Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

The Bennett Lectureship in Prevention Science is an annual lecture to honor leaders in prevention research. Prevention scientists seek to reduce the incidence of disease and the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and poor outcomes by measuring risk factors and systematically reducing risk and enhancing protection through preventive interventions. In the past few decades, researchers in human development, developmental psychology, social work, sociology, nursing, education, economics, and child psychiatry have begun to apply this approach to the prevention of physical, psychological, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents and to promote healthy communities.

The lectureship was created through an endowment established in 1997 by Edna Bennett Pierce ('53 H EC) that provides a comprehensive portfolio of enhancements to the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Pierce and her first husband, the late C. Eugene Bennett, also established the Edna Peterson Bennett Faculty Chair in Prevention Research in 1994.

Previous Bennett Lecturers

2002 Sir Michael Rutter

2003 J. David Hawkins

2004 Irwin Sandler

2005 David L. Olds

2006 Mary Ann Pentz

2007 Thomas Dishion

2008 Roger Weissberg

2009 G. Alan Marlatt

2010 Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

2011 Matthew Sanders

2012 Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

2013 Nancy Gonzales

2014 Philip Fisher

2015 Hirokazu Yoshikawa

2016 Gene Brody