Special lssues

Collaborative School and Community Approaches to Promote Holistic Health for Underserved Children and Youth

Submission Deadline: 15 May 2024 (closed) Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Nicole Zarrett
Dr. Zarrett is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina and the Co-Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research group.
Her scholarship has broadly focused on optimizing on the contextual affordances of key youth settings for promoting healthy physical, psychosocial, and achievement-related developmental pathways from childhood through adolescence and early adulthood. This work involves both basic and applied research and has involved using innovative methodologies and novel translational intervention designs to target the needs and interests of underrepresented groups (e.g., disparities by minority status, socioeconomic status, gender, region, developmental disability), with the goal of generating sound theoretical inferences and practical applications that will be useful to researchers, policy makers and other youth advocates.

Dawn K. Wilson
Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC). Her nationally funded program of research has focused on developing innovative, theoretically-based interventions for health promotion in minority adolescents and their families. Her theoretical approach integrates bio-ecological models, family systems, and motivational approaches for understanding social and environmental influences of long-term health behavior change. Her current trials are evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of social marketing interventions on increasing safety and access for walking in high crime, under-served communities. Her recent projects also integrate cultural and family-based approaches to tailoring effective weight loss programs in minority adolescents.

Mark D. Weist
Mark D. Weist received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from VirginiaTech in 1991 after completing his internship at Duke University, and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). In 1995, with colleagues from the University of Maryland, he established the National Center for School Mental Health, now in its 26th year of supporting this field (see www.schoolmentalhealth.org). He is also a partner on the National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (see www.pbis.org). He has edited or developed 15 books and has published and presented widely in areas of mental health-education system partnerships, school behavioral health (SBH), trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, supporting military families, and advancing policies that support children and youth at local, state, regional, national, and international levels of scale. With colleagues, he currently leads the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Community (see www.schoolbehavioralhealth.org), and is leading or co-leading a number of federally funded studies on strategies to improve SBH effectiveness, impact and scaling up. Mark recently received the Faculty Achievement Award from the Southeastern Conference (campus winner from the UofSC).


Introductory Article (covering all themes below and setting up the special issue)


Conceptual Models for Holistic Health for Developing Interventions for Underserved Communities


The Importance of Context in Developing Interventions: Consideration of Communities, Families and Schools in the school-based Connect through PLAY trial


Innovative Study Designs in Developing School- and Community-Based Interventions


Cultural Tailoring and Adaptations of School- and Community-Based Interventions


Review and Preliminary Impact of an Art Therapy Program for Children in Schools


Strategies to Build Holistic Approaches and Wellness in School Behavioral Health


Self-Regulation, Motor Competence and Physical Activity in Young Children


Holistic Health, Wellness, School Behavioral Health, Underserved Communities, School and Community-based Interventions, Cultural Tailoring

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