2024 SPR and ECPN Award Nominations

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

ALL award nomination materials should be submitted via e-mail to Jennifer Lewis at jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org.

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Awards Criteria

Awards are designed to recognize excellence in the areas consistent with SPR’s mission, visions and values. We encourage nominations of SPR members at all career levels and nominations that reflect the full diversity of SPR’s membership. The specific awards are as follows:

  1. The Presidential Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals who have made a major specific contribution to prevention science research. This award is intended to be a “lifetime achievement” award for a significant body of research or theory in any area related to prevention that has had a major impact on the field. The award can be for an entire research program extending over many years or for a single study that changed the field substantially. The awardee(s) may represent the fields of epidemiology, statistical methodologies, research design, or prevention strategies, including interventions and policies.
  2. The Prevention Science Award is given to an individual or team of individuals for a significant body of research that has applied scientific methods to test one or more preventive interventions or policies. This award recognizes individuals for the work of developing and testing prevention strategies.
  3. The Public Service Award is given to an individual or team of individuals in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy (to include dissemination and diffusion) for prevention science and science/research-based programs.
  4. The Translational Science Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals in recognition for contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of Type 1 or Type 2 translational research.
  5. The Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention Science Literature is given to an individual or a team of individuals for contributions to the summarization or articulation of the empirical evidence relevant to prevention science.
  6. The Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science Award (formerly the Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award) is given to an individual or a team of individuals for contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of culture. Recipients of this award are recognized for work to enhance understanding of culture in prevention science and the development of and adaptation of effective prevention strategies for traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented populations, including racial and ethnic minorities.
  7. The International Collaborative Prevention Research Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals for contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of international collaboration.
  8. The Service to SPR Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals in recognition of outstanding service to the organization.

SPR Awards Nominations Process

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024


  • With the exception of the Public Service Award, which may be given to a non-member, awards are intended for SPR members.
  • Nominee and nominator must be a member of the Society for Prevention Research at the time of nomination.

We recommend you check the membership status of your potential nominee in advance. Contact Jennifer Lewis at jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org.

The SPR Award Nomination Packet should include:

  • One Letter of Nomination, briefly (under 1000 words) describe why you are nominating this individual (or group). What important contributions has this person (or group) made to the field of prevention science in relation to the specific award category. We encourage nominations of SPR members at all career levels and nominations that reflect the full diversity of SPR’s membership.
  • CV (NIH biosketch or similar)
  • Link to the nominee’s website.
  • One letter of support from others may also be included but is not required (under 1000 words).

ALL award nomination materials should be submitted via e-mail to Jennifer Lewis at jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org.

MISSION: 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
Goal 2: Translate Prevention Science for Use in Diverse Settings
Goal 3: Advocate for Prevention Science
Goal 4: Increase Member Support, Engagement, and Diversity Within SPR

ECPN John B. Reid Early Career Award Information for Application Review

Purpose: This award is presented annually by the Early Career Preventionist Network to a person early in their career in prevention.

  • 10 years or less from terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, master’s if that is final degree)

This award will be bestowed on someone who has shown a commitment to prevention science through outstanding contributions to research, policy, or practice.

  • Conducts thoughtful and intentional prevention research with a clearly defined goal in line with the https://preventionresearch.org/about-spr/mission-statement/
    • Aligned with Strategic Plan Goal 4, to increase member support, engagement, and diversity within SPR.
  • Regardless of method/approach, work demonstrates:
    • Potential to advance health and well-being, especially for populations who are structurally marginalized (e.g., research focused on advancing well-being for under-represented or equity-deserving populations)
    • Clear implications for prevention with potential for important impact on defined population(s) (i.e., not just ‘high impact’ – but potential for real-world impact). This can include many methodologies (e.g., secondary data, genetics research, participatory action research), and work focused more on the ‘discovery’ end of prevention science (e.g., etiology), as well as more applied work.
      • If the work is applied, engage with ‘community’ in a meaningful way, as relevant to the program of work, to advance prevention practice and/or policy. Community can be many things (e.g., patients in a hospital, youth in the community, a specific population, geographic community, problem-based).
    • Evidence of meaningful contributions (commensurate with experience/area of research) to:
      • academic knowledge translation (e.g., publications, conference presentations, program evaluation reports)
      • non-academic knowledge translation (e.g., translation to community policy makers or practitioners, dissemination of findings through media, etc.)
      • advancement of prevention science through a track record of external funding (e.g., grants, contracts, state/local grants)
    • In addition to the above, to demonstrate broader commitment to prevention science, examples can include engagement with:
      • Relevant community(ies) of focus (e.g., working with community or cultural liaisons/brokers; working with youth or patient advisory boards; involved in boards or committees that have potential to shift policy/practice; volunteering; working with students/trainees from these areas).
      • SPR or ECPN (or other prevention science organization)
      • Other prevention-relevant causes/initiatives (e.g., advocacy, policy work)


