Research

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.

Reports

City Connects: Progress Report 2020, City Connects, Center for optimized Student Support, Boston College.

City Connects: Intervention and Impact Progress Report 2018, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College.

Research Summary: Integrated Student Support, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College. 

Comprehensive Services for Children in Poverty: Setting the Research Agenda for Integrated Student Support, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College. 

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.

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

Peer-Reviewed

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.

Examining Systems of Student Support, Brooks Bowden, Atsuko Muroga, Anyi Wang, et. al., Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Experiences of practitioners implementing comprehensive student support in high-poverty schools, Amy Heberle, Úna Ní Sheanáin, Mary Walsh, et. al., Improving Schools.

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.

The Long-Term Impact of Systemic Student Support in Elementary School: Reducing High School Dropout, Terrence J. Lee-St., Mary E. Walsh, Anastasia E. Raczek, et. al., AERA Open.

Long-term effects of integrated student support: An evaluation of an elementary school intervention on postsecondary enrollment and completion, Jordan Lawson, Laura O’Dwyer, and Mary E. Walsh, (in preparation).

 

Conference Presentations

2021:

Khanani, N., Raczek, A., Dearing, E., & Walsh, M. (2021, April). The impact of integrated student support in elementary school: A replication study [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting [Virtual Conference].

Khanani, N. & Lawson, J. (2021, April). Addressing missing data in educational evaluation: Predictive mean matching imputation for test score data [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting [Virtual Conference].

Khanani, N., Raczek, A., Dearing, E., & Walsh, M. (2021, April). Applications of synthetic control models in educational research [Paper Session]. Society for Research in Childhood Development Biennial Meeting [Virtual Conference].

Lebowitz, R. B., Theodorakakis, M., Pollack, C. DiNatale, P., & Walsh, M. (April 2021). Preparing school staff to support students and families during COVID-19: Insights from research and practice. Presentation at the 2021 Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), [Virtual Conference].

Pollack, C., Theodorakakis, M., & Walsh, M. E. (2021, April). Leveraging integrated student support for COVID-19-related needs for students, families, and teachers in high-poverty schools. Presentation at the 2021 Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), [Virtual Conference].

Pollack, C., Wasser Gish, J., Walsh, M. E., Bowden, A., B., & Brewster, E. (2021, March). Equity, efficacy, and cost-efficiency: Making broken systems work to support the whole child. Policy Talk at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 46th Annual Conference, [Virtual Conference].

Theodorakakis, M., Simpson, K., & Walsh, M.E., (2021, April). School Counselors’ Critical Role in Implementing Systemic Student Support. Presentation at the 2021 Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) Conference, [Virtual Conference].