Volume 32, Issue 2 (2003)
Commentary: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice
George J. DuPaul
Ringeisen, Henderson, and Hoagwood(2003) present a compelling case that: (a) there is a gap between mental health research and the delivery of mental health services in school settings; (b) in order to bridge this gap, mental health professionals must consider contextual factors at the individual, organization, and state/federal policy levels; and (c) research must include key school stakeholders (teachers,administrators) in the development and integration of mental health interventions into school practice. Ringeisen et al. address perhaps the most critical challenge to the delivery of empirically supported mental health services in the schools—namely, the large gap between what researchers have investigated and what practitioners implement. This is a problem that has plagued school psychology and related fields for many years. As such, this is a very timely position paper that should enhance the dialog among the various stakeholders interested in this topic.
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