Professional Research Assistant, Institute of Behavioral Science
Institute of Behavioral Science Room 341
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0483
Research Interests: positive youth development, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, implementation science, program evaluation, restorative practices
Brief Biography: Karen Drewelow is a Professional Research Assistant for the Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Drewelow joined CU in 2011 and has served in several roles focused on the dissemination of Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), an experimentally-proven adolescent substance abuse and violence prevention program. After several years of directly supporting schools as an Implementation Coordinator, she became a Project Manager, and in 2018, assumed the role of co-PI. Her work on this initiative has helped support LST across 16 states and reach over 500,000 youth. Prior to joining CU, Drewelow was a researcher for the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was involved with applied research projects, including evaluations of programs for tobacco cessation, gambling treatment, academic outcomes, and prenatal care, among others. Drewelow holds a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Loras College and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado Denver.