Scientific investigation of integrated student support is rapidly evolving and cross-disciplinary, emerging from research in the fields of neuroscience, developmental psychology, social work, education, economics, and others.

Our research agenda aims to improve the nation’s understanding of effective approaches to student support by leveraging these advances in the sciences and using cutting edge methodologies capable of analyzing the impact of complex, comprehensive interventions.


City Connects: The Impact on Student Outcomes, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College.  

Reducing High School Drop-Out through Elementary School Student Support, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College.

Policy Brief: Principles of Effective Practice for Integrated Student Support, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College.

Tipping the Scales: How integrating school and community resources can improve student outcomes and the Commonwealth’s future, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College


A New Model for Student Support in High Poverty Urban Elementary Schools: Effects on Elementary and Middle School Academic Outcomes, Mary Walsh, et. al., American Educational Research Journal.

Can Community and School-Based Supports Improve the Achievement of First-Generation Immigrant Children Attending High-Poverty Schools?, Eric Dearing, et. al., Child Development.

Comprehensive Student Support: A benefit-cost analysis of City Connects, Brooks Bowden, Clive Belfield, Henry Levin, et. al., Center for Benefit Cost Studies of Education, Columbia University.

The Impact of Comprehensive Student Support on Teachers Knowledge of the Whole Child, Classroom Practice, and Teacher Support, Erin Sibley, Maria Theodorakakis, Mary E. Walsh, Claire Foley, Jessica Petrie, and Anastasia Raczek, Teaching and Teacher Education.