for Prevention Research
June 1, 2007
first award this afternoon is the Public Service Award,
which is given in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy
for prevention science. This year we are pleased to recognize
Senator Tom Harkin for his leadership, commitment,
and support of scientific efforts to prevent the most serious
social and health problems in our country. Senator Harkin has
continuously and vigorously supported chronic disease prevention
and health promotion in his legislative work. As one example,
recently he introduced the Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention
(HeLP) America Act, which would bring about a shift in focus
from treatment toward prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
His advocacy and commitment to prevention has helped support
research that brings us closer to becoming a country where most
children can grow up to be healthy, productive, and caring members
of their communities, and where most families have the skills
and resources to cope successfully with life’s challenges.
At this time, I would like to introduce Janelle Krishnamoorthy,
who will accept the award on behalf of Senator Harkin.
Prevention Science Award is given in recognition
of a significant body of research that has applied scientific
methods to test preventive interventions or policies. This year
we are pleased to recognize a team of individuals, including
Dr. Phil Palmgreen, Dr. Lewis Donohew, Dr. Nancy Grant
Harrington, and Dr. Elizabeth Lorch at the University
of Kentucky Departments of Communication and Psychology. During
the past twenty years, this group of researchers has worked
together to develop and test the SENsation TARgeting or SENTAR
model, which applies message-based communication theories and
mass communication strategies to the development of public health
campaigns directed at high sensation-seeking adolescents. Their
ground-breaking work has been a prototype for how to translate
theory-driven laboratory findings into effective drug abuse
prevention interventions. In addition to their outstanding contributions
to the science of drug abuse prevention, this group has had
a profound effect on drug abuse policy at the national level
through the application of their model to the national anti-drug
campaign conducted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy
(ONDCP). Their impact on the prevention field has been wide
ranging, with recent applications of the SENTAR model to campaigns
focused on unsafe sex, poor eating habits, and seat belt use.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lewis Donohew, who is one of
the members of the SENTAR research team.
The International Collaborative Prevention Research
Award is given for contributions to the field of prevention
science in the area of international collaboration. This year
we are pleased to present this award to Drs. Linda Caldwell
and Edward Smith. Dr. Caldwell is a Professor of Recreation,
Park, and Tourism Management, and Human Development and Family
Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Smith is the
Director of Evaluation Research for the Prevention Research
Center at Penn State and also serves as the Director of the
NIDA-funded Prevention and Methodology Training Program. Since
1998, Drs. Caldwell and Smith have conducted research in many
international contexts, collaborating with colleagues in Australia,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, China, Germany, Guatemala, Slovenia,
South Africa, and Togo. Currently, they are Co-PI’s on
a collaborative randomized control trial that is testing the
effectiveness of HealthWise, a comprehensive leisure education
and risk reduction curriculum designed to reduce HIV/AID transmission
and substance abuse among South African adolescents. This dedicated
research team has worked tirelessly to foster health outcomes
for youth and strengthen the research infrastructure in South
Africa. Let us welcome Linda Caldwell and Ed Smith.
The Science to Practice Award is given in recognition of continued
support for the implementation of research-based prevention
practices in real world settings. This year we recognize Dr.
Patricia Chamberlain, Research Scientist at the Oregon Social
Learning Center. Over the past two decades, Dr. Chamberlain
has been committed to translating prevention research to practice
and policy within the contexts of child welfare, juvenile justice,
and mental health systems. She is the developer of the Multidimensional
Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) model, an alternative to group,
residential, and institutional placement for youngsters with
severe behavioral and mental health problems, which has been
recognized as a model program by Blueprints for Violence Prevention
and other prominent organizations. She has been the Principal
Investigator on numerous randomized trials examining the efficacy
of MTFC and other special foster care programs. More recently,
she has become a leading figure in the science on implementation
of evidence-based practices, including her current NIMH-funded
randomized statewide study in California comparing two types
of agency support to facilitate implementation fidelity of MTFC.
In addition to her exceptional scientific work, throughout her
career she has provided training, and engaged in other services
to governmental and community organizations to forge a reach-to-practice
agenda for effective programs for children and their families.
Please welcome Dr. Patricia Chamberlain.
Presidential Award is given to those who have
made a major lifetime contribution to prevention science research.
