The Institute evolved from the Social and Behavioral Research Center for Rural Health, initiated and co-founded by the PPSI Director in 1987. The original Center supported a program of research directed toward the aforementioned goals. Through history, this program of research progressed to the point of organizing a dedicated research unit at ISU (PPSI), approved by the Board of Regents in 2004. Since the late 1980s, the Institute's research model has followed a developmental progression. The research model entails close cooperation with communities in which preventive intervention research is conducted, assisted by the Cooperative Extension Service, with each new major project incorporating a stronger partnership component than the one before it. PPSI was designed to build on this model, serving as a platform for a national network to support partnership-based prevention programming and research. In 2016, PPSI became the Coordinating Center for North American Universities in collaboration with the Colombo Plan-ICCE and the U.S. Department of State/INL to disseminate the Universal Prevention Curriculum within and through universities in the U.S. and Canada. In the summer of 2017, PPSI became a part of the Department of Human Development and Family Students within the College of Human Sciences.




Joins Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences



Becomes UPC Coordinating Center for North American Universities



Supports Co-Founding of the ICUDDR



Centerpiece PROSPER Project Joins Social Impact Exchange



Lead Institue on SPR's Translational Research Taskforce



PPSI Approved by Board of Regents



Prevention Center Proposed



IRISS-Organized "umbrella" Institute for Prevention Research



NIH-Funded PROSPER Grant Award



NIH-Funded MERIT Award (CaFaY)



NIH-Funded Project Family Grant Award



Lead ISU Center for Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation



Seed Grants for Applied Research