Completed MPSI Projects

CHAMPS: Middle School Classroom Management (2013–2018)


The MPSI CHAMPS project is a five-year long effi­ca­cy study of CHAMPS, a teacher train­ing pro­gram designed to pro­mote effec­tive class­room man­age­ment skills in mid­dle school teach­ers.  Data for the first, sec­ond and third years of this project have been col­lect­ed through direct class­room obser­va­tions. The MPSI team will be col­lect­ing data for the Year 4 cohort of teach­ers as well as fol­low-up data from the Year 3 cohort dur­ing the 2016–2017 school year.

The Classroom Check-Up (CCU) Web-Based Consultation (2013–2017)

This project aimed to devel­op an online sys­tem for school-based per­son­nel to sup­port teach­ers in effec­tive class­room man­age­ment prac­tices in ele­men­tary schools based on Dr. Reinke’s teacher con­sul­ta­tion mod­el, the Class­room Check-Up. An effi­ca­cy tri­al was imple­ment­ed dur­ing the 2016–2017 school year. 

LEAP to Achieve: an Evaluation of the Incredible Years (2010–2014)

The LEAP to Achieve research team com­plet­ed col­lect­ing data for this four-year long effi­ca­cy study of the Incred­i­ble Years Teacher Train­ing pro­gram, fund­ed by the Insti­tute of Edu­ca­tion Sci­ences (IES).  Drs. Reinke, Her­man and New­com­er shared ini­tial find­ings from this project a num­ber of con­fer­ences in the past year and plan to share more as the data con­tin­ues to be analyzed.

Head Start Service Project

Graduate students leading Head Start group with kids

In the fall of 2009, the Mis­souri Pre­ven­tion Sci­ence Insti­tute pro­vid­ed care­givers and chil­dren in Head Start with train­ing in evi­dence-based par­ent­ing and child social skills pro­grams called the Incred­i­ble Years (IY). IY is a video­taped mod­el­ing par­ent­ing pro­gram for tod­dlers and school-age chil­dren at risk for or exhibit­ing con­duct prob­lems. Grad­u­ate stu­dents from MPSI par­tic­i­pat­ed in imple­ment­ing the par­ent and child groups, and fac­ul­ty mem­bers from MPSI also co-facil­i­tat­ed the groups. This ser­vice project was sup­port­ed by a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund.

Helping Schools with Best Practices

This project, fund­ed by the Mis­souri Part­ner­ship for Edu­ca­tion­al Renew­al, con­sist­ed of two phas­es to help school dis­tricts make informed deci­sions about the men­tal health ser­vices they pro­vide for their stu­dents. In the first phase, we sur­veyed staff mem­bers in par­tic­i­pat­ing schools to assess their use of evi­dence-based prac­tices and fac­tors that make the use of these prac­tices more or less like­ly. Then, we worked close­ly with dis­trict lead­ers to devel­op a web-based tool that school dis­tricts can use to improve their pre­ven­tion and ear­ly inter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vices for children.

Family Resource Center

We imple­ment­ed Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ters in local schools using funds award­ed by the MU Research Coun­cil. We also con­duct­ed a fea­si­bil­i­ty study and pilot test of the effec­tive­ness of spe­cif­ic com­po­nents of the Cen­ters includ­ing a tool called the Fam­i­ly Check-Up.

Depression Interventions

Con­duct­ed a small tri­al to assess the fea­si­bil­i­ty of a fam­i­ly-cen­tered inter­ven­tion for child depres­sion and eval­u­ate its effects in a mul­ti­ple base­line study. The project was sup­port­ed by a grant award­ed by the MU Research Council.

Updat­ed Decem­ber 2019