PR-eViews (e-newsletter of the Penn State Prevention Research Center)

Recent PRC Research Headlines

Researchers Rely on Pennsylvania Families for Key Insights on Children

(November 19, 2014) PennStateLive

Program to Support Middle-School Students with Academic, Behavioral Difficulties

(November 13, 2014) PennStateLive

Could Parenting Coaching for Expectant Couples Deliver Healthier Babies?

(November 11, 2014) Prevention Action (Feinberg and Family Foundations)

The PROSPER Project: A Proven Model for Delivering Prevention Programs to Communities

(October 22, 2014, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development Newsletter)

Creating Solutions Together: Students in BBH and IST Team Up for This Semester's mHealth Challenge

(October 24, 2014) PennStateLive

The PSU mHealth Challenge: Undergraduate Entrepreneurs in Two Colleges Tackle Societal Health Needs

(October 24, 2014) (Blog post for Global Entrepreneurship Week by Lee Carpenter)

Fisher to Present 2014 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

(September 30, 2014) PennStateLive

Playful Banter or Bullying: Whose Perception Matters?

(September 18, 2014) Huffington Post (Deborah Temkin blog, noting work with Scott Gest)

To Curb Violent Tendencies, Start Young

(September 15, 2014) EurekaAlert on Forthcoming American Journal of Psychiatry article on the FastTrack program)

Prevention Research Center Receives $1.4 Million Mindfulness Research Grant

Classes Reduce Pregnancy Complications for Stressed Mothers

Researchers Win Awards at Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting

Philip Fisher, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon will be 2014 Bennett Lecturer

Philip Fisher, Ph.D.,will be the 2014 Bennett Lecturer. Dr. FIsher is professor of psychology and senior scientist at teh Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) and the Center for Research to Practice, University of Oregon, as well as science director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University. His trip is planned for this fall.

Dr. Fisher obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. HIs work on children in foster care and the child welfare system includes: (a) basic research characterizing the effects of early stress on neurobiological systems such as the HPA axis and areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in executive functioning; (b) the development of preventive interventions, including the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) and the Kids in Transition to School Program (KITS); and (c) the dissemination of evidence-based practice in community settings. His work has been funded by a number of institutes of the National Institutes of Health, including NIDA, NIMH, and NICHD. He serves on a number of national advisory groups related to prevention science and community based research. His intervention programs are being implemented at sites throughout the United States and Europe.

More information on his visit will be distributed in the next few months.

HHD Doctoral Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

University Park, PA (May 16, 2014) PennStateNews

Risk and Its Relationship to Certain Genetic Markers in the Brain

University Park, PA (April 3, 2014) PennStateNews/

Zen State: Researchers, Students Link Contemplation with Well-Being

University Park, PA (April 2, 2014) PennStateNews

Turrisi to be Featured Speaker at MADD News Conference on April 1

University Park, PA (March 31, 2014) PennStateNews

PROSPER Wins 2014 Community Engagement and Scholarship Award

University Park, PA (March 20, 2014) PennStateNews

Experiential Avoidance Increases PTSD Risk following Child Maltreatment

University Park, PA (March 5, 2014) PennStateNews

Research Partnership Brings Mindfulness/Yoga Practices to Schools in Middle East

University Park, PA (January 9, 2014) PennStateNews

Nancy Gonzales to Present 2013 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

University Park, PA (December 2, 2013) PennStateNews

Dr. Nancy Gonzales

Energy Drinks Plus Alcohol Pose a Public Health Threat

(December 2, 2013) Science News

Patricia Greene to Give Talk on What It Means to Be Entrepreneurial

University Park, PA (November 13, 2013) PennStateNews

Kelly Confer is Recipient of College's Carol Clark Ford Achievement Award

Kelly Confer

In an award ceremony held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, Kelly Confer, Administrative Director for the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, received the Carol Clark Ford Staff Achievement Award. Kelly was one of seven faculty and staff in the College who received awards at this annual ceremony.

