Andy Garbacz

Position title: Program Co-Director, Associate Professor


Phone: (608) 265-8535

316E Educational Sciences
1025 West Johnson St
Madison, WI 53706-1706

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education (School Psychology), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Personal Biography

Andy is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He received a doctorate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Andy was a faculty member at the University of Oregon. Andy is a licensed psychologist, licensed school psychologist, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Andy serves as Director for the Prevention, Intervention, and Enhancement Graduate Training Program.

Research Interests

Andy’s research focuses on mental health promotion. He emphasizes integrating evidence-based practices and interconnecting school, home, and community systems to promote mental health and reduce the risk of later mental health concerns. Andy examines and embeds culturally responsive practices to create equitable systems of support that are aligned and integrated in schools, homes, and communities. Andy is engaged in community partnerships that put into practice evidence-based interventions.

In one project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Andy is developing and testing a family-school partnership intervention for middle school students with social and behavior concerns. A second IES grant focuses on testing the efficacy of a family-centered intervention to promote parenting skills and prevent student social and behavior concerns. A third IES grant is developing and examining a brief intervention for students at-risk for internalizing concerns. In addition, Andy is Co-Principal Investigator of a Grand Challenges Transform Grant focused on promoting student mental and behavioral health in rural communities.