  • 10 years or less from terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, master’s if that is final degree)
  • Nominee and nominator must be a member of the Society for Prevention Research at the time of nomination.


  • In the nomination and support letters, it is not just about who is writing (e.g., how ‘big’ they are in prevention), but what they are writing – how do they talk about the potential impact of the person’s research and potential in the area?
  • Impact should be determined holistically. For instance, someone with two smaller local grants that directly advance research with a marginalized population may be making more of an impact/demonstrating more commitment to prevention science than someone who is a Co-Investigator on a number of larger grants. Consider quality and quantity, as well as stage of career.

Friend of ECPN Award Information for Application Review

Purpose: The Friend of ECPN Award is presented to a mid-career or senior preventionist who has supported and encouraged early career persons or issues.

The recipient of the Friend of ECPN award will have been active in supporting early career activities, either by helping ECPN as an organization, promoting training, funding, and/or early career involvement in prevention efforts, or encouraging early career preventionists in their work.

  • Evidence of successful support of early career prevention scientists and trainees (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc). Examples include:
    • Offering support to ECPN (e.g., sitting on ECPN panels, providing guidance to ECPN members)
    • Advocating for the needs of early career/trainee prevention scientists (e.g., in terms of funding, and inclusion in SPR)
    • Providing training and/or funding to advance early career/trainee involvement in prevention research, policy, practice and/or advocacy
    • Providing prevention science mentorship to early career researchers/trainees


  • Nominee and nominator must be a member of the Society for Prevention Research at the time of nomination.


  • This is not a research award. This award celebrates more advanced career prevention scientists who are a champion for early career researchers/trainees, whether through formal or informal mentorship, training, advocacy, etc.

Please contact Jennifer Lewis at the SPR national office if you have any questions.

Awards History

The SPR Awards were first presented in 1997.

Presidential Award

2023 – John Toumbourou, Ph.D.

2022 – James C. Anthony, Ph.D.

2021 – Flavio F. Marsiglia, Ph.D.

2020 – Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D.

2019 – Diana H. Fishbein, Ph.D. 2018 – Patrick H. Tolan, Ph.D. 2017 – Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D. 2016 – Nicholas Ialongo, Ph.D.

2015 – Richard L. Spoth, Ph.D.

2014 – Elizabeth B. Robertson, Ph.D. 2013 – Mark T. Greenberg, Ph.D.

2012 – Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D. and J. David Hawkins, Ph.D. 2011 – Mary Ann Pentz, Ph.D.

2010 – Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D. 2009 – David Olds, Ph.D.

2008 – Sheppard G. Kellam, Ph.D. 2007 – Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.

2006 – Eugene Oetting, Ph.D. 2005 – Richard Clayton, Ph.D.

2004 – Linda Collins, Ph.D. and John Graham, Ph.D. 2003 – Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D. and John B. Reid, Ph.D. 2002 – C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

2001 – Harold Holder, Ph.D. 2000 – Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D. 1999 – Patricia Mrazek, Ph.D.

Prevention Science Award

2023 – Scott K. Okamoto, Ph.D.

2022 – Myra Parker, Ph.D., J.D. and the Seven Directions Team which includes Christina E. Ore, MPH, DrPH, Maya Magarati, PhD, Danielle Eakins, PhD, Katie M. Hess, MPH, Leo Egashira, MBA, Lynnette Jordan, Carly Marshal, MPA, Jacob Fong-Gurzinsky, MS, Sofia Singer, and student interns Adam Adelstein, Andrea Paz, Brenda Goh, Jamie Lan, Kiet Pham, Robin Long, Shino Someya, Darwyn Largo, and Kali Joseph.

