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Prevention Science Institute

Improving lives through science and discovery


The Prevention Science Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute. 
We focus on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings.

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2023 Annual Report

Our annual report highlights ongoing research projects and training activities.

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June 12, 2024

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As Districts Weigh 4-Day Weeks, Research Overlooks Their Most Pressing Questions

Researchers at UO identified those gaps as they created a comprehensive, searchable database of 111 empirical studies on four-day school weeks. Sean Grant, PhD, a research associate professor at PSI, helped compile the HEDCO research dashboard.

May 8, 2024

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Adoption study links child behavior issues with mother’s trauma

That was the case even though the children were raised by adoptive–not birth–parents. Research team, led by Leslie Leve, a professor in the UO College of Education and scientist with the Prevention Science Institute.

April 29, 2024

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Social connection is a key for youth suicide prevention efforts

Social connectedness, a feeling of belonging at school and in the community, can play an important role in suicide prevention among high-risk teens, new research from the University of Oregon finds.

April 18, 2024

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Early Intervention and Beyond: How Experience with Young Children and Special Education Motivated a Career in Autism Research

Stephanie Shire, PhD, associate professor of Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Oregon, focuses her current research on young children with autism and their families.





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