Richard Spoth, Project Co-Director
Dr. Dick Spoth, is the F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the Director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. He provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on prevention program engagement, program effectiveness, culturally-competent programming, and dissemination of evidence-based programs through community-university partnerships. Dr. Spoth has served as Principal Investigator on all of the earlier PROSPER research projects, since the first one in 2001. He also has experience as a lead investigator for the other NIH-funded prevention RCTs and research projects in the larger program of research of which the current project is a part, conducted over the past 23 years. These projects have addressed a range of key research questions in related areas of prevention science, including long-term universal intervention outcomes and implementation quality factors. Dr. Spoth has served on numerous federally-sponsored expert and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research-practice integration. He has been invited to testify and brief Congress to present to the Advisory Group for the White House’s National Prevention Council, and to represent the prevention field on panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science, as well as the Service to the Society for Prevention Research Award, for leadership on the Task Force on Type 2 translation research, and the Presidential Award, for lifetime scientific achievement.