Incorporating Physical Activity Within Mental Health Interventions: School Psychologists' Perspectives

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. develop skills to advocate for and promote physical activity within their mental health intervention practices.
  2. enhance their understanding of the intersections between physical activity engagement and mental health.
  3. understand school psychologists' perspectives of systemic facilitators and barriers to incorporating physical activity within the schools.


Research continues to suggest that physical activity can enhance mental health outcomes among youth. Twenty school psychologists participated in focus groups to explore their perspectives of implementing physical activity within mental health service delivery. Results suggest that school psychologists feel strongly about infusing physical activity within mental health service delivery and could foresee their skill set in data analysis, mental health promotion, and consultation in strengthening these efforts in schools. Implications for practice will be discussed.



Scott B. Greenspan, Wediko Children's Services
Sara A. Whitcomb, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kelsey L. Gordon, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Laura A. Hayden, Alexandra A. Lauterbach, Sarah A. Fefer, Catherine A. Griffith


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