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

CTC Monthly Learning Series

June 28, 2022
YOU’RE INVITED to join CTC facilitators on July 14, 11am for the CTC Monthly Learning Series to hear a presentation from UW’s Alice Ellyson, PhD, and BU’s Emma Gause, MA, MS: Trajectories of Handgun Carrying in Rural Communities From Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Alice and Emma’s work, which uses data from the CYDS, was...

Welcome, Vivian Lyons!

June 16, 2022
SDRG is pleased to welcome research scientist Vivian Lyons, PhD, to our staff. Vivian received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington, where she studied interpersonal violence, firearms and translational research including an evaluation of a randomized trial to support patients’ health and wellbeing following firearm injury. A native Seattleite, she was inspired...

Switching to Nicotine Vapes Improves Well-being

June 13, 2022
SDRG researchers Drs. Marina Epstein and Rick Kosterman interviewed by Regulator Watch on recent findings that adult smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may have more chances to improve their health and well-being.

Guiding Good Choices for Health Guides Parents and Teens Toward Better Health Amid Challenging Times

June 6, 2022
GGC4H, an NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory Demonstration Project, uses the RE-AIM framework to test the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing a guidance curriculum for parents to address problems common to early adolescents. Dr. Margaret Kuklinski, Co-PI of the GGC4H project, discussed the study in an interview for the NIH Collaboratory’s annual Steering Committee meeting.

SDRG Welcomes CTC Operations and Communications Coordinator Faiza Khalid

May 31, 2022
The Center for Communities That Care is happy to welcome our new operations and communications coordinator: Faiza Khalid. Faiza brings an operational lens to support the expansion of our portfolio of evidence-based interventions, including Communities That Care, Families Facing the Future, and Guiding Good Choices. Faiza comes to the Center after three years as communications...