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Mary E. Walsh

daniel e. kearns professor in urban education and innovative leadership counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department director, boston college center for optimized student support

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Campion Hall
Room 305C

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research profile


Ph.D., M.A., Clark University
B.A., Catholic University of America


Social-emotional, health, and other out-of-school factors that impact learning and thriving in chlidren living in poverty;  implementation and evaluation of systemic interventions that enhance students’ academic, social-emotional, and healthy development; psychosocial development of homeless children and families.


Academic Honors
Honorary Doctor of Science, Clark University, 2005
Phi Beta Kappa

Walsh, M. E., & Murphy, J. (2003). Children, health, and learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brabeck, M. M., & Walsh, M. E. (2003). Meeting at the hyphen: Schools, universities-communities-professions in collaboration for student achievement and well being. 102nd Yearbook, Part 2.  Chicago: National Society for the Study of `Education.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Walsh, M.E., Theodorakakis, M.D., Backe, S. (2016). Redesigning a Core Function of Schools:  A Systematic, Evidence-Based Approach to Student Support.  In H.A. Lawson & D. Van Veen (Eds.), Developing Community Schools, Community Learning Centers, Extended-service Schools and Multi-service Schools: International Exemplars for Practice, Policy, and Research (pp. 127-147). The Hague, NL: Springer International.

Dearing, E., Walsh, M., Sibley, E., Lee-St. John, T., Raczek, A., & Foley, C. (2016) Can community and school-based supports improve the achievement of first-generation immigrant children attending high-poverty schools?  Child Development, 87 (3), 883-897.

Walsh, M.E., Madaus, G.F., Raczek, A.E., Dearing, E., Foley, C., An, C., Lee-St. John, T.J., & Beaton, A. (2014). A new model for student support in high-poverty urben elementary schools:  Effects on elementary and middle school academic outcomes.  American Educational Research Journal, 51(4), 704-737. 

Walsh, M.E. & Backe, S. (2013). Referrals to community services.  In D.C. Wiley & A.C. Cory (Eds.), Encyclopedia of School Health (pp. 489-491). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc..

Walsh, M.E., & Backe, S. (2013).  School-university partnerships:  Reflections and opportunities.  Peobody Journal of Education, 88 (5), 594-607.

Miller, E., Seiders, K., Kenny, M., & Walsh, M.E. (2011).  Children's use of on-package nutritional claim information.  Journal of Consumer Behaviour. 10(3), 122-132.

Howard, K., & Walsh, M.E. (2011).  Children's conceptions of career choice and attainment:  Model development.  Journal of Career Development.  38(3), 256-271.

Howard, K., & Walsh, M.E. (2010).  Conceptions of career choice and attainment:  Developmental levels in how children think about careers.  Journal of Vocational Behavior.  76(2), 143-152.

Walsh, M.E., & Wieneke, K.M. (2009). Evaluation of comprehensive prevention-intervention partnership programmes for school children.  In R. Deslandes (Ed.), International perspectives on contexts, communities, and evaluative innovative practices:  Family-school-community partnerships (pp. 189-203).  Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Walsh, M.E., Depaul, J., & Park-Taylor, J. (2009). Prevention as a mechanism for promoting positive development in the context of risk:  Addressing the risk and protective factors of our cultures.  In M. Kenny, Reese, A. Horne & Opinas (Eds.), Realizing social justice:  The challenge of preventative interventions.  (pp. 57-78). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Presentations to Scholarly and Professional Groups

Walsh, M.E. (2016, April). Inequality and Student Achievement.  Presented at Growing Apart: The Implications of Economic Inequality Conference, Jesuit Institute, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. 

O'Dwyer, L.M., Lee-St. John, T. Raczek, A.E., Luna Bazaldua, D.A., Walsh, M. E. (2016, March). Examining the role of early academic and on-cognitive skills as mediators of the effects of City Connects on middle school academic outcomes. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness, Washington, D.C. 

Theodorakakis, M.D., Walsh, M.E., Lee-St. John, T., Rene, K.M., & Michel, E.B. (2015, August). Reducing disparity for students with behavior-related needs via a student support intervention.  Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Theodorakakis, M.D., Walsh, M.E., Rene, K.M., & Michel, E.B. (2015, August). An evidence-based intervention that provides infrastructure to link schools and community agencies.  Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Walsh, M.E., Lee-St. John, T., Raczek, A., Foley, C., & Sibley, E. (2015, April). The City Connects early childhood model:  Implementation and results.  Poster session presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Walsh, M.E., Lee-St. John, T., Raczek, A., & Foley, C. (2015, March). The long-term impact of systematic student support in elementary school:  Reducing high school dropout.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness, Washington, D.C.



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