Claire Rynearson, MPA, LICSW
- Program Evaluator
Claire has been with STEPs as a Program Evaluator since May 2018 and has worked with the following community partners or programs: Early Opportunity Therapy, Rape Prevention and Education (RPE), and Title IV-E. Some of the reports on which she has collaborated can be found here, on STEPs’ Digital Commons.
Claire graduated from Rockhurst University with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. As an undergraduate student, she was heavily involved with the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and developed a love for working with nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City community. Claire graduated from UNO in 2017 with a MSW and MPA. While at UNO, she had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant with the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Claire was a recipient of the Project NETWORK workforce development grant and completed her MPA capstone in partnership with the Douglas County Community Mental Health Center evaluating integrated behavioral health initiatives. Claire has professional experience working in program evaluation as well as providing mental health and chemical dependency services. She currently works full-time at CHI Health as an Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist.
Claire’s professional interests include program evaluation, mental health workforce development, sexual violence prevention, substance use disorders, and integrated behavioral health.
Randall, A., Reay, S., & Rynearson, C. (2019, March). Creative ways to recruit and graduate highly trained social workers to meet the needs of youth and families in rural and underserved areas. Presented at the Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.
Szto, P., Feyen-Reay, S., Rynearson, C., & Preston, S. (2017, October). Project NETWORK: Including transition-age youth using evidence-based mental health treatments. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Szto, P., Feyen-Reay, S., Rynearson, C., & Preston, S. (2016, June). Including transition-age youth using evidence-based mental health treatments. Presented at the Conference on Youth Divide and Youth Inclusion, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
Claire has a passion for rescue animals and has a rambunctious corgi-mix named Desmond.