Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School Psychology

Document Type



Despite the high prevalence and associated consequences of mental health problems in youth, adolescents with these problems are often left untreated. This service gap is even greater in racial and ethnic minority youth who not only engage in treatment less frequently, but also experience far greater discrimination and systemic inequality than non-ethnic or racial minority students; factors further contributing to a need for service. Schools may provide an ideal location to treat mental health problems in youth, in part because schools eliminate structural barriers, but also because school staff have an opportunity to observe students across a range of functioning. However, current methods for identification at school, including universal screenings, may fail to identify all students in need of services. Therefore, it is important to understand the factors that most strongly contribute to racial/ethnic minority students' intent to seek help at school in an effort to enhance access to treatment for a historically underserved population.



Committee Chair

Long, Anna