College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Gerald August

  • Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Professor and Director, Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health

gerald august

Areas of interest

Prevention Science
Attention and Behavior Problems
Adolescent Psychiatry
Antisocial Behavior
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Drug Abuse Prevention

I am not accepting new advisees for fall 2023.


Ph.D., Developmental-Child Psychology, Purdue University
M.S., Research Methodology, Statistics, and Measurement, Southern Connecticut State University
B.A., Biological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University


Dr. August has accumulated over 30 years of experience in prevention science research producing a body of work that includes 90+ peer-reviewed scientific articles, 8 NIH-funded research grants (R01, R34) and numerous presentations at national conferences. Currently, he serves as PI on an NIMH-funded P20 developing center grant and T-32 Prevention Science Training Grant. As PI and AC director he will be responsible for the (1) overall direction, integrity, and dissemination of CPPR research, (2) recruitment, hiring, management, and comportment of CPPR personnel, (3) supervision of CPPR operations, and (4) protection of research participants and confidentiality of data. Within the AC, he will be Manager of the Quality Assurance Division. In this capacity, Dr. August will oversee the integrative relationships across the Center Cores to ensure efficient use of resources and progress toward CPPR goals and will serve as chair of the CPPR leadership team.

One of the key roles of the CPPR Director is to represent the mission and disseminate the products of the Center outside the institution. Dr. August will be the primary liaison between the CPPR and NIDA officials, other NIDA Centers of Excellence, and collaborating institutions across the country. He will ensure that the main findings of the CPPR research are presented to as wide an audience as possible, including academic, treatment, policy, and public arenas. Dr. August will be actively engaged in numerous CPPR functions, providing key leadership, mentorship, teaching, and guidance to peers, early career scientists/junior investigators, and graduate students. Dr. August’s role as PI of the P20 CPPR and NIH T32/R01/R34’s uniquely positions him to foster collaboration, to share in the vast resources provided by these elements of the network, and importantly, to integrate key themes and methods from this Center within the larger community of drug abuse prevention scientists.