Awards Presentation at
13th Annual Meeting
Collaborative Prevention Research Award is given for contributions to
the field of prevention science in the area of international collaboration. This
year we recognize Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram, Professor of Psychiatry
in the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA with a joint appointment in the Department
of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. There she is also
the Director of the Center for Community Health, the Director of the NIMH Center
for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services and the Associate Director
of Policy for the UCLA AIDS Institute. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS
prevention with adolescents, suicide among adolescents, homeless youths, assessment
and modification of children's social skills, ethnic identity, group processes,
and cross-ethnic interactions. She has received HIV prevention related research
grants from the University-wide AIDS Research Program, the World AIDS Foundation,
and the W.T. Grant Foundation. Her prevention interventions have received world-wide
recognition resulting in a number of international collaborations.
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 Steve Aos, Associate Director of the Washington
State Institute for Public Policy, an applied research group working for the Washington
State legislature. He has 29 years of experience in conducting cost-benefit analyses
in a wide range of public policy areas, as well as in the private sector. His
current work focuses on identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of programs
and policies for reducing crime, improving educational outcomes, reducing substance
abuse and tobacco, and reducing child abuse and neglect. He is the lead author
of the Institute’s nationally recognized work on the benefits and costs
of prevention and early intervention programs.
Service Award is given in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy
for prevention science and science/research-based programs. This year we recognize
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug
Abuse and the first woman to serve in that position since the founding of the
Institute. She brings to NIDA a long record of accomplishment in drug addiction
research. Since coming to the institute, prevention research has been one of her
priorities. She commissioned the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Health Services Research
whose recommendations highlighted the role of prevention services. Under her leadership,
NIDA has joined with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to co-fund rigorous research and evaluation
of CSAP’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program.
This is a concrete example of a federal research institute joining with a service
delivery organization to provide resources to evaluate the effectiveness of a
service agency’s strategy for disseminating science based prevention approaches
to states and communities. This braided funding initiative is exactly the kind
of interdisciplinary, interagency collaboration required to achieve the goals
of prevention science in advancing public health through rigorous research.
Award is given to those who have made a major lifetime contribution to
prevention science research. This year we recognize Dr. Richard Clayton,
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Kentucky and Scientific Director
in the UK Center for Prevention Research. Dick has been a leader in the substance
abuse field for thirty years during which he has been instrumental in enhancing
the field’s understanding about substance abuse from the perspective of
the user and the community impacted by substance use. He was one of the founders
of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) and has served in several leadership
capacities over its early development. In 1987, he was awarded the first NIDA-funded
center dedicated to multidisciplinary research in drug abuse prevention. And not
to be downplayed, Dick’s mentorship, which has cut a wide swath across prevention
research, may well be one of his most valuable and enduring legacies.
Science Award is given for the work of developing and testing prevention
strategies. This year we recognize Dr. Denise Gottfredson, Professor
in the University of Maryland Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Some of her major contributions have been in the area of school-based crime prevention.
She has not only tested specific strategies but has examined and evaluated the
literature using meta-analyses. These latter efforts include a report to the U.S.
Congress on what works, what doesn’t work, and what is promising in school-based
prevention. Another exciting aspect of Dr. Gottfredson’s career has been
in her significant efforts to develop effective collaborations between researchers
and practitioners as in her direction of a project that provides research expertise
to the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in its
efforts to promote effective prevention practices in Maryland.
Culture, and Prevention Science Award is given for contributions to the
field of prevention science in the area of community and culture and to recognize
work that enhances understanding, development and adaptation of effective prevention
strategies for traditionally underserved populations. This year we recognize Dr.
Felipe Gonzalez Castro, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Arizona
State University. There he also served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic
Research Center from 1991 to 1997. Felipe is a nationally recognized leader in
the area of Hispanic health research and program development. In the American
Psychological Association, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee
of the Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and as Chair of the Minority
Health Committee of the Division of Health Psychology. Dr. Castro served as the
principal investigator of the Hispanic Tobacco Education Coalition, a partnership
project with 10 community-based organizations to promote tobacco prevention, tobacco
cessation, and tobacco-free environments among Hispanic youth and pregnant and
post-partum women and their partners in Maricopa County, Arizona. Dr. Castro has
been a member of SPR for many years and will be the program chair for the SPR
Annual Meeting next year in San Antonio.
to SPR Award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the Society
for Prevention Research. This year we would like to recognize, Dr. Gilbert
J. Botvin, Professor of Psychology at Cornell University with a joint
appointment in the Departments of Public Health and Psychiatry. He is also Director
of Weill Medical College’s Institute for Prevention Research. Gil has contributed
significantly not only to the field of prevention science but has had and continues
to have several critical roles in the ongoing success of SPR. He has served on
the board for more than six years as President-elect, President (2001 - 2003),
Immediate Past President, leading the organization through an important transition
period of membership and conference growth and infrastructure development and
exceedingly significant (and taken for granted!) as editor of the Prevention Science
journal since its inception in 2000.
of ECPN Award is presented to a mid-career or senior preventionist who
has supported and encouraged early career persons or issues. We are pleased to
present the 2005 Friend of ECPN award to Dr. Chris Ringwalt,
Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Chapel Hill Center of the Pacific
Institute for Research and Evaluation. In his role as center director, he has
shown great dedication to the development of the early careers of emerging prevention
scientists. This dedication has extended beyond his work at PIRE, as he serves
as a mentor for students at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. Whether it be providing feedback on manuscripts and grant proposals,
providing financial means and encouragement to attend conferences or complete
advanced coursework, or providing support and advice about work-life balance and
career decisions, he has demonstrated a devotion to facilitating the professional
development of those under his mentorship. His accessibility to budding researchers
and the collegial and respectful nature of his support epitomize the definition
of strong mentorship.
Early Career Award is bestowed on an early career scientist who has shown
a commitment to prevention science through outstanding contributions to research,
policy or practice. We are pleased to present the 2005 early career award to Dr.
Melissa Stigler. Dr. Stigler earned her Master’s degree in Public
Health in 1999 and her doctorate in epidemiology in 2003 from the University of
Minnesota. During her work with Dr. Cheryl Perry on Project Northland, she spearheaded
the use of innovative and complex methodology to examine longitudinal outcomes
while taking into account the multi-level nature of their community trial data.
She also expanded this work to allow for the exploration of the role of intervention
dosage in outcomes. During her work on an HIV prevention program in Tanzania,
she was able to share her expertise by training local researchers in mediation
and outcome analyses. Her most recent endeavor has been serving as the project
director for the Mobilizing Youth for Tobacco-Related Initiatives in India, funded
by the Fogarty Center. The scope of this community trial is large, including 32
schools and 11,000 students. Through her role in this project, including supervision
of the Minnesota and India-based staff, she has worked tirelessly to promote the
importance of research-based prevention. She also has gone to great lengths to
build positive international relationships with her colleagues in India, working
to bridge cross-cultural understanding. Her attention to detail, together with
her creativity, has resulted in high quality research, as evidenced in over 30
presentations and 15 published works. The ulmination of her work is quite impressive
given the short span of her early career.