SMART Center

Providing Evidence-Informed Training, Workforce, Evaluation, and Research Support to School Mental Health Initiatives
The overarching mission of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center is to promote quality improvement of school-based mental/behavioral health services. A transdisciplinary collaboration between faculty in the College of Education and the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the SMART Center works to prevent or ameliorate mental health problems more effectively and to promote the social-emotional and academic development and success of youth across school, home, and community contexts.

The SMART Center is devoted to research that advances continuous quality improvement of the mental/behavioral health services provided to youth and families in the education sector, including:
  • Development and implementation of effective, evidence-based, feasible, and contextually-appropriate assessment and intervention practices for use in schools and community;
  • Enhancing data collection and use capacities (e.g., outcome monitoring and data-driven decision making) within a Response-to-Intervention (RtI) / Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) framework;
  • Promoting linkages between mental health, physical health, and educational achievement to enhance service integration; and
  • Expanding mental/educational health service accessibility, outcomes, and efficiency.

Learn about current projects, leadership and more at the SMART Center website.


Aaron Lyon, PhD.jpg  Aaron Lyon, PhD

Director, SMART Center

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences