UMB Supports and Intervention for Learning (UMB-SAIL) Lab

Welcome to the website for the UMB-SAIL Lab, located within the Counseling and School Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We conduct research aimed to promote student learning by utilizing efficient, effective, and culturally affirming behavioral supports for youth and vester partners. Our scholarship is primarily applied and behavior analytic in nature, aligned with the UMB College of Education and Human Development commitment to anti-racism and community-engaged research. 


Here you will find information about our team, current and past projects, and contact information if you are interested in learning more about what we do.

News and Announcements - Updated June 2022

Congratulations to current and former UMB-SAIL lab members on defending their dissertations in the 2021-2022 academic year:

  •  Sadie Cathcart - "School Community-wide Allergy Education a Quality of Life-Informed Program Refinement and Evaluation"

  • Tamara Lawson - “The Influence of Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices on African American Students' Sense of Belongingness in Urban Classrooms”

  • Jessica (Jess) Janze - "Teacher Mindfulness Competencies in the K-12 school Setting"

  • Margarida (Maggie) Veiga - "Ask About Culture: Teaching School Psychology Graduate Students to Deliver a Cultural Formulation Interview during Functional Behavior Assessments" 

Jess has accepted a position as a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University this fall!

Sadie will start a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in August 2022!

Tamara will start her position as an Assistant Professor at University of Arizona this fall!

Maggie is beginning internship at the May Institute, Inc. (APA-approved track) in Randolph, MA!

Please see a few of our lab's recent publications:

Fallon, L. M., *DeFouw, E. R., *Cathcart, S. C., *Berkman, T. S., O’Keeffe, B. V., & Sugai, G. (2021). Supports and interventions to improve academic outcomes with minoritized youth: A review of research. Remedial and Special Education. 

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Fallon, L. M., *Veiga, M., & Sugai, G. (2021). Strengthening MTSS for behavior (MTSS-B) to promote racial equity. School Psychology Review.

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*indicates current or former student lab member