Educational equity; anti-bias and culturally responsive interventions; school mental health; social-emotional and behavioral development; prevention and implementation science; community partnerships.
The research of Larissa Gaias, Ph.D. examines how school contexts can better support the development of students who have been historically marginalized, particularly youth of color and youth affected by violence. She focuses on integrating an equity lens into the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health interventions to reduce pervasive racial/ethnic disparities in educational outcomes. Gaias' research integrates perspectives from prevention and implementation science, human development, and educational and community psychology. Gaias is also passionate about building collaborations across research, practice, and policy. She values opportunities to collaborate with districts, schools, educators, community organizations, and policy makers to develop feasible, sustainable, effective, and equitable strategies for supporting students.