SDRG In The News
SDRG Presentations at SPR Annual Meeting
Many of SDRG’s scientists will be attending the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, May 29 - June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Come join us and check out one of our
presentations, posters, roundtables, and talks.
Community efforts to prevent teen problems have lasting benefits.
Findings from the Community Youth Development Study show that young adults who grew up in communities that used the Communities That Care system were more likely to have abstained from substance use, violence and other antisocial behaviors through age 21.
Communities in Action receives funding for their work in promoting healthy youth development in Southeast and Central Seattle.
King County, Seattle Foundation partner with 27 nonprofits to improve health, social, and economic outcomes.
SDRG’s Communities That Care is highlighted as an effective prevention program in New York Times article "Where Is the Prevention in the President’s Opioid Report?"
David Hawkins (Plenary Address), Richard Catalano (Panel 2), and Kevin Haggerty (Panel 3) speak about Communities That Care at the Social Work Grand Challenges Science for Action Series: Ensuring Healthy Development for Youth in Colorado: The Power of Prevention.
New report on the great investments in marijuana research at the University of Washington.
This report presents the activities and products developed by the U.W. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute with support from the Dedicated Marijuana Fund during the 2015-2017 biennium.
Creating Communities That Care
In central and southeast Seattle, students from the UW School of Social Work are joining with community leaders to increase young people’s chances of achieving success
Asking kids about drugs doesn’t prompt drug use, study finds
Findings from a newly published SDRG study: Briney, J. S., Brown, E. C., Kuklinski, M. R., Oesterle, S., & Hawkins, J. D. (2017). Testing the question-behavior effect of self-administered surveys measuring youth drug use. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.1006.1026.
Richard Catalano speaks on Surgeon General’s Report, Facing Addiction in America
Dr. Richard Catalano was the Prevention Chapter Editor for the Surgeon General’s Report, Facing Addiction in America (released November 2016), assisted by his colleagues Drs. Kevin Haggerty, Felipe Castro, Mark Greenberg, Abby Fagan and Ralph Hingson. Dr. Catalano provides an overview of the chapter in this 8-minute video.
Richard F. Catalano appointed to the National Academies Consensus Study Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth
This ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a consensus study on fostering healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development among children and youth.
Richard F. Catalano speaks at congressional briefing on Preventing Opioid Use Disorders
Study: Pot use declines after parenthood
UW researchers found most pot smokers cut back after parenthood but they don't always quit.
Why pot-smoking declines — but doesn’t end — with parenthood
This SDRG study examines marijuana use among parents and nonparents, focusing on the factors that contribute to continued use (or curtailment). Epstein, M., Bailey, J. A., Steeger, C. M., Hill, K. G., & Skinner, M. L. (2017). Predictors of adult marijuana use among parents and nonparent Prevention Science, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11121-11017-10801-11125.
Where you live may impact how much you drink
This SDRG study, published in the Journal of Urban Health, examines a combination of neighborhood factors in alcohol use. (Rhew, I. C., Kosterman, R., & Lee, J. O. (2017). Neighborhood typologies associated with alcohol use among adults in their 30s: A finite mixture modeling approach. Journal of Urban Health, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11524-11017-10161-11522)
Richard F. Catalano has been named to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families.
The Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) is a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that convenes top experts from multiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth, and families today.
UW School of Social Work ranked as the best such program in the world.
The Center for World University Rankings by Subject 2017 highlights the world’s elite universities in the sciences and the social sciences, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals. (See SDRG publications contributing to this ranking.)
Kevin Haggerty presents at forum on strategies against teen drug, alcohol use.
New research shows fewer teenagers are drinking and smoking cigarettes in Seattle's Central District, but marijuana abuse is holding steady. On Thursday March 30, parents attended a forum to confront those challenges and learn about some strategies to promote healthy choices.
New research shows teens aren’t using more marijuana since legalization
The annual Washington State Healthy Youth Survey shows marijuana use among teens has remained stagnant over the past 10 years, despite the legalization of marijuana.
Social work researchers say it’s good news, but it doesn’t mean a parents’ job is done, as other trends emerge with the survey results.
Putting Grand Challenges into action to support healthy futures for Seattle youth
A new report, published in the “Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research,” examines how the University of Washington School of Social Work, in partnership with community agencies in Southeast and Central Seattle, adopted a model youth development program—created initially by the School’s Social Development Research Group—and implemented it at the local level.
Richard Catalano and Kevin Haggerty participate in preparing The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
Drs. Richard F. Catalano and Kevin P. Haggerty, along with prevention colleagues Drs. Mark Greenberg, Ralph Hingson, Abbigail Fagan and Felipe Castro, wrote the Prevention Programs and Policies chapter of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (http://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov). In addition to summarizing the state of prevention science, the prevention chapter shows that communities are an effective organizing force for bringing effective prevention programs and policies to scale to make a difference in early substance initiation, substance misuse, and addiction. This marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders.
The first ever Surgeon General’s report on “Facing Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs, and Health” will be released from the Studios at Paramount on November 17 at 1pm PST.
WSU to study how parents can best support their college-student kids
Washington State University has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine how parents can best support their children while in college. WSU will study the effects of a handbook WSU gives to parents, “Letting Go and Staying Connected with your WSU Student,” which was developed with help from Richard Catalano and Kevin Haggerty.
J. David Hawkins presents at Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Symposium: Rebuilding the Hoosier Heartland
Dr. Hawkins presented on Building Local Capacity to Prevent Prescription & Opiate Drug Abuse
David Hawkins participates in Webinar: Ensuring Healthy Development for All Youth by Unleashing the Power of Prevention on October 13 from 12-1:30 PM Eastern time
The webinar is part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative and is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the School of Social Work, University of
J. David Hawkins is the 2016 recipient of the Joan McCord Award from the American Academy of Experimental Criminology.
The Joan McCord Award recognizes distinguished experimental contributions to criminology and criminal justice. Award recipients must have conducted significant experimental research that in the tradition of Joan McCord, has important implications for policy and practice. The award can be given to a specific randomized controlled trial or a group of experiments leading to significant policy outcomes. The award will be presented at a special session at the American Society of Criminology Meeting in New Orleans in November. Dr. Hawkins will deliver the McCord lecture at the conference.
Kevin Haggerty participates in a webinar on Evidence2Success
Haggerty recently participated in a webinar on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success framework, which is closely related to SDRG’s CTC. The second in a series, this webinar focused on Evidence2Success tools that communities can use to improve well-being and outcomes in their children.
Hawkins and Catalano, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare fellows, cited as high-impact social work scholars
In a recent article (Hodge, D. R., Kremer, K. P., & Vaughn, M. G. (2016). High-impact social work scholars: A bibliometric examination of SSWR and AASWSW fellows. Research on Social Work Practice, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049731516645929) identifying and describing the bibliometric contributions of high-impact social work faculty, Hodge and colleagues found that the individual with the highest h-index (a measure of lifetime scholarly impact) is Dr. J. David Hawkins, followed closely by Dr. Richard F. Catalano. In scholarly impact adjusted for career length, Catalano ranked second and Hawkins third. The results of this study indicate that the social work profession includes many researchers who are making an exceptional scientific impact, with Catalano and Hawkins being among the top scholars.
The Huffington Post: Unleashing the Power of Prevention
Anthony Biglan, in a Huffington Post blog, describes SDRG’s CTC program as an example of the potential of prevention science and the use of tested effective programs for significantly improving human wellbeing.