Courtney Zulauf-McCurdy, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, SMART Center
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Courtney is a first-year fellow at the University of Washington SMART Center. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In her work, she takes an ecological approach to child development by increasing positive relationships between parents and teachers and empowering them to work together to support child development. Her research is focused on identifying ways teachers and parents can work together to prevent children, especially those of color, from being disproportionately disciplined (i.e., suspension and expulsion).

The Brief Intervention Strategy for School Clinicians (BRISC) is a 4-session, evidence-based, and flexible “Tier 2” intervention tailored to high school students and designed to fit the school context. This cluster randomized efficacy trial (52 public high schools in three states) will use longitudinal data collection with students and parents; analyses of school records; implementation measures; and clinician and administrator surveys and interviews to evaluate outcomes of BRISC compared to services as usual, as well as moderators and mediators of outcomes and feasibility, acceptability, and costs of BRISC. For more information, click here.
(non-research) The SMART Center Postdoctoral Research Training Program in School Mental Health is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES).The fellowship’s areas of focus align with those of the SMART Center and include research-based school behavioral health strategies and policies, implementation science, educational equity, clinical research methodology, and understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities.
How teachers’ perceptions of the parent-teacher relationship affect children’s risk for early childhood expulsion.(2020)Psychology in Schools
Forestalling preschool expulsion: a mixed-method exploration of the potential protective role of teachers’ perceptions of parents(2019)American Educational Research Journal
Early risk pathways to physical versus relational peer aggression: the interplay of externalizing behavior and harsh parental discipline varies by child sex(2018)Aggressive Behavior44(2):209-220.
A qualitative examination of the parent-teacher relationship and preschool expulsion: capturing the voices of caregivers.(In Press)Infants and Young Children