Other Related Training Opportunities
Bennett Prevention Center Fellows
Each year 1-3 selected doctoral students are awarded funding to participate on an existing prevention project and designated as Bennett Prevention Center Fellows.
PRC Post-doctoral Positions
Independent from PAMT funding, post-doctoral experiences are available on several of the ongoing research conducted in the PRC.
Both paid and unpaid research experiences are available on multiple projects throughout the PRC.
Other Training Opportunities
A number of unique learning experiences exist within the PRC. For example, informal work groups have been established (e.g., weekly or bi-weekly discussion groups on person-centered approaches). Such groups, which form to investigate issues beyond the content and structure of classes and existing labs, often are organized around a common theme (e.g., simultaneous onset of two behavioral patterns) that is faced by more than one prevention program or data set. By engaging around such themes, innovative approaches are discovered and solutions are explored.
In addition a number of new growth areas have developed. First, Type 2 Translational Research has been a growing piece of the PRC’s efforts over the past 5–6 years (e.g., PROSPER, statewide study of Communities That Care), and PRC work in this domain is expanding as the field of prevention focuses on issues of going to scale with quality implementation. While new externally supported opportunities (i.e., the EPISCenter, PROSPER 2) already exist in this arena, others are expected to follow. Included in these opportunities will be innovative methodological approaches that will provide applied opportunities to merge methodological and prevention issues. For example, the new RO1 HealthWise application addresses Type 2 research questions and utilizes a factorial design, along with other advanced design and analytic strategies. The EPISCenter, fully funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, provides ongoing longitudinal data on over 140 replications of evidence-based programs being implemented throughout the state. This provides a rare opportunity to understand Type 2 factors such as readiness, training process, implementation quality, and sustainability in the context of large-scale public diffusion of prevention programs.
A second area of growth is the PRC’s widening efforts to engage in international prevention and methodological research. Many of our members already have extensive experience working to address health issues in other countries (e.g., South Africa, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, the UK) .For example, we have just initiated an exchange program for faculty and graduate students with the Dartington Social Trust in England. We expect that these research efforts will continue and provide excellent opportunities for the engagement of those involved in the PRC.