Current projects

Fostering Resilient Rural Elementary Schools through an Evidence-Based, Multicomponent System Supporting Teachers and Students across the Risk Spectrum

This pilot study examines the implementation of two multicomponent interventions and has two aims: (1) conduct an exploratory comparative evaluation of teacher/classroom outcomes (e.g., teacher-student interactions, teacher burnout, professional sense of efficacy) and student outcomes (e.g., academic performance, engagement, and disruptive behaviors) and (2) conduct an implementation process evaluation of the multicomponent intervention fidelity and key implementer perceptions of intervention acceptability and feasibility, including comparisons with previously established implementation standards and a descriptive analysis of changes in perceptions over time.

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Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training for Therapists Working with Mothers with Corrections Involvement

This project will provide free training to 12 clinicians in Iowa Judicial Districts #2 and #5, who serve mothers with corrections involvement, in order to test the feasibility of PCIT delivered with community-based clinicians who work with corrections involved mothers.

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PROSPER Step-by-Step, State-by-State (P2S): Expansion of an Extension-Based Opioid Prevention Capacity-Building System

The purpose of this project is threefold: (1) to continue the capacity building of current PROSPER states (2) to expand P2S into two new states (Kentucky and Tennessee) (3) increase sustainability by building the PROSPER Network Organization’s (PNO) capacity for scale up through increased evaluation, train-the trainer, and learning community capacity.

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WeCanPROSPER: An Online Training Approach to Rural Behavioral Health Resilience and Resource Enhancement in a COVID-19 Context

The project responds to the need for rural community resilience in confronting current adversities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does so by enhancing access to science-based resources for addressing opioid/substance misuse and other behavioral health issues.

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PROSPERing Step-by-Step, State-by-State (P2S): An Extension-Based Opioid Prevention Training and Capacity-Building System

This project demonstrates a model that can be readily scaled up, initiating groundwork among Extension-based stakeholders and prospective P2S trainees in other states, enhancing their capacity to support a comprehensive community systems approach to address the opioid epidemic and achieve positive impacts for their youth and families.

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Expanding Demonstration of the PROSPERing Step-by-step, State-by-state Training and Technical Assistance Capacity-Building System to Additional States

The purpose of this project is to expand the PROSPERing Step-by-step, State-by-step (P2S) training and technical assistance (T/TA) System’s capacity for broader implementation in other PROSPER states.

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Prevention Impact on the Second Generation: Modeling Pathways

The project leverages the existing high-quality, long-term sample of the PROSPER study to collect new data allowing us to investigate a new set of intergenerational questions that hold promise for both epidemiological and applied work concerning the determinants of childrearing quality and child adjustment.

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Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention (Second Competing Continuation)

The purpose of this research is to examine long-term effects of an innovative partnership-based intervention delivery model called PROSPER (PROmoting School/community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience).

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Aligning PROSPER with Local Health Care through Expanded Partnerships and SBIRT: RCT Replication and Extension

The goal of this project is to advance research on healthcare-connected community prevention service models for improving adolescent behavioral health by expanding local PROSPER partnerships and integrating SBIRT services with universal evidence-based preventive interventions in 6th grade classrooms at 28 Iowa schools.

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Testing the Efficacy of Embedded Social Skills within a Universal Classroom Management Program: Well-Managed Schools

This project is evaluating the BoysTown Well-Managed Schools classroom management approach, which provides teachers with a set of universal strategies for utilization during day-to-day classroom instruction that focus on reinforcing social skills and dealing with inappropriate behaviors to create a more structured learning environment.

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Expanding the Evidence-Based PROSPER Delivery System to Address the Opioid Epidemic 

The purpose of this project is to expand and enhance the PROSPER Delivery System to specifically address the rural opioid epidemic by integrating evidence-based approaches focused on reducing prescription opioid demand and availability through partnership-supported programming and community-based prevention strategies.

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Quality Delivery of Evidence-Based Programs for National Guard and Reserve Component

This research applies the scientifically proven PROSPER delivery system for evidence-based, family-focused interventions to achieve the goal of strengthening National Guard, Reserve, and Active duty families reducing youth problem behaviors and decreasing family dysfunctional by integrating and synergizing civilian and military support infrastructures for military families.

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