School-Clinic Care Coordination for Youth with ASD: A National Survey of School Psychologists

  • Maryellen Brunson McClainEmail author
  • Jeffrey D. Shahidullah
  • Katherine R. Mezher
  • Cassity R. Haverkamp
  • Kandice J. Benallie
  • Sarah E. Schwartz
Original Paper


Many youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from interdisciplinary care coordination. Communication and collaboration between the school and clinic settings is particularly important when youth with ASD are receiving both special education and clinic-based services. The responsibility of initiating coordinated care has historically been with the medical home (e.g., primary care clinicians), however, educational professionals (e.g., school psychologists) are also well positioned to assume a leadership role in care coordination. Little is known about the current state, feasibility, or effectiveness of school psychologists leading care coordination efforts. The current study utilizes a mixed-method approach to understand school psychologists’ engagement in interdisciplinary collaboration across settings, a central tenet to coordinated care, in providing services to youth with ASD.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Coordinated care School psychologists Interdisciplinary collaboration 


Author Contributions

MBM and JDS contributed to the project conceptualization. Data were collected by CRH. SES, MBM, JDS, CRH, and KJB contributed to data analyses. All authors contributed to the writing of the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the Ethical Standards of the Institutional and/or National Research Committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryellen Brunson McClain
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeffrey D. Shahidullah
    • 2
    • 4
  • Katherine R. Mezher
    • 3
  • Cassity R. Haverkamp
    • 1
  • Kandice J. Benallie
    • 1
  • Sarah E. Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical SchoolAustinUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational PsychologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  4. 4.School of Psychology at Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew BrunswickUSA

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