Doug Coatsworth is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Colorado State University Prevention Research Center. His research focuses on promoting health and wellbeing through family interventions that foster positive parenting, effective family functioning and youth resilience.
He also studies mindfulness and compassion-based interventions for youth, families and organizations. He participates in (and studies) community coalitions to address problem behaviors and promote health, and he actively collaborates with community organizations around program planning, selection and evaluation.
He is a member of the Colorado Prevention Specialist Certification Board and conducts trainings in prevention science around the world. Coatsworth’s article “Familias Unidas: A family-centered eco-developmental intervention to reduce risk for conduct problems and substance use among Hispanic adolescents,” published in the Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review in 2002, won the 2003 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
He is the 2008 recipient of Pennsylvania State University’s President’s Award for Engagement with Students, and the 2018 recipient of the Colorado State University Honors Advisor of the Year award.