School Psychology Review
Assessing and Preventing Behavior Difficulties
Matthew K. Burns
Special Topic: Assessing and Preventing Behavior Difficulties
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School psychology evolves based on the ever-changing needs of the students we serve and on research conducted to better address those needs. For example, school psychologists continue to be school-based instructional consultants and mental health providers (Ysseldyke et al., 2006), but recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of preventing academic and behavioral difficulties (Botvin, 2004; Greenberg, Domitrovich, & Bumbarger, 1999; Stith et al., 2006). Thus, school psychologists have become active participants in prevention efforts such as response to intervention and positive behavior supports.