Degree overview
Prevention and intervention studies is a concentration within the innovative Ph.D. in PreK-12 Education program at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. The goal of prevention and intervention studies is to increase positive academic and social-behavioral outcomes for PreK-12 children and their families by focusing on issues related to risk, resilience, prevention and intervention. Doctoral students study and conduct research on risk and protective influences on development, as well as evidence-based interventions to promote academic achievement and positive social behaviors in school. The program is designed for mid-career professionals, including special educators, classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators and counselors who are committed to the goal of improving outcomes for students who are at-risk for academic or social-behavioral difficulties. Study in this area may be of particular interest to individuals involved with design, implementation or evaluation of response to intervention in school or early childhood settings.

Careers in Prevention and Intervention
Graduates of the doctoral program in prevention and intervention studies at the University of Maine work as school district and community agency administrators, school and community-based counselors and social workers, and fulfill faculty roles in higher education. In addition, our graduates are prepared to work for nonprofit and government agencies specializing services for children and youth.

Program delivery
Students in the prevention and intervention studies Ph.D. program are part of two cohorts: A core cohort, made up of individuals pursuing the same area of study (prevention and intervention studies) and a second cohort of individuals from different concentrations (literacy education/educational leadership). This model encourages dialogue across multiple, yet related disciplines, while enabling students to develop in-depth expertise in their focus area.

To the degree possible, courses are adapted to the needs, interests and schedules of the group. The prevention and intervention Ph.D. requires a minimum of 57 graduate credits, beyond the master’s degree.

Coursework in Prevention and Intervention Studies

  • EHD 502: Directed Readings in Prevention and Intervention Studies
  • EHD 657: Directed Research in Prevention and Intervention Studies
  • EHD 690: Seminar in Prevention and Intervention: Social Skills and Behavior
  • EHD 690: Seminar in Prevention and Intervention: Academic Achievement
  • EHD 690: Seminar in Prevention and Intervention: Student Motivation

To apply
Cohorts begin periodically depending on demand and availability of resources so potential applicants should contact Program Coordinator James Artesani (arthur.artesani@maine.edu) before submitting an application. Applicants must have a prior master’s or C.A.S. degree in an educational field relevant to their intended area of research and prior experience working in PreK-12 schools.

Prevention and Intervention Studies faculty

James Artesani, Ed.D., Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Special Education
Sid Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education
Janet Spector, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education