Brian Goesling

Brian Goesling

Principal Researcher
  • Adolescent health
  • Family support
  • Program evaluation
  • Education
Focus Areas
  • Family Support
  • Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
  • Youth Development
  • Human Services
About Brian

Brian Goesling has expertise in social programs and trends affecting families and youth.

Goesling currently serves as project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. He also directs a systematic evidence review of teen pregnancy prevention programs, serves as principal investigator for a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of healthy relationship programs for youth, and directs an ongoing cost study of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Goesling has published more than a dozen scholarly book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. He coauthored a recent report for the U.S. Department of Education on the largest experimental evaluation to date of the effectiveness of mandatory random student drug testing in U.S. high schools. He has also authored research on systematic reviews, teen pregnancy prevention, teenagers’ attitudes toward marriage, the links between marriage and health, and health care coverage among families with children.

Before joining Mathematica, Goesling was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Key Projects
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

    To help reduce the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors among teenagers, Congress authorized PREP as part of the 2010 ACA. Mathematica's evaluation is documenting how PREP-funded programs are operationalized and assessing selected programs’ effectiveness....