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Montgomery Middle School

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, PhD

Professor, Psychological Sciences
Campus Compact Scholar in Residence

College of Arts and Sciences

This fall semester initiative is linked to a health fair project in Spring 2021, which has taken place annually at Montgomery since 2001 based on collaboration between Sgoutas-Emch and Emalyn Leppard, among other colleagues. This ILVI initiative will help better prepare Montgomery students to become peer health educators in the spring during the fair. Additionally, the initiative aims to develop a program to support middle school health peer educators so students who are interested in going into health professions can have some experiences to support their development. The initiative is linked to PSYC 360, Psychology of Stress. The USD students will work with the Montgomery students to develop a stress education plan for middle school students, and they will practice different stress management techniques. Stress is associated with many health issues but here is little education in K-16 about its impact. This project supports student learning as they will have to research, practice, and apply knowledge learned in class to develop the education plan.