Mark Van Ryzin
I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and subsequently held a one-year postdoctoral position that was shared between the Human Developmental Psychobiology Lab (with Megan R. Gunnar) and the Minnesota Study of Risk and Adaptation (with Byron Egeland and Alan Sroufe). In 2009, I joined the Oregon Social Learning Center (working primarily with Leslie Leve), and while maintaining this position, I held a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Oregon's Child and Family Center (with Tom Dishion and Beth Stormshak) from 2010 until 2012. I joined the Oregon Research Institute in 2012 and the EMPL faculty in 2013.
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My core research interest is the development and integration of streamlined, efficient prevention strategies into large-scale delivery systems, particularly schools and primary care systems. I focus on how peer and family processes impact adolescent behavior and adjustment, and how these processes can be modified by prevention programming. I have both basic and applied aspects to my work, in which research findings on adolescent development can inform the refinement and optimization of prevention programs and, in turn, the implementation and evaluation of prevention programs can inform developmental theory. My work is framed by a number of social and developmental theories, including attachment theory, self-determination theory, contact theory, and theories of coercion and social learning. I have employed a variety of cutting-edge methods in my research, including non-parametric and mixture modeling, meta-analysis, technology-supported daily diary methods, and social network analysis.