November 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Owens, Evans Present on Three School-Based Treatment Programs

Dr. Julie Owens and Dr. Steven Evans  presented research on the YESS program, Challenging Horizons Program and the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (CARS) at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual convention Nov. 20-23 in Philadelphia.

Owens is Associate Professor of Psychology. Evans is Professor and Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in Psychology at Ohio University. They were on a panel on “Treatment Development for Children and Adolescents with ADHD and Behavior Disorders: Promoting Engagement, Integrity, and Successful Outcomes.

This symposium consisted of four presentations of findings pertaining to the development of school-based treatments for youth with ADHD and other emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Owens presented data from her study funded by the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) that provided support for her theories related to helping teachers implement interventions for elementary school aged children with problematic classroom behavior. In addition, she presented case study data that demonstrated the potential value of the training and consultation program that she developed. A colleague from Florida International University and Dr. Evans are collaborators with her on this project. Dr. Lee Kern (Lehigh University) presented research that was led by her and Dr. Evans to develop and evaluate school-based interventions for high school students with emotional and behavioral problems. The model of care was presented as well as the evidence and rationale for the interventions and measures selected for this large multi-site randomized trial. Dr. Owens was a co-investigator on this research team. The final presentation was delivered by Dr. Josh Langberg (Virginia Commonwealth University) and involved reporting the findings of a large randomized trial that was lead by Drs. Evans and Langberg. He reported findings pertaining to specific characteristics of middle school students that predicted meaningful benefits from the Challenging Horizons Program. These three studies (of the four presented) were conducted and lead by faculty, students and staff at Ohio University.

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