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Aidyn Iachini, PhD,

Making Change Happen

Dr. Aidyn Iachini believes youth and families should be part of the planning process of the organizations who serve them. She is working with many of the state agencies in South Carolina as part of a system of care planning grant. The purpose of the grant is to develop a strategic plan that will help coordinate the delivery of services and supports to youth and families. She and Dr. Robert Hock, fellow faculty member in the College, along with a graduate social work student, conducted focus groups to ensure youth and families have a voice in this process.

Dr. Iachini also works locally with Girls on the Run, a national running-based youth development program for elementary school girls. She supports the program’s evaluation efforts so that the program can best benefit the girls it serves. She received a Dean’s Research Grant to support this work. 

Along with faculty in psychology and psychiatry, Dr. Iachini also received an ASPIRE grant, awarded by the university for innovative research, to train students from three disciplines (social work, psychology, and psychiatry) to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide interventions in South Carolina schools to students who are at-risk for, or currently experiencing, a mood disorder.

Research Background:

Dr. Aidyn L. Iachini joined the College of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2011. She has an interdisciplinary background, receiving her PhD in Sport and Exercise Management in 2008 and her MSW with a school social work concentration in 2010 from Ohio State University. She has experience working within rural, urban, and suburban school settings. She also has experience serving as a grants administrator and evaluation consultant for youth development programs. Her research interests include positive youth development, leadership and administration within youth development and human service organizations, school social work, afterschool, sport, and physical activity programming, and program evaluation. 

Research Projects (recent)

  • CO-PI for Recovery Program Transformation & Innovation Fund research & program evaluation--$1,564,078, SC Department of Health & Human Services, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, 2014-2016
  • Iachini, A. & Hock, R. (2012). Systems of care planning grant. South Carolina Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services.
  • Freedman, D., Iachini, A., & Andrews, A. (2012). Leadership through service to community-based organizations. University of South Carolina Teaching Excellence Grants on Teaching Leadership.
  • Weist, M., Iachini, A., & Warren, M.E. (2012-2013). Interdisciplinary collaboration, training, and intervention for youth with mood disorders in schools. University of South Carolina ASPIRE II.
  • Iachini, A. (2012-2013). Exploring factors influencing implementation of a physical activity intervention for girls. College of Social Work Dean’s Research Grant.

Selected Presentations

  • Iachini, A.., Anderson, C., Attalah, T., Fuller, M., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (accepted).Collecting perceptual data from stakeholders to improve expanded school mental health. To be presented at the Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Schmidt, R., Iachini, A., & Weist, M. (accepted). Integrating suicide prevention into a rural school mental health system. To be presented at the Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Iachini, A. & Aiken, A. (2012). The complexities of interdisciplinary collaboration in school social work practice. National Association of Social Workers – SC Spring Symposium, Columbia, SC.
  • Iachini, A., Riley, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2012, March). Programmatic quality in afterschool programs and the importance of belonging. AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, Boston, MA.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Allison, K., Iachini, A., Wade-Mdivanian, R., & Szabo. E. (2011, September). Lessons learned from Ohio 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Connecting schools, families, and communities. Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health, Charleston, SC.
  • Iachini, A., Buettner, C., Anderson-Butcher, D., Reno, R., & Maneff, P. (2011, September). Dropout recovery, prevention, and school mental health: Building on the research and experiences in an alternative school setting. Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health, Charleston, SC.

Selected Publications

  • Iachini, A., Buettner, C., Anderson-Butcher, D., Reno, B. (in press). Exploring students’ perceptions of academic disengagement and re-engagement in a dropout recovery charter school setting. Children & Schools.
  • Mendenhall, A., Iachini, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (in press). Exploring facilitators and barriers to implementation of an expanded school improvement model. Children & Schools.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A., Iachini, A., & Ball, A. (2011). The development of the Perceived School Experiences Scale. Research in Social Work Practice. 22(2), 186-194.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Lawson, H.A., Iachini, A., Bean, J., Flaspohler, P., & Zullig, K. (2010). Capacity-related innovations resulting from pilot school and district implementation of a community collaboration model for school improvement. Journal of Educational and  Psychological Consultation, 20, 257-287.
  • Iachini, A.L., Amorose, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2010). Exploring the strategies used
  • by high school coaches to facilitate athletes’ psychological need satisfaction and motivation. The International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(2), 291-308.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Iachini, A., & Amorose, T. (2008). Initial Reliability and Validity
  • Evidence of the Perceived Social Competence Scale. Research in Social Work Practice, 18 (1), 47-54.


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Contact Information

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Major Classes Taught

  • SOWK791: Social Work Research Methodologies
  • SOWK792: Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • SOWK793: Evaluation of Social Work Programs

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