School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center

Principal Investigator: 
Aaron R. Lyon, Ph.D.
PBHJP Project Faculty and Staff: 
Eric J.
Bruns
Associate Professor
Michael
Pullmann
Research Assistant Professor
Aaron R.
Lyon
Assistant Professor
Collaborators: 
Clayton Cook, PhD, CoE
Elizabeth McCauley, PhD, SoM
Doug Cheney, PhD, CoE
Ann Vander Stoep, PhD, SoM
Kristy Ludwig, PhD, SoM
Janine Jones, PhD, CoE
Will French, MD, SoM
Project Summary: 

The overarching mission of the SMART Center is to promote quality improvement of school-based mental/behavioral health services, thereby preventing or ameliorating mental health problems more effectively and promoting the social-emotional and academic development and success of youth across school, home, and community contexts. This mission will be advanced through three interconnected arms, designed to support the identification, implementation, and sustained use of evidence-based practices in schools: (1) Research and Evaluation; (2) Training, Technical Assistance, and Advocacy; and (3) Assessment, Screening, and Data Utilization.
The Center represents a transdisciplinary collaboration between faculty in the College of Education (CoE) and the School of Medicine (SoM; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) at the University of Washington. Through this collaboration, SMART facilitates more effective and integrated approaches to research and technical assistance surrounding the implementation of evidence-based and contextually-appropriate interventions in school mental health.

The SMART Center is devoted to continuous quality improvement of the mental/behavioral health services provided to youth and families in the education sector by (1) supporting the implementation of effective, evidence-based practices (EBP); (2) enhancing outcome monitoring and data-driven decision making capabilities within a Response-to-Intervention (RtI) / Multi-Tiered Interventions and Supports (MTIS) framework; (3) supporting linkages between mental health, physical health, and educational health; and (4) expanding service accessibility, outcomes, and efficiency.
 
The Center represents a  trans-disciplinary collaboration between faculty in the College of Education (CoE; Department of Educational Psychology) and the School of Medicine (SoM; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) at the University of Washington. Through this collaboration, SMART facilitates more effective and integrated approaches to research and technical assistance surrounding the implementation of evidence-based and contextually-appropriate interventions in school mental health.

Public Health Relevance: 

Promote quality improvement of school-based mental/behavioral health services, thereby preventing or ameliorating mental health problems more effectively and promoting the social-emotional and academic development and success of youth across school, home, and community contexts.

School Mental Health