Olivia Linkous, B.S.

Research Study Assistant
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Olivia LinkousĀ  has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is excited to join the SMART Center team as a Research Study Assistant for the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team. Olivia is passionate about improving mental health care for all children and their families. Additionally, her research interests include identifying ways to reduce health disparities within the mental health field in order to improve outcomes for children and families from underrepresented populations. During her free time, Olivia enjoys settling down with a good book or appreciating nature on a light hike.

The purpose of this project is to develop and test a Tier-3 team-based Wraparound (T3W) intervention package for schools. Researchers will carry out their study in three phases. In the first phase, they will iteratively adapt the existing Wraparound model for use in elementary schools. In the second phase, they will test the feasibility of the revised intervention in elementary settings. In the third phase, they will complete a pilot test to evaluate the promise of the intervention, and with gather cost information. The project will yield a complete T3W intervention package, including training and coaching curricula, guidelines for districts and schools, supervisor supports, fidelity measures, and data systems, as well as preliminary evidence of the promise of positive outcomes.