Patrick Tolan



Patrick Tolan
Patrick Tolan is a respected and renowned leader in the field of positive youth development and prevention.  For the past 30 years he has conducted research with multiple collaborators on development of youth and studied contributors to healthy development and reduced risk for problems.  He led several large-scale randomized-control studies of school programming, providing demonstrations of how family and student support can improve school engagement, reduce violence, and promote prosocial engagement of youth.

Patrick is director of Youth-Nex, a University-wide center that is a nexus for innovative research that bridges to practice. Youth-Nex promotes scientific work and collaborations to enhance the potential of youth as healthy, productive citizens, and reduce developmental risk.  It is the only center in the country integrating work on diverse aspects of youth development including mental health, educational functioning, citizenship, social functioning and physical health. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funded projects and has authored over 160 publications.