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CBT Radio

Feb 7, 2015

Episode # 37

Running time: 1:01:37

Podcast relevance: Professionals and Consumers

In this episode, Trent Codd interviews Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. the author of The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World.

Specifically, they discuss:

  • how to create family, school, workplace, and community environments that nurture wellbeing
  • the power a small set of core principles can have in preventing many mental health and behavioral problems
  • why and how capitalism has evolved in a direction that has increased economic inequality and poverty


Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. His 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 that 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). He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which released its report in 2009 documenting numerous evidence-based interventions that can prevent multiple problems.


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