Dr. Richard Catalano is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and the Director of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. His work focuses on discovering risk and protective factors for positive and problem behavior, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems. Dr. Catalano has published over 275 articles and book chapters. His work has been recognized by practitioners, criminologists and prevention scientists.
Dr. Catalano is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Strategy for Behavioral Health Promotion. He has served as chair of the National Institutes of Health, Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions Review Committee, and chair of the Free to Grow Evaluation Advisory Panel. He has served as a member of the NIDA Blue Ribbon Panel on Health Services Research, the Office of National Drug Control Policy Evaluation Committee, the U.S. Attorney General’s Methamphetamine Task Force, the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Study Group on Serious Chronic and Violent Offenders and the National Institute on Drug Abuse Epidemiology and Prevention Review Committee.
Dr. Catalano received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.