Rochester Youth Development Study

Professor Alan Lizotte has been a principal investigator in the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), one of the most ambitious, long-standing and important studies of delinquency and childhood antisocial behavior ever conducted. Different phases of RYDS have been in progress since 1988 when 1,000 adolescents and their parents were interviewed about topics including their family relationships, peers, gang membership, delinquency, drug use, and education. Findings of the study have been widely disseminated to policymakers and practitioners through written publications and oral presentations. In addition to its significant research and policy contributions, the RYDS project has resulted in roughly six full-time jobs in Albany, a comparable number of full-time jobs in Rochester, New York, and numerous additional funded positions for graduate students. RYDS has received millions of dollars of federal funding over the years, through the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies.


Alan Lizotte

Phone: (518) 442-5214
School, college, division or unit: School of Criminal Justice