The University of Massachusetts, Boston has a mission and vision that is grounded in urban and global engagement. Many BPS students go on to become UMB students, and many UMB students intersect with BPS as educators and/or parents. The School Psychology training program provides graduate level trainings to specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) level school psychologists.
Through the partnership with CBHM, UMB faculty and students have contributed greatly to the capacity and expertise within the Boston Public Schools. Faculty have provided in-kind trainings on evidence based practices in school-based mental health. Students in both programs have completed practica and internship experiences in BPS where they benefit from exposure to the entirety of the expanded role of practice in action.
During the 2017-18 School year, the UMB school psychology program continued its partnership for training and research, with supports provided by graduate students and faculty. At least 17 graduate students engaged in training and research opportunities throughout BPS, including more than 8,000 hours of support for building- and district-based interventions. In addition, five faculty members in the school psychology program supported the training activities and research and evaluation. To build on the existing research and evaluation findings and better understand this model, there are currently three school psychology doctoral students who are conducting dissertation research on the model.