Identify a Problem and Target Population

NREPP’s registry includes more than 400 evidence-based programs. Many developers have gone through the journey of starting with an idea, developing a program, having that program evaluated, and submitting it to an evidence-based repository.

Many programs start when someone notices a gap or problem that needs to be addressed. Often these observations are based on individual experiences of practice. Watch how the following developers started their journeys. If you are interested in watching the full interviews with each developer, visit the video section of the resource library for the Learning Center.  


Dr. Edna Foa sought to understand why people have “flashbacks” to traumatic events, but not to happy events like weddings and graduations. Her program first relied on evidence from female survivors of sexual assault and then on treatment for phobias to build what is now known as Prolonged Exposure Therapy.



Dr. Andrea Taylor, an activist, wanted to address community needs by bringing generations together—especially older adults and young people, who were often marginalized or dismissed. She developed Across Ages, a mentoring program that began as a drug prevention approach for middle school students.



While working in the inpatient unit at a UCLA hospital, Dr. Joan Asarnow was distressed by the number of young people brought to the emergency room because of a suicide attempt. This motivated her to develop an intervention that used the ER as a “window of opportunity.” 


Last Updated: 09/14/2017