Team 1 works to extend and refine previously developed translation science models, workforce training methods, and evaluation strategies to support community health research in different settings and populations and for multiple behaviors. Their work is aligned with several guiding priority areas of investigation, including:

  • Designing and evaluating community-based prevention workforce development models
  • Exploring factors that influence the adoption of evidence-based programs, implementation systems, and workforce training models, with specific focus on decision-making supports
  • Understanding factors that influence participant engagement in programs, with specific focus on the role of the program delivery method
  • Identifying factors that influence community and school engagement and capacity-building for behavioral health initiatives 

Team 1 is led by Dr. Dick Spoth and Dr. Ashley Scudder. For more information or to get involved, contact for more information

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