Stephanie Brewer, PhD

Research Scientist, SMART Center
Box 354920 / Room 130B
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Stephanie Brewer is a Research Scientist at the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, & Training (SMART) Center. Dr. Brewer’s research aims to promote equitable access to high-quality mental health services for all children and adolescents. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Brewer focuses on school-based mental health and integrates perspectives from implementation science and cultural adaptation of interventions. She is particularly interested in (1) developing school-based interventions that are easy to implement, contextually relevant, and culturally responsive; and (2) improving the implementation of contextually relevant, culturally responsive EBTs in schools. Dr. Brewer was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) to better understand what modifications are made to EBTs in real-world practice contexts, thereby allowing for future projects to optimize the implementation of EBTs in accessible service settings such as schools.

This project will redesign an evidence-base psychosocial intervention, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), for use in the school context, using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods.
This mixed methods study contributes to the science of intervention adaptation by 1) using an expert consensus Delphi method to create a decision support tool for making EBP adaptations in routine practice settings and 2) examining which modifications were made to school-based EBPs during three recent implementation efforts.
Designing the future of children’s mental health services.(2020)Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Race and ethnicity in educational intervention research: a systematic review and recommendations for sampling, reporting, and analysis(2020)Educational Research Review31:
The influence of a blended, theoretically-informed pre-implementation strategy on school-based clinician implementation of an evidence-based trauma intervention.(2019)Implementation Science14(54):1-16.
How do parent psychopathology and family income impact treatment gains in a school-based intervention for trauma?(2019)School Mental Health
Evaluating the implementation of Bounce Back: Clinicians’ perspectives on a school-based trauma intervention.(2019)Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health4(1):72-88.
Implementing the Bounce Back trauma intervention in urban elementary schools: A real-world replication trial(2018)School Psychology Quarterly33(1):1-9.
Involuntary engagement stress responses and family dynamics: Time-lagged models of negative mood.(2018)Journal of Child & Family Studies27(6):2014-2024.
Stress, coping, and mood among Latino adolescents: A daily diary study.(2016)Journal of Research on Adolescence27(3):566-580.