Current projects

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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Collaboration for Implementing the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Coordinator and Implementer Series

This funding supports a series of pilot projects to guide dissemination of the Universal Prevention Curriculum, a globally-oriented training in preventive intervention science, in the North American region. Team members are developing and piloting course modules as part of a Universal Prevention Curriculum and will be identifying prospective providers and consumers for the curriculum as well as a marketing strategy to establish UPC as the first globally-consistent prevention science training.

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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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An RCT of Family-Centered Ojibwe Substance Abuse Prevention

This is a multisite randomized controlled trial of a family-centered alcohol and drug prevention program for Anishinabe (Ojibwe) pre-adolescents aged 8-10 years. This program has been developed and adapted in partnership with multiple Anishinabe communities over a span of 13 years. The Bii-Zin-Da-De-Dah (BZDDD) (Listening to One Another) program was the first American Indian adaptation of the Iowa Strengthening Families Program.

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