Our research related to MTSS is ongoing. Scroll to read more about current research projects, MTSS related publications and conference presentations. Please contact us to discuss or work!

Antiracist MTSS

We are engaged in continuous work related to ensuring MTSS is both culturally sustaining and antiracist, with two forthcoming articles:

Natalie Edirmanasinghe, Emily Goodman-Scott, & Stephanie Smith-Durkin (in press). “Supporting All Students: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support from an Antiracist Lens” Professional School Counselor.

Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Rebecca Pianta, Damien Sweeney & Emily Goodman-Scott (forthcoming). Antiracism Starts With Us: School Counselor Critical Reflection within an MTSS Framework. Professional School Counselor.

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School Counseling and MTSS Alignment Instrument

Drs. Goodman-Scott, Olsen and Betters-Bubon are piloting an alignment instrument that will help school counselors examine strengths and areas of future growth in the alignment of school counseling programs and MTSS. Anticipated completion: Spring 2022

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Culturally Sustaining Tiered Interventions

Dr. Jake Olsen is leading research on culturally sustaining and evidence based Tier 2/3 interventions.

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022

Universal Screening

Drs. Goodman-Scott, Donohue and Betters-Bubon are analyzing data from a qualitative study: The lived experiences related to implementing Universal Mental Health Screening processes in K-12 schools.  

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022


Collaborative Work from SC4MTSS:

Betters-Bubon, J., Brunner, T., & Kansteiner, A. (2016). Success for all? The role of the school counselor in creating and sustaining culturally responsive PBIS programs. The Professional Counselor, 6(3), 263-277. DOI: 10.15241/jbb.6.3.263

Betters-Bubon, J. & Donohue, P. (2016). Professional Capacity Building for School Counselors through School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) Implementation. Journal of School Counseling, 14(3). Retrieved from http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v14n3.pdf

Donohue, M., Goodman-Scott, E., & Betters-Bubon, J. (2015). Using Universal Screening for Early Identification of Students at Risk Professional School Counseling, 19(1), 133-143.   DOI: dx.doi.org/10.5330/1096-2409-19.1.133   


Goodman-Scott, E. (2014). Maximizing school counselors’ efforts by implementing school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports: A case study from the field. Professional School Counseling, 17, 111-119.  doi:10.5330/prsc.17.1.518021r2x6821660


Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., & Donohue, P. (2015). Aligning Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Positive Behavioral interventions and Supports to maximize school counselors’ efforts. Professional School Counseling, 19(1), 57-67. DOI: 10.5330/1096-2409-19.1.57  

Goodman-Scott, E., Doyle, B., & Brott, P. (2014). An action research project to determine the utility of bully prevention in Positive Behavior Support for elementary school bullying prevention. Professional School Counseling, 17(1), 120-129. doi:10.5330/2156-759X-18.1.158

Goodman-Scott, E. & Grothaus, T. (2017a). RAMP and PBIS: “They definitely support one another.” A phenomenological study. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 119-129. doi:10.5330/1096-2409-21.1.119


Goodman-Scott, E. & Grothaus, T. (2017b). School counselors’ roles in RAMP and PBIS: A phenomenological investigation. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 130-141. doi:10.5330/1096-2409-21.1.130

Goodman-Scott, E., Hays, D. G., & Cholewa, B. (2018). “It takes a village:” A case study of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports implementation in an exemplary middle school. The Urban Review, 50(1), 97-122. doi:10.1007/s11256-017-0431-z

Goodman-Scott, E., McMahon, G., Kalkbrenner, M. T., Smith-Durkin, S., Patel, S., Czack, A., & Weeks, N. (2021). An Ex Post Facto Study Examining Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Across School and Community Variables From an Inclusive Innovation Perspective. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, doi: 10983007211013784.

Olsen, J., Parikh-Foxx, S., Flowers, C., & Algozzine, B. (2017). An examination of factors that relate to sc shool counselors’ knowledge and skills in multi-tiered systems of support. Professional School Counseling, 20(1), 159-171.

