Our vision of creating state of the art programming for school avoidance includes research.

Research allows us to evaluate how we are doing and to learn better ways to help students. To date we have published two studies examining the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for school refusal. In addition, we are currently examining a new measure to assess factors associated with school distress. By engaging in research related to school refusal, we hope to continually improve the programs available to our students, families, and schools.

Past and current research

Intensive (Daily) Behavior Therapy for School Refusal: A Multiple Baseline Case Series

An Open Trial of Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for School Refusal

Screener for Academic Distress: Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D. (primary investigator) and Scott Hannan, Ph.D. (co-investigator) are currently developing a measure aimed to identify those students at risk for school avoidance.

Developing a Parent Module for School Refusal: Parenting Adolescents Toward Healthier Ways (PATHWays):  Scott Hannan, Ph.D. (primary investigator). This project is examining a treatment for parents of students ages 12-18 that are struggling with school attendance. It aims to address issues related to electronics use, sleep, activity, and accommodations for anxiety.

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