Michelle Porche

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Michelle V. Porche, Ed.D., Clinical Associate Professor in Applied Human Development, studies socio-emotional correlates of academic achievement for young children and adolescents, primarily using mixed-methods approaches. She is currently participating as a Co-Investigator in a collaborative research effort between the Boston Medical Center and Boston University, on the KIDS Face Fears $13M five-year multi-site PCORI grant which will study the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children diagnosed with anxiety disorder, comparing two distinct methods of delivery: face-to-face and online. In addition, she is conducting research on the impact of Doc Wayne Youth Services sports-based group therapy for addressing the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents. A new project in collaboration with Dr. Devin Attallah at WCEHD investigates school-wide trauma-informed processes for school reform efforts. In collaboration with doctoral students who completed her RS751 Program Evaluation course, she is leading a needs assessment of special education programming for middle school students. Other recent work includes the study of early and ongoing adversity on risk of high school dropout and other academic achievement outcomes, as well as physical and mental health.

As a member of various interdisciplinary teams, she has also studied the association between trauma and substance use for adolescents, related to mental health and academic outcomes. In collaboration with Boston Medical Center she and doctoral student Robert Diehl helped to develop a web-based behavioral health training site for transition aged youth with autism spectrum disorder. Additional research has focused on immigrant children and families, with specific attention to the impact of trauma for resettled refugee youth. Other published findings describe the influence of poverty on early reading difficulties and the link between gender and race discrimination on adolescent retention in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Service to the university includes membership on the BU LGBTQIA+ Task Force, charged with the goal of informing strategies for improved climate and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff.

Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Harvard University

B.A. in Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles

CE741 Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Counseling

DS504 Adolescent Development

DS600 Culture, Ethnicity & Race

ED905 Writing for Publication

KHC401 The Process of Discovery

RS600 Introduction to Research

RS655 Mixed Methods

RS751 Program Evaluation

SE650 Children at Risk

Patil, P. A., Porche, M. V., Shippen, N. A., Dallenbach, N. T., Fortuna, L. R. (2018). Which girls, which boys? The intersectional risk for depression by race and ethnicity, and gender in the U.S. Clinical Psychology Review, 66, 51-68. https://doi.org/10.P

Fortuna, L. R., Porche, M. V., & Padilla, A. (2018). The treatment development study of a cognitive and mindfulness-based therapy for adolescents with co-occurring post –traumatic stress and substance use disorder. Psychology and Psychotherapy—Therapy Research and Practice. 91, 42-62. doi: 10.1111/papt.12143

Porche, M. V., Grossman, J. M., & Dupaya, K. C. (2016). New American scientists: First generation immigrant status and college STEM aspirations, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering22, 1-21. doi:10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016015227

Porche, M. V., Costello, D., & Rosen-Reynoso, M. (2016). Adverse family experiences, child mental health, and educational outcomes for a national sample of students. School Mental Health, 8, 44-60. DOI: 10.1007/s12310-016-9174-3

Rosen-Reynoso, M., Porche, M. V., Kwan, N., Bethell, C., Thomas, V., Robertson, J., Hawes, E., Foley, S., & Palfrey, J. (2016). Disparities in access to easy-to-use services for children with special health care needs. Maternal and Child Health Journal5, 1041-1053. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1890-z

Fortuna, L. R., Jimenez, A., & Porche, M. V. (2015). Understanding and responding to the mental health needs of Latino youth in a cultural framework. In R. Parekh, T. Gorrindo, & D. H. Rubin (Eds.), Cultural sensitivity in child and adolescent mental health. Boston: MGH Psychiatry Academy Press, pp. 155-178.

Hall, G., Porche, M. V., Grossman, J. M., & Smashnaya, S. (2015). Practices and approaches of out-of-school time programs serving immigrant and refugee youth. Journal of Youth Development. 10, 72-87.

Porche, M. V., Fortuna, L. R., Wachholtz, A., & Torres Stone, R. (2015). Distal and proximal religiosity as protective factors for adolescent and emerging adult alcohol use, Religions6, 365–384; http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/365

Grossman, J. M. & Porche, M. V. (2014). Perceived gender and racial/ethnic barriers to STEM success. Urban Education, 49, 698-727. http://uex.sagepub.com/content/49/6/698

Porche, M. V., Fortuna, L. R., Lin, J., & Alegria, M. (2011). Childhood trauma events and psychiatric disorders as correlates of school dropout in a national sample of young adults. Child Development, 82, 982-998. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01534.x/abstract

Porche, M. V., Mejia, S. A., Fortuna, L. R., Wang, Y., Alvarez, K., Alegria, M. (2018). Risk of school dropout for Boricua youth in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Porche, M. V., Costello, D. M., & Rosen-Reynoso, M. (2016). Childhood adversity associated with educational and health outcomes for a national sample of students. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Porche, M. V., Charmaraman, L. & Grossman, J. M. (2015). Teacher transformation through experiential learning: Personal change towards justice-oriented inclusive education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Porche, M. V., Sabalauskas, K., & Ferreira, H. (2014). Trauma and mental health as barriers to learning and achievement for youth in residential educational settings. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Porche, M. V. & Fortuna, L. R. (2013). School experiences for dual-diagnosed adolescents in residential treatment for substance abuse. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Porche, M. V. & Fortuna, L. R. (2012). Social learning, gender, and adversity: Factors in adolescent development of substance use disorders. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

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