Dr. Ellie Young, Department of Psychology
Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the proposal were met
The academic objectives were achieved for this grant. Students were mentored in reviewing a large body of research that focused on understanding the needs, behaviors, and outcomes for adolescent students with behavioral and emotional concerns. This provided a foundation for developing an evidence-based screening measure.
Students also helped collect and analyze data from pilot studies of a screening instrument. Students summarized the data and wrote executive summaries for participating school districts.
Students participated in helping Ellie Young, PhD review other manuscripts she was assigned to review as a member of two journal editorial review boards. This activity helped them to understand the process of submitting a manuscript to a journal.
Students had many experiences as scientist-practitioners. We focused on creating a screening instrument that was based in research but was also pragmatic for school teams to use.
Students were first authors on several manuscripts and proposals for presenting at national conferences.
Evaluation of the mentoring environment
Students were eager to participate in weekly meetings and often stayed beyond scheduled meeting times. Students met individually with the mentor, Ellie Young. Students generously supported each other at research presentations, data collection, etc. Both personal and professional relationships were created and are maintained today.
Students were involved in a variety of experiences that went beyond the usual classroom experiences. They completed IRB proposals, did extensive library research, and developed thoughtful and comprehensive literature reviews. Students with research experience provided leadership in writing and researching. As other students gained experience they took leadership roles.
We have consulted with other BYU faculty and a national expert about research design and next steps in screening research. We have more consultations planned with other nationally known experts and practitioners.
Students had opportunities to understand the spiritual aspects of our work. Identifying at-risk students and helping teachers and other educators to begin to meet the need of at-risk students provided a means of serving others, showing compassion and understanding, and using spiritual insights to know new directions.
List of students who participated and what academic deliverables they have produced or it is anticipated they will produce
|Taylor Scott||ORCA grant application|
|Maya Inoue||ORCA grant application|
|Brittany Tolman||ORCA grant application|
Description of the results/findings of the project
Several practitioner articles were written and submitted regarding best practices in screening for emotional and behavioral problems in secondary settings. One was published; another will be resubmitted within 30 days.
A teacher-nomination form (TNF) has been developed and is now ready for further reliability and validity studies.
Description of how the budget was spent
|Gift cards for teachers that participated in research||$306.00|
|Purchase of assessment instruments||$883.05|
|Consultation with national expert||$250.00|
|Remaining Funds ($19,966 originally awarded)||$10,571.50|
|Plans for Remaining Funds|
|Undergraduate and Graduate Student Wages||$3,000.00|
|Travel to national conference for 4 students (Philadelphia)||$5250.00|
|Expert Consultation with Kathleen Lane and Tyler Renshaw||$300.00|
|Gift cards for teachers that will participate in research||$2,000.00|
|Supplies for planned research||$500.00|