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


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

Stephen Gray Wallace


James I. Thompson, Jr.


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

Barry Garst, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Leann Mischel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

James I. Thompson, Jr.

Director of Finance

Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Marlene Faria Connelly

Director of Communications

Peter Hooper, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Scott Poland, Ed.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S.Ed.


Quentin Conopask

Senior Internet Technologies Manager