Yunsoo Park

Bio:

Yunsoo Park, Ph.D., has broad scientific expertise in neurobiological and psychological risk factors in the etiology of psychopathology. Specifically, her research interests focus on genetic markers, impact of early trauma and stress, and various psychosocial influences (e.g., parenting style) that are associated with the development of externalizing behaviors (e.g., aggression).

5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura , Jenna Rush

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted strategies from the “Common trauma symptoms in students and helpful strategies for educators” handout to help educators address student’s social-emotional and mental health needs associated with trauma in virtual settings.

Educating and speaking with children about racism

Authors : Yunsoo Park

Our Student Behavior Blog team at SRI Education is deeply heartbroken and outraged by the racism, brutality, and hatred that plague Black children, families, and individuals, not only with regard to recent events, but with recognition that these are pervasive issues they face in every moment of their lives. Consistent with our mission statement, we continue to strive to think about how we can conduct research, use data, and develop tools in meaningful ways that will reduce barriers and promote equity for students across our nation who continue to experience these longstanding injustices.

Thinking about working with researchers at your school? See what one of our closest school partners has to say

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Betsy Davies-Mercier

Jennifer Donahue is a program administrator at the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student, Family and Community Support Department and has been a close partner of SRI’s Behavior Research team for many years. We recently interviewed Jennifer on what her experience has been and being involved in a researcher-practitioner partnership has benefited her programs.

Questions to ask before implementing a school-wide program

Authors : Yunsoo Park

Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) typically include school-wide or universal support (tier 1), targeted interventions for at-risk students (tier 2), and individualized services for students with intensive needs (tier 3). Read our post for more information about multi-tiered frameworks. MTSS have been increasingly adopted across schools in the U.S. and show promising social-emotional, behavioral, and … Continue reading Questions to ask before implementing a school-wide program

How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura

Mental health is a critical part of students’ overall health and well-being. Students today face a range of demands that can impact their mental health. From meeting high academic expectations to navigating the world of social media to maintaining relationships with their peers, students often have busy schedules that result in a lack of sleep … Continue reading How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into everyday academic instruction: How do I do it?

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Yunsoo Park

Although most teachers recognize the importance of teaching social-emotional skills, many are also concerned about having time to fulfill their other responsibilities. Here we highlight one approach to teaching social-emotional skills in the classroom: incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into everyday academic instruction.

Our evaluations of a program that addresses school climate and safety

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Kirby Chow

Students learn best when a school establishes clear and consistent school-wide expectations for behavior. Establishing school-wide rules and routines can help prevent challenging behavior or negative incidents from occurring in the first place. Foundations is one example of a program that addresses school climate and safety by promoting positive discipline policies.

Why and how do we measure school climate?

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Kirby Chow

Research has shown that a positive school climate is greatly beneficial for both students and educators. A positive school climate includes three main components: Engagement, Safety, and Environment. School climate measures can help educators, parents, and the community understand perceptions, set appropriate goals, identify priorities, and make decisions.

Multi-tiered frameworks: Understanding RTI, PBIS, MTSS

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Kirby Chow , Sara Gracely

You may have heard the term “multi-tiered framework” along with other related acronyms like RTI, PBIS, MTSS when people talk about helping and supporting students… but what do these terms actually mean and how are they related? Let’s break this down.

What does our Student Behavior Research Team study?

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Tali Klima

More than one of every five students has, or is at risk for, an emotional or behavioral disorder which can adversely affect earning and relationships. We study several types of school-wide and classroom-based programs to support students with emotional, social, and behavioral issues, and these are the most common types that we study…