About the Center
The Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at Susquehanna University examines factors in teen decision-making. The center operates under the direction of Stephen Wallace, a 1981 graduate of the university who comes back to Susquehanna after 15 years as board chair and CEO of the national SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) organization, and with three decades of experience as a school psychologist, adolescent counselor, researcher, author and motivational speaker.
Vision and Mission
The center seeks to be the preeminent authoritative information source for parents, educators, mentors, coaches, and health professionals concerned with the attitudes and behaviors of adolescents and young adults.
The Center’s primary mission is to conduct original research on adolescent development and decision-making, focusing on such issues as:
- Personal development
- Underage drinking and drug use
- Sexual behavior
“At Susquehanna, we will go beyond just ‘what’ teens are doing to analyze the ‘whys’ of teen behavior. And we will create communication tools to empower parents and other adults to play a more active role in guiding the choices young people make on their way to maturity.”
Director, The Center For Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna University