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Prevention Research Subcommittee (PRSC)

2021 Meeting Notes
  • March 25, 2021: COVID-19 
    meeting notes
  • June 23, 2021: Evidence-Based Programs
    meeting notes
    • Presentation: Identifying and Supporting Child Mental Health Treatment EBPs in WA State: Project Overview & Next Steps - Sarah Walker, PhD, Director, Evidence-Based Practice Institute, University of Washington
    • Presentation: Lessons Learned on Creating a Compendium of EBPs for Hispanic Populations - Luis Vargas, PhD, Consultant, National Latino Behavioral Health Association
  • September 22, 2021: Prevention in Schools
    meeting notes
  • December 2, 2021: Advocacy
    meeting notes

PRSC Mission Statement

To provide a forum for prevention researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to identify and address emerging and evolving substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion service and research needs in Washington State by:

  1. Supporting the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery's (HCA/DBHR) evaluation of prevention services.
  2. Assisting HCA/DBHR in: (a) defining the criteria for determining that a service is evidence-based; and (b) establishing a protocol for review and acceptance to a list of evidence-based services.
  3. Advocating for state funding of evidence-based and other effective prevention services.
  4. Establishing collaborations to initiate new research and share existing research on substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion in order to improve HCA/DBHR’s prevention services.
  5. Promoting implementation science through the collaborative knowledge exchange of prevention researchers, HCA/DBHR, and other prevention-related state agencies and community organizations.

PRSC Presentation from National Prevention Network Conference 2021

Prevention Research and Practice - a Collaborative Dance to Build Statewide Prevention Capacity and Resilience 8/24/21 

Brittany Cooper, PhD, Washington State University; Sarah Mariani, CPP, Washington State Health Care Authority; Kevin Haggerty, PhD, University of Washington; Margaret Soukup, King County Public Health


The PRSC meets quarterly (March, June, September, December).


Member Affiliations
Washington State University
University of Washington
Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Washington State Department of Health
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis
King County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
King County, Department of Community and Human Services
Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Seattle Children's
Foundation for Healthy Generations
Snohomish County Human Services
Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center


Leadership and Staff Support

Co-Chair - Brittany Cooper, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Development, Washington State University

Co-Chair - Kevin Haggerty, MSW, PhD
Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Staff Support - Patricia Gomez
Assistant to the Director, University of Washington Social Development Research Group

Staff Support - Tyler Watson, PhD, MPH
Prevention Research and Evaluation Manager