Letter from the Director

Welcome to the 2020 Annual Report

The year 2020 is one for the record books.

Although it sounds cliché, we have all had to pivot and find our stride in the mid-pandemic world. For us at the Prevention Science Institute (PSI), our stride has quickened, and we have sprinted at times with no finish line in sight. Like our colleagues around the country, we have shifted to remote work and have embraced the joys and challenges that telecommuting has offered. In the pages of this year’s annual report, you will read about innovative work that has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our pre-COVID innovations.  

By way of background, the PSI is committed to improving the lives of children, families, and adults in our communities. We conduct research from multiple perspectives, including translational research that focuses on interactions between the brain, social context, and behavior; developing, testing, and delivering effective intervention programs; and efficacious ways to disseminate programs into community, agency, and school settings. Our work did not stop when the COVID-19 global pandemic hit. In many ways, our work became more relevant and meaningful by reaching our community members in need. PSI scientists develop, test, and disseminate programs and tools to improve the health and well-being of children, families, and adults. We share numerous examples of this work in this year’s annual report.

The PSI continues to be a place of community and collaboration, in our “new normal” world. We value interdisciplinary work, the inclusion of colleagues, students, and postdoctoral scholars from various disciplines, and we continue to offer robust training opportunities for our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We have an active clinic supporting the mental health needs of children and families in our community and a postdoctoral training grant to support the future generation of prevention science scholars. During the pandemic our clinic services (supported through the Family Check-Up Online) were offered free of charge to families with children 2 – 17 years old from across the state of Oregon. In times like these, the PSI rises to the challenge and aims to innovate, collaborate, and serve. As a community, we stand together  to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and denounce all acts of racism.

Please take a moment to glance through these pages. If you are working from home and are wearing fuzzy slippers or sweat pants, I promise not to judge. We are all in this together.

Wishing you health, happiness, and resilience during this time.

Laura Lee McIntyre
Director, Prevention Science Institute
Professor, Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Laura Lee McIntyre