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Hill, Karl G. Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Hill directs the Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Program includes The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, and the Center for Resilience and Well-being in Schools. Over the last thirty years he has focused on two key questions: What are optimal family, peer, school and community environments that encourage healthy youth and adult development? And How do we work with communities to make this happen? As a result, he has sought to understand the development of prosocial outcomes as well as antisocial behaviors such as drug addiction, crime, and gang membership, and the mechanisms that carry these behaviors across generations. In addition, he has focused on developing and testing interventions to shape these outcomes, and on working with communities to improve youth development and to break intergenerational cycles of problem behavior.


  • Prevention Research, Positive Youth and Adult Development, Crime and Delinquency, Substance Abuse, Life-Span Development, Intergenerational Mechanisms, Gene-Environment Interplay, Research Methods


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courses taught

  • PSYC 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
  • PSYC 5541 - Special Topics in Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Studies and analyzes special interest topics from the broad and diversified field of psychology. Particular section content is determined by instructor. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • SOCY 7171 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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