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Kevin Haggerty

PhD, University of Washington

For more than 25 years, Kevin and his colleagues at the Social Development Research Group have been developing methods to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can identify, assess and prioritize approaches that meet their needs.Kevin specializes in the development and implementation of prevention programs at the community, school and family levels.

Since 1993 he has been the project director for the Raising Healthy Children study, a school-based approach to social development. He is an early implementer and trainer of the Guiding Good Choices™ parenting program. He is principal investigator of the NIDA funded Family Connections study, testing the Staying Connected with Your Teen ™ (formerly Parents Who Care) program, and the Focus on Families study. He is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, testing the effectiveness of Communities that Care. He is currently exploring the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse as the principal investigator for Disparities of Drug Use in Emerging Adults.

Kevin has been an active collaborator with other research groups, including the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University and Boy’s Town of Omaha Nebraska. Additionally, he is keenly interested in the efficient and effective implementation of tested programs in real world settings. To that end, he is principal investigator of two exploratory research grants that seek to adapt the Staying Connected with Your Teenprogram for implementation in drug-treatment settings and also for use in foster care settings. Kevin is an international trainer and speaker in the areas of substance abuse and delinquency prevention and has written extensively in the field.  

Professional Interests:

  • Promotion of healthy behaviors
  • Prevention of delinquency, violence, substance abuse, drop-out , teen pregnancy and depression
  • Implementation science
  • The role of family stressors on biological and behavioral functioning in young adulthood

Research Projects: