UW Research

Social Development Research Group (SDRG)



The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of researchers united in a common mission that is to understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among diverse populations by:

  • Conducting research on factors that influence development
  • Developing & testing the effectiveness of interventions
  • Studying service systems and working to improve them
  • Advocating for science-based solutions to health and behavior problems
  • Disseminating knowledge, tools, and expertise produced by our research

Core Services Offered

SDRG’s research seeks to promote youth development as well as prevent and treat health and behavior problems among young people through identifying risk and protective factors and understanding the effects of promotive and preventive interventions that address these factors. Academic success and positive development as well as drug abuse, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, violence, mental health problems and school dropout are among the outcomes studied. In 1979, J. David Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano began to develop the Social Development Model which provides the theoretical basis for this approach to promotion and prevention which underlies much of the group’s research.

SDRG has an Administrative unit and a Survey Research Division that serve the group’s multiple projects. In addition, the Survey Research Division provides a range of survey services to other health and social science researchers at the University of Washington and beyond. SDRG has produced more than 800 articles, books, and monographs and has secured more than $125 million dollars in grant and contract funding over its history. http://www.sdrg.org/

Reporting Structure

Edwina Uehara, Dean, School of Social Work

Related UW Entities

College of Arts & Sciences: Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology
College of Education
School of Public Health
School of Nursing
School of Medicine