Our Mission

The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being.

The multi-disciplinary membership of SPR is international and includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policymakers who value the conduct and dissemination of prevention science worldwide.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact SPR National Office at 703-934-4850, info@preventionresearch.org.

Annual Meeting

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting Update: In-person meeting is cancelled. Please read for contingency plans.

Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 28th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 26-29, 2020, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

This year’s theme is “Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science.”

Job Postings

JOB POSTINGS - view listing of job openings/opportunities in prevention research.

Want to Volunteer?

Talented volunteers are the lifeblood of every membership organization. The Society for Prevention Research offers various opportunities for our members to help advance the mission and the strategic plan of the Society by getting involved in our committees.

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Resources for Education and Training in the Field of Type 2 Translation Research Degree Programs or Certificates in Prevention Science and Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training/Education in Prevention Science

What’s Happening Now

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting Update: In-person meeting is cancelled. Please read for contingency plans.

The SPR Board has been closely monitoring the latest guidelines and announcements related to COVID-19 from the White House and the Mayor’s Office of the District of Columbia.

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COVID-19 and Prevention Science and what you can do.

COVID-19 has changed the world and how we offer prevention services within a matter of weeks. There are many current and future challenges facing prevention science. Many of the vulnerable children, youth, adults, and families that our membership aims to reach now face new challenges related to social distancing, food insecurity, school closures and economic uncertainty.

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Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open

Early-bird registration rates extended through on-site registration!

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2020 Communications Plan

Designed to deliver members up-to-date news and information in prevention science.

Standards of Evidence

Standards of Evidence for Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Scale-up Research in Prevention Science: Next Generation

Standards of Evidence for Conducting and Reporting Economic Evaluations in Prevention Science

Prevention Science Course Syllabi Project

The SPR Training Committee is working on an initiative to gather prevention science course syllabi. Our goal is to create a repository for these syllabi on the SPR website so that fellow educators can access these syllabi to create or enhance courses in prevention science. We look forward to your participation by November 22, 2019.


Advancing Type 2 Translation Research article by SPR Task Force now available at Prevention Science ONLINE FIRST

Type 2 Translational Reseach: Position Statement

Type 2 Translational Research: Overview and Definitions

SPR Monograph: Community Monitoring Systems

Standards of Evidence published in Prevention Science

SPR Standards of Knowledge for the Science of Prevention

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Check Out SAMHSA's Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) Program

The purpose of the Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support services for substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness.

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