Sharon Mihalic

Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science
M.A., Sociology, University of Colorado

IBS Associations:

Director, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program
Institute of Behavioral Science Room 345
University of Colorado Boulder
483 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0483


Brief Biography:

Sharon Mihalic, M.A., has been a researcher at the University of Colorado for 28 years. She has helped to facilitate all facets of work involved in surveying a longitudinal, national sample to collect data on juvenile delinquency. Research, using this survey, includes articles in the areas of marital violence, drug use, and the effects of adolescent employment on delinquency.

During the last 22 years, her work at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University has been as the Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Initiative. She has examined the evaluations of numerous youth development programs and has had major input into the selection of the Blueprints programs. She is a co-author or contributing author on twelve Blueprints books, as well as the volume editor of each book, and the co-editor of the Blueprints series. She provided the direction and management for two past federally-funded Blueprints dissemination projects to replicate and conduct process evaluations of the Blueprints programs in multiple sites nationwide. She began a national biennial conference to convene Blueprints program developers, purveyors, practitioners, and policymakers interested in evidence-based programs. She was the PI on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to replicate and evaluate in randomized controlled trials two of the Blueprints promising programs. She is the PI on a corporate-funded grant that disseminates and conducts process evaluation for the LifeSkills Training program in 15 states. She is a PI on a state-funded grant doing the same work in Colorado.

Publications include nine articles, three book chapters, two bulletins, two evaluation reports, and a monograph on the factors associated with implementation success. She received the “Science to Practice” Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2008.