Tri-Ethnic Center

College of Natural Sciences

Sage Hall

The Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research is administratively located within the Department of Psychology and College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University. The Center has a 30-year history of broad-based, multidisciplinary and multifaceted research efforts aimed at understanding community dynamics and the social, psychological and cultural factors that contribute to social problems such as substance use, delinquency, dropout, intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, anger and anger management, school violence, avoidable injuries, car crashes and environmental and other social problems. Center faculty comprise a multidisciplinary team engaged in research aimed at understanding the underlying causes of social problems and in utilizing these findings to develop and test prevention programs at the community and individual level.


Substance Use Among American Indian Youth

The Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University has been monitoring American Indian youth substance use behaviors and their correlates for over 30 years.  Each year the Center surveys a sample of 7th – 12th grade American Indian students who live on or near reservations about their drug and alcohol use, attitudes toward substance use, and many other variables. This study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).   To read more about the project and recent findings, click here.

Prevention of Inhalant and Other Substance Use Among Middle School Youth

Young adolescents are particularly vulnerable to initiation of substance use. Moreover, inhalants pose a particularly dangerous risk to middle school youth. Inhalants are often the first drug to be abused given their ready accessibility, low cost, and the frequent lack of knowledge among adolescents of their extreme toxicity.

The current study will examine the effectiveness of a peer-delivered communications intervention, adapted for youth who attend schools on or near American Indian reservations. For more information, click here.


Community Readiness for Change

The Community Readiness Model was developed at the Tri-Ethnic Center to assess how ready a community is to address an issue. The basic premise is that matching an intervention to a community’s level of readiness is absolutely essential for success. Efforts that are too ambitious are likely to fail because community members will not be ready or able to respond.  The Community Readiness Model has been used to assess readiness for a variety of issues, including drug and alcohol use, domestic and sexual violence, head injury, HIV/AIDS, suicide, parenting, animal control issues, and environmental issues.