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Hanno Petras, Ph.D

Hanno Petras, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Dr. Petras received his doctoral training in medical sociology and statistics at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and completed his postdoctoral training in prevention science through a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University.


Before joining PIRE, Dr. Petras was a Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (2014-2021), Chief Methodologist at JBS International (2010-2014), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland (2005-2009), and a Research Scientist at the CDC-funded Center for Youth Violence Prevention at Johns Hopkins University (2002-2005). In addition, Dr. Petras serves as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.


His research interests and expertise are in the development of antisocial behavior, the design and evaluation of preventive interventions, and the appropriate application of statistical methods using latent variables. Dr. Petras has served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research and is an active member of the Prevention Science Methodology Workgroup. He is an experienced reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and serves as the Consulting Editor for Prevention Science. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has edited a book series with Dr. Zili Sloboda titled Advances in Prevention Science that focuses on defining prevention science as well as Substance Use Prevention. The book series is published by Springer Publications.

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