2021 – Jeff Temple, Ph.D.

2020 – Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.

2019 – Catherine P. Bradshaw, PhD, MEd 2018 – David MacKinnon, Ph.D.

2017 – Mark Feinberg, Ph.D. 2016 – Kevin Haggerty, Ph.D.

2015 – Deborah Gorman-Smith, Ph.D. 2014 – Brenna H. Bry, Ph.D.

2013 – Karen L. Bierman, Ph.D. 2012 – Robert Turrisi, Ph.D.

2011 – Leslie Leve, Ph.D. 2010 – Thomas Dishion, Ph.D. 2009 – Alex Wagenaar, Ph.D. 2008 – Richard Spoth, Ph.D.

2007 – Phil Palmgreen and SENTAR group 2006 – Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

2005 – Denise Gottfredson, Ph.D. 2004 – Richard Price, Ph.D.

2003 – Denise Kandel, Ph.D. 2002 – Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. 2001 – Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D.

2000 – Robert Cairns, Ph.D. and Beverly Cairns, Ph.D. 1999 – J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.

Public Service Award

2023 – Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS)

2022 – David Muhammad

2021 – Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D.

2020 – Amanda Rivera Flores, MMP

2019 – D. Max Crowley, Ph.D. and Taylor Scott, Ph.D. 2018 – Jane Pearson, Ph.D.

2017 – The Honorable John W. Hickenlooper, Jr. 2016 – Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D.

2015 – Diana Fishbein, Ph.D. and Neil Wollman, Ph.D. 2014 – Stacie Mathewson and Gary Mendell

2012 – Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W.

2011 – Rick F. Cady

2010 – Congresswoman Diane DeGette

2009 – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott

2008 – William T. Grant Foundation, Senior Program Team;
Robert Granger, Edward Seidman, Vivian Tseng, Brian Wilcox, Rebecca Maynard

2007 – Senator Tom Harkin

2006 – Jon Baron, Esq.

2005 – Nora D. Volkow, MD 2004 – Charles G. Curie 2003 – Alan Leshner, Ph.D.

2002 – Elizabeth Robertson, Ph.D.

2001 – Governor Tom and Mrs. Michele Ridge 2000 – Juan Ramos, Ph.D.

1999 – William J. Bukoski, Ph.D.

Translational Research Award

2023 – Janet Welsh, Ph.D.

2022 – Amanda Nguyen, Ph.D.

2021 – Christine Lee, Ph.D.

2020 – Elizabeth A. Stormshak, Ph.D.

2019 – William A. Aldridge, II, Ph.D. 2018 – Abigail H. Gewirtz, Ph.D.

2017 – Richard Spoth, Ph.D. 2016 – Diana Fishbein, Ph.D.

2015 – Kevin Haggerty, M.S.W., Ph.D. 2014 – Brian K. Bumbarger, MEd

2013 – Helene R. White, Ph.D. 2012 – Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

2011 – Luanne Rohrbach, Ph.D.

Science to Practice Award (replaced with Translational Research Award in 2011)

2010 – Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D. 2009 – Mary Ellen O’Connell 2008 – Sharon Mihalic

2007 – Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D. 2006 – Dennis Embry, Ph.D.

2005 – Steve Aos

2004 – Frances M. Harding 2003 – Eric Schaps, Ph.D.

2002 – CSAP’s National CAPT System team of Ileana Baca, Charlotte Daley, Tania Garcia, Julie Hogan, Jerry Jaker and Mike Lowther

2001 – William B. Hansen, Ph.D. 2000 – Delbert Elliot, Ph.D.

1998 – Andrew O’Donovan, M.A.

Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention Science Literature

2023 – Pamela R. Buckley, Ph.D.

2022 – David H. Barker, Ph.D.

2021 – Jeffrey C. Valentine, Ph.D.

2020 – Sandra Jo Wilson, Ph.D. 2019 – Frances Gardner, Ph.D. 2018 – Emily Tanner-Smith, Ph.D. 2016 – Alexander Wagenaar, Ph.D.

