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2014 Doris Lecture: Catherine Bradshaw, Monday, April 7, 2014

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School-Based Prevention of Behavior Problems: Integrating and Advancing the Evidence Base
Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia

Monday, April 7, 2014
102 Mann Library

This event is free and open to all, no registration required. Lunch will immediately follow the lecture.

Schools are an important context for children's development and the prevention of behavioral and mental health problems. In addition, the importance of school climate has been linked with a range of positive behavioral and academic outcomes for students and staff. In her talk, Catherine Bradshaw provides an overview of some evidence-based approaches for the prevention of problem behavior through schools. She draws on data from several large-scale randomized controlled trials of prevention programs, such as the Good Behavior Game and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and efforts to scale-up these programs state-wide. Dr. Bradshaw also considers the importance of implementation science and coaching supports to better understand what works for whom, under what conditions. Her findings will be presented from a series of studies funded by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Science, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed., is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia (UVA). Prior to her current appointment at UVA, she was an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She maintains an affiliation with Johns Hopkins as the Deputy Director of the CDC-funded Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Co-Director of the NIMH-funded Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a masters of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia. Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behavior and school-based prevention. She collaborates on research projects examining bullying and school climate; the development of aggressive and problem behaviors; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimization, and environmental stress on children; and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools. She presently collaborates on federally supported randomized trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models. Dr. Bradshaw works with the Maryland State Department of Education and several school districts to support the development and implementation of programs and policies to prevent bullying and school violence, and to foster safe and supportive learning environments. She collaborates on federally-funded research grants supported by the NIMH, NIDA, CDC, and the Institute of Education Sciences. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the editor elect of Prevention Science. She is a coeditor of the forthcoming book, Handbook of School Mental Health (Springer).

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