The Society for Prevention Research is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation about how to prevent negative outcomes and foster well-being for individuals, families, and communities. We also seek to ensure this knowledge promotes a healthy and equitable society through the use of research-informed and socially just programs, practices, and policies.


To be a diverse and inclusive community that leads the promotion of a healthy and equitable society through prevention science.


  • Collaboration: partnerships with youth, families, practitioners, policy makers, public and private sectors, communities, schools, and other social institutions in the US and internationally.
  • Community: our organization as a “home” for prevention science researchers, practitioners, and policy makers and a nexus for collective action.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: diversity among our members and partners in terms of their identities, abilities, career stages, and academic disciplines and approaches. We are committed to fostering equity among these groups.
  • Integrity: using transparent, fair, and ethical practices in our research, advocacy, and organization.
  • Respect: the dignity, worth, and agency of all individuals.
  • Science and Practice: the use of rigorous scientific, practice-based, contextual, and experiential evidence.
  • Social Justice: efforts to undo the negative impact of systems of oppression and inequity.


Goal 1: Promote Health Equity in Prevention Science

  1. Promote etiological and intervention research addressing health equity.
  2. Promote the equitable inclusion of diverse groups in etiological and intervention research, in terms of role (funder, researcher, practitioners), race/ethnicity, international work, and methodological expertise (quantitative and qualitative).
  3. Promote research to develop multilevel and multi-sectorial interventions that address the micro-, meso-, and macro-level social determinants of disparities and structural oppressions and develop principles for their implementation.

Goal 2: Translate Prevention Science for Use in Diverse Settings

  1. Update and expand the Standards of Evidence (Gottfredson et al., 2015) to consider community-developed interventions and more diverse forms of evidence (qualitative, contextual/experiential evidence, practice-based evidence, etc.) and research.
  2. Promote approaches to and training for co-designing and co-adapting interventions for underserved populations, including strategies to ground preventive interventions according to community-based participatory research approaches, Dissemination and Implementation Science frameworks, and principles of social justice and equity.
  3. Identify strategies and/or guidelines for taking a collaborative approach to making program adaptation decisions with emphasis on underserved populations.

Goal 3: Advocate for Prevention Science

  1. Strengthen current and create new partnerships with other prevention and equity-focused professional and advocacy organizations.
  2. Enhance members’ ability to communicate messages about prevention science, including the importance of health equity in prevention science to the public, other scientists, legislators, and policymakers.
  3. Advocate for increased funding for prevention science and services.
  4. Advocate for evidence-based and evidence-informed policies and discontinuation of harmful policies that are not guided by evidence.

Goal 4: Increase Member Support, Engagement, and Diversity Within SPR

  1. Expand outreach to increase membership diversity (e.g., Minority-Serving Institutions, practice groups).
  2. Enhance SPR mentorship initiatives for students and new professionals, especially those from underrepresented populations, and include training in health equity.
  3. Promote professional connections between SPR members beyond annual conference participation.
  4. Develop leadership of mid-career prevention scientists and their use of equity and social justice principles.