2012 – Albert Farrell, Ph.D., David B. Henry, Ph.D., Amie Bettencourt, Ph.D.

2011 – David MacKinnon, Ph.D.

2010 – Joseph A. Durlak, Ph.D. and Roger Weissberg 2009 – James Derzon, Ph.D.

2008 – Eric Stice, Ph.D. 2007 – David Foxcroft, Ph.D. 2004 – Mark Lipsey, Ph.D.

2001 – Ellen Sogolow, Ph.D. 2000 – Nan Tobler, Ph.D.

Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science Award (formerly the

Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award)

2023 – Melissa L. Walls, Ph.D.

2022 – Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D.

2021 – Emilie P. Smith, Ph.D.

2020 – Boys of Color Collaborative, Founding members: Oscar A. Barbarin, III, Ph.D., Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.n Patrick Tolan, Ph.D.

2019 – Mary L. Harthun, MA 2018 – Kathy Etz, Ph.D.

2017 – Gene Brody, Ph.D. and The Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia 2016 – Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.

2015 – Nancy Gonzales, Ph.D.

2014 – Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D. 2013 – David B. Henry, Ph.D.

2012 – Flavio Marsiglia, Ph.D. 2011 – William R. Beardslee, M.D.

2010 – Hilda Pantin, Ph.D. and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D. 2009 – Laurie Miller Brotman, Ph.D.

2008 – Karol Kumpfer, Ph.D.

2007 – Les Whitbeck, Ph.D. 2006 – Norweeta Milburn, Ph.D.

2005 – Felipe Gonzalez Castro, Ph.D. 2004 – Tracy Harachi, Ph.D.

2003 – Charles Martinez, Ph.D. 2002 – William Vega, Ph.D.

2001 – Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D., MPH

International Collaborative Prevention Research Award

2023 – Pablo Montero-Zamora, Ph.D.

2022 – Laboratory for Prevention Research (PrevLab), whose team members are Martina Feric, Ph.D.; Valentina Kranzelic, Ph.D.; Josipa Mihic, Ph.D.; and Miranda Novak, Ph.D.

2021 – Livia Edegger

2020 – Matej Košir, BSc, and Sanela Talić, BSc

2019 – Zili Sloboda, ScD

2018 – Flavio Marsiglia, Ph.D. and Maria Elena Medina Mora, Ph.D. and their Binational Team (U.S. – Mexico): Mexico City: Miguel Angel G. Mendoza and Tania Real; Guadalajara: Bertha Nunez Gutierrez; Monterrey: Maria Dolores Corona; Phoenix: Stephen Kulis, Stephanie Ayers, Grace Alderson and Mary Harthun.

2017 – Moshe Israelashvili, Ph.D.

2016 – Guillermo Prado, Ph.D. and his team

2015 – J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D. and Charles R. Martinez, Ph.D. 2014 – Lisa Wegner, Ph.D.

2013 – Eric C. Brown, Ph.D. 2012 – Josipa Basic, Dr.sc.

2011- Gregor Burkhart, M.D., M.P.H. 2010 – Steven W. Gust, Ph.D.

2009- John Lochman, Ph.D.

2008 – Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

2007 – Linda Caldwell, Ph.D. and Edward Smith, Ph.D.

2006 – John Winston Toumbourou, Ph.D 2005 – Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.

2004 – Matthews Sanders, Ph.D. 2003 – Don Des Jarlais, Ph.D.

2002 – Clemens Hosman, Ph.D. 2001 – Richard H. Price, Ph.D.

Service to SPR Award

2023 – Paula Smith, Ph.D.

2022 – Brenda Miller, Ph.D.

2021 – Ashley A. Knapp, Ph.D., Keryn E. Pasch, Ph.D., Sarah M. Chilenski, Ph.D.

2020 – Brian K. Bumbarger, Ph.D. and Abigail A. Fagan, Ph.D.

2019 – Rhonda C. Boyd, Ph.D. and Felipe G. González, Ph.D., MSW

2018 – Denise C. Gottfredson, Ph.D.

2017 – Karen Bierman, Ph.D., John D. Cole, Ph.D., Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D., Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., John Lochman, Ph.D., and Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D.

2016 – J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D. and Charles Martinez, Jr., Ph.D. 2015 – Brenda Miller, Ph.D.

