Our Focus

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center has been leading the field of prevention science since 1998, using research to create programs and inform policy that promotes the health and well-being of children and families.


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Shaping Programs, Changing Lives

Research projects and programs that promote healthy lifestyles


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Elevating Prevention Science

Infrastructure and operational support for interdisciplinary research

Graduate Education

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Creating a New Generation of Researchers

Pre- and Post-doctoral training in prevention science


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Research that Informs Policy

Evidence-based prevention practices to guide decision-making


Wed Nov 29

Who drinks alcohol is not random, and so neither are the consequences

Jennifer Maggs, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University

  • Wednesday November 29, 2017 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building

Wed Dec 06

The Revised Common Rule: What Researchers Need to Know

Sara Horn, IRB Program Director, Office of the Vice President for Research, Penn State

  • Wednesday December 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • 312 Biobehavioral Health Building - NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION

Wed Jan 17

Prevention Scientist Seminar Series - Bethell

Christy Bethell, Director, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; Professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University

  • Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building

Thu Jan 18

"Financing Improvements in Population Health by Addressing Social Determinants (SDH) with Prevention Programs"

Dennis Scanlon, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Administration, and Director, Center for Health Care and Policy Research, Penn State; Mark Sciegaj, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State; and Sebrina Doyle, M.S., Research Assistant, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Penn State

  • Thursday January 18, 2018 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • 312 BBH Building