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Faculty Profile

Kayla Waters

Associate Professor
Human Services
School of Applied Studies
Benton Hall
Rm 311E
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Truman State University, Bachelor of Arts
Truman State University, Bachelor of Science
University of Iowa, Education Specialist
University of Iowa, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Dr. Waters completed an internship through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship through the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.  She worked as a licensed psychologist prior to joining Washburn University.

Scholarly Interests/Activities
Use of functional behavior assessment in the schools
Clinical application of narrative practices
Application of narrative practices to university instruction
Service Interests/Activities

Dr. Waters serves on various committees, including the Institutional Review Board, Scholarly/Creative WTE Grant Committee, and Graduate Committee.  She has been a reviewer of presentation proposals for professional conferences.  Community service activities have included mentorship programs for at risk youth and working with parents to improve their children's reading skills.   

Career Accomplishments

Dr. Waters graduated summa cum laude from Truman State University and passed her doctoral level comprehensive examinations with honors.   Since beginning her academic career she has published a chapter in a major medical text, an article in the national Journal of Human Services, and an article in the the international Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. 

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