Will Aldridge started his career in prevention research in 2003 and quickly became interested in how to use dissemination and implementation science to translate evidence-based prevention and well-being programs into community service systems for social impact. Initially, he chose to work in prevention research in order to prevent costly outcomes and ensure the conditions needed by children, families, and adults for healthy, productive lives.
Will is an Implementation Science Strategist at the PRC and an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his work at the Center and at FPG, he studies and provides direct support to stakeholders in the successful implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention and well-being strategies at the local, state, and national levels.
At the PRC, Will is supporting the development of a Center-wide implementation and scale-up infrastructure to increase the translation and impact of prevention science. He most enjoys supporting organizations and systems in increasing their abilities to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, where he also completed his master’s and bachelor degrees in psychology. When he is not conducting research, he can be found supporting his alma mater’s football team and spending time with his wife and three young children.