Contact InformationJames M. Frabutt
Department/affiliationOffice of Provost; Faculty, Remick Leadership Program
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2000
M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998
B.A., Psychology & Italian, University of Notre Dame, 1995
Teacher and administrator action research; safe and supportive schools; children’s mental health and wellness; Community-university engagement
Frabutt, J. M. (2013). Beyond academics: Supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of students in Catholic schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Nuzzi, R. J., Holter, A. C., & Frabutt, J. M. (2013). Striving for balance, steadfast in faith: The Notre Dame study of U.S. Catholic elementary school principals. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Nuzzi, R. J., Frabutt, J. M., & Holter, A. C. (2012). Building assets: The strategic use of closed Catholic schools. Notre Dame, IN: Alliance for Catholic Education.
Holter, A. C., & Frabutt, J. M. (2011). Action research in Catholic schools: A step-by-step guide for practitioners (2nd edition). Notre Dame, IN: Alliance for Catholic Education Press.
Lindsey, E. W., MacKinnon-Lewis, C., Frabutt, J. M., & Chambers, J. C. (2014). Cognitive attributions and emotional expectancies predict emotions in mother-adolescent interactions. Journal of Early Adolescence, online before print, DOI: 10.1177/0272431614540525
Holter, A. C., Frabutt, J. M., & Nuzzi, R. J. (2014). Leading the way: Catholic school leaders and action research. eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia, 1(1), Article 4, available at: http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea/vol1/iss1/4
MacKinnon-Lewis, C., Lindsey, E. W., Frabutt, J. M., & Chambers, J. C. (2014). Mother-adolescent conflict in African American and European American families: The role of corporal punishment, adolescent aggression, and adolescents' hostile attributions of mothers’ intent. Journal of Adolescence, 37(6), 851–861.
Frabutt, J. M., & Waldron, R. (2013). Reaching the youngest hearts and minds: Interviews with diocesan leaders regarding Catholic early childhood education. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 17(1), 5-40. Retrieved from
Frabutt, J. M., Holter, A. C., & Nuzzi, R. J. (2013). What are they saying about Catholic schools? A systematic review of the discourse on preK-12 Catholic education, 2005-2010. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 22(1), 75-96.
Hefner, M. K., Frabutt, J. M., Harvey, L. K., Di Luca, K. L., & Shelton, T. L. (2013). Resident perceptions of an overt drug elimination strategy. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(1), 61-78.
Harvey, L. K., Di Luca, K. L., Hefner, M. K., Frabutt, J. M., & Shelton, T. L. (2013). Systematic observations of neighborhood order: Assessing the methodology in evaluating a community-based initiative. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(1), 42-60.
Frabutt, J. M., & Speach, G. (2012). Principals’ perspectives on school mental health and wellness in U.S. Catholic elementary schools. School Mental Health: A Multidisciplinary Research and Practice Journal, 4(3), 155-169.
James M. Frabutt, Ph.D., serves as Senior Advisor to the Provost and is a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. In the Alliance for Catholic Education, Frabutt teaches in the Remick Leadership Program. He is also a Fellow in the Center for Social Concerns and a member of the University's Community Engagement Coordinating Council.
He previously served as Deputy Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Frabutt brings over 15 years of experience implementing applied research/evaluation designs in classrooms, schools, academic research centers, and non-profit agencies. He has employed action-oriented, community-based research approaches to areas such as parenting and child development, delinquency prevention, school-based mental health, teacher and administrator action research, racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and community violence reduction.
Research efforts have been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Italian (University of Notre Dame) and masters and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).