Welcome to our site! The Social Development Research Group is part of the School of Social Work
at the University of Washington
. Our mission
is promoting healthy behaviors and positive social development in young people. Here you’ll find information about our research on preventing adolescent problem behaviors such as substance abuse and delinquency. You’ll also find information on our tested prevention programs, which have been successfully implemented with families, schools, and communities, in rural and urban environments.
As the organization’s new director, I’m very proud of the SDRG team. We are deeply grateful to our founders, Richard Catalano
and J. David Hawkins
, for their pioneering insistence on solid, rigorous evidence. I look forward to SDRG’s future as we apply our methods to expanding areas of concern, including suicide, sexual violence, and youth marijuana abuse.
The Social Development Research Group is committed to collaboration, and we work with some of the very best prevention scientists and practitioners across the country. We’re deeply committed to the importance of communities in promoting healthy youth development. We’re also pleased to provide expert data collection services
to outside researchers. Please take a moment to learn more about us. I hope our work will bolster your belief in the power of partnerships and in science-based solutions to prevent health and behavior problems.
Kevin P. Haggerty, Ph.D.