Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Department Chair

Jessica Glass Kendorski Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D

First Advisor

Virginia Burks Salzer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Meredith Weber, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Karen L. Gischlar, Ph.D.


Given the increasing mental health needs and high rates of psychiatric hospitalization among children today, school-based supports are needed to mitigate potential areas of difficulty for students upon their return to school. This study provides a review of the school reintegration literature, including current issues, medically-based transition plans, and teacher and student perceptions of the reentry process. The overarching purpose of this study was to facilitate a more successful school reintegration for students post psychiatric hospitalization. For the present pilot study, an online course was developed and assessed through review by 15 education professionals gathered through a convenience sample. The course covered mental health in children, social/emotional/ behavioral and academic difficulties after hospitalization, and transition plans. Participants’ comfortability with and confidence in their ability to support returning students were assessed through a post-survey. Feedback regarding course effectiveness and feasibility and suggestions for improvement were also gathered to gain insights for exploring use of the course on a larger scale. Overall, participants reported positive feedback. Significant differences were found based on two demographic variables (grade level ever worked with and course ever taken on mental health in children). These results highlight potential key areas of investigation as schools work to address the needs of students returning from psychiatric hospitalization.

Included in

Psychology Commons