Description: Developing, implementing, refining, and scaling evidence-based school mental health practices across a multi-tiered system of support requires leaders who are prepared to focus on a range of priorities. Some of these include:
- Strategies to advance uptake and sustained implementation,
- Meaningful engagement with diverse stakeholders,
- Collaboration across sectors and disciplines,
- Workforce development,
- Effective leadership in times of complexity and change, and
- Interconnected measurement.
In October 2022, IIMHL and IIDL held a Leadership Exchange, with the North American Regional Hub taking place in Washington DC. As part of the Leadership Exchange, a School Mental Health session – called a Match – was hosted to provide a platform for global leaders from over 10 countries to come together to discuss current and urgent practice, policy, and research issues.
This webinar was designed to share global collaborations focused on school mental health, the successes and challenges of the implementation of evidence-based models, and the value of effective leadership in school mental health programming.
Brian P. Daly, Ph.D., Drexel University, Associate Professor and Department Head of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Director, Pediatric and Child Adolescent Psychology Lab; Research Fellow, AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Dr. Daly’s areas of interest in research include prevention and resiliency in urban youth; school mental health promotion; evidence-based psychosocial interventions for youth; and leadership in schools. His research has been funded by federal, foundational and corporate agencies.
Kathy Short, Ph.D., C.Psych., Executive Director, School Mental Health Ontario; Co-Chair School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE). Dr. Kathy Short is a Clinical Child Psychologist with research and practice interests in school mental health promotion, knowledge mobilization, and implementation science. She is the Executive Director for School Mental Health Ontario, a provincial implementation team supporting the uptake and sustainability of evidence-informed mental health promotion and prevention programming in schools. Dr. Short has served on several provincial advisory groups, including the Student Well-Being Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Education, the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council for the Ministry of Health, and the COVID-19 Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Table. She helps to lead the Canadian School Mental Health Leadership Network and co-chairs the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE), a network of global leaders focused on key themes in mental health promotion.