The Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working to advance the 7 Action Steps of Unleashing the Power of Prevention. Steering Committee members are:



Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD

University of Denver

Jeff Jenson, Ph.D., is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting healthy youth development. Dr. Jenson has published seven books and more than 100 articles and chapters on topics of child and adolescent development and prevention science.


Kimberly A. Bender, PhD

university of denver

Kimberly Bender is Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Her recent research includes a study of gender-specific pathways from childhood maltreatment to juvenile delinquency among youth in the child welfare system. Bender's research aims to improve services and develop empirically based interventions for adolescents at risk of problem behavior. She recently contributed to an intervention research project on methods for engaging runaway youth in substance-use treatment funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Gilbert J. Botvin, PhD

Cornell University

Dr. Botvin is a professor emeritus of psychology in the department of healthcare policy and research. As a behavioral scientist, his interests have centered on the intersection of health behavior and disease prevention. His research at Weill Cornell has focused on the etiology and prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse as well as delinquency and violence. His NIH-funded research has also focused on translational research concerning the dissemination, adoption, implementation, and sustained use of evidence-based prevention approaches in multiple settings and populations.   


brian k. bumbarger, phd

colorado state university

Brian Bumbarger is Adjunct Research Associate at the Prevention Research Centers at Colorado State University and Penn State University and Founding Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter). He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Criminology Institute at Griffith University, Australia. He works at the intersection of research, public policy, and practice to promote community and public systems capacity-building to support evidence-based practice at scale.


Richard F. Catalano, phd

university of washington

Richard Catalano Jr. is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the School of Social Work, University of Washington and the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and his masters and PhD in sociology from the University of Washington. He is past-president of the Society for Prevention Research, and a steering committee member of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health.


Kevin Haggerty, phd

university of washington

Kevin Haggerty is the Director of the Social Development Research Group and Endowed Professor of Prevention at the University of Washington School of Social Work. He is Principal Investigator of the Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, Families Facing the Future (formerly Focus on Families) and of a study testing the adaptation of an evidence-based family intervention for foster caregivers and their teens called Connecting. For more than 30 years, Dr. Haggerty has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities, and schools can better identify, assess, and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.


J. David hawkins, phd

university of washington

Dr. J. David Hawkins is the Endowed Professor of Prevention Emeritus and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group. He received his BA in 1967 from Stanford University and his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1975. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. 


Valerie Shapiro, PhD

university of california, berkeley

Valerie Shapiro, PhD, is an associate professor and the Co-Director of the Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as an analyst for the Social Development Research Group as well as the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. Dr. Shapiro’s research is in the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth through the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective prevention practices.