Call for Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Call for Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Submission Deadline EXTENDED TO November 30, 2021

The Program Planning Committee of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) is offering the opportunity to hold Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings at the 30th Annual Meeting.  We invite members to convene and chair a SIG. The purpose of the SIGs is to facilitate networking opportunities of conference attendees who would like to discuss in greater depth a specific prevention research, policy, or practice topic. The SIG convener(s) is expected to be in attendance, register for the conference, and facilitate the meeting, which will be open to all interested SPR conference attendees. The SIG can be formal with a planned agenda or informal depending upon the convener(s) and the participants.

To submit your SIG request, go to You will be asked to provide

  • Convener(s) name and full contact information.
  • Title of SIG
  • 150 – 250 word description

Conveners may request a repeat of a prior SIG (see list below) or request a new SIG. SPR will coordinate the meeting space and time.

The SIGs will be scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 or Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, which is during the lunch break (11:45 am – 1:15 pm). Participants would purchase a lunch in the hotel or from one of the lunch spots nearby the hotel and bring it with them to the meeting. Meeting space is limited. We will confirm your request via e-mail by January 31, 2022. If the number of requests exceeds space limitations, the SPR Program Planning Committee will prioritize decisions based on representing a diversity of SIGs to best capture the interests of the membership. Confirmed SIGs will be listed in the conference program, which will indicate the date, time, convener(s), and meeting room assignment.

SIGs from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 include a wide range of topics:

  • Top of Form
  • Adapting and/or Re-Evaluating Evidence-Informed Complex Population Health Interventions for Implementation in New Contexts: Guidance Development
  • Bottom of Form
  • Addressing Structural and interpersonal racism to reduce health disparities, SPR Diversity Network Committee, 2019
  • Advancing Lifespan Prevention Science, 2021**
  • Advancing Strong Standards for Preventive Interventions, 2019
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Research, 2018, 2019, 2020*/Prevention Research Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2017
  • Building Prevention Workforce Capacity through Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, 2019
  • Boys and Young Men of Color – Research and Practice, 2018
  • Culturally Responsive Strategies for the Prevention of Trauma among Secondary Victims of Violence, Diversity Network Committee, 2018
  • Developing Skill-Based Approaches to Decrease Micro-Aggressions and Anti-Racist Behaviors, 2021**
  • Effective Communication of Prevention Research, 2021**
  • Fostering Health and Wellbeing among LGBT Populations, 2017
  • Funding Information Session: What’s New (representatives from DHHS, NIH, CDC, William T. Grant Foundation), 2019
  • Funding Opportunities for Research-Practice Partnerships and to Study the Use and Usefulness of Research Evidence, 2017
  • Health and Housing, 2021**
  • Healthy Parenting in Primary Care, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • How Do We Expand Prevention Science Research into Later Life?, 2018
  • Integrated Primary Care and Culture of Prevention in American Indian Communities, 2017
  • International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction Discussion between Prevention Scientists and Educators*
  • Measuring Health Disparities, Diversity Network Committee, 2017
  • National Institute on Aging, 2017
  • Optimization of Multicomponent Interventions, 2017, 2020**
  • Optimization Prevention of Partner Abuse, 2017
  • Overdoes Prevention Considering Polysubstance Use, 2020*
  • Top of Form
  • Parenting in the Context of Addiction and Recovery, 2020**
  • Bottom of Form
  • Prenatal Programming of Childhood Health Complications: Opportunities for Prevention, 2021**
  • Prevention and Multimorbidity, 2017, 2020**
  • Prevention in High Schools Dialogue: Leadership, Restorative Justice, PBIS, Student Assistance Programs and Others, 2019
  • Prevention of Substance Use during Perinatal Period, 2020**, 2021**
  • Prevention Research and Positive Youth Development in Low and Middle-Income Countries, 2018, 2019
  • Prevention Research with Foster Care & Juvenile System Involved Youth, 2017
  • Prevention Research with Out of Home Youth – Foster Care & Juvenile Justice System involved Youth, 2018
  • Prevention Science and LGBTQ Population Health, 2018, 2019
  • Prevention Science Graduate Training Programs, 2018
  • Promoting Innovation in Prevention, 2018
  • Pushing prevention research past road blocks and towards improving public health, 2019
    Research Gaps in Multilevel Preventive Interventions to Enhance Health and Reduce Health Disparities, 2017
  • Research Needs in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Preventive Services, 2018
  • Top of Form
  • Research Needs to Address Disparities in Reproductive Health, 2020**, 2021**
  • Bottom of Form
  • Research Synthesis Methods for Prevention Science, 2018, 2019, 2020**, 2021**
  • Research Transparency, Openness, and Reproducibility, 2018, 2019, 2021**
  • Top of Form
  • School-Based Aggression and Bullying Prevention Programming, 2020
  • Bottom of Form
  • School Mental Health, 2017
  • Science of Behavior Change (SOBC), 2018
  • Social Emotional Learning as Intervention for Educators of Vulnerable Youth Populations, 2018
  • SPR Diversity Network Committee, Research and Policy Considerations for Transgender and Other Gender Minority Populations*
  • SPR Diversity Network Committee, The Value of Partnerships in Prevention Science, 2021**
  • Suicide Risk Among Latinx Youth: Collaborating to Build Multilevel Prevention Strategies, 2020**
  • Supporting Students through School-Community Approaches, 2018
  • Taking Prevention to the Next Stage: Linking Research to Practice, 2020*
  • The U.S. Opioid Crisis-Research to Inform Prevention-Based Solutions, 2018
  • Translating School-Based Aggression and Bullying Prevention Programming into Broader Clinical Practice, 2020*
  • Transparency, Replication, and Open Science: Plans for a Special Issue and Consensus Statement in Prevention Science, 2020**
  • Trauma-informed Violence Prevention in Schools, 2017
  • Unleashing the Power of Prevention, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020*, 2021**
  • Urban Violence across the Lifespan, 2020*
  • Using Neural Measures in Prevention Research and Policy, 2021**

*Accepted though not convened.

**Accepted and convened virtually.

All SIG requests must be submitted online at

Submission Deadline EXTENDED TO November 30, 2021

For questions regarding online abstract submissions, the peer review process, or other details, please contact Jennifer Lewis by email at or by telephone at 703-934-4850, ext. 3.