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Sharon H. Stephan

Sharon H. Stephan Ph.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Additional Title(s): Co-Director, Center for School Mental Health
Location: 737 W. Lombard St. 426
Phone: (410) 706-0941
Phone: (410) 706-0980 (lab)
Fax: (410) 706-0984

Personal History:

Dr. Stephan's expertise is in the area of implementing empirically-supported interventions in school-based settings. She specializes in research and training on evidence-based practices for mental health and primary health care staff in schools. Dr. Stephan is involved in a number of ongoing research projects examining quality assessment and improvement in school mental health, and has a special interest in interventions for trauma-exposed youth. Dr. Stephan has led and collaborated on multiple federally- and state-funded grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality childrens' mental health services and school mental health (SMH).

Clinically, Dr. Stephan has trained extensively in cognitive behavioral therapy for both adults and children. She also serves as a national trainer for the empirically-supported treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).

Research Interests:

  • School-based mental health
  • Quality assessment and improvement in children's mental health
  • Interventions for Trauma-Exposed Youth
  • Integrated and Collaborative Primary Care-Mental Health

Clinical Speciality:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • School-based mental health
  • Interventions for Trauma-Exposed Youth
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Current Grant Support:

  • 2008 - present: Co-Principal Investigator, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Evaluation, Maryland State Department of Education
  • 2008 - present: Principal Investigator, Evidence Based Practice Fidelity and Outcomes Evaluation, Maryland Governorâ?Ts Office for Children
  • 2008 - present: Principal Investigator, 1915c Waiver Evaluation of Home and Community Based Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • 2009 - present: Co-Principal Investigator, Baltimore City Special Education Initiative, Maryland State Department of Education
  • 2010 - present: Principal Investigator, Healthy Transitions Initiative, SAMHSA
  • 2010 - present: Co-Investigator, Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care, National Institute of Mental Health
  • 2010 - present: Co-Investigator, Strengthening the Quality of School Mental Health Services, R01- National Institute of Mental Health
  • 2010 - present: Principal Investigator, Advancing Mental Health Services in Schools, U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Health Resources and Services Administration


Lever, N., Stephan, S., Axelrod, J., Weist, M. (2004). Accessing fee-for-service revenue in school mental health: A partnership with an outpatient MH center. Journal of School Health, 74, 91-94.

Schaffer, C., Bruns, E., Weist, M., Stephan, S., Goldstein, J.,& Simpson. (2005). Overcoming challenges to using evidence-based interventions in schools. J Youth and Adolescence, 34, 14-22.

Mills, C., Stephan, S., Moore, E., Weist, M., Daly, B., & Edwards, M. (2006). The President's New Freedom Commission: Capitalizing on opportunities to advance school-based mental health services. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 9, 149-161.

Stephan, S., Weist, M., Kataoka, S., Adelsheim, S., & Mills, C. (2007). Transformation of children's mental health services: The role of SMH. Psychiatric Services, 58, 1330-1338.

Cunningham, D., Stephan, S., Paternite, C., Schan, S., Weist, M., Adelsheim, S., & Flaspohler, P. (2007). Stakeholders' perspectives on the recommendations of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Psychiatric Services, 58, 1344-1347.

Burke, R. W., & Stephan, S. H. (2008). Contextual features of public schools in the United States as settings for mental health promotion. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 1(1), 52-60.

Weist, M. D., Lever, N., Stephan, S., Youngstrom, E., Moore, E., Harrison, B., â?¦Stiegler, K. (2009). Formative evaluation of a framework for high quality, evidence-based services in school mental health. School Mental Health, 1(3), 196-211.

Weist, M. D., Stiegler, K. L., Stephan, S. H., Cox, J. M., & Vaughan, C. (2009). School mental health and prevention science in the Baltimore city schools. Psychology in the Schools, 47(1), 36-54.

Stephan, S., Hurwitz, L., Paternite, C., & Weist, M. (2010). Critical factors and strategies for advancing statewide school mental health. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 3(3), 46-58.

Stephan, S., Wissow, L., & Pichler (2010). Utilizing common factors and practice elements to improve mental health care by school-based primary care providers. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 10(4), 81-86.

Grady, B., Lever, N., Cunningham, D., Stephan, S. (2011). Telepsychiatry and SMH. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20(1), 81-94.

Stephan, S., Mulloy, M., & Brey, L. (in press). Improving collaborative mental health care by school-based primary care and mental health providers. School Mental Health.