Prevention Science Program, University of Colorado Boulder

Researchers in the Prevention Science Program seek to understand behaviors that help youths and adults to flourish, and that put young people’s and adult’s health and development at risk. 

Founded in 1968, the Prevention Science Program (formerly Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is an interdisciplinary effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of behaviors help people people thrive, and those that put young people’s and adults’ health and development at risk. We focus on the translation of science to action. Not only do we do basic research, but we also design and test interventions and work actively with communities to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Throughout this work, we recognize the importance of attending to cultural diversity in experience and a potential need for cultural adaptation of interventions.