Health and Human Sciences


Human Development and Family Studies


Child Development

Areas of Expertise

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Nathaniel Riggs

Riggs, executive director of the Prevention Research Center at Colorado State University, focuses on translating basic research in developmental neuroscience to school-based and family-focused interventions that prevent child and adolescent behavioral health problems.

The Prevention Research Center is a campus-wide transdisciplinary initiative committed to studying the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective and sustainable preventive interventions across the lifespan.

Riggs’ research areas include not only the science of treatment, intervention and prevention, but also risk, resilience and developmental psychopathology.
Riggs is a Fellow of the Barton Institute Colorado Applied Research and Action Network (CARAN) and serves on the board of directors of the Society for Prevention Research.

Riggs received his B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1996. He then studied human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University, earning his M.S. in 2001 and his Ph.D. in 2003.