Partners in School: Using the Principles of Implementation Science to Align Evidence-Based Practices Across Home and School for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Gazi F. Azad, PhD, is an assistant professor of clinical medical psychology (in psychiatry) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center ‘s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a licensed psychologist at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a nationally certified school psychologist.
About This Event
The translational research pipeline suggests that research evidence can take up to 17 years to be integrated into real-world settings, such as homes or schools, where children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receive most of their services.One probable reason for this is that it is extremely difficult to get parents or teachers to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs). Even if EBPs are attempted in a school setting, their fragmented implementation rarely aligns with practices used in a home setting. This can result in a dual implementation challenge.
Partners in School was developed to address the dual implementation challenge by ensuring that parents and teachers are implementing EBPs with fidelity, and that those EBPs are aligned across home and school settings. This presentation will review the community-partnered development of Partners in School and present preliminary data on mechanisms of action, including implementation mediators (e. g., parent and teacher communication and problem-solving skills) and moderators such as race. It will also highlight implementation outcomes (e. g., fidelity, alignment), proximal clinical outcomes (e. g., parent-teacher alliance), and distal clinical outcomes (e. g., children’s disruptive behaviors).
- Develop an understanding of the principles of implementation science
- Integrate implementation science principles and empirical evidence to iteratively develop implementation strategies
- Evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of implementation strategies
About the Visiting Professor Lecture Series
The Child Mind Institute Visiting Professor Lecture Series invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. All events are open to the public. This year, all lectures will be hosted virtually over Zoom. In partnership with Northwell Health, continuing medical education (CME) credits for psychiatrists and continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists are available to registered course participants.