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

Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 29th Annual Meeting, June 2-4, 2021, virtually. This year’s theme is “Addressing Racism and Disparities when Considering Biology and Context.”

Watch Welcome from SPR President Guillermo Prado

SPR Code of Conduct

SPR members and other participants in SPR activities come from diverse backgrounds and are guided in research ethics following the ethics codes laid out by their professional alliances. The SPR Code of Conduct (“Code”) serves as a code of professional conduct for SPR members, conference attendees, staff, volunteers, and any individual who participates in any activities of SPR.

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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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Degree Programs or Certificates in Prevention Science and Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training/Education in Prevention Science

What’s Happening Now

SPR 2021 Online Program Schedule Now Available

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SPR Advocacy Committee Town Hall, Educating and engaging with local and state policymakers – What role should prevention scientists play?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3-4pm EDT /12-1pm PDT
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SPR Statement on Anti-Asian Violence (3/23/2021)

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Prevention Science, Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: May 1, 2021. Prevention Science special issue “Toward a Lifespan Prevention Science: A Focus on Middle and Late Adulthood”

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SPR DNC Speaker Series

Diversity Network Committee, Advances in Prevention Science, Diversity, and Inclusion. A 4-part series: Black History Month, LGBTQA Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage month, Native American Heritage Month.

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Partnership Between SPR and the NPSC


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SPR Statement on Presidential Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping


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SPR and NPSC Statement Condemning Racism


George Floyd’s death adds to a rapidly growing list of Black people assaulted and killed in the U.S. as a direct consequence of our society’s structural, systemic, and individual racism. Racial profiling and aggressive, discriminatory policing ranging from threats to lethal force are commonplace experiences for many Black Americans. The problems within policing are neither unique nor isolated: racism is in the groundwater of our country. Read the entire statement.

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.

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2020 Communications Plan

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


Advancing Type 2 Translation Research article by SPR Task Force
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Type 2 Translational Research: Position Statement

Type 2 Translational Research: Overview and Definitions

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Advocacy Toolkits and Resources
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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

The Society for Prevention Research 20 Years Later: A Summary of Training Needs

SPR Monograph: Community Monitoring Systems

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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