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.

As a way to understand the intersection of culture and school psychological practice, it is important that assessment and treatment of children from diverse backgrounds is based on rigorous research. Evidence-based practices should be utilized across clinical settings to best meet the individual needs of children and their families. Often, however, research studies on assessment and treatment do not include children from diverse backgrounds. Consequently, a treatment that may work with one group may not be appropriate or responsive to the needs of another group.

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, the intersection of culture and practice, and ways that evidence-based practices can be implemented to best meet the needs of children and families. Current projects are related to the practice of rural school psychologists, the impact of social networking on school psychologists' professional lives, sociopolitical beliefs that may impact practice, and the effectiveness of social skills groups for children with autism. Please see the left tabs for more detailed information about the various projects).

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

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

Dr. Goforth will be taking at least one doctoral student in SY 2018-2019. Students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. She 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