Prevention Science – The Official Journal of the Society For Prevention Research
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News and Updates

  • Call for Early Career Reviewer Program: Request for Applications. Extended Deadline: August 21, 2023

Overview: The Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program aims to both mentor early career researchers in prevention science and increase the pool of possible reviewers. We invite emerging prevention scientists to apply to serve a 2-year term as mentored reviewers for the journal Prevention Science. Candidates apply for the position, and as part of that application process, they identify and secure a commitment from a prevention science mentor to supervise their appointment to the review board for the 2-year period. The candidate commits to providing up to four reviews each year; the mentor commits to co-authoring and co-reviewing to ensure high quality reviews. The candidate will serve as the reviewer of record in the online review system. Click here for details.

  • Calls for Special Issues in Prevention Science

Prevention Science and Youth Conduct Problems: Development, Prevention, and Treatment. Deadline: October 1, 2023

Co-Editors: Sarah J. Racz (University of Maryland College Park), Natalie Goulter (Newcastle University), & Yao Zheng (University of Alberta)

July 11, 2023

The journal Prevention Science (ISSN: 1389-4986, IF: 3.931 [2021]) is soliciting letters of intent to prepare a manuscript for consideration in a forthcoming Special Issue entitled “Prevention Science and Youth Conduct Problems: Development, Prevention, and Treatment. This Special Issue will be presented in recognition of Professor Robert J. McMahon’s scientific contributions and in honor of his retirement in September 2023 from his positions as Professor within the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, BC Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence among Children and Youth, and Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence, Canada. In addition to his numerous academic, research, and mentoring achievements, Dr. McMahon was the Editor-in-Chief of Prevention Science from 2007-2013.  Click here for full Call for Papers for Special Issue.

Innovations and Strategies for Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic Related Challenges in Prevention Science Research. Deadline: December 8, 2023. in Applied Settings

Co-Editors: Antonio A. Morgan-López (RTI International), Rashelle J. Musci (Johns Hopkins University), & Catherine P. Bradshaw (University of Virginia)

Open Call Released: July 12, 2023

Full Submissions Due: December 8, 2023

The journal Prevention Science (ISSN: 1389-4986, IF: IF: 3.931 [2021]) is soliciting the submission of full manuscript for consideration in a forthcoming special issue entitled, Innovations and Strategies for Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic Related Challenges in Prevention Science Research in Applied Settings.” Many schools and other applied settings across the US closed their doors and shifted to online delivery of prevention services and other support services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This disruption also impacted numerous ongoing research studies being conducted in schools and applied settings (e.g., hospitals, communities), resulting in methodological challenges in the collection and subsequent analysis of trial data collected during this time. Although there are many potential methodological concerns, missing data and measurement concerns are particularly salient. Various modern missing data methods have been recommended by methodologists for missing data generally and the pandemic specifically. Similarly, researchers have expressed concerns about threats to validity when interpreting assessments collected during the pandemic. It may be that measures collected during the pandemic are not reflective of the original constructs as intended (e.g., teacher reports of externalizing when students are not in the school setting); these measures may demonstrate measurement noninvariance/ differential item functioning (MNI/DIF). Newer factor analytic methods, such as moderated nonlinear factor analysis, may be able to account for MNI/DIF attributable to COVID-19 and other key covariates (e.g., gender, race) simultaneously. There are also a number of issues related to study design and implementation in the post-pandemic period, and potential concerns regarding comparing pre- and post-pandemic data and intervention findings that are critical to concern for future prevention science research studies. Click here for full Call for Papers for Special Issue.

  • 2021 Impact Factor: The 2021 impact factor for SPR’s journal, Prevention Science, is 3.931.  The journal ranks 61 out of 182 journals in the Public, Environmental & Occupational Health category. For more information on the Impact Factor, click here.

“One of the primary goals of SPR is to create a scientific, multidisciplinary forum for prevention science, and a concerted effort is being made to invite investigators to join SPR whose research specialities are not represented in the current membership.”

