Developing Social-Emotional and Behavioral Supports for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (TX UCEDD)

January 9, 2017

The Behavior Support Collaborative lead by Dr. Mack D. Burke in conjunction with the Center on Disability and Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University was awarded a catapult grant from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The purpose of the catapult grant (Improving Quality of Life Through a Culturally Responsive Lens: Developing Social-Emotional and Behavioral Supports for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders) is to improve the quality of life and well-being of students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds who are at-risk of developing emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) by promoting school adjustment.

Nationally, there has been a focus on prevention-based programs for students who have been exposed to a variety of factors that would place them at behavioral risk. Many schools are adopting multi-tiered levels of prevention that focus on universal (Tier 1), secondary (Tier 2), and tertiary (Tier 3) levels of intervention. Unfortunately, few prevention-based programs have specifically been adapted and tested for application with CLD populations at-risk of EBD.

In this project, research team members from the Behavior Support Collaborative in conjunction with the Center on Disability and Development will develop a culturally adapted "Tier 2"social-emotional behavior support program that is contextualized for use within prevention-oriented multi-tiered models. Mack D. Burke, Ph.D. Affiliated Faculty, Center on Disability and Development Texas A&M University mburke_aggie@tamu.edu