Founded in 1968, the Prevention Science Program (formerly the Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is an interdisciplinary effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of conditions that help people thrive, and those that put their health and development at risk. We focus on the translation of science to action to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Not only do we do basic research to understand what factors promote healthy development, but we also design and test interventions and work actively with communities to implement programs that research has shown to be effective. We recognize the importance of attending to cultural diversity in experience and the need to consider cultural adaptation of interventions. Throughout this work, we seek to address and contribute to social justice efforts in the field of Prevention Science by promoting science and practice that offers every life the right to live in a just and equitable world.