Spoth_photoRichard Spoth, Ph.D.

F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the Director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University

As the Institute director, Dr. Spoth provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on prevention program engagement, program effectiveness, culturally-competent programming, and dissemination of evidence-based programs through community-university partnerships. These projects are funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among his NIH-funded projects, Dr. Spoth received a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a large-scale study evaluating combined family- and school-based interventions called the Capable Families and Youth Project. Another prevention trial, Project Family, is one of ten projects selected for NIDA’s “Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents: A Research-based Guide”; one of the programs it evaluates has received recognition from several federal agencies. Work on a dissemination trial called PROSPER has received awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National 4H Council. Dr. Spoth has served on numerous federally-sponsored expert and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research-practice integration, including the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. In addition, he has been invited to testify and brief congress, and to represent the prevention field on panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science, as well as the Service to the Society for Prevention Research Award, for leadership on the Task Force on Type 2 translation research.