Last Name

Ayanda Chakawa, PhD

TitleClinical Psychologist
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City

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    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MOFellowship08/2019Clinical Child Psychology
    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MOInternship08/2018Clinical Child Psychology
    Auburn University, Auburn, ALPhD08/2018Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaMA08/2012Developmental Psychology
    Oakwood University, Huntsville, ALBSc05/2018Psychology
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    2021Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Achievement Early Career Award, Children’s Mercy
    2021Emerging Scholars Program – Invited Scholar, Boston University

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    Dr. Chakawa is a Clinical Psychologist at Children’s Mercy and an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on addressing the impact of child and adolescent behavioral health disparities and improving access to care, particularly for populations who have been disadvantaged (e.g., racially and ethnically minoritized and socioeconomically underprivileged) due to a history of systemic inequalities in the United States (U.S.). Her research-informed clinical focus is grounded in cultural responsiveness in program development, clinical assessment/treatment, and community-engaged intervention to address barriers to behavioral health treatment seeking and service utilization. She leads the ongoing program development research for an integrated primary care program within an inner-city setting.

    Dr. Chakawa has authored numerous publications and presentations pertaining to cultural diversity. In 2020, she received the Children’s Mercy inaugural “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Achievement Early Career Award” in recognition of her years of commitment to and engagement in culturally inclusive clinical, research, and advocacy initiatives. In 2022, she was selected as the first DEI Scholar Awardee at Children's Mercy!
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         (Ayanda Chakawa, PhD)Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2023
    Children's Mercy Katherine B. Richardson Award
    PATHWAY Behavioral Health Program Pilot Study.
    Role Description: The goal of this study is to pilot a tailored, culturally-grounded behavioral health care navigation intervention with community-engaged research components to support patient and families in successfully accessing needed behavioral health care after referral to a Children’s Mercy behavioral health service.
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Ayanda Chakawa, PhD)Oct 1, 2022 - Sep 30, 2025
    Children's Mercy DEI Scholar Program
    DEI Scholar Strategic Plan
    Role Description: The goal of this scholarly work is to develop a community-engaged, culturally relevant, and patient/family focused behavioral health care navigation model within 3-years designed to equitably connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth to needed behavioral health services through primary care pathways, in line with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at Children’s Mercy
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Rubens SL, Miller MA, Zeringue MM, Hambrick EP, Chakawa A, Perez T. Trauma exposure and associated sleep problems in Black adolescent and young adult students attending an alternative high school. Psychol Trauma. 2024 Feb; 16(2):233-241. PMID: 37326538.
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    2. Chakawa A. Bridging the gap: A pilot study of a lay health worker model to decrease child mental health stigma and promote parents' professional help-seeking for Black/African American children. Psychol Serv. 2022 Feb 10. PMID: 35143222.
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    3. Chakawa A, Belzer LT, Perez-Crawford T, Yeh HW. COVID-19, Telehealth, and Pediatric Integrated Primary Care: Disparities in Service Use. J Pediatr Psychol. 2021 09 27; 46(9):1063-1075. PMID: 34343329.
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    4. Chakawa, A; Shapiro, S. Sage Journals. The Association Between Problem Recognition, Race/Ethnicity, and Professional Help-Seeking Intentions Across Psychological Disorders. 2021.
    5. Chakawa, A., Throckmorton Belzer, L., Perez Crawford, T., Brei, N. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2020.
    6. Chakawa, A., Frye, W., Travis, J. L., & Brestan-Knight, E. Journal of Family Social Work. Parent-child interaction therapy: Tailoring treatment to meet the sociocultural needs of an adoptive foster child and family. 2018.
    7. Chakawa A, Butler RC, Shapiro SK. Examining the psychometric validity of the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure-Revised (MEIM-R) in a community sample of African American and European American adults. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2015 Oct; 21(4):643-8. PMID: 25642783.
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    8. Woods-Jaeger, B., Thompson, J. E., Foye-Fletcher, A., Siedlik, E., Chakawa, A., Dalbey, K., & Gupta, R. C. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 3(8):298–303.
    9. Chakawa, A., & Hoglund, W. L. G. Measuring parent cultural socialization practices: Extending the research to diverse racial/ethnic groups in Canada.
    10. Chakawa, A. & Shapiro, S. K. (2014). Ethnic group. In S. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. (Vol. 1, pp. 306-309). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    11. Chakawa, A. & Shapiro, S. K. (2014). Peer ethnic victimization. In S. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. (Vol. 2, pp. 559-562).Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
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