Our Mission

The Institute’s mission is to develop and evaluate evidence-based practices to empower youth, schools, families, and other stakeholders to promote the healthy, safe, and positive development of youth, with a special emphasis on the middle school years.

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About our institute

The Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development includes an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the departments of Epidemiology and Community Health, Psychology, and Special Education and Disability Policy. The Institute is housed in the Department of Psychology and is located on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

The Institute’s activities include research; undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral training; and community engagement. The Institute is one of six National Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other entities funding research by faculty affiliated with the Clark-Hill Institute include the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Justice, Institute for Education Sciences, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund.


Learn more about our research including barriers and support for commununity youth, building community social capital and using suveillance to inform community action.

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National ACE Newsletter Archive

The National ACE News, a newsletter for the Coordinating Center, spotlights a variety of activities of the Academic Centers of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention. Issues are posted here on our website.

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Training & Mentoring

Each semester we conduct a Prevention Research Internship course for our undergraduate students. Students gain practical experience in a range of research-related activities including data collection, data entry and cleaning, transcription, and coding.

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