Program Co-Director, Associate Professor
316B Educational Sciences
1025 W. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706
Dr. Eklund is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. She received her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Eklund worked in public education for 10 years as a school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker. She is currently a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and licensed Psychologist. Dr. Eklund currently serves as Co-Director of the Madison Education Partnership, a research-practice partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District and the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research. She also serves as Co-Director of the School Mental Health Collaborative, a center focused on conducting research that informs policy and practice related to the promotion of social-emotional and behavioral success of all students.
Dr. Eklund’s research focuses on school mental health, including early identification and intervention for children who have behavioral and/or social-emotional concerns, social emotional learning, school climate, culturally-responsive mental health interventions, and school safety. Her current research projects include implementation of universal screening and Tier 2 social emotional interventions in K-12 schools, addressing the social-emotional and mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and examining school threat assessment practices in Wisconsin middle and high schools. She is also co-author of the Resilience Education Program, a brief intervention for students at-risk for internalizing behavior concerns.