Dr. Julie Sarno Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of school-based interventions for elementary school-aged youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior problems. Her studies examine (a) the effectiveness and feasibility of transporting empirically-supported interventions into schools in underserved, communities in the Appalachian region of Ohio, (b) parents’ and teachers’ perceptions, satisfaction and acceptability of such treatments, and (c) factors that either enhance or interfere with the transportation, dissemination and sustainability of such treatments in rural communities.
Dr. Owens also conducts studies that examine self-perceptions of competence in children with ADHD, the nature and function of the positive illusory bias, and the implications of this bias on functioning in youth with ADHD. Dr. Owens is the Director of theYouth Experiencing Success in School (Y.E.S.S.) Program, a school-based mental health program that integrates empirically-supported interventions for youth with ADHD into the school setting. The Y.E.S.S. Program, which has developed in the context of a 10-year university-community partnership, involves intervention development and evaluation, research and practical training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, professional development training for local educators and mental health professionals, and treatment services for youth in our local region. As such the work emerging from the Y.E.S.S. Program has implications for the research, practice, training, and policy agendas at the local and national level.