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A number of SDRG members will be presenting at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. Please see our list of presentations for more information.

Research.com, a prominent academic platform for scientists, has just published the 2022 Edition of the Ranking of the Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Psychology. The ranking is constructed using the h-index data gathered by Microsoft Academic and includes only prominent scientists with an h-index of at least 30 for scientific papers published in…

New research from SDRG indicates adult smokers who shift to using e-cigarettes may have more chances to improve health and well-being. The study monitored changes in health and social functioning among smokers at two stages in adulthood, age 30 and again at 39. Approximately one third of smokers shifted to vaping some or all the…

May 13, 2022

SDRG Annual Letter

Like many organizations, we have a tradition of issuing an annual letter highlighting the previous year’s work. As SDRG’s new director, I intend to follow this practice; but this year, I’d like to take the opportunity to share a vision of how SDRG’s historical strengths are supporting current priorities, including a preview of some exciting…

SDRG is pleased to welcome research scientist Danielle Pandika, PhD, to our staff. Danielle researches risk and protective processes in the development of substance use problems and problem behavior and also has an interest in advancing health equity. After completing her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2020 at Arizona State University, she became a postdoctoral…

Problems like substance abuse, delinquency, anxiety, and depression are troubling youth across the country — including youth in Flathead County, Montana. But steps are being taken to address these concerns. In response, leaders from more than 25 communities have chosen to support implementation of the Communities That Care initiative to address these issues and positively…

“While investment in prevention doesn’t show immediate returns, playing the long game and investing in prevention interventions can save lives and dollars.”–Dr. Nora Volkow In light of the current addiction and overdose crisis in the United States and the limited public funds for addressing this crisis, NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD, recently pointed to the…

The Strategy lays out a comprehensive path forward in addressing the national overdose epidemic. In President Biden’s words, “This inaugural Strategy proposes bold, targeted, and consequential actions to bend the curve on overdose deaths in the immediate term and reduce drug use and its damaging consequences over the longer term. These actions are based on…

The Center for Communities That Care puts SDRG’s research to work in communities by coaching community teams to promote healthy youth behaviors and prevent problems. This comprehensive, multifaceted approach relies on data, evidence-based programs, and the power of communities and public agencies working together—all led by a coordinator specially trained in the Communities That Care…

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a 2-day public workshop examining family-focused interventions in primary health care settings that may prevent substance use disorders (SUDs) in adolescence. Speakers will discuss barriers to implementation for these interventions, examples of lessons learned from successful efforts to scale up such interventions, and policy efforts that…