Patrick H. Tolan is professor at the University of Virginia in the Curry School of Education and in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. He is director of the cross-University multidisciplinary center, Youth-Nex: The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. Established in 2010, Youth-Nex is a transdisciplinary, nexus, focusing on the capabilities of young people in connection to health, communities, schools, and relationships. The center's mission is to promote healthy youth development, to enhance the potential of youth as healthy, productive citizens, and to reduce developmental risk, through focused research, training, and service. Youth-Nex works collaboratively at the local, state and national levels to help apply innovations and best practices.
Dr. Tolan has conducted many research studies on youth development, programs to affect youth development and prevention problems, with funding from NIH, CDC, and several foundations Among these are programs to support families to protect healthy development in high risk communities, He has published over 150 articles and chapters and 6 books. His latest book is, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, part of the Advances in Development and Psychopathology: Brain Research Foundation Symposium Series (Springer, 2013).