The Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems is an innovative research facility within the University of Alabama that brings together a group of highly experienced researchers along with other emerging researchers to be a national leader in research and policy in the prevention of youth violence and antisocial behavior.
The overall mission of the Center will be to:
- facilitate collaborative research on these topics, within and across disciplines
- provide opportunities for pilot research which can lead to larger grant-funded studies
- facilitate preparation and submission of research proposals to federal, private and local sources of grant-funding
- promote dissemination and evaluation of school-based and community-based prevention programs
- at a public policy level, facilitate awareness of empirically-supported treatment and prevention programs among local and state government officials
- serve as a resource for education and training about risk markers, empirically-supported treatment programs, and preventive interventions
- provide opportunities for secondary data analyses on existing longitudinal datasets maintained by the Center researchers
- train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in violence prevention research methods.