Other Seminal Works on MTSS/PBIS

American School Counselor Association (2021). The professional school counselor and multi-tiered systems of support. ASCA Position Statements. Alexandria, VA: Author. 

Belser, C. T., Shillingford, M. A., & Joe, J. R. (2016). The ASCA model and a multi-tiered system of supports: A framework to support students of color with problem behavior. The Professional Counselor, 6(3), 251-262.

Cressey, J. M., Whitcomb, S. A., McGilvray-Rivet, S. J., Morrison, R. J., & Shander-Reynolds, K. J. (2014). Handling PBIS with care: Scaling up to school-wide implementation. Professional School Counseling, 18(1), 90-99.

Curtis, R., Van Horne, J. W., Robertson, P., & Karvonen, M. (2010). Outcomes of a school-wide positive behavioral support program. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 159-164.

Harrington, K., Griffith, C., Gray, K., & Greenspan, S. (2016). A grant project to initiate school counselors' development of a multi-tiered system of supports based on social-emotional data. The Professional Counselor, 6(3), 278-294.

Martens, K., & Andreen, K. (2013). School counselors’ involvement with a school-wide positive behavior support intervention: Addressing tudent behavior issues in a proactive and positive manner. Professional School Counseling, 16, 313-322.

Ockerman, M. S., Mason, E. M., & Hollenbeck, A. F. (2012). Integrating RTI with school counseling programs: Being a proactive professional school counselor. Journal of School Counseling, 10(15). 

Ryan, T. & Kaffenberger (2011). Response to intervention: An opportunity for school counselor leadership. Professional School Counseling, 14(3), 211-221. 

Sherrod, M., Getch, Y. Q., & Ziomek-Daigle, J. (2009). The impact of positive behavior support to decrease discipline referrals with elementary students. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 421-427.

Sink, C. A. (2016). Incorporating a multi-tiered system of supports into school counselor preparation. The Professional Counselor, 6(3), 203-219.



Betters-Bubon, J. (2021, July). Trauma-informed Programs. Presentation at the annual American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., & Olson, J. (2021, July). Making MTSS Work. Presentation at the annual American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

Betters-Bubon, J., Goodman-Scott, E., Olsen, J., Pianta, R., & Edirmanasinghe, N., (2021, March). Culturally Responsive MTSS: Prevention and Intervention for all Students. Presentation at the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC). Virtual.

Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., Pianta, R., Olsen, J., Donohue, P., & Edirmanasinghe, N. (2020, July). Culturally Responsive MTSS for School Counselors. Presentation at the annual American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference. Virtual.

Betters-Bubon, J. (2020, July). Trauma Informed multi-tiered strategies in the transition back to school. Invited presentation for the annual American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference. Virtual.

Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., Donohue, P., & Olsen, J. (2020, December). Training preservice school counselors to be leaders and change agents utilizing MTSS. Invited webinar for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., & Donohue, P. (2019, June). Aligning Your School Counseling Program and MTSS: A Panel. Presentation at the annual American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference. Boston, MA.

Goodman-Scott, E., & Betters-Bubon, J. (2019, March). Eight steps to Universal Screening. Presentation at the annual American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Donohue, P., Betters-Bubon, J. & Goodman-Scott, E. (2019, March). Understanding Prevention Science: A Panel discussion of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Presentation at the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC). Columbus, OH.

Betters-Bubon, J., Goodman-Scott, E., & Donohue, P. (2017, July). Renewing your Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP) by integrating Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Refocusing on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Presentation at the American School Conference Association (ASCA). Denver, CO.


ASCA Conference Attendee

This was the best sectional I went to at this conference. I could have gone to a whole day training on this subject. Thank you for the work you do on MTSS, I left feeling good knowing that I have a lot of things in place that fall into the MTSS category. I can’t wait to read the book!

EBSCC Conference Attendee

Loved the focus on antiracism and culturally sustaining elements in MTSS

ASCA Conference Attendee

Enjoyed how you aligned the ideas of MTSS and the work school counselors do. Appreciated the discussion on cultural awareness and how to make sure our common expectations and language are relevant to our communities and the students and families we work with!