Paul Flaspohler

Paul FlaspohlerAssociate Professor
212 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056


  • 2004 Ph.D. University of South Carolina - Clinical-Community Psychology Yale University School of Medicine – Internship in Clinical-Community Psychology
  • 2000 M.A. Xavier University - Clinical Psychology University of Cincinnati - Psychology
  • 1988 B.A. Xavier University - International Affairs and Communication Arts
  • University of Vienna, Austria - Political Science and German

Teaching Interests

As a clinical-community psychologist, I work to integrate teaching, research, and service through modeling and involving students in self-evaluation, through community and school-based research projects, and through teaching about using research and evaluation in the service of communities and schools. I am proud of my reputation as a professor who challenges his students, demands quality work, and nurtures students’ abilities to think critically, apply psychological theories and methods, and find meaningful opportunities for engagement in research and action.

Research Interests

There is a gap between the development of evidence-based practices and the effective use of these practices in schools and communities. My work attempts to address this gap in research and practice. In particular, I am particularly interested in ways to assist schools and communities in assessing needs and resources; identifying gaps; accessing and adapting information about best practice; and evaluating, continuously improving, and sustaining efforts to improve child and family well being. In short, the work focuses on improving both what we do (practice) and the way we do it (process). We engage with schools and communities in efforts to prevent bullying, substance abuse, youth violence, interpersonal and domestic violence, school dropout and delinquency. We also work to improve community and school-based efforts to promote social and emotional skills, mental health, and academic success. This work proceeds through efforts to build evaluation capacity in schools and communities. We often adopt community- and school-based participatory research projects. In these projects, students, community members and school officials are co-creators and active participants in the research and action process

Professional Recognition

Since joining the faculty at Miami in 2004, I have received over $1,000,000 in extramural funding to support community and school-based research and action projects. This funding includes support from the federal, state, and local government as well as regional school districts and public and private foundations. In 2000, I was co-recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s President’s Prize for Innovation in Evaluation. I have led or co-authored papers published in professional journals across disciplines including Social Service Review, Educational and Child Psychology, The Community Psychologist, and New Directions in Evaluation.

Representative Publications

  • Reiger, C. J., Gibson, J. E., Passarelli, R. E., & Flaspohler, P. D. (2017). Identifying elementary school student opinion leaders for engagement in evidence-based program adaptation and implementation. School Psychology International, 0(0), 0143034317710692. doi: doi:10.1177/0143034317710692
  • Smith-Millman, M. K., Flaspohler, P. D., Maras, M. A., Splett, J. W., Warmbold, K., Dinnen, H., & Luebbe, A. (2017). Differences between teacher reports on universal risk assessments. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 10(4), 235-249. doi: 10.1080/1754730x.2017.1333914
  • Schwartz, T., Dinnen, H., Smith-Millman, M. K., Dixon, M., & Flaspohler, P. D. (2017). The Urban Teaching Cohort: pre-service training to support mental health in urban schools. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 10(1), 26-48. doi: 10.1080/1754730x.2016.1246195
  • Gibson, J., Flaspohler, P. D., & Watts, V. B. (2015). Engaging Youth in Bullying Prevention through Community-based Participatory Research. Family & Community Health, 38(1), 120-130.
  • Hung, A. H., Luebbe, A. M., & Flaspohler, P. D. (2015). Measuring School Climate: Factor Analysis and Relations to Emotional Problems, Conduct Problems, and Victimization in Middle School Students. School Mental Health, 7(2), 105-119. doi: 10.1007/s12310-014-9131-y
  • Flaspohler, P., Lesesne, C. A., Puddy, R. W., Smith, E., & Wandersman, A. (2012). Advances in Bridging Research and Practice: Introduction to the Second Special Issue on the Interactive System Framework for Dissemination and Implementation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(3-4), 271-281. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9545-3
  • Flaspohler, P. D., Meehan, C., Maras, M. A., & Keller, K. E. (2012). Ready, Willing, and Able: Developing a Support System to Promote Implementation of School-Based Prevention Programs. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(3-4), 428-444. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9520-z


  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Principal Investigator 2016-2017 Evaluation of AgeWell – Funded ($100,000
  • Interact for Health – Principal Investigator 2015-2017 Evaluation of CoreLife – Funded ($56,000)
  • Miami University College of Health, Education, and Society – Principal Investigator 2014-2017 Evaluation of the Urban Teaching Cohort Program – Funded ($46,500)
  • The American Readjustment and Recovery Act – Co- Investigator 2012 - 2015 Pass-through funding from the Ohio Department of Education Evaluation of Race to the Top Family and Civic Engagement - Funded ($319,240)
  • The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati - Principal Investigator 2006 - 2012 Evidence-Based Practices for School-Wide Prevention Programs - Funded ($555,660)

Courses Taught

  • PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 242H Abnormal Psychology – Honors
  • PSY 285 History of Psychology in Europe (MUDEC)
  • PSY 293 Research Design and Analysis I
  • PSY 345 Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities
  • PSY 410 Capstone: Community Psychology
  • PSY 410 Capstone: Psychology and the Environment
  • PSY 410 Capstone: Risk and Resilience
  • PSY 485/585 History and Systems in Psychology
  • PSY 645 Modules: School-Based Mental Health Consultation and Intervention
  • PSY 645 Modules: Multicultural Issues in Therapy
  • PSY 645 Modules: Consultation and Ecological Approaches
  • PSY 645 Workshop: Multicultural Issues in Southwest Ohio
  • PSY 660 Seminar: Child and Adolescent Intervention
  • PSY 699 Workshop: Bullying Prevention
  • PSY 740 Advanced Seminar: Community Psychology and Consultation
  • PSY 750 Practicum: Consultation and Community Psychology
  • GHS 201 Data and Decisions in Global Health
  • GHS 301 Seminar in Global Health
  • GHS 401 Global Health Immersion Experience Seminar