Dr. Anthony Biglan, PhD

About Dr. Anthony Biglan, Ph. D.

Dr. Anthony Biglan, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. Dr. Biglan’s work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, high-risk sexual behavior, and antisocial behavior. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure.

In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions. They have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He and colleagues at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences published a book summarizing the epidemiology, cost, etiology, prevention, and treatment of youth with multiple problems (Biglan et al., 2004). Dr. Biglan is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which recently released its report documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. As a member of Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, he has helped to develop a strategic plan for implementing comprehensive evidence-based interventions throughout Oregon.

About the Nurture Consilience

Drs. Tony Biglan and Andrew Bonner introduce The Nurture Consilience, a concept that an aggregation of evidence from a diverse range of independent disciplines can serve as a framework for the identification of the conditions that promote wellbeing. Dr. Biglan discusses both nurturing and hindering environments, adverse childhood experiences, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and the deleterious influence of the free-market system. Dr. Bonner introduces Action Circles, problem-solving study groups based on Swedish Study Circles, and possibilities for how they could be designed and implemented. Find the course HERE.

About The Nurture Consilience and Action Circles

Building off of their first presentation introducing The Nurture Consilience and Action Circles, Drs. Biglan and Bonner create a conversation around utilizing Action Circles and other forms of continuing education as a catalyst for prosocial reformation. This discussion focuses primarily on designing Action Circles and, through education, expanding the traditional comfort zone of behavior analysts in order to combat the problems of social media, higher education, and public health. Find that course HERE.

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