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

Transnational Collaboration Highlighted in NIAAA Director’s Report

May 13, 2024
An article by a transnational team of scientists from SDRG, Arizona State University, Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne was selected by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for inclusion in the Research Highlights section of its Director’s Report to the National Advisory Council. Looking at a sample of 25-year-olds in Washington...

Margaret Kuklinski Named to National Academies Behavioral Health Committee

April 29, 2024
SDRG Director Margaret Kuklinski was recently appointed to a National Academies committee tasked with developing a blueprint for a national prevention infrastructure for behavioral health disorders. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent, objective advice to inform policy with evidence, spark progress and innovation, and confront challenging issues for the benefit of...

Leaders in Prevention Speaker Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, on the Case for Prevention

April 22, 2024
In November 2023, Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, gave an online talk entitled Making the Case for Prevention: a 30-Year Journey Conducting Research in Real World Settings. Dr. Graham is the director of the Center for Behavioral Health Epidemiology, Implementation, and Evaluation Research at RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human...

A Call to Action: Helping Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

April 15, 2024
A team of researchers and practitioners from the University of Washington and Washington State University, led by SDRG’s Jim Leighty, recently published an op-ed in Health Affairs Forefront in support of efforts to increase access to evidence-based interventions for families affected by opioid use disorder (OUD). An estimated 6.7 to 7.6 million U.S. adults meet...

SDRG’s Raising Healthy Children Mentioned by Nora Volkow in NIDA BLOG

February 15, 2024
In a blog post dated February 1, 2024, NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD, celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of NIDA’s founding by urging the research community to continue to shift the mindset of medicine and the public towards viewing addiction as a health condition that is preventable, treatable, and deserving of compassion and support. The...