Project SMART-MBH: Collaborative Training in Special Education and School Psychology

The SMART-MBH (Scholars in Multi-Tiered Approaches to Research and Training in Mental and Behavioral Health) Project is a partnership between the Northern Illinois University School Psychology and the University of Missouri Special Education doctoral programs.

Training Includes

  • Expertise in multi-tiered systems of support to promote the mental and behavioral health (MBH) of all students, including high-needs students with disabilities.
  • Unique training in collaboration with other educational professionals in schools to support the mental and behavioral health of all students.
  • Skills to advance the science of MBH through rigorous research.
  • Unique and comprehensive preparation in teaching, mentorship/supervision, and professional engagement.

We are recruiting five school psychology (NIU) and five special education (Mizzou) students to participate in the SMART-MBH Project beginning in the 2024-25 school year.

Benefits for Scholars

  • Provide you with opportunities to gain content expertise in evidence-based prevention and intervention of Mental and Behavioral Health.
  • Prepare you for a career in academia.
  • Provide full funding for the entire five-year program, including travel, technology and other benefits.

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs Logo: Ideas that WorkThis information developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H325D230030. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Mohamed Soliman.


Michelle Demaray
Board of Trustees Professor
Co-director, SMART-MBH

Julia Ogg
Director, SMART-MBH