Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Kim VanDerLinden, Ph.D.
Rob DiFlorio, Ed.D.
Currently, 22% of American children are found to have a diagnosable mental illness that critically affects their social or emotional development. Of those diagnosed, only 7.4% receive treatment services (Child Mind Institute, 2015). In 2003, it was estimated that 43-56% of students with mental health needs dropped out of school (Landrum, Tankersley, & Kauffmen, 2003). This study was conducted with the goal of improving outcomes for children with mental health and significant behavior problems. This study examined the perspectives of a multidisciplinary team composed of individuals with a variety of specialties such as teachers, administrators, social workers, and therapists. Three themes emerged through analysis of the participant’s responses: a) the importance of behavior management to meet student’s needs, b) environmental management as an essential component of program design, and c) high frequency communication as a valuable tool for collaboration. The insight gained from these interviews was used to construct recommendations for teachers and administrators who are responsible for educating this challenging population.
Hopkins, Amanda L., "It Takes a Village: Perspectives from a Multidisciplinary Team to Address the Needs of Students in School-Based Mental Health Programs" (2020). Education Doctoral. Paper 467.
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