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Elise Touris Pas, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

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415 N. Washington Street
Room 501
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


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PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, 2008
MA, University of Maryland, 2006
BA, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2003


I conduct school-based research to examine the effectiveness of behavioral and social emotional interventions, with a specific focus on the contextual factors that promote, or hinder, implementation fidelity. I am specifically interested in the refinement of teacher coaching models as a means for promoting the use of evidence-based interventions. My research has largely been based in public K-12 settings, though most recently included a collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger School. Through this partnership, I led the development of a teacher-tailored approach to increase teacher capacity to address the diverse needs of students with an autism spectrum disorder. This intervention utilized both coaching and practice in a state-of-the-art mixed-reality simulator.

Honors and Awards

Journal of School Psychology, Nomination for Article of the Year, 2015

Association of Positive Behavior Supports Ted E. Carr Initial Researcher Award, 2011-2012

School Psychology Review 2011 Article of the Year, Honorable Mention

Child, Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Fellow, 2010-2011

Phi Beta Kappa

Golden Key International Honor Society

Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society

  • School-based implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions
  • Efficacy and effectiveness of school-based interventions across the public health continuum
  • School-based consultation/coaching to improve implementation
  • Influence of school and classroom contexts on student behavior
  • Policy impacts on translation of evidence-based interventions
  • Application of school-based approaches serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mixed-reality simulation to improve practices in schools

The five publications listed below cover the different focus areas of my research.

  • Waasdorp, T.E., Pas, E.T., Bradshaw, C.P., & Zablotsky, B. (2017, online first). Examining a decade of bullying trends: A population-based sample of youth grades 4-12. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1536
  • Pas, E.T., Johnson, S. R., Larson, K., Brandenburg, L., Church, R., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2016). Reducing behavior problems among students with an ASD: A pilot study of coaching teachers in a mixed-reality setting. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 3640-3652. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016- 2898-y
  • Pas, E.T., Larson, K., Reinke, W., Herman, K., & Bradshaw, C.P. (2016). Implementation and acceptability of an adapted Classroom Check-Up coaching model to promote culturally-responsive classroom management. The Education & Treatment of Children, 39, 467-492. doi: 10.1353/etc.2016.0021
  • Pas, E. T., Cash, A. H., O’Brennan, L., Debnam, K., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2015). Profiles of high school student behavior in the classroom: Associations with teacher behavior management strategies and classroom composition. Journal of School Psychology, 53, 137-148. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2014.12.005 [Note, received nomination for Paper of the Year in the Journal of School Psychology]
  • Pas, E. T., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2012). Examining the association between implementation and outcomes: State-wide scale-up of School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 39(4), 417-433. doi: 10.1007/s11414-012- 9290-2.