UVM Faculty Awarded $1.25 Million Grant to Prepare Higher Education Faculty Specializing in Social, Emotional-Behavioral Health and Inclusive Education
A $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs will fund the launch of Project RESILIENCY at the University of Vermont. With a goal to train specialized and interdisciplinary leaders in the education of children and youth with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, the project will fully fund five doctoral scholars in the newPhD in Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health and Inclusive Education (SHIE) program over the next five years.
“We know that, increasingly, the need for mental health support among our children and families far exceeds what they can get outside of school,” says Justin Garwood, one of five core faculty leading the project in the College of Education and Social Services. “So, how do we meet these needs in school? We will train the future leaders who will help us answer that question.”
The PhD in SHIE will prepare future leaders in higher education through a rigorous pedagogical, theoretical, and methodological program anchored in community-engaged, equity-oriented, trauma-informed, and evidence-based practices. A comprehensive, cohort-based approach is designed to cultivate future faculty members who teach effectively and conduct high-quality research that is relevant, cutting-edge, and useful in supporting positive child outcomes.
CESS core faculty members leading the project with Garwood are Shana Haines, Bernice Garnett, Colby Kervick, and Jessica Strolin-Goltzman. The PhD in SHIE places intentional emphasis on scholarship activity and collaboration within the cohort and among the faculty’s professional networks. The core faculty represent the SHIE program’s interdisciplinary strength, as their expertise spans the fields of special education, social work, and public health.
“Collaboration among families, communities, and schools is necessary to support the social, emotional, and behavioral health of our children,” says Haines. “There are examples of successful collaboration with great results, but a great deal of work is necessary to increase equity in these collaborative efforts. Scholars in our program will engage in communities to understand complex issues and apply cutting-edge methodology and evidence-based practices to spur meaningful change.”
Doctoral scholars in the program will engage with in-person seminars, online learning, and professional conferences that support their success while completing courses and fieldwork that prepare them to conduct rigorous and meaningful research. They will learn from a combination of SHIE coursework, doctoral methods classes, methodology institutes, mentorship with interdisciplinary faculty, and practicum experiences in the field involving research, teaching, service, and policy.
Recruitment is now underway as the project seeks professionals ready to engage in full-time doctoral studies over four years aimed at creating proactive, innovative, and interdisciplinary solutions to complex issues affecting the social, emotional, and behavioral health of children and youth.
Recruited as a cohort into the program for Fall 2023, RESILIENCY scholars will receive full tuition support along with a stipend, insurance, and financial resources for travel and other expenses related to the project. Applications are welcome from professionals who have experience working with students with disabilities in applied settings. Applicants must hold a master’s degree, preferably in a related field such as education, special education, social work, counseling, or cognitive science.
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