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The Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) is a national non-profit collaborative headquartered in Palm Beach County, FL

Mission and Vision 

CARE’s mission is to provide the best available applied, or prescriptive, research on youth development and decision-making. CARE’s vision is to substantially increase favorable youth outcomes and to reduce youth risk behavior by fundamentally changing the way peers, parents, and other caring adults talk with teenagers about decision-making. 

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Stephen Gray Wallace

Stephen Gray Wallace has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent/family counselor. He is president and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), an associate research professor at Susquehanna University, and senior advisor for policy, research, and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), an organization he served as national chairman and chief executive officer for more than fifteen years…

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Board of Directors

CARE’s governing board consists of four directors:
Sean D. Abbott, Esq.
Corporate Counsel
James I. Thompson, Jr.
Stephen Gray Wallace

National Advisory Board

CARE’s national advisory board consists of thought leaders in the fields of business, secondary and higher education, law, medicine, non profit administration, and religion.Please select the dedicated "National Advisory Board" tab under "About" for detailed information on all of CARE's committed and caring members.


Sean D. Abbott, Esq.
Legal Counsel
Marlene Faria Connelly
Director of Communications
Barry Garst, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Peter Hooper, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Leann Mischel, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Scott Poland, Ed.D.
Senior Research Fellow
James I. Thompson, Jr.
Director of Finance
Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S.Ed.
Nicole Webster, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Quentin Conopask
Senior Internet Technologies Manager