Student Learning Outcomes
All graduates will be able to:
- Acquire an understanding of theory and basic research on child, youth, and adult development in the contexts of family, peers, school, and community.
- Acquire an understanding of: individual, family, and environmental risk and protective factors and how they relate to optimal human development; and the epidemiological approach to the assessment of their prevalence.
- Apply theory and research findings to the design of programs that promote optimal development and prevent poor physical, social, and emotional outcomes.
- Design and conduct scientific tests of program efficacy and effectiveness.
- Conduct translational research on program implementation, outcomes, dissemination, cost, and sustainability (moving programs from research to practice).
- Develop effective written and oral communication skills for the dissemination of research findings to a variety of audiences and for effecting evidence-based policy decisions.
- Write successful grant and contract proposals to fund prevention research.