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Meeting Them Where They Are: Engaging Schools in Evidence-based Intervention Research

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD, NCSP, as the presenter of its 2024 Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture. This is a hybrid event scheduled on May 21 from 9:00-10:30 am at FPG’s Spangler Building; reception to follow.

Meeting Them Where They Are: Engaging Schools in Evidence-based Intervention Research

Implementation of evidence-based intervention in schools is a viable strategy for addressing mental health needs of minoritized youth of low-income backgrounds. However, schools in high poverty neighborhoods—which serve a disproportionately high percentage of minoritized children —are often multiply stressed with limited resources, making intervention implementation challenging. Given increased demands, such as student behavioral challenges and teacher stress, it is often difficult for schools to identify feasible interventions to support the variable needs of their students. Focusing on two randomized control trials—Organizational Skills Training-Tier 2 (OST-T2) and Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS)—this talk will discuss challenges associated with engaging schools in evidence-based organizational skills intervention research and will also highlight the strategies used to support these processes, outlining ways to improve future school engagement.

Portrait of Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming.Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD, NCSP, is a licensed psychologist and research scientist with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) working across several school-based IES funded projects and a community-based PCORI funded project. Additionally, Fitzpatrick Fleming currently serves as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) & American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Children’s Mental Health Champion for the state of Pennsylvania. Her work and research focus primarily on building collaborative partnerships between families/communities and researchers/clinicians with the goal of increasing access to evidence-based interventions in behavioral health. Central to this work is addressing the needs of low-income, marginalized, minoritized families and communities.

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