Faculty and Staff
Aidyn Iachini, Ph.D., MSW, LSW
|College of Social Work|
Professor Aidyn Iachini joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2011. Her research focuses on the organizational systems and processes, along with social and leadership factors, influencing positive youth development within schools and out‐of‐school time settings (e.g., afterschool programs, sport/physical activity programs, youth development programs).
She has recently co-authored journal articles on topics including, teachers and school
mental health, early intervention programs for at-risk high school students and the
contribution of afterschool programs to positive youth development. Her publications
have been featured in scholarly journals, such as Prevention Science, Children & Youth Services Review, Children & Schools and the Journal of Family Social Work. In 2015, Iachini received a Breakthrough Star Award from the Office of the Vice
President for Research. The award is presented annually to early-career faculty for
Since joining the College of Social Work faculty, Iachini served as principal or co-principal investigator on 16 externally and internally-funded research awards. She is currently working as co-principal investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded training and research project focused on expanding the mental health workforce through scholarships to support advanced level MSW students in developing interprofessional behavioral health competencies. Iachini, along with College of Social Work Professors Teri Browne, Dana DeHart and Melissa Reitmeier, are also leading a South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services-awarded research for the Improved Care and Provision of Rural Access to Eliminate Health Disparities (ICARED) project to provide clinical services, practice support and innovative technologies for rural health issues.
Iachini is a member of the university’s Interprofessional Education for the Health Sciences Committee and the Research Consortium on Children and Families. She also is a consulting editor for Children & Schools and on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, Iachini was an instructor and post-doctoral research fellow at the Ohio State University College of Social Work, where she earned her Master of Social Work. Iachini also received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology.