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Quality and Evidence-Based Practice


 The mission of the Quality and Evidence-Based Practice Group is to

provide resources and promote sharing of information across

individuals and groups interested in improving the quality of school

mental health (SMH) programs and services. Priority areas include:

improving dissemination and sharing of evidence-based practices in

SMH; bridging the research-practice and practice-research gaps in the

field; and, understanding and promoting the use of the best student-

and program-level evaluation strategies.

Recent Announcements

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* Call for Papers: Special Issue on School-Based Mental Health Practice, Data-Driven School Mental Health Practice: (How) Is It Possible?
Posted on Friday 14th January 2011, 9:47am by Nicole Evangelista
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on School-Based Mental Health Practice, Data-Driven School Mental Health Practice: (How) Is It Possible?
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion will publish a special issue on innovations in school-based mental health. This special issue will be edited by Dr. Michael S. Kelly, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. This issue will seek to better understand how data-driven and research-based educational interventions are being manifested in school mental health delivery. For a long time, scholars and policymakers have called for school-based mental health (SBMH) practitioners to measure the impact of their practice (Atkins, Hoagwood, Kutash, & Seidman, 2010; Dimmitt, Carey, & Hatch, 2007; Franklin, Kim, & Tripodi, 2009). Despite this call, and despite threats that failing to demonstrate the effectiveness of their services might lead to cuts in SBMH, it is unclear how many front-line practitioners are consistently engaged in measuring the impact of their work and using it to enhance their services. A recent multi-disciplinary survey by Lueck & Kelly (2010) indicates that Illinois SBMH are not yet consistently using standardized measurement tools, office discipline referral (ODR) data, or observational tools to inform what they do. Indeed, for an initiative that is committed to data-driven educational practice (Response to Intervention or RTI), it was sobering to learn from this survey that roughly 30% of the SBMH professionals surveyed were not even part of the school’s RTI team.

This special issue will feature papers from any and all SBMH practitioners who, either as part of a network of practitioners or in collaboration with school mental health researchers, have found efficient and effective ways to measure what they’re doing. Additionally, special consideration will be given to papers demonstrating effective practices at integrating the data they collect into their ongoing mental health practice—the essence of data-driven decision-making. Fil be welcomed that detail on a conceptual level new and innovative ways for SBMH to utilize data and successfully integrate their services into the missions of the schools they serve.

Papers must be double-spaced and should generally follow APA style (Sixth ed.) (please refer to for more specific details on article submissions). As stated earlier, particular consideration will be given to practitioners developing their own methods of becoming data-driven, meaning that case studies and qualitative studies will be welcomed. For more information, please contact the Special Issue Guest Editor Michael S. Kelly at The deadline for manuscript submission is June 15, 2011. Submissions should be sent to:

Atkins, M. S., Hoagwood, K. E., Kutash, K., & Seidman, E. (2010). Toward the integration of education and mental health in schools. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 37 (1-2), 40-47.

Dimmitt, C., Carey, J.C., & Hatch, T. (2007). Evidence-based school counseling: Making a difference with data-driven practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Webinar recording available for June 6th webinar titled "School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership"
Posted on Monday 13th June 2011, 1:22pm by Nicole Evangelista
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group hosted a webinar on June 6, 2011 titled "School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership". The webinar was presented by Dr. Eric Bruns, Associate Professor, and Dr. Aaron Lyon, Postdoctoral Fellow, from the University of Washington School Medicine. They presented research on the connection between school-based health center service utilization (both health and mental health services) and academic outcomes, as well as several projects that are underway to promote positive social emotional and academic outcomes via effective school-based mental health services. Please click on the link to listen to the webinar. Please note there are two articles mentioned during the webinar. The citations are listed below if you are interested.

Kerns, S.E.U., Pullmann, M.P., Walker, S.E.C., Lyons, A.M., Cosgrove, T.J., & Bruns, E.J. (2011). Adolescent use of school based health centers and high school drop out. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 46, 251-257.

Walker, S.E.C., Kerns, S.E., Lyon, A. Bruns, E.J., & Cosgrove, T.J. (2010). Impact of school-based health center use on academic outcomes. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46, 251-257.

Outcomes Assessment in School Mental Health Webinar Posted Online
Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2011, 8:58am by Nicole Evangelista
On March 16th, our practice group hosted a webinar and dialogue on outcomes assessment in school mental health. The agenda included brief presentations and discussion on evaluation of school mental health programs in Minnesota Public Schools (Dr. Mark Sander), outcomes assessment in Baltimore City Public Schools and updates from the Center for School Mental Health (Dr. Nicole Evangelista), and the rationale for the special issue of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion (Dr. Michael Kelly).

The webinar is now available for you to view for free at

Thank you to Drs. Sharon Stephan, Mark Sander, and Michael Kelly for presenting, as well as the individuals participated in the webinar and discussion.

Recent Discussions

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Tuesday November 10th, 2009 9:44am

Using Technology to Enhance Outcome Evaluations