Institute of Behavioral Science Room 374
University of Colorado Boulder
483 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0483


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Senior Research Associate, Prevention Science Program

Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Research Interests

violence prevention, school safety, prevention science, implementation science, neighborhood studies, positive youth development

Brief Biography

Dr. Kingston is the director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). Her research interests focus on addressing the root causes of violence and other problem behaviors by creating the conditions that support healthy human development throughout the life course. She has designed, conducted and led several multi-million dollar school and community initiatives and research studies including a randomized trial focused on school safety. These studies aim to bridge the gap between research and practice by working in co-creative partnership with school teams and community coalitions to strategically select and effectively implement evidence-based programs, practices, and policies using a public health approach. This work includes intentionally building prevention systems that attend to the social and emotional capacity of youth and adults. Dr. Kingston has published articles on using comprehensive public health models to address youth violence, school safety, neighborhood social factors, and health and the built environment.