Date of Award

Spring 3-23-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




This research started with an idea of creating a manual for the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) CARES Team and evolved into researching best practices in the field of behavioral intervention, implementing various practices, and evaluating their effectiveness. While this project focused on the circumstances and practices at USM, I believe the data found can be applicable to college or university looking to begin, improve or evaluate their own behavioral intervention team. Focus groups were used to interview USM CARES team members to evaluate their perceived level of performance after implementation of several new CARES team resources. The data indicated the resources implemented had a positive effect on the team’s overall performance. Future research is needed to understand the long-term impact of the various resources on team performance to help identify the most useful tools in the field of behavioral intervention.