Jodie Buntain-Ricklefs, MPH, MSW

Managing Director / Research Lead
(206) 616-9392
Box 354920 / Room 110C
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Jodie graduated with and an MSW and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health and Health Services from the University of Washington and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Jodie has worked for over 15 years with K-12 schools throughout the US and at the state level in the areas of research, prevention, evaluation and program development. She has provided technical assistance, training and consultation to school teams on a wide range of topics including mental health services, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, injury prevention, and health education. Prior to working with schools, Jodie worked in the area of outpatient community mental health, childhood injury prevention and health promotion. She is very enthusiastic about supporting youth and working with schools, community providers, local and state agencies on the implementation and use of evidence-based practices surrounding supporting student mental health.

This planning grant is designed to develop a school-specific adaptation of the Collaborative Care model and associated training materials in order to: (1) Enhance capacity to provide SBMH services by increasing the number of healthcare providers (including primary care providers and indigenous school-based personnel) who can participate in the delivery of mental health services to youth experiencing mood and anxiety problems; (2) Improve SBMH accessibility by reducing stigma via the utilization of primary care providers and indigenous school personnel as points of entry for services; and (3) Increase the extent to which SBMH services reflect high quality evidence-based practices.
This project will iteratively develop and pilot a brief professional development training to enhance teachers' skills in establishing, maintaining, and restoring relationships with high school students, particularly those from marginalized racial/ethnic groups.
(Training & Technical Assistance) As a key component of this mission, UW SMART has developed strategies and related infrastructure for providing training and technical assistance to state and local education agencies as well as individual school districts. The SMART Center’s “TACore” provides: 1) Training and consultation/coaching focused on developing workforce capacity (among school staff and community partners) to deliver research-based strategies, policies, and practice models relevant to the education context, 2) Technical assistance focused on building evidence-based, multi-tiered systems of school-based behavioral health, using collaborative decision-making processes guided by local data as well as research evidence, and 3) Program evaluation focused on collecting and analyzing existing (e.g., administrative datasets) and novel (e.g., surveys, focus groups) quantitative and qualitative data to determine the impact of new or existing programs, practices, and policies.
Using stakeholder input to guide cultural and contextual adaptations for a universal school-based intervention.(2020)The Urban Review, Advanced Online Copy
Brief training for teachers improves student behavior and student-teacher relationships in middle school.(2018)School Psychology Quarterly34:212-221.