Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet:

The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions


Grace Atukpawu, Ph.D.
Research Associate
James Bell Associates 

Grace Atukpawu, Ph.D., has nine years of experience in applied social science research in the fields of education, psychology and child welfare. She received her bachelor of arts in Psychology and doctorate in Educational Psychology at Stanford University and her MSW with a specialization in Individual, Family and Group Practice at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Research Associate at James Bell Associates and provides research services and evaluation technical assistance and training to discretionary grant programs funded by the Administration for Children and Families.


Prior to joining James Bell Associates, Atukpawu conducted a multi-year research study on the psychosocial development of youth in foster care transitioning from the child welfare system to adulthood and the role of Independent Living Programs in supporting positive outcomes. Atukpawu has provided counseling services to children and adults with mental health needs, worked with children who have been abused and neglected, and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth residing in group homes.

Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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