Current Projects

Promoting Evidence-Based Mental Health Care through Community Collaboration


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Project SUPPORT (Study to Understand Psychotherapy Process, Outcomes, and Ramifications Together) is a joint clinical and research project in which we are implementing and evaluating a trauma- informed group intervention (Bounce Back Program) in an elementary school in Wilmington, DE. During the 2017- 2018 school year, this project was generously funded by the Delaware Department of Education and in 2018-2019, the project was funded by the Red Clay Consolidated School District. This project is a collaboration between the RAISE Lab, our community partners in the Red Clay School District, and our academic partners at University of Delaware's Center for Training, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration.




Project FRESH STARTS (Fostering Resilience and Encouraging Students through Hierarchical Supports To Assess and Resolve Traumatic Stress) is a joint clinical and research project in which we are evaluating the extent to which an innovative tiered system of trauma supports meets the diverse psychological needs of students who are adjudicated to an alternate school placement (The Glen Mills School). We With generous funding from the West Chester University Provost Research Grant, this project is set to launch in July 2020.


Project Play


Project Play is a survey research study that aims to understand the factors that impact prospective parents’ plans to play with their future children. We plan to collect data from both prospective parents and their parents. Data collection is set to launch in Spring 2020.

Motivate Health

Along with our community partners in the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitation Services, we are offering a group therapy to increase teen’s motivation toward healthy life change. We are also evaluating this implementation to understand for whom this approach is most helpful and when change occurs. This project is generously funded by West Chester University’s Research in Science and Mathematics Award.

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Families in Psychology Project


Families in Psychology Project (Families in Psychology Project) is a collaborative research and advocacy effort in which we are working with a network of professional and students who are advancing research and advocacy on topics such as family leave, workplace childcare, gender-based discrimination, lactation support, and peer support We are interested in understanding how psychology trainees balance competing demands of graduate training and caring for a family.

Building Roads to Inclusion and Diversity in Graduate Education. (BRIDGE)

Building Roads to Inclusion and Diversity in Graduate Education. (BRIDGE). In 2017, clinical psychology graduate programs, including West Chester University's Psy.D. program, joined together to form a network that is invested in promoting inclusion and diversity in clinical psychology .The R.A.I.S.E. Lab is working with University of Delaware’s Center for Training, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration to lead efforts to optimize the network and to evaluate recruitment initiatives across graduate programs. Locally, with support from West Chester University’s Student Engagement Award, we are coordinating an event to aid in under-represented students’ professional development. Click here to learn more about the BRIDGE network.


The School Mindfulness Project


Along with our partners at La Academia Antonia Alonsa and The School Mindfulness Project, we are testing how a new school-wide mindfulness curriculum promotes well-being among Elementary students and their educators. We are interested in how participating in this program improves outcomes for both students and the adults who work with them.

Project Community Alliance for Behavioral Health and Wellbeing (CABHW)

Project Community Alliance for Behavioral Health and Wellbeing (CABHW) aims to improve long-term outcomes for youth and young adults (age 12-25) who demonstrate a high risk for psychosis. The RAISE lab is evaluating clinical services. This project is a collaboration between the RAISE lab, Horizon House, and State of Delaware Department of Services of Children Youth and Families.


The Prism Project


The Prism Project was developed in collaboration with the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County ( to determine the needs of the LGBTQ population in Chester County, PA, to refine measurement of identity variables and to inform public policy intended to meet unmet needs in our community. We are currently collecting data via an electronic survey.

Warm Hand Off Project

Along with our partners at Nemours Children’s Health System, we are investigating factors contributing to the successful integration of psychologists into primary care settings. We are particularly interested in understanding how warm hand offs (e.g., in person patient introductions to members of the treatment team by other members of the treatment team) can facilitate collaborative care.

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Are you interested in learning more or joining the lab? Please e-mail our P.I., Dr. Stevie Grassetti, at:

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