The University Record, October 1, 2001

John E. Schulenberg—Research Scientist Recognition Award

Schulenberg (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)
Developmental psychologist John E. Schulenberg has devoted his career to understanding and helping adolescents and young adults. He has made important contributions to our understanding of health risks and adjustment difficulties during this critical period in life. His findings have helped shape policies and interventions in such diverse research areas as alcohol and drug use during adolescence and the impact of work experiences on adolescent well-being and career choice.

A member of the faculty since 1991, Dr. Schulenberg is a senior research scientist at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research (ISR), professor of psychology, and a research scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development. Dr. Schulenberg’s life-span developmental perspective has broadened and enriched ISR research in significant ways. As a co-principal investigator of the national Monitoring the Future study, he has helped to bring a more developmental emphasis to the understanding of substance use during adolescence and young adulthood. Dr. Schulenberg also has assessed the longer-term effects of an elementary school-based alcohol prevention program that emphasizes teaching peer resistant skills and setting appropriate norms. He has provided much needed information about timing of interventions, who is most likely to benefit, and how long the effectiveness may last—part of a growing literature on the advantages of taking a developmental approach to prevention.

Dr. Schulenberg has served on the Survey Research Center Senior Staff Advisory Committee, as well as several ISR and Department of Psychology committees. He helped build the U-M’s Substance Abuse Research Center, serving on its executive committee for many years, and advised the vice president for student affairs as a member of the University’s Binge Drinking Policy Committee.

Dr. Schulenberg also has served as co-editor and on the editorial boards of top journals in the field of adolescence and is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has been extremely active in the Society for Research on Adolescence and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

For his distinctive research contributions to our understanding of the critical transition from adolescence to adulthood, as well as for his service to the University, to the field of developmental psychology, and to the scientific community, the University of Michigan presents to John E. Schulenberg its Research Scientist Recognition Award.