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SSBD Portfolio

Universal Screening • SSBD 2nd ed.
Online and In Print
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SSBD is an evidence-based screening system for identifying students who are at risk for internalizing and externalizing problems. These two forms of behavioral problems can disrupt social adjustment and impair academic success. SSBD provides the means to quickly identify these students and enables school staff to implement early interventions and supports.

SSBD Gets Ahead of the Next Crisis

In most schools, students at risk of behavioral problems (and their teachers) receive support only after a referral or crisis. Research-validated SSBD enables you to use a teacher's knowledge of his or her students to identify who may benefit from additional support before that referral or crisis occurs.

Early Identification, Early Intervention

Early intervention is less intensive and more effective than allowing social-emotional difficulties to percolate under the surface. And, early intervention begins with early identification.

New Norms

In 2013, 7,000 new norms from across the country were added to the original database, providing relevance to today's youth.

Now Available Online!

The second edition of SSBD in print contains a comprehensive Administrator's Guide, 10 copies of Classroom Screening Packets for teachers in grades 1-9, and 2 copies of Classroom Screening Packets for PreK and K teachers. This SSBD Portfolio also includes a CD that contains the Technical Manual. Additional Screening Packets can be purchased if necessary.

The online version adds efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Automated scoring saves time and provides immediate reporting. The user fee covers one to four screenings per year. We highly recommend that SSBD Online subscribers purchase a copy of the SSBD Portfolio as well. This provides access to the Administrator's Guide and the Technical Manual.

Early intervention can make a positive difference in the lives of students with severe and/or chronic behavior disorders.


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  Administrator's Guide, 1 CD with Technical Manual, 10 Classroom Screening Packets Grades 1-9, 2 Classroom Screening Packets PreK-K
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  Hill M. Walker, Herbert H. Severson, and Edward G. Feil
Price: $225.00

Hill Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Hill Walker


Dr. Hill Walker is Professor of Special Education, codirector of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, and former Director of the Center on Human Development in the College of Education, University of Oregon. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon.

Dr. Walker has a longstanding interest in behavioral assessment and in the development of effective school-based interventions for students with a range of behavior disorders. His research interests include social skills assessment, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of universal, early screening procedures and targeted interventions for detecting and addressing the problems of students who are at-risk for social-behavioral adjustment problems and/or later school drop-out.

He is also the lead author of the 1996 Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders article in which the Institute of Medicine’s prevention taxonomy of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention was applied to schools as a framework for allocating resources to address the needs of students at differing levels of severity in their behavioral challenges. This article has been widely cited and its impact has registered broadly at school, district, state and federal levels. The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) approach is based upon this reconceptualization of how schools accommodate all students.

Dr. Walker has over 175 publications and is the author or co-author of 19 books. In addition to developing Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders and the Early Screening Project, Dr. Walker was the lead investigator of research and development of the First Step to Success early intervention program. He is co-editor of Interventions for Academic and Behavior Problems in a Three-Tier Model including RTI (2010) and co-editor of The Handbook on Research With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in School (2014).

Dr. Walker is the only faculty member to receive the University of Oregon's highest honor—the Presidential Medal awarded in 2000 for outstanding service to the institution. He is the 1993 recipient of the CEC Research Award and was the first recipient of the new CEC Distinguished Researcher Award in 2013.

More information about Dr. Walker is available on the Oregon Research Institute website.

Herb Severson, Ph.D.

Dr. Herb Severson


Dr. Herb Severson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is currently a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience in intervention and prevention research. He directed the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology Programs at the University of Oregon and has been Director of the Oregon Research Institute.

Since 1979, Dr. Severson has been an investigator on more than 50 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants researching the development of effective screening, identification, and early interventions to prevent behavior disorders in young children. He collaborated with Dr. Walker in the development and evaluation of both the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD) and the First Step to Success programs.

In addition, Dr. Severson developed and evaluated numerous tobacco prevention and cessation interventions. He is a contributing author of five Surgeon General Reports and The Global Report on Smokeless Tobacco published by CDC (2013). In addition to more than 140 journal articles, Dr. Severson has authored numerous prevention and cessation books and over 30 video, computer, and web-based training programs and interventions.

More information about Dr. Severson is available on the Oregon Research Institute website.

Edward Feil, Ph.D.

Dr. Ed Feil


Dr. Feil has been conducting research and develping intervention tools since 1993. He has authored papers on early intervention assessment methodology, interactive Internet interventions, and early child psychopathology. Dr. Feil has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on several Department of Education, National Institute of Health, Head Start/ACYF, Center for Disease Prevention, and foundation grants. His research includes a randomized controlled trial of the Internet-adapted PALS program for low-income parents of infants at risk for maltreatment and a multisite randomized control study to adapt a school-home intervention for preschoolers with disruptive behaviors in order to increase its effective use with early childhood programs serving low-income children. Dr Feil is especially interested in incorporating Internet technology into the delivery of evidence-based interventions to hard-to-reach populations. He is president of the board of Head Start of Lane County and serves as a consultant to several local service agencies and national research centers.

The SSBD is viewed by many researchers to be the gold standard of systematic screening (Kauffman, 2001; Lane, Little, et al., 2009). In fact, it is the only tool designed to explicitly detect elementary students with either externalizing or internalizing behavior patterns.

—K. L. Lane, H. M. Menzies, W. P. Oakes, and J. S. Kalberg (2012), in Systematic Screenings of Behavior to Support Instruction (p. 31), Guilford Press, NY

The SSBD has transformed the field of primary prevention of school emotional or behavioral problems. It is quite literally where special educators, school psychologists, and other school mental health professionals need to begin their work. It is the indispensable school technology for early detection.

—Steve Forness, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

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