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Alexandria Christina Darden (May 30, 1993 - ), commonly known as Andi, is an African American evaluator, chiropractic health researcher, health equity and social justice advocate, doctoral student, consultant, and public figure. She is best known for Kansas City community and social media engagement as a chiropractic practice representative.[1], but also recognized in academia and public health for research and evaluation at the Center for Community Health and Development. [2]. Alexandria publishes academic research as "AC Darden". She is an active member, volunteer and proposal reviewer for the American Evaluation Association community [3] and belongs to the AEA Dialogues on Race and Class in America community [4], a member of the Society for Community Research and Action and their Self Help and Mutual Support Topical Interest Group, and the Association for Psychological Sciences. Alexandra is passionate about race and class issues, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Darden is currently working on the design and implementation of chiropractic health literacy assessment, chiropractic health promotion, and cultural competency trainings. She is also completing her first non-academic publication - a memoir to capture her experiences in graduate school as an African American woman at the University of Kansas.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Darden was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1993 and moved around the United States as a U.S. Army dependent. She was raised in New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, South Korea, and Washington state before her father retired in Leavenworth, Kansas. Darden has two sisters and one brother. She can be found on IMDb for her role as Daisy in YouTube film [5], Match Work. Alexandria started her first job at the Department of the Army Training and Doctrine Analysis Center supporting the Intelligence Analysis Division[6]. She would then begin working for the Dean’s Office at the University of Kansas School of Engineering where she would be nominated for Student Employee of the Year by providing accounting assistance [7]. Darden is known for motivating and encouraging colleagues, overcoming racial and ethnic barriers, and .

Education[edit | edit source]

Alexandria attended Lansing High School[8] through her sophomore year before enrolling in the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science. In 2009, Darden moved to Fort Hays State University at 16 years old to begin her undergraduate degree. In 2011, Darden transferred to the University of Kansas and began studying behavioral science. In 2013, Darden graduated with her Bachelor of General Studies degree in Applied Behavioral Science and African and African American Studies from the University of Kansas. In 2018, she graduated with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Leadership and Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science with a concentration in Community Health and Development. She designed and piloted a process model of a community evaluation system as her master’s thesis. Alexandria is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Psychology. She serves as the graduate representative for the University of Kansas Committee for the Evaluation of Chairpersons and Directors.

Evaluation and Research[edit | edit source]

Alexandria is an active member of the American Evaluation Association. As a research assistant with a strong interest in systems modeling, Alexandria began research activities through quality assurance and quality control of data collection. She has now led and supported multiple program and policy evaluations around the nation as part of the community health improvement process for the Center for Community Health and Development. She also works with the Beach Center on Disability. [9]. Notable evaluations include Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation – Together on Diabetes; Missouri Foundation for Health – Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – REACH; and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Benchmarks for Community Health Improvement. Notable health promotion research includes Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Wyandotte County Health Department, Narcotics Anonymous, DCCCA, Inc., Douglas County Jail, Community Living Opportunities, Inc.

Chiropractic Health[edit | edit source]

Darden provided spinal screenings at community events and conducted health promotion talks for local businesses in Kansas City during 2018. A number of practice rep promotions were implemented through her Instagram account (@AlexandriaCDarden). With both marketing and representative employee functions, Darden served as a spokesperson for chiropractic health and Healing Well Chiropractic clinics in the Kansas City metro area. While in this role, Darden came up with the idea to develop a chiropractic health literacy assessment. This is the first chiropractic health literacy assessment to ever be developed. Given the limited knowledge of chiropractic by the public, Darden convened a meeting with members of the World Federation of Chiropractic, the American Public Health Association, practicing doctors, Doctor of Chiropractic students, and other chiropractic experts. During this meeting, the content for the chiropractic health assessment was developed. The first pilot is expected to occur in Kansas City during February of 2019.

Alexandria C Darden, MA, MBA[edit | edit source]

Papers

Darden, A.C. (2018). Examining Explanatory Inputs and Community Systems Change Intensity. University of Kansas.

Darden, A.C. & Sepers, C.E. (2017). University of Michigan: Praise Study. Findings from Together on Diabetes. http://todcasestudies.ctb.ku.edu/

Darden, A.C. & Sepers, C.E. (2017). Health Choice Network of Florida: Care Management Medical Home Center – Integrated Behavioral Health Program. Findings from Together on Diabetes. http://todcasestudies.ctb.ku.edu/

Lynch, B. M., Darden, A.C., & Sepers, C.E. (2017). East Carolina University: COMRADE Study. Findings from Together on Diabetes. http://todcasestudies.ctb.ku.edu/

Schulz, J.,Darden, A.C., & Sepers, C.E. (2017). American Association of Diabetes Educators: Phase 2. Findings from Together on Diabetes. http://todcasestudies.ctb.ku.edu/

Darden, A.C. & Francisco, V.T. (2017). Community Concerns Meeting Report for Enhancing Recovery in Douglas County, KS. University of Kansas.

Darden, A. C., & Francisco, V. T. (2017, February). Report of Community Concerns for 12-Step Programs in Douglas County, KS.

