Isaac Karikari, Ph.D.

Research Associate / Visiting Lecturer

Area of responsibility: IUPUI & IU Bloomington

402 W. Washington St. W353
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Office: (317) 234-8792


Dr. Karikari currently serves as a visiting lecturer at the  IU School of Social Work, and research specialist for Indiana's System of Care (IN-SOC) at the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). He holds a PhD in Social Work from Indiana University, MSW from the University of Utah, and B.A. in Sociology and Social Work from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Area of Interest:

Dr. Karikari's research interests largely center on macro and mezzo practice involving organizations, and communities, with a particular focus on children, youth, and families in local and global contexts. My goal is to study social problems and issues through collaborative, multi-stakeholder, and cross-cultural/multi-cultural approaches. 

Research Keywords:

Children, youth, and families

Behavioral and Mental health (including disparities)

Cross-cultural/multicultural differences in social phenomena

Program evaluation

Critical discourse analysis

Child labor

School bullying

Critical social work

International social work

Qualitative and quantitative research

Teaching Interest:

Current and Past Courses include:

  • Community and Global Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Theory and Practice
  • Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • Research Methods
  • Social Work Policy Analysis

Publications / Presentations:

Selected Publications

Bettmann, J. E., Lundahl, B. W., Karikari, I., Knobloch-Uhl, M., Dwumah, P., Ntseane, D. Kimura, M. (Under Review). An exploration of young adult attachment in the U.S., Ghana, Botswana and Japan. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Akakpo, T. F., Brown, J. R., Sheikh, I., & Karikari, I. (Under Review). The impact of integration into mainstream society on welfare dependence: A community study of Somali refugees in a Midwestern City. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Gentle-Genitty, C., Jangmin, K., Gauss, C., Cudjoe, T., Karikari, I., & Nichter, S. (2015). Teaching respect: Effectiveness of the 'Me Others Property (M.O.P.) Civic Education Program'. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 28(3), 75-91.

Gentle-Genitty, C., Karikari, I., Chen, H., Wilka, E., & Kim, J. (2015). Truancy: A Look at definitions in the USA and other territories. Educational Studies, 41(1-2), 62-90.

Gentle-Genitty, C., Chen, H., Karikari, I, & Barnett, C. (2014). Social work theory and application to practice. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 14(1), 36-47.

Karikari, I., & Bettmann, J. E. (2013). Introduction -International practice issues. In J.E. Bettmann, G. Jacques, & C. Frost (Eds.). International social work practice: Case studies from a global context (pp. 1-12). New York: Routledge.

Bettmann, J. E., & Karikari, I. (2013). Attachment process in wilderness therapy. In J. E., Bettmann & D.D. Friedman (Eds.) Attachment-based clinical social work with children and adolescents (pp. 219 – 232). New York: Springer.

Selected Presentations

Karikari, I., Walton, B.A., Garry, C. M. & Moynihan, S. (March, 2018) (Accepted). Participatory and collaborative evaluation strategies to support data-informed decisions and management. 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL. [Poster Presentation]

Brown, J. R. & Karikari, I. (March, 2018) (Accepted). Productive diversity in bullying prevention: An exploration of organizational factors in bullying prevention. 18th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations and the Organization Studies Research Network, Konstanz, Germany. [Paper Presentation]

Karikari, I. & Brown, J. R. (January, 2018). School bullying: Power asymmetries in bullying prevention efforts. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC. [Poster Presentation]

Karikari, I. & Brown, J. R. (November, 2017). The blame game or sharing the blame?: Hearing stakeholders talk about each other: A critical discourse analysis of school bullying. 2017 International Bullying Prevention Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. [Paper Presentation]

Brown, J. R. & Karikari, I. (October, 2017). Practical evidence based practices to have in place that address prevention and responses to youth bullying and victimization. 107th Annual International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention Conference, Indianapolis, IN. [Paper Presentation]

Karikari, I. & Brown, J. R. (October, 2017). Bullying and school avoidance: Is the connection tenuous? An Exploration of Elementary and Middle School Students Perceptions and Experiences of Bullying. 107th Annual International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention Conference, Indianapolis, IN. [Paper Presentation]

Karikari, I. & Walton, B.A. (October, 2017). Gaining a comprehensive understanding of service utilization through data integration. 13th Annual Transformational and Collaborative Outcomes Management Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Paper Presentation]

Karikari, I. (June, 2017). Child labor and the queering of African childhoods: A critical discourse analysis. 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference, Lancaster, PA. [Paper Presentation]