Dr. Amanda M. Keys
Dr. Amanda Keys is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Missouri State University, where she has been a faculty member since 2014. She served as the BSW program coordinator from 2014-2019 and transitioned into the role of MSW coordinator in 2019. Prior to starting at MSU, she spent three years developing a BSW field education program for a private liberal arts university. She teaches courses across the BSW and MSW curriculum.
Keys completed her PhD at University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate studies at Missouri State. She is a licensed clinical social worker who practiced for more than a decade in child welfare. Her research interests lie in the area of child welfare and social work education. She has more than a decade of experience as a presenter and academic researcher. She has also co-authored a book titled, “Social Work and Family Violence.” Keys presently serves on the Springfield Area Social Workers Committee and is actively involved in providing educational supervision to students in the Springfield area.
- PhD, 2013, University of Missouri-Columbia
- MSW, 2005, Missouri State University
- BSW, 2001, Missouri State University
- Licensed clinical social worker
- SWK 200: Introduction to Social Work
- SWK 219: Human Diversity
- SWK 313: Social Justice
- SWK 420: Practice with Families and Groups
- SWK 746: Foundations in Social Work Research
- SWK 760: Advanced Policy Practice
- Assistant Professor/MSW Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, Missouri State University, Present
- Assistant Professor/BSW Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, Missouri State University, 2014-2019
- Family Resource Development Specialist, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2014-2015
- Director of Field Education, Southwest Baptist University, 2011-2014
- Assistant Director of Community Based Services, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2007-2011
- Family Foster Care Supervisor, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2005-2007
- Licensed Counselor of Social Work, Greater Ozarks Counseling, 2006-2008
- Residential Coordinator of Specialized Teams, Missouri Children's Division, Regional Office, 2003-2005
- Career Plus Worker, Missouri Children's Division, Greene County, 2002-2003
- Alternative Care Worker, Missouri Children's Division, Greene County, 2001-2002
Research and professional interests
Current child welfare research includes learning more about:
- Foster parent retention and motivation
- Students’ experiences leading IEP meetings
- Family engagement with the Head Start program
Current social work education research includes learning more about:
- Social work students' investment in social activism
- Social connectivity of students to social work programs
- Keys, A. M., Daniel, T., Jennings, M., Havlin, T., Russell, R., & Korang-Okrah, R. (2017). Who are Christian foster parents? Exploring the motivations and personality characteristics associated with fostering intentions. Social Work & Christianity, 44, pp. 67-82.
- McClennen, J. C., Keys, A. M., & Day, M. (2016). Social work and family violence: Theories, assessment, and intervention (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
- Keys, A. (2016). Foster parent overview. Springfield, Missouri: Author.
- Keys, A.M. (2015). Family engagement in rural and urban head start families: An exploratory study. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43, 69-76. doi: 10.1007/s10643-014-0643-8.
- Jennings, M., Ford, H., Daniels, T., & Keys, A. (2015). The story of abused and neglected children and the people that serve them in Greene County, Missouri. Springfield, Missouri: Authors.
- Keys, A. M. (2011). Book review “valuing children: rethinking the economics of the family by Nancy Folbre.” Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 14, 48.
- North American Association of Christians in Social Work, 2016-present
Area of expertiseSocial Issues
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Social work expert Dr. Amanda Keys explains why there's a high turnover among social workers in child welfare.