Accessible, Collaborative Care for Effective School-Based Services (ACCESS): Enhancing Interdisciplinary and Impact in Youth Mental Health
Research TeamBuntain-Ricklefs
FundingKlingenstein Third Generation Foundation

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.

Assessment of Suicide and Self-Injury to Enhance School Safety (ASSESS)
Research TeamPullmann, Coifman, Chandler
FundingAmerican foundation for Suicide Prevention LSRG-1-001-16

This project will use machine learning algorithms to evaluate the extent to which high school students’ social media posts provide the information needed to accurately predict and manage suicide risk in real time.

Autism Intervention Network on Behavioral Health (AIRB) Projects
Other PIsKasari
Research TeamAhlers, Bravo, Hernandez, McVey
FundingHealth Resources Services Administration UT3MC39436

The purpose of this multi-site study is to develop and evaluate a multi-phase implementation and sustainment strategy to support evidence-based practice use across different interventions for individuals with autism, settings, and ages. Click here for more information.

Beliefs and Attitudes for Successful Implementation in Schools (BASIS)
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health R01MH119148 / R21MH108714; Institute of Educational Sciences R305A170292

The goal of this study is to adapt and test the feasibility and potential efficacy of a theory-driven pre-implementation intervention to address individual-level barriers to evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation – Beliefs and Attitudes for Successful Implementation in Schools (BASIS) – designed to improve school-based mental health providers’ implementation of EBP. The BASIS-T project will develop a teacher-focused pre-implementation motivation enhancement intervention that will be tested in the context of universal social, emotional, and behavioral program implementation.

Brief Interventions Enhancing School Safety
Research TeamCoifman
FundingNational Institute of Justice 2014-CK-BX-0013

This project is designed to deliver and evaluate an early warning system and Tier 2 intervention (Student Engagement and Empowerment) to improve student attendance, behavior, and achievement. In doing so, this project investigates the effects of building capacity within schools to make data-driven decisions surrounding the selection and delivery of evidence-based, brief, relatively low-cost interventions proven to improve students’ mindsets and school belonging, two constructs linked to increased school engagement and safety.

Brief Online Training (BOLT) for Routine Outcome Monitoring: A Low-Cost & Scalable Minimal Intervention Necessary for Change in School Mental Health
Research TeamCoifman, Liu
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health R34MH109605

BOLT is focused on designing and texting an online training platform and post-training consultation procedures to support measurement-based care / routine outcome monitoring among school-based mental health providers. Both the platform and the training will be iteratively developed using best practices from the field of user-centered design.

Development and Testing of a Research-Based Tier 3 Wraparound Model for Schools
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305A200050

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.

Efficacy of a Brief Intervention Strategy for School-Based Mental Health Clinicians
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305A160111

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.

Efficacy of RENEW for High School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Research TeamBruns, Pullmann, Gaias
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305A150438

This large scale efficacy study, conducted in 12 high schools in four states (VT, NH, IL, MD), tests whether the RENEW (Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) program can improve social-emotional functioning and academic performance for the estimated 5-10% of high school students at risk for school failure due to mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) challenges.

Exploring Mechanisms of Change in a Pilot Trial of the RUBI Program in Educational Settings
Other PIsKaren Bearss
Research TeamFettig, Harbin, Canning
FundingR34MH123598, NIMH

This study will test the effectiveness of the newly-redesigned paraeducator-delivered RUBI for use in Educational Settings (RUBIES) intervention compared to usual care training in reducing disruptive behavior in 80 elementary-school children with ASD. This study also will examine paraeducator- and child-level mechanistic pathways of the RUBIES intervention.

Helping Educational Leadership Mobilize Evidence (HELM): An Organizational Intervention to Promote Strategic Implementation in Schools (HELM)
Research TeamPullmann, Coifman, Corbin, Hugh
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305A180210

The HELM project will adapt and test an existing leadership-focused implementation strategy (Leadership and Organizational Change for Implementation; for use with elementary school principals in buildings where universal social, emotional, and behavioral program are being implemented. For more information about this project, click here.

Impact of Inter-Organizational Alignment (IOA) on Implementation Outcomes
Research TeamLocke
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health R21MH110691

This project aims to assess the unique and combined influences of community-based health organization and school contexts on school-based mental health practitioners’ use of evidence-based practices.

Implementing iBESTT in Schools: Increasing the Fidelity of Behavior Plans using Tablet Technology
FundingOffice of Special Education Programs H327S13008

The aims of this project are to use an iterative design to: (1) develop materials that assist schools in the implementation of a web-based technology tool to assist teachers in the use of individual support plans in the classroom (iBESTT), and (2) evaluate the effectiveness of the training materials in producing school teams and teachers that implement iBESTT with high fidelity for students at-risk for or with chronic behavior problems.

Increasing the Usability and Cultural Responsiveness of a Suicide-Specific Treatment for High Schools
Research TeamCoifman
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health P50 MH115837

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.

