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Department of Psychology

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Mark Weist

Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-8438
Office: Hamilton College, 353

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Department of Psychology


B.A. Psychology: May, 1981 - West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
M.A., Clinical Psychology: May, 1985 - West Virginia University, Morgantown.
M.S., Psychology: August, 1988 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.
Pre-doctoral Internship: July, 1990 to June, 1991 - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical area, child specialization): June, 1991 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Mark D. Weist received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM) for 19 years where he helped to found and direct the Center for School Mental Health (, one of two national centers providing leadership to the advancement of school mental health (SMH) policies and programs in the United States. He has led a number of federally funded research grants, has advised national research and policy oriented committees, has testified before Congress, and presented to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He helped to found the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange ( Dr. Weist has edited ten books and has published and presented widely in the SMH field and in the areas of positive behavior support, trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy.


Assistant Professor: July, 1991 to June, 1997 - University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM).
Associate Professor with tenure: July, 1997 to June, 2003 - UMSM, Department of Psychiatry.
Professor: July, 2003 to June, 2010 - UMSM, Department of Psychiatry.
Professor with tenure: July, 2010 to present - University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA), Division 53
Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC)
National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health
Carolina Network for School Mental Health (CNSMH)
South Carolina School Behavioral Health Community (SCSBHC)
School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE)

Leadership Positions in Professional Organizations

Co-Chair: Section on Psychosocial Services, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), 1995-1997
Executive Council: NASBHC, 1995-1997
Director: Mental and Social Health Professionals Section, American School Health Association (ASHA), 1999
Chair: Task Force on Violence and Youth, APA, Division 12, 1998 – 2000
Advisor: United States Army Medical Command, Child and Family Behavioral Health Office, 2001-
Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member: International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (INTERCAMHS), 2002 – 2013
Co-Founder: Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC), 2002
Senior Advisor: MHEDIC, 2002-
Co-Director: Mental and Social Health Professionals Section, ASHA, 2005 – 2006
Co-Founder and Steering Team Member: CNSMH, 2011-
Co-Founder and Steering Team Member: SCSBHC, 2013-
Co-Founder and Vice Chair: SMHILE, 2014-

Representative Grants

Advancing policies and programs in school mental health. MCHB, Health Resources and Services Administration; Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (July, 2005 – June, 2006), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. DHHS; $3,522,000; #U45 MC00174; 2005 -2011.

Effective mental health promotion in twoBaltimoreschools. Abell, Blaustein, Krieger, and Straus Foundations, $420,000; 2006 - 2009.

Strengthening the quality of school mental health services. NIMH, U.S. DHHS, $2,100,000; #R01MH0819141; 2010-2015.  Administrative Supplement, $30,552, 2012-2013.

Interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for students with mood disorders.  University of South Carolina (USC), ASPIRE II Award, Office of the Vice President for Research, $100,000, 2012-2013.

Advancing School Mental Health and PBIS Together (Subcontract), University of Oregon/U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, $150,000,  2014-2016.

Mapping PBIS and School Mental Health in South Carolina. USC Social Sciences Award, Provost Office, $20,000, 2015-2016.

Interconnecting PBIS and school mental health to improve school safety: A randomized trial. National Institute of Justice, $4,100,000, #2015-CK-BX-0018, 2016-2019.

South Carolina School Behavioral Health Conference. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); $248,000, 2016-2018


