History and Outlook for the Changing Prevention Environment


Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Catalano is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. 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 served on expert panels for the National Academy of Science, Federal and State government, and foundations. He has published over 350 articles and book chapters. His work has been recognized by practitioners (1996 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 from the 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 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.”

Society for Prevention Research Strategic Plan: Implications for Strengthening the Partnership with NPN

Dr. Catalano will describe the current development of the strategic plan for the Society for Prevention Research. The plan has six goals to guide its work over the next 5-10 years. The process of developing the goals and why the 6 goals have risen to the top will be discussed. There goals provide mutual opportunities for collaboration and strengthening the science and practice of prevention.

J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.

J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington School of Social Work. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors. Dr. Hawkins is a current member of both the IOM-NRC Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health. He is also a member of the IOM’s Workshop Committee on Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families. He is a current member of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Advisory Board and a past president of the Society for Prevention Research. He also served as member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Epidemiology, Prevention and Services Research Review Committee, the Office for Substance Abuse Prevention’s National Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s Study Section for Community Prevention and Control, the Department of Education’s Safe, Disciplined, Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel, and the Washington State Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Committee. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.

Unleashing the Power of Prevention – A Grand Challenge of the American Association of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW)

The AASWSW has approved 12 grand challenges that will define the science and practice of social work and social welfare for the next decade. One of these Grand Challenges is Unleashing the Power of Prevention. Dr. Hawkins is part of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Behavioral health and will discuss the history of prevention and how this has set up the research base for actualizing this grand challenge. The Grand challenge will be described and how NPN members can assist in making the promise of prevention a reality. Our nation stands on the threshold of a new age in which costly behavioral health problems are prevented before they do harm. Together, health and human service professionals can take bold steps in creating partnerships that put effective policies and programs into action locally and nationwide.

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