This year we are pleased and proud to present the Presidential
award to Irwin Sandler, Professor of Psychology
and Director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State
University. Irwin has been a leader in the mental health prevention
field for the past 30 years. His distinguished research career
has focused on the development and evaluation of interventions
to prevent mental health problems for children in stress. His
prevention trials have beautifully illustrated how one can effectively
utilize theory to build interventions, rigorously test them,
and identify the mediating variables that account for program
effects. As the director of an NIMH-supported prevention research
center for the past two decades, he has mentored numerous prevention
scientists who themselves have developed notable careers. In
2000, he and his colleagues at the Arizona State University
Prevention Research Center received a Presidential Citation
for outstanding contributions to the mental health of children
and families in stress. He has been awarded many additional
honors, including SPR’s award as a Friend of the Early
Career Prevention Network, an APA award for Distinguished Contributions
to Theory and Research in Community Psychology. Please join
me in welcoming Irwin Sandler.
Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award
recognizes contributions to the field of prevention science
in the area of community and culture. This year, we are pleased
to honor Dr. Les Whitbeck, Bruhn Professor
of Sociology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. For the
past decade, Dr. Whitbeck has worked with Native American tribes
to study the etiology of drug abuse and mental health disorders,
and to develop and evaluate prevention interventions. In many
ways, Dr. Whitbeck has set the standard for working with cultural
groups through his use of community participatory techniques.
He has developed partnerships and trusting relationships with
multiple Native American tribes, respectfully translating their
concerns and hopes into strength-based intervention strategies.
Through his approach of involving tribal members in the design
and implementation of interventions, he has helped to build
tribal community capacity for sustaining prevention efforts.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Cleve Redmond, who will accept
the award on behalf of Les Whitbeck.
The Translation Research Award is given for
transdisciplinary scientific work that has a significant impact
on prevention science. This year, SPR is pleased to honor Dr.
David Reiss, Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor
of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Medicine, and Director of the
Center for Family Research at the George Washington University
Medical Center. Dr. Reiss’s innovative research has focused
on the role of families in the development of emotional and
behavioral disorders and resilience. For almost two decades,
he has investigated the intersection of genetic and environmental
influences in the links between families and problem behaviors.
He has been a forceful advocate for integrating genetic and
psychiatric research with the field of prevention science. Throughout
his career, he has been a dedicated mentor to researchers in
a wide variety of disciplines, encouraging them to consider
how their work can inform prevention interventions. David’s
professional service on important national committees attests
to his commitment to prevention science. From 1989 to 1993,
he chaired the NIMH National Conference on Prevention Research,
and in 1997 served as chair of the NIH Consensus Development
Conference on Intervention to Prevent HIV Risk Behaviors. SPR
bestows this Translation Research Award to David in recognition
of the significant impact of his work on the field of prevention
science. Please join me in welcoming David Reiss.
Service to SPR Award is given in recognition
of outstanding service to the Society for Prevention Research.
This year we are pleased to recognize John Ernst,
Director of the Bureau of Prevention Research and Evidenced-Based
Practices at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Services. Since 2001, John has served as chair of the
SPR Partner Organizations Committee. In that capacity, he has
attended each of the annual board retreats and contributed significantly
to the organization in many ways. Mr. Ernst has been the driving
force in the development of the partnership between SPR and
the National Prevention Network (NPN). He has been instrumental
in developing reciprocal tracks at the SPR and NPN annual conferences.
Also, he currently serves on the SPR Knowledge Task Force. John
brings the perspective of the practitioner to SPR’s discussions
about how to foster collaboration between scientists and practitioners,
drawing upon his more than 30 years of experience in the field
of alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Please welcome John
Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention
Science Literature is given for contributions to the summarization
or articulation of the empirical evidence relevant to prevention
science. This year, we are pleased to give this award to Dr.
David Foxcroft, Professor of Health Care Practice at
Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. In 2002, Dr.
Foxcroft conducted a literature review for the World Health
Organization on what works in alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
This led to a systematic review of the literature, sponsored
by the international Cochrane Collaboration, which identified
and summarized psychosocial and educational programs aimed at
the primary prevention of alcohol misuse by young people. Dr.
Foxcroft’s reviews have contributed greatly to our understanding
of the evidence base for alcohol abuse prevention. Please welcome
Bill Hansen, who will accept the award on behalf of Dr. Foxcroft.