Welcome to SDRG

SDRG is a recognized leader in the field of prevention research. Our work is guided by the belief that many common behavior, health, and social problems can be prevented. For the past four decades, SDRG has studied the causes of these problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Building on what we have learned, we have developed and tested intervention programs and tools that families, schools, and communities can use to promote wellbeing and reduce behavior, health, and social problems. SDRG’s research has enriched lives, influenced policy, and strengthened communities across the United States and around the world.

For the past four decades, SDRG has conducted studies that have helped researchers to better understand the causes of behavior, health, and social problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Building on this understanding, we have developed and tested intervention programs and tools that families, schools, and communities can use to promote wellbeing and reduce behavioral health problems.
Programs & Tools
For more than 40 years, SDRG has been working with communities, schools, and families to understand and improve the lives of young people. Below you'll find SDRG interventions that have demonstrated that a social development approach to prevention can reduce risk and enhance protection in the family, school, and community. The intervention materials are available to the public.
Data Collection Services
The Survey Research Division (SRD) provides high-quality survey research services, including survey design, a variety of data collection modes, and data processing.

News & Updates

SDRG founders J. David Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano rank in the 1000 most-cited psychologists

May 19, 2022
Research.com, a prominent academic platform for scientists, has just published the 2022 Edition of the Ranking of the Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Psychology. The ranking is constructed using the h-index data gathered by Microsoft Academic and includes only prominent scientists with an h-index of at least 30 for scientific papers published in...

Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may adopt other healthy routines

May 16, 2022
New research from SDRG indicates adult smokers who shift to using e-cigarettes may have more chances to improve health and well-being. The study monitored changes in health and social functioning among smokers at two stages in adulthood, age 30 and again at 39. Approximately one third of smokers shifted to vaping some or all the...

SDRG Annual Letter

May 13, 2022
Like many organizations, we have a tradition of issuing an annual letter highlighting the previous year’s work. As SDRG’s new director, I intend to follow this practice; but this year, I’d like to take the opportunity to share a vision of how SDRG’s historical strengths are supporting current priorities, including a preview of some exciting...

Welcome, Danielle Pandika!

May 10, 2022
SDRG is pleased to welcome research scientist Danielle Pandika, PhD, to our staff. Danielle researches risk and protective processes in the development of substance use problems and problem behavior and also has an interest in advancing health equity. After completing her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2020 at Arizona State University, she became a postdoctoral...

Communities That Care Initiative Aims to Support Youth in Flathead County, Montana

May 9, 2022
Problems like substance abuse, delinquency, anxiety, and depression are troubling youth across the country — including youth in Flathead County, Montana. But steps are being taken to address these concerns. In response, leaders from more than 25 communities have chosen to support implementation of the Communities That Care initiative to address these issues and positively...