June 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Psychology Faculty Get Innovation Funds for Connecting Science and Practice in School Mental Health

Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program has provided $50,000 in a seed grant to help a team of Ohio University faculty on a project named Connecting Science and Practice in School Mental Health.

This project proposes to improve services and care for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems across the state.

The team includes principle investigator Dr. Steven Evans, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Julie Owens, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Brian Wymbs, Assistant Professor of Psychology; and Frances Wymbs, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology; Leena Landmark and Dianne Gut, Teacher Education Department in the Patton College of Education.

Evans and Owens are co-directors of the Ohio University Center for Intervention Research in Schools.

About Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy

The program is designed to incentivize novel, interdisciplinary collaborations in the areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity, and the operational functions of the university.

In the last year, the Innovation Strategy has awarded $4.5 million to 16 teams of faculty and staff for such initiatives. In June, Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program provided $350,000 in seed grants to help seven teams of faculty and staff advance new initiatives. The seed grants have been awarded to help teams develop ideas further and to make them competitive for larger Innovation Strategy awards, other internal funding or external funding.

“Funding from the Innovation Strategy enables Ohio University faculty and staff to develop and launch creative initiatives that address major challenges,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. “Projects chosen for seed funding were identified in the review process as having significant promise, with the potential to benefit from investment that enables further development.”

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