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Effectiveness of a Parent Support Program: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)


Krista Kutash, PhD

Principal Investigators:

  • Albert Duchnowski, PhD
  • Krista Kutash, PhD

Funding Source:

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs


This four year study conducted a random controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of a parent-to-parent support program for families who have a child with serious emotional disturbances and served in a special education setting.


Long-term Impact

Increase coordination in, and quality of, special education services for children with serious emotional/behavioral disturbances. Provide the foundation for more complete research with larger populations.


This grant has led to a large federally funded effort (Parent Connectors) to establish the effectiveness of the program in larger more diverse populations.

A manuscript was published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research 38, 412-427.