UW SMART Series Session 3: Research in School Mental Health: Priority Areas and Lessons Learned from the UW SMART Center

The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center School Mental Health Team will be presenting at the first Virtual AWSP & WASA Conference 2021!

When: June 24th (8:30am - 10:30am)

Session Description:

The University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center is a national leader in developing and supporting implementation of evidence-based practices in schools including prevention, early intervention and intensive supports. The SMART Center projects are funded by a variety of federal and local sources and frequently partners with districts in Washington to conduct research and provide training and technical assistance. A panel of UW SMART Center faculty including the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center’s School Mental Health project director will share findings of current federally funded SMH research, answer questions school leaders have about best practices and lessons learned, show how to access existing free school mental health resources and share the multiple opportunities school/district leaders can engage with UW SMART Center and Northwest MHTTC.

About The Presenters:

Portrait of Kelcey SchmitzKelcey Schmitz, MSEd, is the School Mental Health Director for the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) at the University of Washington School Mental Health, Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center. Kelcey has been involved in many Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) efforts providing training, coaching, and evaluation to schools, districts, families and community organizations to support the social, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students within an MTSS framework. She brings extensive experience leading state-wide MTSS efforts. Kelcey has a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas.



locke headshotJill Locke is SMART Center Co-Director, Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a licensed child psychologist, and research affiliate at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. To date, her research has focused on the: 1) presentation of social impairment for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in inclusive school settings; 2) identification of best practices for youth with ASD; and 3) understanding of successful implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth with ASD in public school settings. She was the principal investigator of two foundation grants that highlighted the importance of the organizational context in successful EBP implementation for youth with autism. Her experiences have highlighted the importance of collaborating with public schools and the reality of working within the constraints of publicly funded systems, their timeline (e.g. school calendar year), and with their personnel.



Lyon picAaron Lyon, Ph.D., is SMART Center Co-Director, Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a licensed clinical child psychologist. Dr. Lyon’s research focuses on increasing the accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of community- and school-based interventions for children, adolescents, and families. He is particularly interested in (1) the identification and implementation of low-cost, high-yield practices – such as the use of measurement-based care – to reduce the gap between typical and optimal practice in schools; (2) development of individual- and organization-level implementation strategies to promote adoption and sustainment of evidence-based psychosocial interventions within a multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) framework; and (3) human-centered design (and redesign) of psychosocial and digital technologies to improve their implementability, accessibility, and effectiveness. Dr. Lyon is Principal Investigator on multiple active grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, as well as additional sponsors.



bruns picEric Bruns is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Bruns’s research focuses on public child-serving systems, and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Toward this end, Dr. Bruns focuses primarily on two areas with high public health significance. The first is intensive care coordination models for youths with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. In this area, Dr. Bruns has led multiple federally-funded (NIMH, SAMHSA, CMS) research and intervention development projects aimed at defining and evaluating impact of intensive care coordination models. The second area is school mental health services. In this area, Dr. Bruns is Associate Director of the UW SMART Center, where he leads the Center’s Technical Assistance Core and directs its Institute for Education Sciences (IES)-funded Post-doctoral Research Training Program. He has served as PI or Co-I on six Institute for Education Sciences (IES)-funded research studies, on topics such as development and efficacy testing of an assessment, engagement, triage, and brief intervention strategy for school clinicians and counselors, intensive Tier 3 intervention-models for high school students with SEBC, and methods for addressing racial disparities in school discipline.



carol picCarol Ann Davis, EdD, has focused her work on developing strategies, services, and school-based models to support children and adolescents with chronic and persistent behavioral challenges in the school setting. She is currently a Professor of Special Education and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Education. While much of her research has focused on validating effective intervention strategies for assessment and intervention in the classroom, more recently, she has focused on developing systems and models to assist with the implementation of these practices in classrooms and schools. This work has led to the use and integration of the implementation science literature to facilitate designing and implementing evidenced-based strategies and models of service delivery in schools. In addition to this line of research, she has an extensive history preparing teachers and school leaders in providing evidenced-based practices in the classroom for students with developmental disabilities, Autism, and emotional behavior disorders.



mccauley picElizabeth McCauley, PhD, is Acting Director, Child Psychiatry UW/Seattle Children’s and Professor, UW Psychiatry Department, adjunct in Pediatrics and Psychology. Dr. McCauley’s research has focused on the development, prevention and intervention of depression and behavioral health problems in young people. She has developed and/or tested a number of prevention and intervention strategies in clinical, primary care settings and schools.  Dr. McCauley has worked with Seattle Public Schools/Public Health-King County for the last 18 years to provide training and consultation to school-based mental health care providers. As part of that work, she has been PI on series of foundation and federally funded projects, both longitudinal and interventional studies, focused on enhancing mental health services in the schools. She is a founding member of the UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center.

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Starts: Jun 24, 2021 8:30 am
Ends: Jun 24, 2021 10:30 am
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