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Short, K., Weist, M.D., Manion,I., & Evans, S.W. (2012). Tying together research and practice: Using ROPE for successful partnerships in school mental health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39, 238-247.
  2. Stephan, S., Westin, A., Lever, N., Medoff, D., Youngstrom, E., & Weist, M.D. (2012). Do school-based clinicians’ knowledge and use of common elements correlate with better treatment quality? School Mental Health, 4, 170-180.
  3. Taylor, L.K., Weist, M.D., & DeLoach, K. (2012). Exploring the use of the Interactive Systems Framework to guide school mental health in post-disaster contexts: Building community capacity. American Journal of Community Psychology. 50(3-4), 530-540.
  4. Weist, M.D., Mellin, E.A., Chambers, K, Lever, N.A., Haber, D., & Blaber, C. (2012). Challenges to collaboration in school mental health and strategies for overcoming them. Journal of School Health, 82(2) 97-105.
  5. George, M.R., Taylor, L.K., Schmidt, S., & Weist, M.D. (2013). A review of school mental health programs in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Psychiatric Services, 64(5), 483-486.
  6. Splett, J.W., Fowler, J., Weist, M.D., Dvorsky, M., & McDaniel, H. (2013). The critical role of school psychology in the school mental health movement. Psychology in the Schools, 50 (3), 245-258.
  7. Fabiano, G.A., Chafouleas, S.M., Weist, M.D., Sumi, W.C., & Humphrey, N. (2014). Methodology considerations in school mental health research. School Mental Health,  6(2), 68-83.
  8. Iachini, A.L., Warren, M.E., Splett, J.W., George, M.W., Taylor, L.K., & Weist, M.D. (2014). Exploring the impact of a pre-service interprofessional educational intervention for school mental health trainees. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(2), 162-164.
  9.  George, M.R., Trumpeter, N., Wilson, D.K., McDaniel, H.L., Schiele, B., Prinz, R., & Weist, M.D. (2014). Feasibility and preliminary outcomes from a pilot study of an integrated health-mental health promotion program in school mental health services. Family & Community Health, 37 (1), 19-30.
  10. Mellin, E.A., Taylor, L.K., & Weist, M.D. (2014). The Expanded School Mental Health Collaboration Instrument: Development and initial psychometrics. School Mental Health, 6 (3), 151-162.
  11. Schiele, B., Weist, M.D., Youngstrom, E.A., Stephan, S.H., & Lever, N.A. (2014). Counseling self-efficacy, quality of  services, and knowledge of evidence-based practices in school mental health. The Professional Counselor, 4(5), 467-480.
  12. Weist, M.D., Kinney, L., Taylor, L.K., Pollitt-Hill, J., Bryant, Y., Anthony, L., & Wilkerson, J. (2014). African American and Caucasian women’s experience of sexual assault and services for sexual assault. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 23 (9), 901-916.
  13. Weist, M.D., Youngstrom, E.A., Stephan, S., Lever, N., Fowler, J., Taylor, L., McDaniel, H., Chappelle, L., Paggeot, S., & Hoagwood, K. (2014). Challenges and ideas from a research program on high quality, evidence-based practice in school mental health. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,43 (2), 244-255.
  14. Faran, M.E., Johnson, P., Ban, P., Shue, T., & Weist, M.D. (2015). The evolution of a school behavioral health model in the U.S. Army. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 24 (2), 415-428.
  15. Kern, L.E., Evans, S.W., Lewis, T.J., Weist, M.D., & Willis, H.D. (2015). CARS comprehensive intervention for secondary students with emotional and behavioral problems: Conceptualization and development. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 23, 195-205.
  16. Schmidt, R., Iachini, A., George, M.R., Koller, J., & Weist, M.D. (2015). Integrating a suicide prevention program into a school mental health system: A case example from a rural school district. Children & Schools, 37(1), 18-26.
  17. Terry, J., Smith, A., Warren, P., Miller, M., McQuillen, S., Wolfer, T., & Weist, M.D. (2015). Incorporating evidence-based practices into faith-based organization service programs. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 43 (3), 212-223.
  18. Bode, A., George, M.R., Weist, M.D., Stephan, S., Lever, N., & Youngstrom, E.A. (2016). The impact of parent engagement in children’s mental health services on parenting stress. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(10),3044-3055.
  19. Huggins, A., Weist, M.D., McCall, M., Kloos, B., Miller, E., & George, M.R. (2016). Qualitative and key informant interviews about adolescent stigma surrounding use of school mental health services. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 18(1), 21-32.
  20. Michael, K.D., George, M.R., Splett, J., Jameson, J.P., Sale, R., Bode, A., Taylor, L., & Weist, M.D. (2016). Preliminary outcomes of a multisite school-based modular intervention for adolescents experiencing mood difficulties. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(6), 1903-1915.
  21. Mellin, E.A., Taylor, L., Weist, M.D., & Lockhart, N. (2016). The Expanded School Mental Health Collaboration Instrument – Community Version: Development and initial psychometrics. School Mental Health, 8(2), 305-318.
  22. Weist, M.D., Short, K., McDaniel, H., & Bode, A. (2016). The School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE): Working to advance the field through opportunities for global networking. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 18(1), 1-7.
  23. Anello, V., Weist, M.D., Eber, L., Barrett, S., Cashman, J., Rosser, M., & Bazyk, S. (in press). Readiness for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and school mental health (SMH) interconnection. Development of a stakeholder survey. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
  24. Arora, P., Connors, E.H., George, M.W., Lyon, A.R., Wolk, C.B., & Weist, M.D. (in press). Advancing evidence-based assessment in school mental health: Key priorities for an applied research agenda. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
  25. Weist, M.D., Bruns, E., Whitaker, K., Wei, Y., Kutcher, S., Larsen, T., Holsen, I., Cooper, J., Geroski, A., & Short, K.H. (in press). School mental health promotion and intervention: Experiences from four nations. School Psychology International.


  1. Clauss-Ehlers, C., Serpell, Z., & Weist, M.D. (2013). Handbook of culturally responsive school mental health: Advancing  research, training, practice, and policy.  New York: Springer.
  2. Barrett, S., Eber, L., & Weist, M.D. (2013). Advancing education effectiveness: An interconnected systems framework for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and school mental health. Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education). Eugene, Oregon, University of Oregon Press.
  3. Weist, M.D., Lever, N., Bradshaw, C., & Owens, J. (2014). Handbook of school mental health: Research, training, practice, and policy, 2nd edition. New York: Springer.
  4. Kutcher, S., Wei, Y., Weist, M.D. (2015). School mental health: Global challenges and opportunities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  5. Kern, L., George, M., & Weist, M.D. (2016). Step by step support for students with emotional and behavioral problems: Prevention and intervention strategies. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
  6. Weist, M.D., Garbacz, A., Lane, K.E., & Kincaid, D. (2017). Aligning and integrating family engagement in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Concepts and strategies for families and schools in key contexts.Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education). Eugene, Oregon, University of Oregon Press. 

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