The University of Washington School of Social Work’s Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is celebrating 40 years of working to understand and promote prevention science. Through high-profile research projects, its team of scientists and practitioners incorporates evidence-based practices that promote healthy behaviors and encourage positive social development among diverse populations of young people.
Over the past four decades, SDRG researchers have written 836 journal articles, manuscripts and book chapters. One of its most recent contributions to the field is Communities That Care: Building Community Engagement and Capacity to Prevent Youth Behavior Problems, written by two leading experts on prevention from the University of Washington School of Social Work—J. David Hawkins, Emeritus Endowed Professor of Prevention and network co-lead for the Grand Challenge to Ensure Healthy Development of all Youth, and Professor Richard F. Catalano—along with Abigail Fagan, University of Florida, and David Farrington, Cambridge University.
SDRG conducts scientific research, offers survey research services and provides dissemination services of evidence based programs. Several SDRG studies, both ongoing and recently funded, continue to contribute to the field of prevention science. Learn more.