Team Members


Allen Barton

Dr. Allen Barton is a prevention scientist whose research program addresses substance use and family stability. Over the last decade, his work has examined risk and protective processes within families that affect individuals’ health, substance use, and relational well-being. Dr. Barton’s research program also includes a strong applied emphasis, focusing on developing and evaluating family-centered prevention programs.  Dr. Barton received his BS and MS in Engineering from the University of Illinois and his PhD in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia (UGA).  His postdoctoral research was in prevention science at the Center for Family Research at UGA.  Prior to coming to Illinois, he spent three years as an Assistant Research Scientist at CFR. Dr. Barton is currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois. His faculty webpage is available here. You can also follow him on Twitter (@Family_Engineer).

Graduate students:

Our lab is currently accepting graduate students for the 2020-2021 school year.  We seek ambitious, hardworking students interested in applied, quantitative research focused on substance use prevention and family well-being. 


Cutting-edge, translational research for substance use and family health is a team endeavor.  Our laboratory has benefited greatly from a tremendous group of collaborators that have supported and strengthened our research.  Recent collaborators include:

Steven Beach, Distinguished Research Professor, Psychology, University of Georgia

Gene Brody, Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Family Research, University of Georgia

Brian Doss, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Miami

Barbara Fiese, Professor and Director, Family Resiliency Center, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Justin Lavner, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Georgia

Doug Smith, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Prevention Development and Research, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scott Stanley, Research Professor, Psychology, Denver University and Co-Founder of PREP.