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Sofis, M. J., & Darden, A. C. (2016). Concurrent progressive ratio schedules: Effects of reinforcer probability on breakpoint and response allocation. Behavioural Processes, 128, 103-107. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2016.04.012

Lemley, S. M., Kaplan, B. A., Reed, D. D., Darden, A. C., & Jarmolowicz, D. P. (2016). Reinforcer pathologies: Predicting alcohol-related problems in college drinking men and women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 167, 57-66.

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Hudnall, J. L., Darden, A. C., Lemley, S. M., & Sofis, M. J. (2015). On the time course of rapid and repeatable induction. Behavioural Processes, 120(116-119).

Presentations

Schulz, J. & Darden, A.C. (2018) Leadership and Community Change. Annual Blueprints Conference, Lawrence, Kansas.

Darden, A. C., & Francisco, V. T. (2017, June). Enhancing Success for People in 12-Step Programs. 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) in partnership with the Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice (GABHSJ), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (International)

Darden, A. C., Jarmolowicz, D. P., & Hudnall, J. L. (2015, May). On the efficacy of delayed and probabilistic reinforcers: A concurrent progressive ration analysis. Paper to be presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Antonio, TX.

Lemley, S. M., Jarmolowicz, D. P., Kaplan, B. A., Darden, A. C., & Reed, D. D. (2015, May). On the relation between a novel measure of beer discounting, demand for alcohol, and alcohol-related problems in college students. Paper to be presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Antonio, TX.

Sivilay, J. K., Kaplan, S. V., Sofis, M. J., Darden, A. C., & Jarmolowicz, D. P. (2015, October 31). Initial and prolonged effects of delays of reinforcement on response induction. MidAmerican Association for Behavior Analysis, Kansas City, MO. (Regional)

Darden, A. C., Jarmolowicz, D. P., Sofis, M. J., Lemley, S. M., & Bortolato, M. (2014, October). Pramipexole increases progressive ratio breakpoints for probabilistic and certain reinforcers. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the MidAmerican Association for Behavior Analysis, St. Louis, MO.

Lemley, S. M., Jarmolowicz, D. P., Darden, A. C., & Sofis, M. J. (2014, October). Mr. Right vs Mr. Right Now: Evaluating a novel sexual discounting task. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the MidAmerican Association for Behavior Analysis, St. Louis, MO.

Hudnall, J. L., Jarmolowicz, D. P., Sofis, M., Darden, A. C., & Lemley, S. M. (2014, May). Resurgence of previously reinforced lever pressing during a DRO challenge. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, Chicago, IL.

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Hudnall, J. L., & Darden, A. C. (2013, May). On the time course of delay-of-reinforcement effects. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for the Quantitiative Analysis of Behavior, Minneapolis, MN.

Acknowledgments/Accomplishments

Committee on the Evaluation of Chairpersons and Directors[10]

KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice[11]

KU ABSC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

DOCO 12-Step Program Community Engagement

PREP/Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Office for Diversity in Science Training

KU University Research Experience Program

Amanda Scoggins - Master's Thesis[12]

Jennifer Hudnall - Master's Thesis[13]

2012 Nominee – Student Employee of the Year[14]

Mental Health First Aid Certification - Bert Nash Community Center, DOCO

Foundations of Business Certificate - KU

Certificate of Management and Leadership - KU

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alexandria C Darden (2018). Retrieved from https://instagram.com/alexandriacdarden
  2. University of Kansas (2016). Center for Community Health and Development”. Retrieved from https://communityhealth.ku.edu/alexandria-darden
  3. American Evaluation Association (2018).” Student Volunteers”. Retrieved from https://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=490
  4. American Evaluation Association (2018). “Proposal Reviewers”. Retrieved from https://www.evaluationconference.org/p/cm/ld/fid=684
  5. IMDb. (2009.) “Andy Darden”. Retrieved from https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3694172/
  6. Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science. (2010). More Success for KAMS Students. Retrieved from https://fhsukams.wordpress.com/category/kams-update/
  7. University of Kansas. (2012). Student Employee of the Year. Retrieved from https://career.ku.edu/seotyrecognition
  8. Basehor Info (2007). Lansing High School. Retrieved from http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2007/dec/13/lansing_high_school_announces_top_academic_student/
  9. University of Kansas (2018). Beach Center on Disability. Retrieved from https://beachcenter.lsi.ku.edu/people/alexandria-darden
  10. University of Kansas (2018). Committee on the Evaluation of Chairpersons and Directors. Retrieved from https://collegedean.ku.edu/resources/governance/cecd
  11. University of Kansas (2017). Graduate Research Conference. Retrieved from https://specialedu.ku.edu/sites/specialedu.ku.edu/files/docs/kupd/2017_program.pdf
  12. Scoggins, Amanda. (2016). The effects of Positive-Interactions Staff Training on the Behavior of Staff and Clients during Small Groups in a Center-Based Program of Adult Day Services. Retrieved from https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/handle/1808/22375/Scoggins_ku_0099M_14850_DATA_1.pdf?sequence=1%3C/ref
  13. Hudnall, Jennifer (2015). Resurgence of Lever Pressing During a DRO Challenge. Retrieved from https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/handle/1808/20917/Hudnall_ku_0099M_14310_DATA_1.pdf;sequence=1
  14. University of Kansas. (2012). Student Employee of the Year. Retrieved from https://career.ku.edu/seotyrecognition


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