SSBD Portfolio

SSBD is an evidence-based screening system for identifying students who are at risk for internalizing and externalizing problems. These two forms of behavioral problems can disrupt social adjustment and impair academic success. SSBD provides the means to quickly identify these students and enables school staff to implement early interventions and supports.


2014 / Second Edition / Administrator's Guide, 1 CD with Technical Manual, 10 Classroom Screening Packets Grades 1-9, 2 Classroom Screening Packets PreK-K
For Grades:
  • Hill M. Walker
  • Herbert H. Severson
  • Edward G. Feil
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In most schools, students at risk of behavioral problems (and their teachers) receive support only after a referral or crisis. Research-validated SSBD enables you to use a teacher’s knowledge of his or her students to identify who may benefit from additional support before that referral or crisis occurs.


Early intervention is less intensive and more effective than allowing social-emotional difficulties to percolate under the surface. And, early intervention begins with early identification.


In 2013, 7,000 new norms from across the country were added to the original database, providing relevance to today’s youth.

The second edition of SSBD in print contains a comprehensive Administrator’s Guide, 10 copies of Classroom Screening Packets for teachers in grades 1-9, and 2 copies of Classroom Screening Packets for PreK and K teachers. This SSBD Portfolio also includes a CD that contains the Technical Manual. Additional Screening Packets can be purchased if necessary.

Early intervention can make a positive difference in the lives of students with severe and/or chronic behavior disorders.

  • Hill M. Walker

    Hill M. Walker, Ph.D., is Professor of Special Education, codirector of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, and former Director of the Center on Human Development in the College of Education, University of Oregon. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Walker has a longstanding interest in behavioral assessment and in the development of effective school-based interventions for students with a range of behavior disorders. His research interests include social skills assessment, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of universal, early screening procedures and targeted interventions for detecting and addressing the problems of students who are at-risk for social-behavioral adjustment problems and/or later school drop-out. He is also the lead author of the 1996 Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders article in which the Institute of Medicine’s prevention taxonomy of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention was applied to schools as a framework for allocating resources to address the needs of students at differing levels of severity in their behavioral challenges. The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) approach is based upon this reconceptualization of how schools accommodate all students. Dr. Walker has over 175 publications and is the author or co-author of 19 books.

  • Herbert H. Severson

    Herb Severson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is currently a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience in intervention and prevention research. He directed the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology Programs at the University of Oregon and has been Director of the Oregon Research Institute. Since 1979, Dr. Severson has been an investigator on more than 50 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants researching the development of effective screening, identification, and early interventions to prevent behavior disorders in young children. He collaborated with Dr. Walker in the development and evaluation of both the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD) and the First Step to Success programs. In addition, Dr. Severson developed and evaluated numerous tobacco prevention and cessation interventions. In addition to more than 140 journal articles, Dr. Severson has authored numerous prevention and cessation books and over 30 video, computer, and web-based training programs and interventions.

  • Edward G. Feil

    Edward G. Feil, Ph.D., has been conducting research and develping intervention tools since 1993. He has authored papers on early intervention assessment methodology, interactive Internet interventions, and early child psychopathology. Dr. Feil has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on several Department of Education, National Institute of Health, Head Start/ACYF, Center for Disease Prevention, and foundation grants. His research includes a randomized controlled trial of the Internet-adapted PALS program for low-income parents of infants at risk for maltreatment and a multisite randomized control study to adapt a school-home intervention for preschoolers with disruptive behaviors in order to increase its effective use with early childhood programs serving low-income children. Dr Feil is especially interested in incorporating Internet technology into the delivery of evidence-based interventions to hard-to-reach populations. He is president of the board of Head Start of Lane County and serves as a consultant to several local service agencies and national research centers.