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 20 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

Washington State Prevention Community Takes Steps to Inform Policy Makers with a Series of Research Briefs

January 8, 2022
The University of Washington Social Development Research Group recently participated in a cooperative effort between members of the Washington State Prevention Research Sub-Committee, Washington State University’s IMPACT Research Lab, and the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to develop a series of three research briefs. Drs. Kevin Haggerty and Brittany Cooper led the collaborative effort. The...

Guiding Good Choices parenting program now available

December 3, 2021
Guiding Good Choices® (GGC) is an internationally recognized prevention program that provides families information and tools that work to protect preteens and teens from risks they encounter as they become more independent. This is a family skills-training program designed for parents and their middle-school aged children in grades four through seven with the primary goal...

School of Social Work researchers, including SDRG’s Margaret Kuklinski, receive grant to develop national center to engage and empower foster youth.

October 20, 2021
Researchers at the School of Social Work are part of a new consortium that received a five-year, $20 million grant to help develop a national center to engage and empower foster youth ages 12 to 20. The goal is to give the youth an active role when decisions are made about their care, including reuniting...

Updates

Kevin Haggerty Retires from SDRG

January 13, 2022
With gratitude, pride, and a tinge of sadness, the Social Development Research Group announces the retirement of Kevin Haggerty, PhD, effective January 1 of this year. In the words of SDRG’s co-founder, J. David Hawkins, PhD: From the beginning, Kevin Haggerty has been a leader in the development, implementation, and testing of promotive and preventive interventions...

Margaret Kuklinski appointed new director of Social Development Research Group

August 31, 2021
Margaret Kuklinski will be the new director of the School of Social Work’s Social Development Research Group (SDRG), replacing Endowed Professor for Prevention Kevin P. Haggerty. The new appointment will take place September 16, 2021. Kuklinski becomes the fourth SDRG director in its 42-year history and the first woman to hold that post. “We are thrilled that Margaret has accepted this...