Researchers at the ASU REACH Institute have developed several evidence-based programs that focus on improving the lives of children and families. These programs are featured below.
Please visit our Funded Grants page to see a complete list of currently or recently funded REACH grants that supported the development of these programs as well as REACH grants that focus more broadly on the science of intervention development, implementation, and evaluation.
Parenting is a tough job. Long-term stress caused by demanding jobs or situations such as military deployment creates unique challenges for parents and their children. The ADAPT™ program is an evidence-based parenting model giving parents tools to be their children’s best teachers, reduce stressors, and improve family and individual wellness.
Amazing Me Program
The Amazing Me Program aims to help elementary school children between the ages of 9 and 11 build self-esteem and body confidence, so they may reach their full potential. The curriculum incorporates evidence-based tools for teachers to implement in 4th and 5th grade classrooms and satisfies national educational health requirements. The goals of Amazing Me are to help children increase body confidence and reduce weight-based teasing and bullying. At its core, Amazing Me teaches students to be kind to themselves, their bodies, and to others.
Bridges brings students and parents together in a series of engaging, structured group meetings to affirm their commitment to educational success. It is a family-oriented program for middle school students and their parents and was designed to increase school engagement and achievement, strengthen family-school linkages, and prevent adolescents’ social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Compass for Courage
Compass for Courage is a brief tier-2 social emotional learning curriculum designed for K-8 schools to support their students struggling with anxiety, worries, fear, or stress. COMPASS uses collaborative game-based learning to teach students research-backed strategies to manage worries, solve problems, build relationships, and face stressful situations with confidence. The six-lesson curriculum also has shown to improve grades and test scores, increase teacher instructional time, and reduce student out-of-classroom time (e.g., absences, nurse visits).
Family Bereavement Program
The Family Bereavement Program (FBP) is a 12-session program designed to promote effective parenting and teach useful coping skills following the death of a parent or caregiver. The program focuses on effective parenting because research has shown that the quality of parenting by the surviving parent/caregiver is one of the most powerful resources for helping children adjust positively to the death of a parent.
New Beginnings Program
The New Beginnings Program for Divorcing and Separating Families (NBP) teaches parents relationship-building and communication skills and helps them to employ effective discipline and keep children out of the middle of conflict between the parents. By supporting mothers and fathers in the use of these skills, the program helps children adjust positively to parental divorce or separation.