David Hawkins, Ph.D.

J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington School of Social Work. His work focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for behavioral health problems and to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors.  He co-developed the experimentally proven Guiding Good Choices parenting program, the Raising Healthy Children program, and the Communities That Care prevention system.  Dr. Hawkins is a current member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  He is a current member of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Advisory Board and a past president of the Society for Prevention Research.  He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Prevention Research, the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Experimental Criminology.  He is committed to translating research into effective practice and policy to improve adolescent health and development.