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Splett, Joni Williams

Assistant Professor

School of Special Education, School Psychology & Early Childhood Studies
College of Education
University of Florida
PO Box 117050
1414 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4252
Fax: 352-392-2655

Research Biography

Joni Williams Splett is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Splett completed her doctoral training at the University of Missouri and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina and Richland School District Two. She has worked on several federally funded projects and secured more than $1.3 million in federal funding as Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. Following an internship with Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC, Dr. Splett worked as a school psychologist in the district for two more years and obtained her psychology license in 2013. Dr. Splett teaches social-emotional intervention and assessment courses, as well as supervising students’ research experiences. Broadly, Dr. Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).


Ph.D. – University of Missouri – Columbia

M.A. – University of Missouri – Columbia

B. A. – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Activities & Honors

Early Career Scholar, School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference sponsored by the Society for the Study of School Psychology (February 2015)

American Psychological Association’s Psychology Summer Institute funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (July 2014)

Licensed Psychologist (2013 South Carolina; 2015 Florida)

P.E.O. Scholar Fellow (June 2010)

Key Professional Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies


Society for the Study of School Psychology, 2017 Early Career Research Award Program (2017-18). A Mixed Methods Comparison of Universal Screening and School Referral. (PI with Co-I Kristy Warmbold-Brann & Mentor Shannon Suldo), $19,919.

University of Florida Office of Research, 2017 Research Opportunity Fund (2017-19). Intervening to Reduce Relational Aggression: Procedural Validation and Implementation Outcomes. (PI with Co-PIs Drs. Stephen W. Smith & Sarah D. L. Landsman), $98,824.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (2016-2019). Interconnecting PBIS and School Mental Health to Improve School Safety: A Randomized Trial. (Co-PI with PI Dr. Mark Weist). $630,337 Subcontract. $4,106,951 Total Award to University of South Carolina.

University of Florida, College of Education Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) (2015). A randomized, pretest-posttest controlled pilot study of the revised GIRLSS curriculum to reduce and prevent relational aggression. (PI, with Co-PI Stephen Smith). $39,996.

Social Sciences Grant Program, University of South Carolina (2015). Measuring Readiness and Implementation Fidelity of the Interconnected Systems Framework in the Carolinas. (Co-PI and primary author; PI Mark Weist). $19,998.

Fixed Price Psychological Services Agreement (2015). Quality Assessment and Improvement for South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s School-Based Mental Health Program. (Co-PI, PI Mark Weist). $28,597.

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation, (2012-13). Design of an impact evaluation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports. (Co-PI; William Hansen, PI). $64,000 Subcontract. $468,000 Total Contract to Tanglewood Research, Inc.

Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (2012-13). Help is down the hall (Co-PI; PI Mark Weist). $11,700.

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications

Warmbold, K., Maras, M. A., Splett, J. W., Smith-Millman, M., & Flaspohler, P. (in press). Examining the long-term stability of a strengths-based screener over two years. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Splett, J. W., Perales, K. Halliday-Boykins, C. A., Gilchrest, C, Gibson, N. & Weist, M. D. (in press). Best practices for teaming and collaboration in the Interconnected Systems Framework. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.

Smith-Millman, M., Flaspohler, P., Maras, M. A., Splett, J. W., Warmbold, K., Dinnen, H. & Luebbe, A. (in press). Between teacher differences on universal risk assessments. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.

Splett, J. W., Rabborn, A., Lane, K. L., Binney, A., & Chafouleas, S. M. (in press). Examining the factor structure of the BESS Teacher Form: A district-level replication study. Psychological Assessment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas0000458

Hanchon, T, A., Phelps, K. W., Fernald, L. N., & Splett, J. W. (2017). Clinical reasoning in the assessment and intervention planning for Major Depression. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(1), 16-30. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0829573516658565

Michael, K. D., George, M. W., Splett, J. W., Iachini, A., Warren, M. E., & Weist, M. D. (2016). Preliminary outcomes of a multi-site, school-based modular intervention for adolescents experiencing mood difficulties. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(6), 1903-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0373-1.

Splett, J. W., Maras, M. A. & Brooks, C. M. (2015). GIRLSS: A randomized, wait list control study of a multisystemic, school-based intervention to reduce relational aggression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 2250-2261. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-014-0027-0.

Iachini, A. L., Warren, M. E., Splett, J. W., Taylor, L., George, M. & Weist, M. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of a pre-service interprofessional intervention for school mental health trainees. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(2), 162-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2014.934957.

Maras, M. A., Splett, J. W., Reinke, W, Stormont, M. & Herman, K. (2014). School practitioners’ perspective on planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practices. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 314-322. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.10.005.

Splett, J. W., Michael, K. D., Minard, C., Stevens, R., Johnson, L., Reynolds, H., Faerber, K. & Weist, M. D. (2014). State of the Carolinas: Implementing school mental health and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, Special Issue, 14, 87-95. *Published in peer-reviewed special issue.

Monahan, K., George, M. W., Splett, J. W., Riddle, D., Morrison, L., & Weist, M. D. (2014). The Interconnected Systems Framework and dissemination efforts in the Carolinas. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, Special Issue, 14, 78-86. *Published in peer-reviewed special issue.

Splett, J. W., Schmidt, S. C., Iachini, A. L., Page, H. E., & Massey, C. (2014). Common elements approach to treat mood disorders in youth: Case examples from school settings. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, Special Issue, 14(1), 9-15. *Published in peer-reviewed special issue.

Splett, J. W., Weist, M. D., Fowler, J., McDaniel, H. & Dvorsky, M. (2013). The critical role of school psychology in the school mental health movement. Psychology in the Schools, Special Issue, 50, 245-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pits.21677.

Splett, J. W., Coleman, S., Maras, M. A., Gibson, J., & Ball, A. (2011). Interdisciplinary collaboration training: Results of a school-based mental health pilot study. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 4, 27-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1754730X.2011.9715627.

Splett, J. W., & Maras, M. A. (2011). Closing the gap in school mental health: A community-centered model for school psychology. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 385-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pits.20561.

Reinke, W. M., Splett, J. W., Robeson, E. N., & Offutt, C. A. (2009). Combining school and family interventions for the prevention and early intervention of disruptive behavior problems in children: A public health perspective. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 33-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pits.20352.

Whitney, S., Splett, J. W., & Weston, K. (2008). An empirical examination of the Resiliency Wheel. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 1, 41-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1754730X.2008.9715727.

Book Chapters

Nation, M., Splett, J. W., Voight, A., & Weist, M. D. (in press). School-community collaboration to promote school safety. M. Mayer & S. Jimerson (Eds.) School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, and Policy Driving Change

Eklund, K., Meyer, L., Splett, J. W., & Weist, M. D. (in press). School mental health: Policies and Practices. In K. D. Hennessey, B. Levin & A. Hanson (Eds.) Foundations of Behavioral Health. New York: Springer.

Splett, J. W., Mulloy, M., Philip, A., & Weist, M. D. (2014). Mental Health Screening for School Children. In B. McPherson & C. Driscoll (Eds.) School Health Screening Systems: The Complete Perspective. New York: Nova Scientific Publishing.

Markle, B., Splett, J. W., Maras, M. A., & Weston, K. J. (2013). Effective school teams: Benefits, barriers, and best practices. In M. D. Weist, N. Lever, C. Bradshaw & J. Owens (Eds.) Handbook of School Mental Health: Research, Training, Practice, and Policy (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.