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UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleaesd to host the 2024 Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture, featuring Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD, NCSP, on May 21 at 9:00 am, with a brief reception to follow.


Implementation of evidence-based intervention in schools is a viable strategy for addressing mental health needs of minoritized youth of low-income backgrounds. However, schools in high poverty neighborhoods—which serve a disproportionately high percentage of minoritized children —are often multiply stressed with limited resources, making intervention implementation challenging. Given increased demands, such as student behavioral challenges and teacher stress, it is often difficult for schools to identify feasible interventions to support the variable needs of their students. Focusing on two randomized control trials—Organizational Skills Training-Tier 2 (OST-T2) and Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS)—this talk will discuss challenges associated with engaging schools in evidence-based organizational skills intervention research and will also highlight the strategies used to support these processes, outlining ways to improve future school engagement.


Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD, NCSP, is a licensed psychologist and research scientist with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) working across several school-based IES funded projects and a community-based PCORI funded project. Additionally, Fitzpatrick Fleming currently serves as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) & American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Children’s Mental Health Champion for the state of Pennsylvania.  Her work and research focus primarily on building collaborative partnerships between families/communities and researchers/clinicians with the goal of increasing access to evidence-based interventions in behavioral health. Central to this work is addressing the needs of low-income, marginalized, minoritized families and communities. Phylicia has extensive experience in consultation and community engagement as well as the delivery of behavioral interventions within a variety of contexts. She completed her clinical postdoctoral training at CHOP, participating in their Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity program. Prior to joining the CHOP team, Phylicia was a practicing school psychologist, having completed her PhD in School Psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University.


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