SPONSOR: Dr. Maurice Elias
Psychologists play a key role in helping promote positive mental health outcomes in children and youth in underrepresented communities. However, the process of implementing evidence-based, culturally responsive interventions with teachers and students is complex. A key role for psychologists includes supporting classrooms as healthy settings and preventing mental health problems via engaging instruction and effective responses to students.
The Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Schools (IEPS) Lab focuses on the processes and contexts that promote effective use and dissemination of evidence-based practices via consultation, coaching, and professional development for teachers. Projects focus on developing virtual training models for teachers and training psychologists to effectively consult and coach teachers. Students must commit a minimum of 2 semesters. Rising sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply, as we find that sustained involvement in the lab provides opportunities for more in-depth learning. Post-baccalaureates interested in gaining research experience before applying to graduate school are also encouraged to apply.
Required skills include flexibility, dependability, good organization skills, attention to detail, and motivation to engage in diverse research tasks.