You are invited…

To take part in a project being conducted by the University of Washington’s School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center

What: The BOLT (Brief Online Training for Measurement-Based Care) project aims to improve school-based services by developing and testing an online training and consultation system to facilitate the use of measurement-based care (MBC) for students receiving school mental health services.

Why: We are studying MBC because it is an evidence-based intervention with extensive empirical support for its ability to improve mental health service outcomes and is a feasible and cost effective option for schools.

Who: Clinicians who routinely provide individual-level interventions or therapy and spend ≥50% of their time providing services in schools. 

When: Recruitment for this project is already underway and will continue through the end of September, 2018. Contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can guarantee your spot!

How: If you decide to participate, you will take part in the iterative development of the BOLT online training and consultation program by taking online surveys, and being randomly assigned to participate in either the “BOLT” (MBC training and consultation package with ongoing assessments) or “no-BOLT” (ongoing assessments only) study conditions.  Time commitments vary depending on study conditions.
Potential benefits of participation in the project

  • Contribute to larger body of knowledge related to the field of behavioral health program implementation
  • Enhance overall understanding on how to successfully implement evidence-based practices in schools
  • Improve academic and emotional outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral problems

Participation in this project is voluntary. You may choose not to participate or may withdraw from the project at any time without any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you choose to participate, we will send you $300 for completion of study surveys and an additional $200 for completion of the BOLT training and consultation package (if assigned to that group).

If interested, please complete this brief information form or contact the BOLT team at

BOLT Research Team: Aaron Lyon, PhD (PI), Elizabeth McCauley, PhD (PI), Jessica Coifman, MPH, Heather Cook, MEd

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The University of Washington School of Medicine & Seattle Children’s Hospital Present
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

“Leveraging implementation science to optimize behavioral health services in schools”

Presented by:
Aaron Lyon, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine; Director, School Mental Health, Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00 – 9:20 AM
Wright Auditorium
Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Live streaming of the event available at:
Internal to SCH use: mms://ppwrst01/wright/
External to SCH use:

Please visit our web page for viewing options, to view past presentations, and to view or download schedule information!


Exciting New Opportunity at the SMART Center!


School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center
Postdoctoral Research Training Program in School Mental Health


The University of Washington School of Medicine and College of Education are recruiting two fellows for 2018 for the SMART Center’s Postdoctoral Research Training Program in School Mental Health, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

The fellowship’s areas of focus align with those of the SMART Center and include research-based school behavioral health strategies and policies, implementation science, educational equity, clinical research methodology, and understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities. The successful applicants will work closely with one or more faculty in the School of Medicine and/or CoE who will serve as mentors on current and recently completed federally funded research projects. Examples of these projects include development and testing of teacher trainings to enhance and restore relationships with students; designing implementation strategies to support the uptake and sustained use of evidence-based emotional and behavioral practices among teachers and school-based clinicians; large scale, multi-site efficacy trials of a brief school-based mental health intervention and a Tier 3 “wraparound” strategy for students at risk of school failure; studies focused on racial and ethnic disproportionality in discipline; development and testing of a measurement suite to support educator adoption of evidence-based practices; and many others. (For more details on the SMART Center’s funded projects and faculty interests, see 

In addition to mentorship from faculty who serve as PIs on federally funded research projects, fellows will also:

  • Engage in an individualized sequence of applied experiences in research design and advanced statistical techniques from SMART Center faculty who are nationally recognized experts in educational statistics and methodology;
  • Engage in extensive scholarly writing, secondary data analysis, and development and execution of their own independent research agendas;
  • Participate in coursework relevant to the fellow’s interests and individualized plan;
  • Interact with partners from schools, districts, and state education authorities as part of the SMART Center’s community evaluation and mobilization projects;
  • Receive a $5,100 travel budget each year to attend up to 3 events, meetings, or trainings (additional meetings may be attended using relevant grant funds);
  • Have access to $6,000 each year for independent research project costs (e.g., laptop, statistical software, participant honoraria, local travel, hourly research assistant time).


  • Interest and experience in research focused on: (1) effective strategies for implementing evidence-based and culturally-responsive mental health assessment and intervention practices in the education sector; (2) strategies for understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities in discipline and achievement; (3) enhancing school mental health data collection and use capacities (e.g., via screening, measurement-based care, data-driven decision support); and/or (4) care coordination models in education and community settings for diverse youth, and those with complex needs.
  • An earned doctorate in Clinical, Community, School, or Educational Psychology or a related discipline – such as Special Education or Social Work at the time of appointment.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

Salary: $53,500 with full University of Washington benefits (see

Appointment: Post-doctoral fellow, 12-month appointment beginning between July 1 and September 1, 2018. Initial appointment is for one year, with an expectation of renewing for one additional year, based on adequate evaluation of progress and fit with the program.

About the SMART Center, UW, and Seattle

The SMART Center represents a unique collaboration between the School of Medicine and College of Education, intended to facilitate more effective and integrated approaches to conducting research and providing technical assistance surrounding school behavioral health. The SMART Center, SoM and CoE are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

The University of Washington is the U.S.’s leading public research university. It provides an exciting scholarly environment and opportunities for interactions with faculty across disciplines. The UW ranks 91st out of over 2300 schools on overall diversity, providing extraordinary opportunities for students, fellows, and faculty to get to know others with different cultures and backgrounds. The UW also hosts a nationally  recognized Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment Office, which works to provide  programs and opportunities  to attract, prepare, and increase the number of racially and ethnically  underrepresented students who successfully matriculate at the University.

In addition to its natural beauty, Seattle is a diverse and socially conscious community. Seattle is on the forefront of technological innovation, making it a center of entrepreneurial and funding opportunities. With a nearly incomparably vibrant arts, live music, and dining scene, there is no shortage of things to do or cultural events to experience.

To apply, please email:

  • A detailed letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, relevant experience, and research agenda. Please include a section identifying potential SMART Center mentor(s), your shared interests, and how the mentor(s)’ projects and foci may support the candidate’s progress toward professional goals. Please also describe experiences with and commitment to diversity-related work and equity in research, teaching, service, and/or outreach, including experience engaging with historically underserved schools, communities, children, and/or families.
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two examples of scholarly writing;
  • Names/contact information for at least three references

Please send the above information to Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington at

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2017.