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Joche Gayles

Evaluation Analyst, EPISCenter; Assistant Research Professor


Joche's research and applied interests include the following:

1. Substantive: Broad focus on adolescent health and wellness in developmental and ecological contexts via: 1) identifying correlates and the longitudinal course of positive and negative functioning among adolescents; 2) the examining the role of culture, family and neighborhood contexts in youth risk behaviors; and 3) investigating physiological, behavioral and psychological correlates/indices of adolescent well-being.

2. Methodological: Focus on advanced modeling for examining complex and dynamic processes across developmental and real time, within multiple contexts.

3. Practical: Implementation and evaluation of family- and youth-centered prevention programs targeting adolescent health and well-being. Impact of translational research, bridging practice and policy to evidence-based research, for the promotion of youth and family well-being.

Current Projects

Randomized Trial of a Data-driven Technical Assistance System for Drug Prevention Coalitions

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Resource Development and Coordinated Planning for a Statewide Comprehensive Interagency Prevention System

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Taking a Close Look at the Implementation of Evidence2Success

Evidence2Success is a program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that combines public health and prevention science to offer a new way of helping children and youth meet critical behavioral, educational, emotional, and physical milestones
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Resource Center for SPEP

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Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support

EPIS (Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Suport) Center - State-funded technical assistance center in community implementation of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for Pennsylvania youth and families.
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