Administered by the Department of Human Development

Ph.D. in Prevention Science

Prevention Science Program Overview

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The Prevention Science Graduate Program at Washington State University provides training opportunities at the doctoral level for students interested in developing expertise in the study of individuals and families and in the development and evaluation of prevention programs.

The PhD in Prevention Science is an interdisciplinary program

Participating faculty are from:

  • Human Development
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology

This program is available to students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have significant prevention science experience.

The program emphasizes training in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that positively impact the well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and their communities.

The field of prevention science is interdisciplinary, and integrates theories and methodology from the disciplines of human development, behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology), economics, communication, health sciences, evaluation, epidemiology, and public policy and administration. Prevention science involves:

  1. Conducting basic research on risk and protective factors
  2. Using the resulting knowledge to develop, evaluate, and disseminate programs that promote the healthy physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of children, youth, adults, and families.

Examples of prevention programs include drug and alcohol prevention programs; broad-based youth development programs; obesity prevention programs; and early child care and learning quality improvement programs.

Tom Power,
Program Director


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