Principal Perspectives on Addressing Student Mental Health

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. define principal perceptions of school mental health barriers and strengths for supporting student mental health.
  2. gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences across school locale in terms of principal perceptions of mental health strengths and barriers.
  3. leverage strengths and address barriers to implement school-based mental health.


What do principals have to say about the challenge of addressing mental health needs for students in their schools? Our research study highlights the most commonly perceived barriers and strengths for addressing mental health that principals across a Midwestern state identified in their schools and considers patterns across school locale. Attendees will gain a sense of key areas for focus in order to best support addressing students’ mental health needs in schools.



Eliza S. Godfrey, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Elizabeth K. Davis, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Teagan N. Twombly, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Bri´Anna Collins, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Julia Porter, Stanley A. Garbacz, Craig A. Albers


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