Dr. Allison Howland is the director of the Center for Collaborative Systems Change (CCSC) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Howland’s scholarship is focused on supporting communities to improve and integrate social, educational, health, and governmental services through technical assistance and applied research. She partners with multiple state and local agencies on a wide variety of initiatives including systems of care, substance abuse prevention and intervention, adult and juvenile justice, maternal and child health, and school-based health and social services integration. Howland has worked extensively with rural, urban, and suburban communities across Indiana to facilitate inter-agency collaboration to support infrastructure development across systems and sectors to promote adult, child, and family well-being. She has related expertise in coalition development, strategic planning, mixed-methods and process, and community-participatory research design and has a passion for helping communities identify and mobilize resources to solve social issues, particularly in underserved areas.
Howland holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General and Special Education from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in Special Education and Policy Studies from Indiana University.
- Community-Based Participatory Research
- Mixed Methods Research
- Process Evaluation
- Coalition Development and Strategic Planning
- Howland, A. A., Chen, L. T., Chen, M. E., & Min, M. (2017). Exploring socio-demographics, mobility, and living arrangement as risk factors for academic performance among children experiencing homeless. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 61(4), 268-279.
- Howland, A. A., Benetti, M., & Zautra, N. (2016, January). Prevention perspectives: A community based study of opioid behaviors in a rural Indiana county. White paper prepared for CEASE of Scotty County and Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
- Howland, A., Zautra, N., Chen, L., Chen, P., & Paulsen, J. (2016, December). Maternal, infant, and early childhood evaluation report (FY2011-2015). Prepared for US Dept of Health and Human Services on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health.
- Howland, A. A., & Cohen, D. (2016, Winter). Early childhood provider perspectives of mental health needs for young children in a rural region. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 16,(1), 19-26(8).
- Howland, A. (2012). In loco parentis: Should teachers take the place of parents in all disciplinary matters? Counterpoint. In C. J. Russo (Ed.), Debating Issues in American Education. Sage Publications.
Awards and Honors
- Special Recognition for Service, SAMHSA:Project LAUNCH, 2017
- IU Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2013
- Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), Indiana University, 2012
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award, Indiana University, Columbus, 2012
- Outstanding Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Award, Indiana University, Columbus, 2010