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Evaluating the Impact of TRAILS on Academic and Behavioral Health Outcomes in Detroit Public School Students

The purpose of this project is to examine the efficacy of the TRAILS Early Intervention program (TRAILS-EI), by evaluating its impact on the mental health and academic performance of students in the Detroit Public Schools. TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students), is a University of Michigan program that promotes utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by providing school mental health professionals (SMHPs) curriculum resources, training, and post-training implementation support to sustain uptake and use of best practices. As in many high-poverty, high-density settings throughout the United States, students in Detroit experience high rates of environmental stress and untreated mental illness and consequently, poor school engagement. Rigorous evaluation of TRAILS-EI will provide critical direction for TRAILS as it begins a rapid expansion and for school systems and other stakeholders about ways to improve both educational and behavioral outcomes among students, particularly in urban, majority-minority communities with limited resources.


Education, Department of

Funding Period:

07/01/2022 to 06/30/2026