Enhancing School Behavioral Health: School Psychologist Research Report

About Our School Psychologist Research & Report

Many recognize the growing challenge of behavioral health in children, but few understand how it's supported within our schools. In this research report, we interview 21 school psychologists across 12 states, revealing the complexities of delivering care at school while providing reason for hope for kids and families.

The stakes are high. Untreated mental illness in children can lead to school failure, teenage pregnancy, unstable employment, substance abuse, and even violence, including suicide and homicide. 1 in 5 kids today lives with a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder such as ADHD, anxiety, or depression yet only 20% receive support. Despite this critical need, many schools are under-resourced: the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends a ratio of one psychologist per 500 students, yet the national average stands at 1,127 students per psychologist.

School psychologists are uniquely situated when it comes to mental health, as students are more likely to seek mental health supports in school than in other settings. Through enhanced collaboration and communication with families and healthcare providers, school psychologists play a critical role in improving the mental health of students in an accessible way. Increased scholastic performance, improved attendance, expansion in academic activities and fewer disruptions to the learning environment are just a few of the positive outcomes that occur through school psychologist intervention.

Download the full report here to learn more about how school psychologists are making a difference.