Kids Face Fears
FundingPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute 6005686

The Kids FACE FEARS (Kids Face-to-face And Computer-Enhanced Formats Effectiveness study for Anxiety and Related Symptoms) trial is a large multi-site pragmatic comparative effectiveness study evaluating face-to-face vs. online cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety.

Let Art Unleash Great Happiness (LAUGH)
FundingCatherine Mayer Foundation

This project is evaluating the impact of art-based mindfulness on the learning experiences of chronically stressed children in schools. The team is exploring art-based mindfulness as a culturally responsive practice for socio-emotional learning for diverse youth in schools. The study is built on the premise that all children can benefit from mindful practices through visual, physical, and tactile sensory experiences. Using an iPad app called L.A.U.G.H. ® (Let Art Unleash Great Happiness) and AmbientArt® technology, students in a racially diverse school are engaged in art-based mindfulness in the classroom. Through participating in L.A.U.G.H. time, we are learning that chronically stressed students are better able to regulate their emotions, have increased compassion for themselves and others, feel more connected to school and have greater joy in the process of learning. These benefits occur not only for individual students but also the classroom environment and overall school culture.

Making Optimal Decisions for Intervention Flexibility during Implementation (MODIFI)
Research TeamLyon, Jones, Pullmann, Coifman
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health F32 MH116623

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.

Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center’s School Mental Health Supplement
Research TeamSchmitz, Florez, Cohen, Rayann

(non research) In addition to regular training activities and special areas of focus, the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (Northwest) has received funding to support increased training and technical assistance for school mental health in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. To operationalize this support Northwest has partnered with the University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, a national leader in developing and supporting implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in schools, including prevention, early intervention, and intensive supports. The Northwest School Mental Health (SMH) and Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Center, within the UW SMART Center, supports school mental health efforts with the goal to support states, districts, schools and community partners to build an equitable single system of delivery in which education and mental health systems are integrated across the tiers.

Preparing Teachers and Paraeducators for the Successful Inclusion of Children with ASD
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R324A200033

The purpose of this study is to identify which evidence-based practices (EBPs) teachers and paraeducators use to more meaningfully include and retain children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in general education settings; and the malleable individual and organizational characteristics that increase EBP use. Click here for more information.

Relationships to Enhance Learners’ Adjustment to Transitions and Engagement (RELATE)
FundingInstitute of Educational Sciences R305A170458

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.

Ripple Effects: Measuring the Ripple Effect Outcomes of Children’s Mental Health Services Implementation
Research TeamLyon, Muse, Corbin
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health 1R21MH119360-01A1

The first year of this project will develop a taxonomy, or list with definitions and examples, of possible ripple effects that might result from common strategies used to implement children’s mental health services. This taxonomy could be used by researchers, implementers, and others in implementation planning and monitoring efforts. The second year of this project will test the feasibility of developing a pragmatic measure of one ripple effect.

SMART Postdoctoral Research Program (PREP)
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305B170021

(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.

Staff and School Factors Affecting Implementation of ASD Interventions in Schools
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health K01MH100199

This Career Development Award uses mixed methods to examine staff- and school-level factors as predictors of implementation and sustainment of an evidence-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder in public schools.

The Organizational Assessment for Strategic Implementation in Schools (OASIS): A Measurement Suite to Support Educator Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305A160114

The main purpose of this Goal 5 Measurement Development and Refinement Project is to develop a suite of valid, practical, and usable measures to assess characteristics of the organizational implementation context in authentic educational settings in order to support the adoption and sustainment of evidence-based practices that improve student outcomes.

The Seattle Minority Engagement and Discipline Reduction Research Collaborative (MENDR)
Research TeamLyon, Bruns, Duong, McCauley, Gaias
FundingInstitute of Education Sciences R305H150035

The goal of the Minority Engagement and Disproportionality Reduction project (MENDR) is to develop an authentic research partnership between Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the University of Washington School Mental Health Research, Assessment, and Training (UW SMART) Center, focused on the problem of practice of racial and ethnic disproportionality in discipline. Through MENDR, we will improve SPS’s capacity to use research – to identify schools with disproportionality and causes of disproportionality – and engage in a joint effort to develop, implement, and test an approach for disproportionality prevention and reduction.

Training & Technical Assistance Core (TACore)

(non research) 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.

Virtual Implicit Bias Reduction & Neutralization Training (VIBRANT)
Research TeamLyon, McCauley, Coifman
FundingNational Institute of Mental Health 3R34MH109605-02S1

This is supplement to the BOLT parent grant to address one of the primary causes of health disparities— implicit bias among healthcare providers. Specifically, this project will (1) assess stereotype knowledge and implicit racial bias and its potential influence on clinical decision-making among school mental health clinicians, (2) develop an adjunctive online training module entitled Virtual Implicit Bias Reduction and Neutralization Training (VIBRANT), and (3) pilot VIBRANT with school mental health (SMH) clinicians for feasibility as an adjunctive training module to those developed for the parent grant.