Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Audrey Falk


This research paper summarizes the results of a study entitled, The Intersection of Adolescent Mental Health & Academic Performance. The purpose for this research was to evaluate the socioemotional well-being vulnerable students and the mental health services available to them within public high school institutions. The idea is to enhance mental health and social-emotional well-being support services for vulnerable students, decreasing interruptive impact on academic performance. Research increasingly points to the link between students’ academic success and adolescent social, emotional, and behavioral health. Given that public school systems access large numbers of adolescents, they are most commonly identified as the best place to provide services promoting universal mental health for its populations (Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services, 2013).This research is critical in addressing the mental health pandemic faced by America’s most vulnerable high school students and its impact on academic achievement. When ignored, education administrators fail to prevent student mental health issues from becoming a barrier to high school success.