I run the School Mental Health Lab at USU. We aim to improve the accessibility and quality of school-based mental health services.

My lab has three main lines of research:

  1. Validating brief rating scales for assessing key mental health variables, including psychopathology and wellbeing indicators.
  2. Evaluating the effects of simple mindfulness interventions with students, teachers, and parents.
  3. Systematically reviewing the effects of interventions that involve mindfulness (e.g., CBT, ACT, DBT, & SEL) with youth and caregivers.

The big idea driving our lab is doing research that helps more kids and schools and communities become more mentally healthy.

Photo by Kenny Eliason / Unsplash

You can find my lab's research online at Google Scholar, Research Gate, and Open Science Framework. We share preprints of recent work on PsyArXiv. And I tweet research tidbits semi-regularly.

When possible, our lab also shares products from our research as free public resources. You can see what we offer on my resources page.

Unfortunately, academic research is notoriously hard to access and often stuck behind paywalls. If you can't get a publication you want, just email me directly.  

My lab is mostly made up of PhD students, with a few undergrad RAs helping out. We collaborate with several other research teams at other universities around the globe. Geeking out about research with students and colleagues is my favorite thing about being a professor.

Are you interested in joining my lab as a PhD student? If so, please don't email me yet. Check out my prospective PhDs page first, then go from there.
Or are you looking for an undergrad RA opportunity? If so, please check out my prospective RAs page before reaching out to me.
Or are you a researcher with shared interests seeking collaboration? Feel free to email me directly to connect about potential projects.

I encourage my grad students to pursue research projects that jibe with their personal values and interests. To get a feel for their work, here's a list of their current thesis and dissertation topics:

  • Relationship of home and school climates with subjective wellbeing among LGB+ adolescents.
  • Developing a new, free, teacher-report measure of students' social-emotional learning competencies.
  • Validity and reliability of the Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory with older adolescents.
  • Effects of mindful breathing practice on stressed parents' stress levels and perceptions of child behavior problems.
  • Effects of a school intervention that integrates behavioral and mindfulness strategies on student externalizing behavior.
  • Social validity and effectiveness of a teacher-implemented mindfulness intervention on teacher stress and student prosocial behavior.
  • Differential contribution of internalizing and externalizing problems toward predicting student problems and wellbeing.

You can learn more about grad students in my lab at my students page.