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

Title IV-E Clearinghouse finds Guiding Good Choices to be well supported

October 6, 2022
SDRG is pleased to share the news that the program Guiding Good Choices® (GGC) has been found to be well supported in the body of research literature and has been added to the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse database. Formerly known as Preparing for the Drug Free Years (PDFY), GGC is designed to prevent teen...

Welcome, Jim Leighty!

September 29, 2022
SDRG is pleased to welcome Jim Leighty to our staff. Jim is the project director for the FORE Foundation project to use evidence-based family-focused interventions to support families in recovery from opioid use disorder. Jim was born in Roseburg, OR, and lived in Newport and Knappa before his family moved to Tacoma, WA, where they...

SDRG Founding Director, J. David Hawkins, PhD, keynote speaker at the Utah Principles of Prevention Conference

September 22, 2022
On Wednesday, September 28, 1:30 (Mountain), Dr. Hawkins will be presenting the keynote: Two Decades of Progress with Communities That Care: Big Promises, Big Payoffs And on Thursday, Sept 29, 2:45 (Mountain): Comparing and Contrasting Frameworks for Positive Youth Development and Prevention of Behavior Problems (Power Session) For the full conference agenda, see https://www.utahpreventionconference.org/agenda–speakers.html

HEAL Prevention Initiative webinar: From Programs to Policy: The Role of Economic Evaluation in Prevention

September 20, 2022
The National Institutes of Health’s HEAL Prevention Initiative (HPI) will host a webinar on September 30 for researchers and practitioners who want to incorporate economic evaluation into health prevention program research. “From Programs to Policy: The Role of Economic Evaluation in Prevention,” coordinated by the HEAL Prevention Coordinating Center, will introduce economic evaluation and its...

SDRG Research Brief

September 15, 2022
SDRG is pleased to share new research led by Pamela Matson, PhD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins Medicine on substance use prevention in primary care settings. SDRG’s co-founder J. David Hawkins, PhD, was a contributor to this research. Pathways to substance use disorder often begin in adolescence, and healthcare professionals routinely encounter patients and family members...