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News 1 — March 11, 2003
Over the past few
years, there have been a number of exciting developments as the Society for Prevention
Research has grown to over 500 members. Some of these include starting PREVENTION
SCIENCE, our scientific journal, obtaining a conference grant from NIH to help
support SPR’s annual conference, opening an SPR office in Washington DC,
hiring an administrative director, and developing an appropriate administrative
infrastructure to support SPR’s current activities and future growth.
In order to keep
the SPR membership better informed about ongoing activities and new developments,
we are starting an e-newsletter called “SPR News” which will be e-mailed
to all members of SPR on a periodic basis. Our first issue includes information
on the following:
- Strategic Planning
- Updates on Funded
- New Conflict
of Interest Policy
- Planning for 2003
and 2004 SPR Conferences
- Nominations for
SPR Officers and Board Positions
Over the past year
the Board of Directors has been developing and implementing a strategic plan for
the organization. The Board met most recently in January 2003 to further develop
“A Plan to Promote Effectiveness and Dissemination” which is a core
element of the three-year strategic plan. This strategic objective involves a
three-pronged approach that intended to: (1) encourage federal and state-level
initiatives on the integration of research and practice, 2) develop standards
for the level of rigor required for “effective” practices, and (3)
develop and promote the use of data systems to measure trends in positive youth
development and factors that influence it at state and local levels. Several task
forces and staff are now working on implementing the approved work plan and we
will provide further updates on their progress in the coming months.
ON FUNDED SPR PROJECTS
Along with the
specific goals and actions steps articulated in SPR’s strategic plan, a
report “A Framework for Understanding ‘Evidence’ in Prevention
Research” was completed and accepted, in November 2002, as a product of
SPR’s first contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The
report calls for increased collaboration among a broad range of prevention stakeholders
including prevention researchers, practitioners, educators, policy makers, community
leaders, and government agencies. I’d like to thank Shep Kellam, project
director and SPR Past President, for heading up this successful project. The report
will be published in an upcoming issue of PREVENTION SCIENCE.
SPR is undertaking another important project, the “Multi-Problem Youth”
project, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. Tony Biglan is principle investigator. Highlights of the project include
the publication of a book on multi-problem youth, a mini-conference “Creating
Communities That Monitor the Well-Being of America’s Children and Adolescents”
held in late February, and a communications and advocacy plan to promote the outcomes
of the project and the work of SPR as it relates to multi-problem youth.
OF INTEREST POLICY
A major initiative
of the SPR Board over the past 18-months has been the development and implementation
of a Conflict of Interest (COI) policy (see our website, www.preventionresearch.org).
The purpose of the COI policy is to ask prospective participants in SPR activities
to consider whether or not they may have a conflict of interest, financial or
otherwise, that may compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity or unbiased
nature of these activities. Individuals participating in various SPR activities
will be expected to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest, in most
cases by completing a disclosure statement indicating whether or not they have
a conflict of interest. The conflict of interest policy includes PREVENTION SCIENCE
journal article submissions, annual meeting abstract submissions, and the officers,
directors and standing committee chairs of the Society.
All current SPR
officers, directors and standing committee chairs have completed a conflict of
interest disclosure statement, as have the authors of all articles published in
the journal since the policy was implemented. The one area that requires increased
compliance and visibility is for conference abstract submissions. During the 2003
conference, authors will be asked to include his/her conflict of interest statement
on the first slide of an oral presentation or poster presentation. Additionally,
all conflict of interest statements that were included in the on-line abstract
submission process will be printed in the conference program.
FOR SPR 2003 AND 2004 CONFERENCES
The 2003 Executive
Program Committee, chaired by Zili Sloboda, has been working diligently on the
program development of SPR’s 11th Annual Meeting “Research to Policy”
to be held June 12th to the 14th (2003) in Washington, D.C. A record 471 abstracts
were submitted this year representing 39 organized symposia, 19 roundtable discussions,
142 individual paper presentations, 100 posters and 17 technology demonstrations.
Numerous subcommittees have reviewed each abstract to develop a well-round, high
quality program. Author acceptance notifications were recently sent via e-mail.
Annual Meeting will be held May 26th to 28th (2004) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Quebec City is a beautiful city with lots of charm. It has a European feel and
due to its small size provides a retreat atmosphere. Ray Peters, one of our Canadian
members of SPR, will chair the 2004 Executive Program Committee. The 13th Annual
Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. in either late May or early June 2005.
The 2003 Nominations
Committee will be convening shortly. As immediate past president Sheppard Kellam
chairs this committee comprised of C. Hendricks Brown, Richard Catalano, Felipe
Castro, Denise Gottfredson, Denise Hallfors, Clemens Hosman, Richard Price, John
Reid, and Paula Smith. The 2003 ballot will include the nominees for president-elect
and five board members. Please contact any one of the committee members if you
have recommendations for nominations.
hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Lewis SPR Administrative
Director at email@example.com if you have any questions or
comments about SPR activities.
Gilbert J. Botvin,
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