Richard F. Catalano

Ph.D., Past-President of the Society for Prevention Research (2017), and Co- Founder, Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Dr. Richard Catalano is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, and Past President of the Society for Prevention Research. For over 35 years, he has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behavior.  His work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for positive and problem behavior, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors, and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems in states and communities. He has published over 350 articles and book chapters. According to the Web of Science he has an H-factor of 58. He has been a member or chair of several NIH review committees, the prevention editor of the Surgeon General’s report on Facing Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs and Health, member of National Academy of Sciences study groups, and is currently a member of the Board of Children, Youth and Families. His work has been recognized by practitioners (1996 & 2016 National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence); criminologists (Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, 2007 August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology, and 2003 Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology); prevention scientists (2001 Prevention Science Award, 2012 Presidential Award; President 2015-2017, Society for Prevention Research), and social workers (Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare). Dr. Catalano is a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is the co-developer of the Social Development Model; the parenting programs “Guiding Good Choices,” “Supporting School Success,” “Staying Connected with Your Teen,” and “Focus on Families;” the school-based program, “Raising Healthy Children;” and the community prevention approach, “Communities That Care.”

Keynote Presentation: Wednesday, September 13, 2017