Amanda Aykanian, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo and the national co-lead for the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness.
Dr. Aykanian has more than 15 years of program evaluation and research experience and is the former Research and Project Lead for the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services. As a program evaluator, she worked with non-profit and government agencies in Massachusetts and New York to assess the impact of street outreach, permanent supportive housing, and homelessness prevention programs. She is the current national co-lead for social work's Grand Challenge to End Homelessness. Her current research primarily centers on homeless services, homeless service system and workforce issues, and how social work programs teach students about homelessness. She is also the coeditor of the social work textbook, Homelessness Prevention and Intervention in Social Work: Policies, Programs, and Practices.