2014 – Robert McMahon, Ph.D.

2013 – Luanne A. Rohrbach, MPH, Ph.D. and Richard L. Spoth, Ph.D.

2012 – The Mothers of Prevention: Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D., Brian Bumbarger, M.Ed., Celene Domitrovich, Ph.D., Jim Emshoff, Ph.D., John W. Graham, Ph.D., J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., John Jimenez, Randy Swaim, Ph.D.

2011 – Ty Ridenour, Ph.D. 2010 – Michael Schoeny, Ph.D. 2009 – Kathy Etz, Ph.D.

2008 – Brian R. Flay, Ph.D. 2007 – John Ernst

2006 – Deborah Gorman-Smith, Ph.D.

2005 – Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D. 2004 – Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.

2003 – Denise Hallfors, Ph.D. and Ted Langevin 2001 – Ralph Tartar, Ph.D.

Friend of ECPN

2023 –  Bethany Bray, Ph.D.

2022 – Britanny Cooper, Ph.D.

2021 – J. Douglas Coatsworth, Ph.D.

2020 – Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, MPH

2019 – Laura Griner Hill, Ph.D. 2018 – Barbara McMorris, Ph.D.

2017 – Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D. 2016 – J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.

2015 – Karl Hill, Ph.D.

2014 – Stephanie Lanza, Ph.D. 2013 – Brian R. Flay, Ph.D.

2012 – Michael Hecht, Ph.D. 2011 – Daniel Shaw, Ph.D. 2010 – Kelli Komro, Ph.D. 2009 – Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

2008 – Mark T. Greenberg, Ph.D. 2007 – William Hansen, Ph.D.

2006 – Tracy Harachi, Ph.D.

2005 – Christopher Ringwalt, Dr.Ph. 2004 – Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.

2003 – Marion Forgatch, Ph.D.

2002 – Nicholas Ialongo, Ph.D. 2001 – Clemens Hosman, Ph.D. 2000 – John B. Reid, Ph.D.

1999 – C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

ECPN Early Career Award; Renamed (2013) ECPN John B. Reid Early Career Award

2023 – Krista Mehari, Ph.D.

2022 – Elizabeth M. Aparicio, Ph.D.

2021 – Nadine Finigan-Carr, Ph.D.

2020 – Deinera Exner-Cortens, Ph.D.

2019 – Amanda G. Sisselman-Borgia, Ph.D., LMSW 2018 – Mark J. Van Ryzin, Ph.D.

2017 – Daniel Max Crowley, Ph.D. 2016 – Keryn Pasch, Ph.D.

2015 – Paula Frew, M.P.H., Ph.D.

2014 – Donna Coffman, Ph.D. 2013 – Jeffrey R. Temple, Ph.D. 2012 – Eric Rice, Ph.D.

2011 – Emily Rothman, Sc.D. 2010 – Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D. 2009 – Mildred Maldonado-Malino 2008 – Stephanie T. Lanza

2007 – Guillermo Prado, Ph.D. 2006 – Ty A. Ridenour, Ph.D. 2005 – Melissa Stigler, Ph.D. 2004 – Esteban Cardemil, Ph.D. 2003 – Kelli Komro, Ph.D.

2002 – Kenneth Griffin, Ph.D., MPH 2001 – Doug Coatsworth, Ph.D.

2000 – Margo Wootan, Ph.D. 1999 – Joseph Schafer, Ph.D. 1999 – Katherine DeVet, Ph.D. 1998 – J.Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

ECPN Service Award

2022 – Marie-Helene Veronneau, Ph.D.

2000 – Paula Smith, Ph.D.

Special SPR Awards have been bestowed.

2008 – Service as Editor in Chief, Prevention Science to Gilbert Botvin, Ph.D

2001 – Model Education Programs in Prevention Science Award to The Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University Collaboration

1998 – Lifetime Achievement Award to Beverly Long, M.S., M.P. H. 1998 – Federal Achievement Award to Shay Bilchik, B.S., B.A., J.D. 1998 – State Achievement Award to Terry Faye Bleier, C.P.A.

1998 – Disque D. Dean President’s Award to Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D. 1997 – Society for Prevention Research Award to Zili Sloboda, Sc.D.