Biglan Named 2018 SPR Fellow

Categories: Awards & Recognition


Type: News

Date Published: 09/04/2018

In presenting the 2018 SPR Fellow to ORI senior scientist Tony Biglan, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) noted, "This year, we are pleased to present the SPR Fellow to Dr. Anthony Biglan, Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. Dr. Biglan has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. His work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial behavior.

He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school­ based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure.

In recent years, Dr. Biglan's work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He and colleagues at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences published a book summarizing the epidemiology, cost, etiology, prevention, and treatment of youth with multiple problems (Biglan et al., 2004). He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research and was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which released its report documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. He now serves on the National Academies committee to update this influential report.

Dr. Biglan has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles that appear in many of the most reputable journals internationally. He has made important contributions to alcohol and tobacco prevention through his research, writings and advocacy, including serving as expert witness for the landmark U.S. vs. Philip Morris, Department of Justice Lawsuit. Dr. Biglan was a co-investigator on the Promise Neighborhoods Research Consortium, a NIDA­ funded initiative to develop an infrastructure for the President's effort to rebuild high poverty neighborhoods . He has organized scores of associations, institutions, organizations and individuals across the spectrum around the "nurturing environment  concept" with the goal to create a coalition of coalitions across the nation all working toward similar purposes: to humanize interpersonal interactions at all levels, with trickledown effects on child development and health.

Dr. Biglan earned a doctorate in 1971 and a master's degree in 1968 in Social Psychology both from the University of Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1966."