The Iowa Center for School Mental Health, a partnership between the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education, will expand support for mental health to Pre-K-12 educators and schools across the state.  This includes training, resources, and outreach to support student mental health so all students, educators, and schools can be successful and resilient.


Located in the UI College of Education, the center bridges disciplines to provide a network of expertise in education, public health, nursing, psychology, social work, and counseling that impacts student mental health. This is Iowa's first state-wide center supporting mental health in our schools.


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Professional Development

The center provides professional development, learning, and training to pre-service and in-service educators.

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Outreach and Consultation

The center provides resources, outreach, and immediate support to educators and school communities.

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The center's experts conduct cutting-edge research into best practices to support our students, educators, and schools.


Our researchers, professors, and practitioners are experts in variety of topics such as:

  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • School Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Abuse
  • Social Emotional Learning


Iowa BEST Summit 2021

The Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit is designed to highlight our collective need to bolster support and care across our educational system, and to build our shared capacity to get there. Iowa BEST is for Iowans who want to be part of solutions to creating a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment that promotes the success of all Iowa learners.

Register now for the Iowa BEST Summit on November 2-3, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit our summit page:

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Contact Us

For more information, contact Daniel L. Clay, Dean of the UI College of Education, at 319-335-5380 or