Timothy Runge, professor of Educational and School Psychology, was invited to participate in one of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s six School
Safety Task Force meetings.
Runge participated in the May 30, 2018, session in Erie, along with various cabinet members and their staffers, mental health professionals, educators, parents, advocates, law enforcement, and students.
Runge spoke about the need to increase the number of mental health professionals working in schools, including school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, home-school visitors, and school nurses. He also spoke about the value of implementing
school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports as a framework to prevent, assess, and intervene on mental health issues facing nearly 25 percent of children and youth.