Beyond the 3 R’s: Providing Students with the Social-Emotional Skills They Need to Succeed

Thursday, June 8, 2017
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street NW, Washington, DC
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We know that adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress can have a negative impact on the development of young children and can affect social and emotional health across the lifespan. Mental health challenges can also affect learning and, if untreated, are a leading cause of academic failure. For those committed to providing all children in our region with a high-quality education, it is critical to ensure children and adolescents receive the mental health services they need in order to develop the social and emotional skills necessary for learning. At this session, we will explore how mental health impacts academic performance and how young people’s mental health needs can be most effectively met in school settings.


  • Jeff Bostic, MD, EdD, Department of Psychiatry, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Megan McCormick-King, PhD, Founding Partner of InSite Solutions and Child Clinical Psychologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital


About the Presenters

Jeff Quinn Bostic, MD, EdD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with clinical, research, and teaching interests in school-based mental health and models of mental health consultation to primary care and other professionals who work with children and adolescents. He is the former director of the School Psychiatry Program ( of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Megan McCormick-King is a founding partner and supervising psychologist of InSite Solutions, a provider of school-based mental health solutions. Her interests include large-scale program development and implementation aimed at improving public health outcomes for youth. She has worked extensively within community-based organizations on improving public health causes and advocating for youth mental health issues within the Washington DC metro area. Her research background has focused on psychological factors that impact health outcomes, such as pain management and medication adherence, as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions to improve access to mental healthcare in primary healthcare settings and prevent negative medical outcomes in pediatric chronic illness populations. In addition to her role at InSite Solutions, Dr. McCormick-King is also a faculty member within the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. McCormick-King is a Child Psychologist in Washington, DC.