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Mark Feinberg

Research Professor

314 BBH Building
814-865-7375
mef11@psu.edu

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Biography

Mark Feinberg, Ph.D., Research Professor in the Prevention Research Center was one of the first researchers to join the Center in its early days.  He conducts basic and applied prevention research on youth, families, and communities, with a particular focus on family-focused prevention. He has made contributions to theory and research in areas such as co-parenting; sibling relationships; the epidemiology of adolescent behavior problems; and the efficacy of evidence-based community prevention initiatives. He has examined the transactions between family and social relationships and biological systems including genetics, cortisol/HPA axis, and cardiovascular disease markers.  Recently, he and colleagues have pursued a line of work examining dynamic models of real-time family interaction.  In addition to basic science, Mark has developed the Family Foundations program (see below), and co-developed prevention programs focused on reducing adverse birth outcomes, childhood obesity, and sibling conflict—all of which have demonstrated positive impacts in randomized trials. He recently led a team that developed a mindfulness-based program to promote the cognitive and emotional health of older adults. His long-standing interest in the community health has led him to lead or participate in evaluations of community-level systems designed to promote evidence-based prevention programs and policies including Communities That Care, Evidence2Success, and PROSPER.  

Family Foundations. Mark began to develop Family Foundations (FF)--a series of 9 classes for first-time pregnant moms and their partner—15 years ago.  FF was based on the idea that a key foundation for all family relationships, and the well-being of both kids and parents, is the quality of co-parenting relations. The program has demonstrated positive impacts on a range of outcomes in two trials, including birth outcomes, parent stress and depression, parenting and co-parenting quality, family violence, and children’s long-term self-regulation, mental health, social competence, disruptive behavior, and school adjustment.  A number of collaborators have helped or led the creation of a suite of programs conveying the core ingredients of FF in versions tailored for parents with various needs and situations. These include versions in pilots or trials that: (1) reach out to lower-income parents in monthly home visits (Ohio); address the unique needs of pregnant/parenting (p/p) teens, delivered through health care centers (D.C.) or high schools (TX, MD). There are now online interactive versions of FF for civilian and military families available.  A peer-delivered form of FF is being piloted for couples with a child just diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (S.C.).  And, several international adaptations are being developed or disseminated.  

Outside of work, Mark enjoys time with his three teen-aged children, enjoys swimming, hiking, and biking, and strives to make time to learn a little mandolin and harmonica.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

A dyadic perspective on PTSD symptoms’ associations with couple functioning and parenting stress in first-time parents

Fredman, S. J., Le, Y., Marshall, A. D., Brick, T. R., & Feinberg, M. E. (2017). A dyadic perspective on PTSD symptoms’ associations with couple functioning and parenting stress in first-time parents. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 117–132. doi:10.1037/cfp0000079

Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico

Brown, L., Chilenski, S., Ramos, R., Gallegos, N., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico. Health Education and Behavior, 43(2), 145-155. doi: 10.1177/1090198115596165

The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study

Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project

Chilenski, S., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(12), 819. doi: 00910562

Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 751-764. doi: 13894986

Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Roettger, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Sakuma, K. L., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), 56-65. doi: 10927875

Trajectories of adolescent hostile-aggressive behavior and family climate: Longitudinal implications for young adult romantic relationship competence

Fosco, G.M., Van Ryzin, M., Xia, M., & Feinberg, M.E. (2016). Trajectories of adolescent hostile-aggressive behavior and family climate: Longitudinal implications for young adult romantic relationship competence. Developmental Psychology, 52(7), 1139-1150.

Professional gatekeeping toward fathers: A powerful influence on family and child development

Frascarolo, F., Feinberg, M. E., Sznitman, A., & Favez, N. (2016). Professional gatekeeping toward fathers: A powerful influence on family and child development. World Association for Infant Mental Health, 14.

Friends first? The peer network origins of adolescent dating

Kreager, D. A., Molloy, L. E., Moody, J., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Friends first? The peer network origins of adolescent dating. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(2), 257-269.

The double standard at sexual debut: Gender, sexual behavior and early adolescent peer acceptance

Kreager, D. A., Staff, J., Gauthier, R., Lefkowitz, E. S., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). The double standard at sexual debut: Gender, sexual behavior and early adolescent peer acceptance. Sex Roles, 75(78), 377-392.

Knowledge lability: Within-person changes in parental knowledge and their associations with adolescent problem behavior

Lippold, M. A., Fosco, G. M., Ram, N., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Knowledge lability: Within-person changes in parental knowledge and their associations with adolescent problem behavior. Prevention Science, 17, 274-283.

Siblings of youth with autism spectrum disorders: Theoretical perspectives on sibling relationships and individual adjustment

McHale, S. M., Updegraff, K. A., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Siblings of youth with autism spectrum disorders: Theoretical perspectives on sibling relationships and individual adjustment. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 589-602.

fThe Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression

Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Chote, D. R. (2016, In Press). The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression. Psychological Assessment.

Family-focused prevention with Latinos: What about sisters and brothers?

Updegraff, K. A., Umana-Taylor, A. J., Rodriguez De Jesus, S. A., McHale, S. M., Feinberg, M. E., & Kuo, S. I. (2016). Family-focused prevention with Latinos: What about sisters and brothers? Journal of Family Psychology, 30(5), 633-640.

feIntervention designed to diminish substance use blocks the genetic effect of the Alpha 5 subunit of the nicotinic receptor (CHRNA5) on adolescent smoking

Vandenbergh, D. J., Schlomer, G., Cleveland, H. H., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Spoth, R., Redmond, C., & Hair, K. (2016, In Press). Intervention designed to diminish substance use blocks the genetic effect of the Alpha 5 subunit of the nicotinic receptor (CHRNA5) on adolescent smoking. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

An adolescent substance prevention model blocks the effect of CHRNA5 genotype on smoking during high school

Vandenbergh, D. J., Schlomer, G. L., Cleveland, H. H., Schink, A. E., Hair, K. L., Feinberg, M. E., Neiderhiser, J. M., Greenberg, M. T., Spoth, R. L., & Redmond, C. (2016). An adolescent substance prevention model blocks the effect of CHRNA5 genotype on smoking during high school. Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 18(2), 212-220. doi: 14622203

Examining reciprocal influences among family climate, school attachment, and academic self-regulation: Implications for school success

Xia, M., Fosco, G. M., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Examining reciprocal influences among family climate, school attachment, and academic self-regulation: Implications for school success. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 442-452.