Stephen Kilgus

Position title: Associate Professor


316A Educational Sciences
1025 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1796

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Educational Psychology (School Psychology), University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Personal Biography

Dr. Kilgus is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the May Institute in Randolph, MA. Prior to coming to UW-Madison, Dr. Kilgus worked at both the University of Missouri and East Carolina University. He has received multiple awards from Division 16 of the American Psychology Association for his work, including the Outstanding Dissertation Award (2012) and the Lightner Witmer Award for early career scholarship (2016). He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of School Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Kilgus’ research is in the area of school mental health. His primary research line relates to social-emotional and behavioral assessment. His work has resulted in the development of evidence-based assessment procedures, as well as the validation of tools for universal screening, problem analysis, and progress monitoring. He has authored and contributed to the development of a number of assessments, including Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) and Direct Behavior Ratings (DBRs). He currently serves as a principal investigator on a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) regarding the validation of the Intervention Selection Profile (ISP): a suite of tools intended to inform the selection and modification of Tier 2 targeted interventions. Dr. Kilgus’ second research line pertains to the development and evaluation of Tier 2 targeted interventions. Multiple studies have examined Check In/Check Out (CICO), an intervention for students with social behavioral concerns. Dr. Kilgus is also a co-author of the Resilience Education Program (REP), a brief intervention for students at-risk for internalizing concerns (e.g., depression and anxiety).