4665 Lampson Avenue
Los Alamitos, California
T. Kiku Annon
Annon provides technical support to school districts conducting CHKS, conducts training workshops on survey implementation and use of data, and oversees development of survey materials and reports. Through her work with CHKS, Annon helps schools and districts meet the assessment requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act for Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities. She also helps schools and districts ensure CHKS is part of a comprehensive data-driven, decision-making process to guide the development of more effective health, prevention, and youth development programs.
Annon and her colleagues have written a number of brief research reports based on CHKS data. These reports, disseminated to policymakers and other key leaders statewide, focus on topics such as health risks, resilience, and the Academic Performance Index; substance use among youth in foster and relative care; bias-related harassment among students; and risk behaviors and problems among youth in nontraditional schools.
In 2000, Annon and her CHKS colleagues received the WestEd Paul D. Hood Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession.
In addition to her CHKS work, Annon contacts schools and organizes data for California's Biennial Attorney General's Survey, which, since 1987, has provided statewide data on areas of interest to the Attorney General's office, including violence prevention, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, resilience, and youth development areas. On both this survey and CHKS, Annon helps develop procedures to process data and report findings.
Prior to joining WestEd in 1997, Annon worked at the University of California, Los Angeles, Drug Abuse Research Center, where she directed a study on culturally congruent drug treatment for heroin and cocaine users. While at the Center, she also coordinated the Los Angeles data collection for the National Institute of Justice on drug use among arrestees and worked on a clinical trial looking at bupenorphine as a treatment for opiate addiction. Annon's work resulted in more linkages between treatment providers and researchers as well as findings that influenced cities in Los Angeles County to provide clean needle exchange programs.
As a member of the Community Epidemiology Work Group, Annon presents data on drug use and related issues in Los Angeles County.
She received a BA in psychology and English and a teaching degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in research psychology from California State University, Long Beach.