National Prevention Network Conference

Categories: Awards & Recognition

Type: Scientist Presentations

Date Published: 09/04/2014

ORI Science Director and Senior Scientist Carol W. Metzler, Ph.D., will deliver a keynote address as part of a panel at the National Prevention Network Conference in Hartford, CT on September 15-18. The National Prevention Network (NPN) is an organization of State alcohol and other drug abuse prevention representatives that provides a national advocacy and communication system for prevention. The National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference provides a forum to explore the latest prevention research, application, and practice to empower and promote positive outcomes in community, state, and federal environments. In the keynote address, Dr. Metzler will join with two other speakers (Dr. Traci Schwinn from Columbia University and Dr. Kevin Haggerty from the University of Washington) to discuss advances in using technology in prevention science. Specifically, Dr. Metzler will speak on the use of technology-based parenting programs to increase the reach of evidence-based parenting programs to those not otherwise reached through traditional delivery methods.

Dr. Metzler conducts research on parenting practices and child development, and evaluates the efficacy of family interventions for reducing or preventing behavior problems in children. She is currently involved in projects to develop and evaluate media-based approaches to providing parents of young children with parenting education and support, through video and the internet. She is particularly interested in research on promoting a public health framework for improving parenting practices and in evaluating the effects of delivering parenting information through non-clinical media-based approaches.

“Using interactive technology-based approaches, such as the internet, to deliver prevention programs can have several advantages: The program can be tailored to the individual’s needs, the program’s reach can be greatly expanded for less cost, individuals can use the program at a time and place of their convenience without stigmatization, and the use of technology is responsive to current trends in how many people prefer to consume information,” notes Metzler. “We are at the important stage of learning how to harness technology to improve the reach of prevention programs while still achieving maximum engagement and effectiveness."