About Us

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About the Prevention Science Institute


The Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon brings together researchers in various areas through an organized focus that unites diverse faculty expertise for increased impact.

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The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and well-being of children, individuals, and families throughout their lifespans.

Together, we work to understand and promote healthy adaptation in children and families, with particular emphasis on the dissemination of effective interventions to real-world settings.

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History and Background

The University of Oregon has maintained a strong presence in the field of prevention science for more than two decades. The UO is home to extensive federal grant-funded research in all areas of prevention relevant to the human lifespan. The UO’s strengths in all areas of prevention science have now been synthesized in the Prevention Science Institute.


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Research Foci

PSI’s research is guided by a synergetic emphasis on bio-social influences on development, prevention/intervention science, and implementation science.

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Graduate Education

Enhancing interdisciplinary graduate education in prevention science is a core focus of the PSI. The institute provides multiple opportunities for graduate training.

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PSI researchers seek to improve the lives of children, adults, and families through interdisciplinary research. We conduct basic research to identify intervention targets, use neuroscience to examine the interactions between brain and behavior, and study effective intervention programs and methods to disseminate these programs into communities and schools.



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