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

Welcome, Kristen Greenley!

August 2, 2022
SDRG is pleased to welcome grants and human subjects manager Kristen Greenley to our staff. As part of our administrative unit, Kristen supports our research scientists and faculty members on pre-award matters and matters relating to research on human subjects. Kristen moved to Seattle from Eugene, OR, with her husband Lance in 2019 to be...

Marijuana in Washington After Legalization: Jennifer Bailey to Study Use in Teens, Young Adults, and Parents

July 21, 2022
SDRG Assistant Director Jennifer Bailey, PhD, has received five years of funding to research the long-term impact of legalizing nonmedical cannabis, which is now available in 18 states. Current studies only extend three years, at most, beyond legalization, although it may take many years for the full impact of legalization to manifest. This new study...

Spanish-Language Training: Guiding Good Choices

July 18, 2022
In September, the Center for CTC is offering a virtual Guiding Good Choices training for Spanish-speaking facilitators. This is an exciting opportunity, please share far and wide. En septiembre, ofreceremos una capacitación virtual para facilitadores/as del programa Guiando Buenas Decisiones (Guiding Good Choices) en español. ¡Por favor compartan esta oportunidad con sus contactos! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/359556301577

SDRG Research Brief: E-cigarettes: Motivation, Age, and Implications

July 7, 2022
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) periodically highlights our publications through a Research Brief. Our goal for this series is to share important research findings and draw attention to the outstanding work being done by SDRG researchers. Our most recent brief (available at https://depts.washington.edu/sdrg/research-brief-30/) outlines SDRG findings from five articles on e-cigarette use and health...

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...