CRESP Research Lab

About the CRESP Lab

The population of the United States is undergoing a significant transformation in its ethnic, cultural and economic demographics. With this increasing diversity, children from a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are being educated in public schools. School psychologists have an important role in understanding and meeting the needs of ethnic minority and/or immigrant groups, particularly as it relates to psychological adjustment and academic achievement (Ortiz & Flanagan, 2006). Furthermore, culture can be characterized by religion, spirituality, sociopolitical beliefs, values and traditions--all of which can play an important role in school psychological practice.

With the increasing cultural and lingustic diversity in schools, school psychologists have an important role in understanding and meeting the needs of children from diverse cultural and ethnic. ALthough there are a number of evidence-based practices that have been developed to address the mental helath and academic needs of children, additional research is needed to understand the degree to which these practices are culturally responsive to culturally and linguistically children and their families.

The mission of the CRESP Research Lab is to understand how evidence-based practices can be used and implemented in a culturally responsive way for children and families from diverse backgrounds. The CRESP Lab seeks to understand how to further develop school psychologists' level of practice and culture competence, to investigate the the intersection of culture and practice in various settings, and to examine approaches to implemmenting evidence-based practices to best meet the needs of children and families. There are many on-going projects in the lab and you can view details here.


Are you interested in being a member of the CRESP Lab?

Undergradudate Research Assistants: If you are an undergraduate student in Psychology and you are interested in joining the lab, please email Dr. Goforth.

Doctoral Students: Dr. Goforth will be taking at least one doctoral student in SY 2021-2022. Students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Dr. Goforth is a part of the Directory of School Psychology Faculty Addressing Culture and Diversity.

The PhD Program in School Psychology is now fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. See the press release here.

News About the Lab

Three doctoral students from the CRESP Lab received prestigious post-doctoral fellowships and were highlighted by the Missoulian (May 2019).


Undergraduate research assistants Lacey DeSalles, Jacinda Lovejoy, and Jack Michaels under supervision of Olivia Holter, doctoral student, were received the 2018 UMCUR Award at the University of Montana Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Goforth was interviewed for the newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer about Muslim children being bullied.

The American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology highlighted Dr. Goforth and colleague's research.

Dr. Goforth and colleagues' research was highlighted related to working with Arab American youth.

Dr. Lindsey Nichols and Dr. Goforth's project receive funding to create a mental health training for rural teachers.

Dr. Goforth's research on YETI, a social skills intervention, was highlighted in the University of Montana Vision Magazine.

Philip (PJ) Thomas, Dr. Goforth's undergraduate research assistant won a prestigious $5000 grant from Psi Chi, the National Honor Society of Psychology.

The Autism Onslaught: UM Researchers Develop Programs to Help Montanans cope with Disorder

UM Delivers Programs for Students, Children with Autism