Kenneth W. Griffin   Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research (Courtesy)

Substance Abuse and Other Health Risk Behaviors among Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Griffin’s work focuses on health risk behaviors including substance use and abuse (including prescription drugs and opioids), violence and aggression (including bullying and sexual violence) and related behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults. His work focuses on several interrelated translational research areas that link science to practice: (1) Psychosocial Etiology Research examining the individual, family, and community-level risk and protective factors for these behaviors, using state-of-the-science statistical modeling approaches (including structural equation and other latent variable techniques); this work also focuses on understanding the determinants of well-being and other positive developmental and behavioral outcomes; (2) Preventive Intervention Research that develops theoretically-informed educational and behavioral interventions to prevent risky health behaviors and promote positive developmental outcomes and rigorously tests them first through formative evaluation strategies and then using randomized controlled trials (RCTs); and (3) Implementation Research that focuses on new strategies and technologies for preventing risky health behaviors and promoting health and well-being, incorporating the use of e-learning, educational games, and other technologies; as well as hybrid models that combine in-person and technology-based intervention, and (4) Dissemination Research that focuses on understanding and addressing the facilitators and barriers to the wide-scale dissemination of evidence-based health promotion interventions – locally, nationally, and internationally. His research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Department of Defense.


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