Overview and Editorial Board

Prevention Science is the official publication of the Society for Prevention Research. The journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum designed to disseminate new developments in the theory, research and practice of prevention. Prevention sciences encompassing etiology, epidemiology and intervention are represented through peer-reviewed original research articles on a variety of health and social problems, including but not limited to substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, violence, bullying, accidents, teenage pregnancy, suicide, delinquency, STD’s, obesity, diet/nutrition, exercise, and chronic illness. The journal publishes literature reviews, theoretical articles, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, brief reports, replication studies, and papers concerning new developments in methodology.

Many thanks go out to Catherine Bradshaw, editor, Gilbert Botvin and Bob McMahon, past editors, the associate editors, the editorial board, authors and reviewers of Prevention Science for their invaluable support and commitment to SPR and the journal.


Catherine P. Bradshaw, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Previous Editors-in-Chief:
Gilbert J. Botvin, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York (2000-2006)
Robert J. McMahon, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia (2007-2013)

Associate Editors:
Abigail A. Fagan, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Frances Gardner,  University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Keith Herman, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Antonio A. Morgan-López, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
Rashelle Jean Musci, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Hanno Petras, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC
J.D. Smith, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Interim Managing Editor:
Chelsey Baker-Hauck, Denver, Colorado

Editorial Board:
Jon-Patrick Allem, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lew Bank, Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene
Courtney N. Baker, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA
William R. Beardslee, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Peter Bentler, University of California, Los Angeles
Cady Berkel, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Anthony Biglan, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene
Laurie Miller Brotman, New York University, New York
Lisa Dierker, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Katrina J. Debnam, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Celene Domitrovich, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Phillip W. Graham, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
Sean Grant, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Kenneth W. Griffin, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington, Seattle
William Hansen, Prevention Strategies, LLC, Greensboro, North Carolina
Nancy Grant Harrington, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Kimberly Henry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Laura Hill, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
Francis Huang, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
Nicholas Ialongo, John Hopkins University, Baltimore
Richard Jessor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Karol L. Kumpfer, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Bonnie Leadbeater, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Patty Leijten, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michael A. Lindsey, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Arizona State University, Tempe
Weiwei Liu, NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, Maryland
Russell V. Luepker, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Charles Martinez, University of Texas at Austin, Austin
Greta Massetti, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
Carol Metzler, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene
Mildred Maldonado-Molina, University of Florida, Gainesville
Adam J. Milam, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Trang Q. Nguyen, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Elise Pas, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Cheryl Perry, University of Texas, Austin
Ray DeV Peters, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Richard Price, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ron Prinz, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Nathaniel R. Riggs, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Irwin Sandler, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Beth Stormshak, University of Oregon, Eugene
Emily Tanner-Smith, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Ralph E. Tarter, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania
Patrick H. Tolan, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Alexander C. Wagenaar, University of Florida, Gainesville
Tracy Evian Waasdorp, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Helene White, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Early-Career Mentored Editorial Board Members
Summer Braun, University of Alabama
Daniel A. Camacho, Johns Hopkins University
Athena Chan, University of Minnesota
Alejandra Fernandez, University of Miami
Lucine Francis, Johns Hopkins University
Chanler Hilley, Arizona State University
Joanna Kim, Arizona State University
Joseph Kush, Johns Hopkins University
Chynna S. McCall, University of Missouri
Elly Miles, University of Denver
Ani Movsisyan, University of Munich, Germany
Kelly O’Connor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Katrina Prior, University of Sydney, Australia
Sarah Rosenbach, New York University
Radhika Raghunathan, Johns Hopkins University
Kylie Routledge, University of Sydney, Australia
Maria Schweer-Collins, University of Oregon
Gitanjali Shrestha, Washington State University
Sonya Xinyue Xiao, Arizona State University