Transforming Science and Practice Through Partnerships
Prevention science plays a vital role in human health and well-being. The enormous benefits of prevention efforts – in terms of reduced economic burden and human suffering – are undeniable. Imagine a world in which future cases of gun violence, substance use disorder, and child maltreatment are stopped before they even begin.
In 1998, Mark Greenberg joined the faculty at Penn State and established the Prevention Research Center to focus on building and disseminating evidence-based solutions to prevent negative outcomes, including adolescent behavior problems, poor parenting, and academic failure. Early on, Mark identified a key partner in his efforts to build this internationally renowned research center: Edna Bennett Pierce. The impact of Edna’s early investment in the Center has multiplied over the years.
The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center shares the College of Health and Human Development’s mission to enrich human well-being and strengthen intellectual, social, physical, economic, and emotional wellness. Our center is an intellectual hub, research engine, and springboard for programming around understanding the causes of social problems and building an evidence-base for their solutions.