Current projects

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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Building Capacity for PROSPER Rx Implementation to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Iowa

The ISU PROSPER Rx team is expanding and enhancing supports and tools for building and leveraging the capacity of Extension professionals, along with their state- and community-level partners, to move toward an evidence-based comprehensive community systems approach to addressing the opioid epidemic in underserved rural communities.

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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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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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