Partnerships and Collaborations

Many professionals and centers have worked with various components of The Monarch Institute for training, collaboration and research studies. Through these partnerships, we have:

  • Implemented a successful training program for advanced-level pediatric medical residents from the University of Texas Medical School–Houston through The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic and Day School.
  • Participated in conferences and the summer institute at The Frostig Center in California (Raskind, Goldberg, Higgins & Herman), sharing The Monarch Institute strategies that support their 20-year longitudinal study on The Success Attributes.
  • Participated in an ongoing dialogue with Peter Isquith, co-author of The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF), about data gathered from using the instrument on individuals with a variety of neurological differences.
  • Presented with Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D., of The Institute for Music & Brain Science, on the topic of “Advances in Social Neuroscience: Implications for Education.”
  • Presented with Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D., of The Institute for Music & Brain Science, and Anthony Brandt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Composition and Theory, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, on the topic of “Advances in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music: Implications for Education.”
  • Founded the Special Schools Coalition of Greater Houston, a group that now includes 17 special area schools and centers.
  • Presented with Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, of the University of Southern California, on the topic of “Emotion, Learning & the Brain: Insights from Experimental Neuroscience & Educational Approaches to Children with Neurological Diseases.”
  • Provided facilitation of learners of the DIR® Model at the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL).
  • Consulted with author Ross Greene regarding the use of the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.
  • Worked with Project Learning Tree GreenSchools. This pilot program is helping educate The Monarch Institute students and faculty, raising their level of environmental awareness and action.
  • Partnered with the Texas Department of Environmental Quality and Texas Stream Team, performing water testing and monitoring in the Spring Branch streams and bayous.
  • Joined with Da Camera of the Houston Young Artist Program, interweaving arts and curriculum into programs specifically designed for Monarch students.
  • Worked with the Society for the Performing Arts and various professional groups in Houston to incorporate art, dance and music into the students’ curriculum.
  • Offered letters of support for research collaboration and supported recruitment for study participation with:
    • Jill Hunter, M.D., of Texas Children’s Hospital, on a study of interconnectivity of brain structure in high-functioning autism.
    • Katherine Loveland, Ph.D., of the Center for Human Development Research, University of Texas Health Science Center, on a study of brain functioning in autism.
    • Deborah Pearson, Ph.D., of the Center for Human Development Research, University of Texas Health Science Center, on a study of efficacy of methylphenidate in autism and a study of neuron conductivity in autism.
    • Harvey Levin, of the Baylor College of Medicine–Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, on a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an innovative cognitive intervention for adolescents with traumatic brain injury.
  • Helped establish the Houston Regional DIR® Network.
  • Collaborated with the Educational Psychology Department at The University of Houston on articles describing the use of strategies to increase executive functions in support of the development of social capital and social relationships.
  • Served as educational representatives for local autism organizations.
  • Implemented a successful observation program for entry-level students in the Educational Psychology Department at The University of Houston through our therapeutic Day School.
  • Acted as LPCI training site for supervised licensure for counselors.
  • Acted as a graduate student site for Our Lady of the Lake University, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University and Stephen F. Austin University for completion of practicum required for degree.
  • Acted as undergraduate student field placement for psychology and education programs for the University of St. Thomas, Rice University and University of Houston.
  • Serves as a practicum site for many Alternative Certification Programs for individuals seeking teacher certification.