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Hill, Karl G. Professor

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  • 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.

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

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