Hanno Petras is a principal researcher with AIR with 20 years of experience designing and conducting research and evaluation in preventive interventions aimed at minimizing unhealthy and risky outcomes for children and youth. Dr. Petras has an exemplary record developing conceptual models and formulating analytic plans for cross-site evaluations in preparation for mixed-methods process data analyses.
Dr. Petras serves as the lead evaluator on a SAMHSA-funded project to document the effectiveness of extending SBIRT training to allied health professionals. He also serves as the co-principal investigator on three NIH funded projects, including “Using Implementation Science for Community-based SBIRT Delivery to Older Adults” funded by NIDA, “Optimizing Screening Tools for Identifying Children At Risk for Violence” funded by NICHD, and “Course and Prediction of Sexual Perpetration in Adolescence through Young Adulthood” also funded by NICHD. In addition, he is a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime charged with conducting a midterm evaluation on a global project entitled “Prevention of Drug Use, HIV/AIDS and Crime Among Young People through Family Skills Training Program in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.”
In addition to his tenure at AIR, Dr. Petras is an adjunct professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and an Affiliate at the Maryland Population Research Center. He completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research and is an active member of the Prevention Science Methodology Workgroup. Dr. Petras serves as the consulting editor for Prevention Science. Prior to coming to AIR, he was chief methodologist at JBS International. His research accomplishments have appeared in over 40 published articles and book chapters on prevention interventions related to aggressive/disruptive behavior in the classroom, mental health, tobacco use, violence against women, and HIV risk factors related to substance use. He recently edited the first book in the series entitled Advances in Prevention Science that focuses on defining prevention science, which was published by Springer Publications.