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

The Impact of City Connects-Progress Report 2022, City Connects, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

Responding to Covid-19 - The Impact of City Connects During the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

City Connects In the Community College Setting: The SCC Pilot. Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

City Connects: Progress Report 2020, City Connects, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

City Connects: Intervention and Impact Progress Report 2018, City Connects, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

Research Summary: Integrated Student Support, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College. 

Comprehensive Services for Children in Poverty: Setting the Research Agenda for Integrated Student Support, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College. 

City Connects: The Impact on Student Outcomes, City Connects, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.  

Reducing High School Drop-Out through Elementary School Student Support, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

Principles of Effective Practice for Integrated Student Support, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College.

Tipping the Scales: How integrating school and community resources can improve student outcomes and the Commonwealth’s future, Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, Boston College

Peer-Reviewed

Jiang, Haibin, Noman Khanani, Yan R. Leigh, and Mary E. Walsh. Integrated Student Support Intervention Mitigates the Adverse Impact of School Mobility on Middle School Students' Achievement and Behavior. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-784). 

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].

 

Advisors


Consultants, Lynch School of Education and Human Development

Henry Braun, Ph.D.
Boisi Professor, Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College
Director, Boston College Center for Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy

Eric Dearing, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Counseling, Development, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

Maureen Kenny, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

Deoksoon Kim, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Society, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

Laura O’Dwyer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College

 

External Research and Evaluation Consultants (current)

Lisa Gennetian, Ph.D.
Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

Amy Heberle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Clark University

Terry Lee-St. John, Ph.D.
Biostatistician, Research Department, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Pamela Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Affiliated Professor at the NYU School of Global Public Health

Richard Murnane, Ph.D.
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Parag Pathak, Ph.D.
Class of 1922 Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tayfun Sönmez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

M. Utku Ünver, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

 

External Research and Evaluation Consultants (past)

Clive Belfield, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow & Affiliated Economist, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Economics at Queens College, City University of New York

Brooks Bowden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Policy Division, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Henry M. Levin, Ph.D.
William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Economics and Education
Founding Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
David Jacks Professor of Higher Education and Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University

Peter Steiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland–College Park


 

City Connects by the Numbers

50%

less likely to drop out of high school with City Connects support

45,000

students served

100%

of principals believe City Connects improves school climate