Participation in Mindfulness-based Program Improves Teacher Well-being

University Park, PA (October 24, 2013) PennStateNews

Mark Feinberg to Share Ideas at Champions of Change Event in the White House

University Park, PA (September 9, 2013) PennStateNews

Focus on Research: Group Wants to Help Penn State Students Experience Penn State, Centre County

State College, PA (September 8, 2013) Centre Daily Times

Children Benefit from Positive Peer Influence in Afterschool Programs

University Park, PA (September 5, 2013) PennStateNews

Brothers and Sisters Learn to Build Positive Relationships in SIBS Program

University Park, PA (July 25, 2013) PennState News

Penn State Professors Honored at Society for Prevention Research Meeting

University Park, PA (June 27, 2013) PennState News

Prevention Research Center Aims to Help Families and Their Children

University Park, PA (May 22, 2013) PennState News

EPISCenter (follow-on to above story)

University Park, PA (May 22, 2013) PennState News

Students' Diet and Physical Activity Improve with Parent Communications

University Park, PA (May 17, 2013) PennState News

Nancy Gonzeles, Ph.D., of Arizona State University will be 2013 Bennett Lecturer

Nancy Gonzales, Ph.D., will be the 2013 Bennett Lecturer. Dr. Gonzales is ASU Foundation Professor and Director of the ASU Prevention Research Center, Arizona State University. Her visit is planned for early December.

Dr. Gonzales' primary research interests focus on cultural and contextual influences on adolescent mental health. Her work includes research on the role of neighborhood disadvantage and acculturation on children's mental health and on how these influences are mediated or moderated by family processes within Mexican American and African American families. She also is involved in the development and evaluation of culturally sensitive interventions for Mexican American and African American families. Her research areas include: Culture / Ethnic Issues in Prevention Research; Prevention of Mexican American School Dropout and Mental Health Problems; Acculturation and Enculturation of Mexican American Children and Families; Contextual Influences on Adolescent Development.

Dr. Gonzales is the second ASU faculty member so honored—in 2004, Irwin Sandler, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Psychology and director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State, was the Bennett Lecturer.

More information on her visit will be distributed in the next few months.

Penn State Experts to Talk Research, Prevention Programs at School Safety Event

University Park, PA (March 25, 2013) PennState News

Pre-College Talk between Parents and Teens Likely to Lessen College Drinking

University Park, PA (March 19, 2013) PennState News

Brain-mapping Increases Understanding of Alcohol's Effects on College Freshmen

University Park, PA (March 19, 2013) PennState News

Prevention Efforts Focused on Youth Reduce Prescription Abuse into Adulthood

Washington, DC (February 14, 2013) NIH News/National Institutes of Health


PROSPER Prevention Programs Dramatically Cut Substance Abuse among Teens

University Park, PA (June 4, 2013) PennState News

Middle school students from small towns and rural communities who received any of three community-based prevention programs were less likely to abuse prescription medications in late adolescence and young adulthood. The research, published today in the American Journal of Public Health, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Mental Health, all components of the National Institutes of Health.

Afterschool Programs Evaluated for Community Support, Resources

University Park, PA (February 25, 2013) Penn State Live

Afterschool programs seem to be most effective when their organization and implementation is supported by both organizational and community resources, according to Penn State human development researchers. Using a tool to help bridge the gap between research and real life, the researchers evaluated an afterschool program called the Good Behavior Game. "The Interactive System Framework for Dissemination and Implementation is the tool that helps us to bridge research and practice by synthesizing the available research and figuring out what it will take to help real people and communities use that research," said Emilie Phillips Smith, professor of human development and family studies.

Penn State Hiring Faculty to Advance Prevention of Child Maltreatment

University Park, PA (January 28, 2013) Penn State Live

Protective Communities May Reduce Risk of Drinking in Teens

University Park, PA (January 9, 2013) Penn State Live

Reducing Sibling Rivalry in Youth Improves Later Health and Well-being

University Park, PA (November 27, 2012) Penn State Live

Brooks-Gunn Presents 2012 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

University Park, PA (November 5, 2012) Penn State Live

Men, Women have Different Stress Reactions to Relationship Conflict

University Park, PA (October 10, 2012)

Daily Collegian Interview with Feinberg, October 29, 2012

Men and women who are expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict, according to researchers at Penn State, who studied couples who were expecting their first child. In addition, recovery from the initial reaction to conflict also can be different for men and women, depending on the presence or absence of individual difficulties, such as anxiety, or relationship difficulties, such as chronic relationship conflict.

The team found that men's increased stress levels -- measured by the amount of the stress hormone cortisol -- during a conflict discussion depended on the level of hostility the couple expressed. More hostility led to a larger stress reaction for men, but the stress levels of the pregnant women during the discussion were not linked to the amount of hostility expressed.

News Archive

An archived list of past news from the Prevention Research Center.