The Kansas Institute for Positive, Healthy, and Inclusive Communities (KIPHIC) is a non-profit organization and state-wide network focused on building positive, healthy, and inclusive Kansas communities. KIPHIC activities specifically promote research and evidence-based practices, including but not limited to positive behavior interventions and supports, which contribute to Kansans being successful across their lifespan, in home, community, work, and school settings. Activities include creating opportunities for virtual and in person networking, highlighting exemplar programs and professionals via social media, providing online or in person training and technical assistance, and sharing research resources, tools, and best practices.
The kiphic Team
At 16 years old, Matt figuratively and literally found himself on a softball field in Lawrence, Kansas. A survivor of severe childhood trauma, the Unified Sports League, was an outlet and sanctuary. Summer evenings, persons with and without disabilities met at Woody Field, for what felt like authentic inclusive fun. The sharp contrast of these evenings with day to day reality, sparked Matt's drive to contribute to positive, healthy, and inclusive communities. Since then, he has worked to gain experiences, education, and skills towards achieving this goal. He has a Masters in Special Education, almost 30 years of QOL driven work experience, has completed EdD coursework, and continues to work towards the completion of his MTSS, PBS, & QOL focused Dissertation. He previously directed KIPBS training and research efforts and PKC Network activities before both entities merged, with the support of KU a the State of Kansas, to form KIPHIC. Matt continues to lead research and training efforts across KIPHIC Projects.
Mikayla is skillful in the field of mental health with an emphasis on the use of Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. For 10 years, her objective has been to provide effective therapeutic services to individuals and families, while providing supervision and training for individuals who seek knowledge and have the desire to implement behavioral interventions and positive behavior supports throughout rural Kansas. Experience in consulting within schools and childcare facilities, in tandem with other individuals practicing other disciplines to provide quality care for individuals. She has her Masters in Clinical Psychology and completed the KS PBS Medicaid Endorsement program. Mikayla is the KIPHIC Projects Manager and leads project coordination, implementation, and network activities.
The kiphic Board