The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together research scientists, prevention experts, program designers, policy-makers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about evidence-based programs to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive youth development. In addition to presenting information on a number of evidence-based programs, the conference provides information on policy and implementation practice. We are fortunate to have some of the industry's top speakers join us at each of the Blueprints Conferences and always look forward to learning from their experiences.
Director, Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development
Delbert Elliott is the director of The Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. He is also a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science. As a nationally recognized expert on juvenile violence and school safety, his work is both in theory development and testing. He focuses on crime, delinquency, and violent behavior. He is a past president of the American Society of Criminology. He is the Director of the National Youth Survey, the longest study of criminal behavior and drug use in a national panel of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Del’s books include Delinquency and Dropout (1974); The Social Psychology of Runaway (1978); Explaining Delinquency and Drug Use (1985); Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989); Violence in American Schools (1998) and Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006). Del is the Founding Director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative which certifies effective violence prevention programs.
Emeritus Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
Dr. Hawkins’ research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors. He develops and tests prevention strategies, which seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, and communities. He is principal investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, a randomized field experiment involving 24 communities across seven states testing the effectiveness of the Communities That Care prevention system developed by Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano. He has authored numerous articles and several books as well as prevention programs for parents and families, including Guiding Good Choices, Parents Who Care, and Supporting School Success. Dr. Hawkins is a current member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Children, Youth and Families, a past President of the Society for Prevention Research, has served as a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Epidemiology, Prevention and Services Research Review Committee, the Office for Substance Abuse Prevention’s National Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s Study Section for Community Prevention and Control, the Department of Education’s Safe, Disciplined, Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel, and the Washington State Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Prevention Science. He is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, was awarded the 2009 Flynn Prize for Research from the USC School of Social Work, the 1999 Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research, 1999 August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology, and the 2003 Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He is committed to translating research into effective practice and policy to improve adolescent health and development. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University.
Director, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Mercy provides leadership to innovative research and science-based programs to prevent violence and reduce its consequences. He has worked to develop the public health approach to violence prevention for more than 30 years. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Mercy oversaw global activities in DVP and implemented surveys on violence against children in developing countries as part of a global partnership called Together for Girls with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. He began working at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and was one of the first to examine violence as a public health problem. As a researcher, Dr. Mercy has authored more than 200 publications that span the areas of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, suicide, and firearm injuries. He has received honors from CDC, the Public Health Service (PHS), and Research America for his sustained outstanding leadership in bringing about the recognition of violence as a public health problem and establishing a scientific basis for the prevention of violent injuries. He also served as a co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health prepared by WHO and on the Editorial Board of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study of Violence Against Children. Dr. Mercy received his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Emory University. He is an adjunct associate professor of sociology at Emory University and at the Public Health Institute at Georgia State University, both in Atlanta.