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.

Research
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 Director Margaret Kuklinski Named Endowed Associate Professor in Prevention

September 21, 2023
The UW Board of Regents recently approved the appointment of SDRG Director Margaret Kuklinski, PhD, as the School of Social Work’s endowed professor in prevention. The funds generated by the prevention endowment will give her the latitude to explore new ideas with the potential for significant impact in the field of prevention. Dr. Kuklinski’s interests...

New State Research Briefs for the Prevention Community

September 11, 2023
As part of the Washington State prevention community, SDRG would like to share three research briefs about cannabis retailing in Washington, a state that legalized cannabis for nonmedical or recreational use in 2012. These briefs contain policy-oriented summaries of published research. They include suggested strategies to protect young people and communities that have been marginalized...

New Prevention Research Briefs for Washington

August 24, 2023
As part of the Washington State prevention community, SDRG would like to share two research briefs about effective strategies to protect youth behavioral health and advance health equity. These briefs contain policy-oriented summaries of published research and highlight strategies and recommendations to promote youth well-being and address disparities. These briefs were created as part of...

CTC Monthly Series: Strong African American Families Programs

August 17, 2023
Register now for the Communities that Care Monthly Series Session on Strong African American Families (SAAF), an evidence-based, culturally-relevant curriculum designed to support parents and youth during the transition from early adolescence to the teen years with a specific emphasis on helping young people avoid risky and dangerous behaviors (e.g., substance use). Date: Thurs. Aug....

Welcome, Meghann Wolvert!

August 7, 2023
SDRG is pleased to welcome Meghann Wolvert, MEd, to our staff and to the Center for Communities That Care. Meghann (who uses she/her pronouns), will be working as an intervention specialist/community prevention specialist and a trainer for the program Guiding Good Choices (GGC). A Northwest native, Meghann received her BA from Evergreen State College with...