Eric Bruns, PhD

Personal Statment

My research interests can be summarized as falling into three categories: Care coordination models for youth with the most complex behavioral health needs, school mental health, and public sector implementation of research-based practices. Since 2003, our research team has used a combination of expert consensus, measure development studies, field-based effectiveness trials, and dismantling studies borne of the opportunities presented by natural experiments to define quality standards that are predictive of system and child outcomes for the “Wraparound”  integrated care model. Along the way, we have developed and  disseminated fidelity tools and implementation support technologies and  produced over 40 peer reviewed papers on the topic.

With respect to school mental health, our interdisciplinary UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center currently has three federal and multiple local and foundation grants focused on how best to ensure that evidence for effective mental health intervention and prevention is translated into programming that leverages the diverse set of roles of the school-based workforce and is contextually appropriate to schools. The results of this research agenda include documentation of the effectiveness of mental health programming in “real-world” school-based health centers, barriers to improving academic achievement through school mental health and other support services “as usual” (and what might actually provide this mechanism of effect) and development and testing of a brief evidence-based mental health intervention with good contextual fit to schools.


Clinical internship, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1996-1997
PhD, Clinical Psychology , University of Vermont, 1992-1997
BA, Psychology, University of Virginia, 1986-1990

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Recent Publications

Disentangling Mechanisms Behind Chronic Lethality through Toxicokinetic-Toxicodynamic Modelling.
(2021 Feb 25)
Environ Toxicol Chem
Gergs A, Hager J, Bruns E, Preuss TG

What Happens When Training Goes Virtual? Adapting Training and Technical Assistance for the School Mental Health Workforce in Response to COVID-19.
(2021 Jan 4)
School Ment Health
Olson JR, Lucy M, Kellogg MA, Schmitz K, Berntson T, Stuber J, Bruns EJ

Rates of Mental Health Service Utilization by Children and Adolescents in Schools and Other Common Service Settings: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
(2020 Sep 17)
Adm Policy Ment Health
Duong MT, Bruns EJ, Lee K, Cox S, Coifman J, Mayworm A, Lyon AR

Dissemination Strategies to Accelerate the Policy Impact of Children's Mental Health Services Research.
(2020 Nov 1)
Psychiatr Serv 71(11): 1170-1178
Purtle J, Nelson KL, Bruns EJ, Hoagwood KE

Developing an Evidence-Based Technical Assistance Model: a Process Evaluation of the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health.
(2020 Jul)
J Behav Health Serv Res 47(3): 312-330
Olson JR, Coldiron JS, Parigoris RM, Zabel MD, Matarese M, Bruns EJ

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