Graduate Education in the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Application Guidelines—Pre-doctoralThe Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center is committed to rigorous training of the next generations of prevention scientists. This involvement includes both pre- and post-doctoral training programs that focus on collaborations with experienced mentors and emphasize the growth in the number of externally funded studies that include funds to train students in prevention research.

By following this mission, we seek to strengthen the nation's supply of prevention researchers by preparing a core of well-prepared scholars in prevention science. Our goal is to ensure that each student is ready to launch his or her research career with the requisite skills for scholarly publication, teaching, conference presentation, and grant proposal development.

Through enrollment in graduate programs and experience in funded research projects, pre- and post-doctoral students are trained to conceptualize problems and questions for study, design research studies, understand and apply appropriate data analysis, write for publication and proposal development, and collaborate on interdisciplinary teams. These skills are acquired through a combination of structured experiences (coursework, seminars, workshops) and mentorship.

Examples of graduate student poster presentations, based on work they are accomplishing on funded research projects, may be found here.

The Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) Program

The Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center, College of Health and Human Development, have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a training grant that focuses on preparing pre- and postdoctoral students as prevention methodologists.

Application Guidelines—Pre-doctoral

After reading these guidelines, please send to Dr. Bethany Bray the following files via email:

  • Statement of research interests, which should include the name(s) of potential prevention and methodology mentor(s)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of courses taken (with grades)
  • List of courses in which candidate plans to enroll
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty

Application Guidelines—Post-doctoral

After reading these guidelines, please send to Dr. Bethany Bray the following files via email:

  • Two-page statement summarizing the applicant’s experience in Prevention and/or Methods and anticipated future directions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Identification of at least one proposed faculty mentor at Penn State
  • Two letters of support from faculty

TIES (Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists) Program

Building on a strong foundation of federally funded research on literacy and social/emotional development, faculty from the Colleges of Education, Health and Human Development, and the Liberal Arts have established an interdisciplinary training program in educational sciences that bridges resources and doctoral training across Penn State. The goal of the TIES program is to prepare educational scientists with expertise in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed at promoting literacy and social/emotional competence in children and youth.

Past Graduate and Postdoctoral Prevention Fellows

A list of Past Graduate and Postdoctoral Prevention Fellows