Scott P. Hays (PhD, Florida State University, 1991) is a Research Scientist with the Center for Prevention Research and Development. His current research focuses on the adoption of innovative local health-promoting policies and youth engagement in local policy change. He has been developing a youth civic engagement program, Engaging Youth for Positive Change since 2003. Dr. Hays serves as chair of the Illinois Statewide Tobacco Planning Committee and served as President of CU Smoke-free which led the effort to adopt smoke-free ordinances in Champaign and Urbana. He was co-editor of Engaging the Public: How Government and the Media Can Reinvigorate American Democracy and his work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including the Journal of Drug Education, the Journal of Primary Prevention, Evaluation and Program Planning, Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Politics.