Society for Prevention Research International Committee


jenniferlewis [at] preventionresearch [dot] org (Jennifer Lewis): Jennifer Lewis is the Executive Director of the Society for Prevention Research. Jennifer is the main contact for communications with the Society for Prevention Research. She can advise on a range of issues related to the Society. 

Amanda Nguyen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, and the Chair of the Society for Prevention Research International Committee. She holds a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she was trained in child mental health services and global mental health research. Her research leverages community-academic partnerships to implement and evaluate programmes to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in settings with limited service capacity, both in the US and overseas. Some of her current prevention projects include development and testing of a community-based psychosocial intervention for Ukrainian veterans and their families, enhancing youth wellbeing in Thailand’s Deep South, and adapting a school-based preventive intervention for rural US schools. 

john [dot] toumbourou [at] deakin [dot] edu [dot] au (Professor John Toumbourou): John Toumbourou is the former Chair of the Society for Prevention Research International Committee. Based at Deakin University Australia, John is the Chair in Health Psychology within the School of Psychology and the Leader in Translation Sciences within the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED). As part of his work he serves as the voluntary Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit company Communities That Care Ltd. John can provide you with information on prevention science efforts that were effective in reducing school age alcohol and drug use across Australia in recent decades (Toumbourou et al, 2018). John is researching how young people can benefit by getting involved in prevention science programmes (Toumbourou, 2016).