Housing Matters Conference: Park City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 02/10/2015.
  • Byrne, K. & Mohamed, A. (June, 2013). Engaging Community Members in Developing Knowledge, Informing Growth, and Bridging the Cultural Gap. CU Expo 2013 Engaging Shared Worlds: Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Presentation, Presented, 06/15/2013.
  • Finn, J. & Mileski, K. (May, 2011). Pedagogy of Gender Oppression and Globalization. Unsettling Feminism: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Presentation, Presented, 05/15/2011.
  • Mileski, K. (May, 2011). Is Fair Trade Fair? Unsettling Feminism: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Presentation, Presented, 05/15/2011.
  • Finn, J. & Mileski, K. (October, 2008) Pedagogy of Gender Oppression and Globalization: Council on Social Work Education’s 54th Annual Program Meeting: Philadelphia, PA. Presentation, Presented, 10/25/2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • University Neighborhood Partners Program Evaluation. PI: Kara Byrne. University Neighborhood Partners, 07/14/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • Juvenile Justice Services Program Evaluation and Improvement Project. PI: Matt Davis. Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, 04/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Technical Assistance Project. PI: Matt Davis. Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, 04/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Division of Child and Family Services Implementation of evidence-based practices project: Residential Services. PI: Matt Davis. Title IV-E Project, 04/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Family Prosperity Initiative: Financial Literacy for New Immigrants and Refugees. PI: Kara Byrne. American Library Association & FINRA Foundation, 02/01/2015 - 12/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • SMART INVESTING. PI: BYRNE,KARA ANN. ENGLISH SKILLS LEARNING CENTER, 02/01/2015 - 12/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Understanding the Context and Issues Contributing to the Migration of Unaccompanied Women, Minors, and Families (urban refugees and asylum seekers) in Bangkok, Thailand. PI: Hunter, Rosey. 07/01/2016 - present.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Thailand

Publications

  • There is an “Isbaaro”: Participatory action research into the experiences of low-income tenants with refugee and immigrant backgrounds. Action Research Journal. . Submitted, 09/02/2016.
  • Mileski, K., Mohamed, A., & Hunter, K. (2014) Creating inclusive spaces for partnership: Responses from local leaders engaged in a community-university partnership center. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 7(1). Published, 05/01/2014.
  • Hunter, R., & Mileski, K. (2013). Emerging leaders project: Connecting university resources to community-based organizations supporting refugee resettlement. Advances in Social Work, 14(2), 613-628. Published, 02/11/2013.
  • Finn, J.L. & Mileski, K. (2013). Globalization and gender oppression: Reflections on teaching and learning. In Finn, J., Perry, T. & Karandikar, S. (Eds.), Gender Oppression and Globalization: Challenges for Social Work. (281- 305). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education. Published, 02/04/2013.