Dr. William Evans obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and has been at UNR since 1991. He has a split appointment between the College of Education, where he is associated with the Human Development and Family Studies program, and Cooperative Extension, where he is the State Specialist for Youth Development. His research interests include a variety of adolescent risk, resiliency, and developmental issues; and he has focused on youth worker issues, youth violence and suicide, adolescent sense of coherence, and the evaluation of community-based programs for the past several years. As the State Specialist for Youth Development, he routinely assesses the educational needs of the state using quantitative and qualitative methods and provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs that address critical youth needs. In this role, he has provided leadership or was an active team member for numerous community needs assessment and asset mapping projects statewide. He also has been involved nationally and statewide in the development of a number of education programs focused on youth and their families that have emphasized the enhancement of life skills for youth, the prevention of youth violence and suicide, and the reduction of risky behaviors and delinquency. In addition, he engages in the evaluation of community-based programs and have been the lead evaluator on numerous regional and national projects. Dr. Evans is currently the editor and facilitator of multiple federally funded projects to develop evaluation instruments and resources for youth related prevention programs. He also teaches in the HDFS program and for the Social Psychology Interdisciplinary Program. Recent topics have included Family Theories, Program Evaluation and Development, and Research Methods.