Initiated by the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, this project examines the psychometric properties of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) as well as its feasibility and acceptability for use as a mental health screening tool by teachers in a school setting. The Pediatric Symptoms Checklist (PSC) is a brief measure of psychosocial functioning that is used to screen for mental health concerns, with parallel versions for youth (age 11 to 17) and parents/caregivers.

Schools will be recruited as partners to conduct universal screening using a scale that has been validated for teacher-report along with a version of the PSC adapted for teacher-report. The study is likely to contribute significantly to the field of school mental health by expanding the number of available, validated screening tools and providing research data on the feasibility and acceptability of these tools.