Enhancing Teamwork in the Implementation of a School-based Intervention for Children with ADHD

PI: Miguel Villodas, Linda Pfiffner, and Lauren Brookman-Frazee

Project supported by funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health

Integrating team development interventions, based on I/O Psychology team effectiveness research, this project aims to enhance the implementation of the Collaborative Life Skills Program (CLS), an established school-based intervention for children with ADHD in grades 2-5. This five-year project aims to develop a team-enhanced adaptation of CLS (CLS-T) and compare its impact on key team-based and student outcomes to standard CLS in schools in the San Diego and San Francisco Unified School Districts. 


Reducing Disparities with School-based, Technology-supported Interventions

PI: Miguel Villodas

Project supported under SDSU HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (U54 MD012397; MPIs: Ayala/Wells)

Based on community-engaged research and user-centered design approaches, we have partnered with local Title I elementary schools that serve predominantly Black and Latinx students to conduct this formative research project. This project will lay the groundwork for a subsequent project in which we will develop and pilot test the app-supported, school-home collaborative intervention with underserved students and their families


Adult Outcomes in the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect – San Diego

PI: Miguel Villodas

Project supported by the SDSU Division of Research and Innovation

LONGSCAN is a five-site consortium of studies that have followed prospective cohorts who were identified as being at risk for abuse and/or neglect during early childhood for more than 30 years. At the San Diego site, we have maintained contact with many of the participants who have been participating since they were four years old and who are now approximately 30 years old.  We are collecting data about their relationships with their children and parenting behaviors. 


Understanding the Culture of University Research Experiences (Project CURE)

PI: Dustin Thoman

Project supported by NSF award # HRD 2100129

This 3-year study is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and aims to examine the role that research experiences play in students’ intentions to pursue STEM careers, with a specific focus on diversifying the STEM workforce. We will enroll faculty mentors and students from their research labs across three Southern California universities to learn how communications among lab members affect students’ engagement in and motivation toward STEM careers over time.


Empowerment Talks: Understanding Underrepresented Students’ Experiences in Research Labs

PI: Miguel Villodas

Project supported by the SDSU Division of Research and Innovation

The objective of this mixed-methods study is to examine how social and cultural barriers (e.g., subtle social messages of exclusion, perceptions of incongruence with cultural values, racial microaggressions) within research labs influence underrepresented students’ science identities and interests, as well as their persistence in science-related education and careers. We will collect surveys and conduct focus groups with underrepresented students who are engaged in research labs to learn about their experiences within the research lab context.