Amanda Aykanian, M.A.

Research Associate
Amanda Aykanian, M.A., is a research associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). She currently directs two evaluations funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT): an evaluation of the Re-Directions program in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, which provides reentry services to men with substance use and mental health disorders as they return to the community after a period of incarceration; and an evaluation of a Boston-based Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) that provides supportive housing for adults experiencing chronic homelessness. Ms. Aykanian is a data analyst with experience designing and conducting quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation studies. She also has expertise in integrating quantitative and qualitative data that guides data-driven discussions, decision-making, and quality-assurance processes. Ms. Aykanian holds a B.A. in psychology from Framingham State University and an M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts–Boston. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York.




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