ICR’s work includes research and programming on a wide range of topics related to social justice, disparities, cultural representation, and community partnerships. Our research addresses health and wellbeing across the age spectrum and uses cutting edge social science and participatory research methodologies. Click on the links below for more information and examples of research and programming in each area of ICR’s work:


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Supplement to Pathways to High-Risk Drug Abuse Among Urban Youth: Club Drugs

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This supplement grant to the study, "Pathways to High-Risk Drug Abuse Among Urban Youth" sought to understand and document the social and cultural contexts of "club" or "designer" drug use, and sex risks associated with the influx of these new drugs among urban youth in Hartford, CT.

Comprehensive Elementary School AIDS Education


The Comprehensive Elementary School AIDS Education project tested the effectiveness of a comprehensive AIDS education curriculum in public elementary and middle schools in New Haven, CT. Based upon theories of social cognition and influence, the curriculum includes problem-solving and communication skills development, and peer-education. The project was centered at the Yale University School of Medicine; ICR staff coordinated the process evaluation.

Diffusing Youth-Based Participatory Action Research for Prevention Model

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The Diffusing Youth-Based Participatory Action Research for Prevention project piloted and created an abbreviated curriculum and implementation manual designed for youth-serving organizations. This project explored how ICR's theory-driven substance abuse prevention model, which uses a participatory action research (PAR) training process as the basis for youth risk-prevention and education through skill-building, empowerment and problem-solving, can be shortened and adapted for use by youth workers in different settings and with different urban populations.

Building Youth Leadership Capacity in Food Justice Campaigns

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ICR is working with food justice organizations across Connecticut to develop the next generation of leaders in the local food justice movement.

Youth Participatory Action Research to Reduce Teen Substance Use in Meriden

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This youth participatory action research (YPAR) program is a year round youth employment opportunity for economically disadvantaged youth in Meriden, Connecticut, funded by the Workforce Alliance, Inc.

Building the Capacity of Facilitators to Implement YPAR in Oregon


OHA and ICR partnered to develop and evaluate a set of training resources to accompany ICR's YPAR Curriculum Adapted for Oregon.

Food Fight!

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This innovative project continues ICR’s work with youth participatory action research, leadership development and promotion of social change in the area of food justice.

MDMA Project

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The purpose of this study was to discover whether and in what ways MDMA contributes to sexual behavior and decision making, and when its use is associated with lack of protection.

Xperience Project

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This unique study piloted a performance-based intervention in partnership with Hartford youth, who developed drug-prevention messages to incorporate into performances of local artists at live shows, then disseminated them via a CD and other media.

Rollin’ and Dustin’: Pathways to Urban Life Styles

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This traveling exhibit, a collaboration of ICR and the Hartford Animation Institute, was designed to present almost 10 years of research findings on the lifestyles and drug use of young people in Hartford, CT. 

Urban Lifestyles: Club Drugs, Resource Inequities and Health Risks in Urban Youth

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This cutting-edge study examined the mechanisms through which potentially dangerous new club, dance-related and prescription drugs (often referred to as "designer drugs") were diffusing into the urban environment in Hartford.

NIDA New Haven


This intervention study is developing, conducting and evaluating a new approach to drug and sex-risk prevention in urban middle schools.