Richard Spoth

Richard Spoth, Ph.D.

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      Richard Spoth, Ph.D., is the F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the Director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. As the Institute director, Dr. Spoth provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on universal prevention programming. These include research on engaging community participants in programs, program effectiveness, culturally-competent programming, community-university partnership effectiveness, partnership-based dissemination of evidence-based programs, and programs’ economic benefits. These projects have been funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

      Among his National Institutes of Health-funded projects, Dr. Spoth received a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a longitudinal study called the Capable Families and Youth Project. Another prevention trial, Project Family, is one of ten projects selected for the National Institute on Drug Abuse's “Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents: A Research-based Guide;” one of the programs it evaluates has received recognition from several federal agencies. Work on a dissemination trial called PROSPER has received awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National 4H Council; it has been reviewed and approved by the standard-setting Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, and the Social Impact Exchange.

      In addition, Dr. Spoth has joined with colleagues to spearhead the development of a number of other prevention- and research-related organizations, including the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research at Iowa State University. He was a cofounder and Executive Committee Member for the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, cited as a model collaborative in the Bridging the Gap between Practice and Research report by the Institute of Medicine.

      Dr. Spoth’s lead-authored publications in journals–such as the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Family Psychology, Prevention Science, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health–reflect his research foci on universal prevention and the translation of prevention science into widespread community practice.

      He has served on numerous federally-sponsored expert, advisory and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research-practice integration, including the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. In addition, he has been invited to testify and brief congress, as well as present to the Advisory Group for the White House’s National Prevention Council. He has represented the prevention field on panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, including the Expert Panel on Prevention Standards that recently released the “International Standards on Drug Use Prevention.” With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science, as well as the Service to the Society for Prevention Research Award, for leadership on the Task Force on Type 2 translation research, and the Presidential Award, for lifetime scientific achievement.

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