Patrick Tolan, PhD

Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Patrick H. Tolan, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority on violence, adolescence, families, and prevention. He has an extensive background in education, publishing and research and is author or co-author of more than 80 books, monographs, chapters, articles and technical reports.

He is the former director of the UIC Institute for Juvenile Research.

Research Interests

Linking research, practice, and policy in children's mental health; a developmental-ecological approach to prediction and prevention; development of urban children and families; prevention and evaluation methodology; family systems; adolescence.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Henry DB, Tolan PH, Gorman-Smith D, Schoeny ME. Risk and direct protective factors for youth violence: results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Multisite Violence Prevention Project. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Aug;43(2 Suppl 1):S67-75. [See abstract.]

Wakschlag LS, Henry DB, Tolan PH, Carter AS, Burns JL, Briggs-Gowan MJ. Putting theory to the test: modeling a multidimensional, developmentally-based approach to preschool disruptive behavior. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Jun;51(6):593-604.e4 [See abstract.]

Henry DB, Farrell AD, Schoeny ME, Tolan PH, Dymnicki AB. Influence of school-level variables on aggression and associated attitudes of middle school students. J Sch Psychol. 2011 Oct;49(5):481-503. [See abstract.]

Farrell AD, Henry DB, Schoeny ME, Bettencourt A, Tolan PH. Normative beliefs and self-efficacy for nonviolence as moderators of peer, school, and parental risk factors for aggression in early adolescence. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2010 Nov;39(6):800-13. [See abstract.]

De Los Reyes A, Henry DB, Tolan PH, Wakschlag LS. Linking informant discrepancies to observed variations in young children's disruptive behavior. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2009 Jul;37(5):637-52.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. The ecological effects of universal and selective violence prevention programs for middle school students: a randomized trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2009 Jun;77(3):526-42.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. The multisite violence prevention project: impact of a universal school-based violence prevention program on social-cognitive outcomes. Prev Sci. 2008 Dec;9(4):231-44.