SPeaker INformation

SPeaker INformation

Patricia A. Graczyk, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Patricia A. Graczyk, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the
Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of
Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a licensed clinical psychologist and school psychologist
in the state of Illinois. Her current research interests focus on the utilization of a
school-based tiered framework of evidence-based practices to promote school
attendance, decrease school attendance problems, and prevent and treat anxiety,
depression, and trauma in children and youth.
Dr. Graczyk is active nationally and internationally in promoting school attendance
and addressing school attendance problems. Dr. Graczyk collaborates
internationally with researchers in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands,
Germany, Ireland, and Norway. She has conducted and continues to conduct
workshops for educators on improving school attendance in the US and in other
countries. She also has served as a consultant on school attendance to policy
makers in Ireland and the Netherlands. In her clinical work, Dr. Graczyk has
specialized in treating children and youth with anxiety and related disorders and
has taught, published, and presented on the topic of school attendance and
pediatric anxiety.
Dr. Graczyk is a seasoned educator, having worked in public schools for over 35
years at all levels — preschool, elementary, middle school/junior high, high school,
undergraduate, and graduate. In addition to her work related to school attendance
and anxiety in school-aged children and youth, she has also served as a consultant
and professional development provider to educators locally, nationally, and
internationally on such topics as social-emotional learning, behavioral health,
trauma-informed practices, promoting student resilience, planning for a student’s
re-entry to school following psychiatric hospitalization, and supporting refugee

Session INformation

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Live Session: March 16th at 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM CDT

In an educational landscape that constantly seeks innovative solutions, this workshop aims to demystify the implementation of a Multi-Dimensional Multi-Tiered System of Support (MD-MTSS) framework specifically tailored to enhance school attendance (e.g., Graczyk & Kearney, 2023; Kearney & Graczyk, 2020). This 2-hour workshop will provide participants with an overview of the principles, strategies, and
practical applications of an MD-MTSS framework to create a positive impact on student attendance rates.
During the workshop, we will delve into the core components of the framework. Participants will
examine the role of universal (Tier 1), targeted (Tier 2), and intensive supports (Tier 3) in fostering a culture of attendance excellence, with a strong focus on Tier 1 school-wide practices and data-based decision-making based on utilizing tiered attendance data. Through interactive activities and real-world examples, attendees will leave with actionable, evidence-based strategies for implementing an MD-MTSS framework in their own educational settings. My goal is to empower educators, administrators, and school-based mental health professionals with the knowledge and tools they can use to begin to build a robust foundation for improved attendance, thereby contributing to a positive and thriving learning environment for all students.