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Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Consultation-Based Interventions for Students with Social and Behavioral Concerns
Center: NCER Year: 2008
Principal Investigator: Sheridan, Susan Awardee: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 4 years Award Amount: $599,694
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B080010

Effective school-based interventions are crucial for reducing prolonged problems for students with social and behavioral difficulties. These students often manifest problems with academic performance, peer relationships, grade retention, dropping out of school, and substance abuse. To support students at risk for developing social and behavioral problems, educators have often relied on consultation-based intervention approaches which capitalize on the expertise of knowledgeable behavioral consultants who help school staff specify students’ social and behavioral difficulties, select evidence-based behavioral strategies, implement behavioral plans with integrity, and evaluate student outcomes. However, the number of researchers prepared to evaluate these types of programs using rigorous experimental methods is limited. Thus, the primary objective of this postdoctoral training program is to develop and advance fellows’ understanding and application of methodologically rigorous research in the context of evaluating consultation-based interventions for students with social and behavioral concerns that interfere with learning and development. By participating as students in advanced seminars on methodological techniques, as researchers in large-scale evaluation projects, and as collaborators in developing grant proposals, this training program will prepare researchers to conduct investigations to determine the efficacy of approaches designed to support student leaning and achievement via the reduction of social and behavioral problems.