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Mark D. Weist

Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Hamilton College #353
Phone Number: (803) 777-8438
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Mark D. Weist received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM) for 19 years where he helped to found and direct the Center for School Mental Health (, one of two national centers providing leadership to the advancement of school mental health (SMH) policies and programs in the United States. He has led a number of federally funded research grants, has advised national research and policy oriented committees, has testified before Congress, and presented to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He helped to found the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange ( Dr. Weist has edited nine books and has published and presented widely in the SMH field and in the areas of positive behavior support, trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Weist also has over 550 national and international Professional Presentations which are outlined here.

B.A. Psychology: May, 1981 - West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
M.A., Clinical Psychology: May, 1985 - West Virginia University, Morgantown.
M.S., Psychology: August, 1988 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.
Pre-doctoral Internship: July, 1990 to June, 1991 - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical area, child specialization): June, 1991 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Assistant Professor: July, 1991 to June, 1997 - University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM).
Adjunct Assistant Professor: September, 1995 to 2003 - West Virginia University, Department of Psychology.
Associate Professor with tenure: July, 1997 to June, 2003 - UMSM, Department of Psychiatry.
Adjunct Associate Professor: July, 2001 to June, 2007, University of Missouri, Columbia, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Professor: July, 2003 to June, 2010 - UMSM, Department of Psychiatry.
Professor with tenure: July, 2010 to present - University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology.

Academic Editor and Co-Founder, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion (2007 - 2013)
Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member: International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Schools (INTERCAMHS, (2002 - present)
Chair: Task Force on Violence and Youth, American Psychological Association, Division 12 (1998 - present)
Founder and Director: University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health (CSMH, (1995 - 2010)
Co-Director: Mental and Social Health Professionals Section, American School Health Association (ASHA) (2005 - 2006)
Executive Council: National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), (1995 - 1997)
Co-Chair: Section on Psychosocial Services, NASBHC (1995 - 1997)
Director: Mental and Social Health Professionals Section, ASHA (1999)

School Mental Health: Quality of Care and Positive Outcomes. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 2000 - 01.

Achieving the Promise of Expanded School Mental Health. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), DHHS, 2000 - 05.

Enhancing quality in expanded school mental health. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), DHHS, 2003 - 06.

Sexual assault in Maryland: The African American experience. National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 2003 - 06.

Advancing policies and programs in school mental health. HRSA, SAMSHA, DHHS, 2005 - 10.

Effective mental health promotion in two Baltimore schools. Abell, Blaustein, Krieger, and Straus Foundations, 2006 - 2009.

Strengthening Quality in School Mental Health. NIMH, DHHS, 2010-2014.

Interconnecting PBIS and School Mental Health to Improve School Safety. National Institute of Justice, 2016-2019

 USC School Mental Health Team:

Mark D. Weist, Professor and Director, Clinical-Community Program, Barnwell 237 D

Theresa Oniffrey, Lab Manager, Hamilton 359-C

Ashley Quell, Research Coordinator, Hamilton 355

David Riddle, Research Assistant, Hamilton 359-A


Current graduate students affiliated with the Team include: John Terry, Abby Albright Bode, Emily Mancil, Marissa Miller, Crystal McWhirter, Cameron Massey, Carissa Orlando, Sami Hartley, Alex Roberts


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Representative Publications:

Eklund, K., Meyer, L., Splett, J., & Weist, M.D. (in press). Policies and practices to support school mental health In K. Hennessy, B. Levin (Eds.), Mental health services: A public health perspective, 4rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Weist, M.D., Short, K., McDaniel, H., & Bode, A. (in press). The School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE): Working to advance the field through opportunities for global networking. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 

Weist, M.D., Flaherty, L., Lever, N., Stephan, S., Van Eck, K., & Albright, A. (in press). The history and future of school mental health. In J. Harrison, B. Schultz, & S. Evans (Eds.). School mental health services for adolescents. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mellin, E.A., Taylor, L., Weist, M.D., & Lockhart, N. (in press). The Expanded School Mental Health Collaboration Instrument – Community Version: Development and initial psychometrics. School Mental Health.

Schmidt, R., Iachini, A., George, M.R., Koller, J., & Weist, M.D. (2015). Integrating a suicide prevention program into a school mental health system: A case example from a rural school district. Children & Schools, 37(1), 18-26.

Monahan, K.E., George, M.W., Riddle, D., Splett, J., Morrison, L., & Weist, M.D. (2014). The Interconnected Systems Framework and dissemination efforts in the Carolinas. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 14(4), 78-86.

Weist, M.D., Youngstrom, E.A., Stephan, S., Lever, N., Fowler, J., Taylor, L., McDaniel, H., Chappelle, L., Paggeot, S., & Hoagwood, K. (2014). Challenges and ideas from a research program on high quality, evidence-based practice in school mental health. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,43 (2), 244-255.

Eber, L., Weist, M.D., & Barrett, S. (2013). An introduction to the Interconnected Systems Framework. In S. Barrett, L. Eber, & M. Weist (Eds.), Advancing education effectiveness: An interconnected systems framework for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and school mental health (pp. 3-17). Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education). Eugene, Oregon, University of Oregon Press.

Splett, J.W., Fowler, J., Weist, M.D., Dvorsky, M., & McDaniel, H. (2013). The critical role of school psychology in the school mental health movement. Psychology in the Schools, 50 (3), 245-258.

Dvorsky, M., Taylor, L.K., & Weist, M.D. (2012). Teacher-student relations in mental health promotion. In R.Waller (Ed.), Promoting school mental health: Foundations (76-104). Oak Hills, IL: Bentham Science.

Short, K., Weist, M.D., Manion,I., & Evans, S.W. (2012). Tying together research and practice: Using ROPE for successful partnerships in school mental health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39, 238-247.

Weist, M.D., Mellin, E.A., Chambers, K, Lever, N.A., Haber, D., & Blaber, C. (2012). Challenges to collaboration in school mental health and strategies for overcoming them. Journal of School Health, 82(2) 97-105.

Mellin, E.A., & Weist, M.D. (2011). Exploring school mental health collaboration in an urban communit  y: A social capitol perspective. School Mental Health, 3(2), 81-92.

Stephan, S., Hurwitz, L., Paternite, C., & Weist, M.D. (2010). Critical factors and strategies for advancing statewide school mental health policy and practice. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.  3(3), 48-58.

Slade, E., Mills, C., Cunningham, D., Hobbs, N., Andrews, C., & Weist, M.D. (2009). Non-public special education programs: Evaluating the costs of within school alternatives for students with emotional disturbance. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2(3), 30-37.

Weist, M.D., Paternite, C.E., Wheatley-Rowe, D., & Gall, G. (2009). From thought to action in school mental health promotion. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 11(3), 32-41.

Hoover Stephan, S., Weist, M., Kataoka, S., Adelsheim, S., & Mills, C. (2007). Transformation of children's mental health services: The role of school mental health. Psychiatric Services, 58, 1330-1338.

Weist, M.D., Rubin, M., Moore, E., Adelsheim, S., & Wrobel, G. (2007). Mental health screening in schools. Journal of School Health, 77, 53-58.

Weist, M.D., Ambrose, M., & Lewis, C. (2006). Expanded school mental health: A collaborative community/school example. Children & Schools, 28, 45-50.