Faculty Profiles

Dr. Jose Castillo

Associate Professor

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Email: jmcastil@usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-5507 
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jose Castillo is an associate professor of school psychology at the University of South Florida. He also directs the Institute for School Reform, Integrated Services, and Child Mental Health and Educational Policy, a research and technical assistance center focused on improving educational and related services for children, youth, families, and communities.
Dr. Castillo’s program of research aims to provide an empirical foundation for the implementation and evaluation of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), an educational service delivery model that includes multiple tiers (levels) of instruction and intervention based on data from students. Widespread adoption of MTSS and calls for school psychologists to deliver prevention and early intervention services within an MTSS require major systemic changes in schools to enhance the availability and effectiveness of services for all students. Thus, my research program is centered around two themes: (a) evaluation of MTSS implementation and (b) professional and practice issues in school psychology. Dr. Castillo’s line of research has resulted in over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.
In Dr. Castillo’s role as director of the Institute for School Reform, Integrated Services, and Child Mental Health and Educational Policy, he currently oversees greater than $20 million in grants and contracts. The mission of the Institute is to implement and evaluate research-based and innovative practices in school and community settings through:

  • Training, technical assistance, and support provided to key partners
  • Community engaged research and program evaluation to inform key partners' decision making
  • Development of research- and evidence-based documents, tools, and resources to support implementation and evaluation activities
  • Supporting the infrastructure and capacity of key partners to implement and evaluate federal and state educational policy

Courses Taught

  • SPS 7090 Supervision Processes in School Psychology
  • SPS 7205 Advanced Consultation Processes in School Pyschology