Dr. Sharron Russell and Jason van Schie — Universal Screening for Well-Being

Session Information:
Universal Screening for Well-Being

Universal screening of students in schools is wide-spread in the areas of reading, math, vision, and weight, but not for mental health and well-being. In an effort to normalize the screening of mental health, as well as provide vital information for the school about its students, Shipley has implemented a yearly screening of its 6th through 12th grade students. This online screening of well-being and flourishing, as well as anxiety and depression (including self-harm), is conducted each year to aid in the identification of individual and group strengths and challenges. The goal is to focus on developing skills to cultivate and leverage strengths, while directly addressing challenges, leading to greater overall student well-being and, potentially, to greater academic success as well. Early identification of social-emotional risk and protective factors allows for intervention and strategies to improve social-emotional skills. Improved social-emotional skills are predictive of improved academic achievement.

This year, Shipley will begin using FlourishDx/Flourishing at School to measure well-being at more regular intervals, as well as provide important feedback to students and colleagues. Join Sharron and Jason to discuss the overall process of the well-being screening and the innovative way in which FlourishDx collects and shares data.

Presented by: Dr. Sharron Russell and Jason van Schie

About the Presenters:
Dr. Sharron Russell has been involved in social and emotional learning since 1995. Working first as a health teacher and counselor, and later earning both a certificate and doctorate in School Psychology, she was primarily involved in the academic and emotional support of only students. An integral part of bringing Positive Education to the Shipley School, Dr. Russell now oversees both Student Support and Positive Education for the entire community. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on the topics of social and emotional learning in schools, universal screening for mental health, and Positive Education, and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the school psychology doctoral program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Russell is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Positive Psychology Association and the International Positive Education Network.

Over the past decade Jason has focused his attention on preventative health initiatives for the purpose of increasing wellbeing, productivity, safety and academic outcomes. In recent years, he has turned to technology solutions with the intent to make psychological health, safety and wellbeing accessible at scale and globally. He is a psychologist (MApp Occupational Psychology) and founder of People Diagnostix and lead developer of innovative psychological health/wellbeing products including FlourishDx (, and Flourishing at School (

The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.