K99 Grant Selected for Funding from NICHD

K99 Grant Selected for Funding from NICHD

Examining the Implementation & Impact of School Resource Officer Policy Reform in the U.S.

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: March 26th, 2024

HIPRC postdoctoral scholar, Keith Hullenaar, PhD, received a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to analyze state resource officer (SRO) programs and their impacts on school environments.

The new research will examine the effects SRO policies have on key areas such as school safety, youth development, and mental health. The team will also look at the influence SRO polices have on exclusionary discipline and arrests in schools, including racial and ethnic inequities in these outcomes.

The project will also develop a toolkit to guide the implementation of state SRO law reforms in school districts with and without school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports systems.

Investigators on this team represent: the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC); The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine; The UW School Mental Health Assessment Research and Training (SMART) Center; Texas State University; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the Teacher’s College at Columbia University.