Welcome to the Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development, a leader in prevention research interventions and higher education-based early childhood program quality activities in the United States. This center was established in 2005 to coordinate research activities underway in the Harrisburg and South Central Pennsylvania areas.

Current Projects

Development and Evaluation of Preschool PATHS

Implementation of a new version of PATHS for preschool children in HeadStart

Domitrovich, PI

Harrisburg Preschool Program

Implementation of innovative model of preschool programming

Greenberg/Domitrovich, PIs

Funder: W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention (PROSPER)

Community partnerships that strengthen families and help young people avoid substance abuse and behavioral problems

Greenberg, Penn State PI

Funder: NIDA

PATHS to Success

Parental support of learning for children in grades K-3

Greenberg, PI

Funder: Pennsylvania Department of Health


Teaching middle school students to use free time in healthy ways

Caldwell, PI

Funder: NIDA

NRG—Powered by Choice

Innovative campaign focused on media and activism at the individual and interpersonal levels

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Infant/child research being conducted in Harrisburg

Mother/Infant Emotion Study

Mothers' and babies' handling of everyday feelings and stress

Character Education

Implementation of evidence-based character education programs in 7th- and 8th-grade classrooms

Domitrovich, PI

Funder: Department of Education


Celene Domitrovich, Ph.D., Co-Director  email 

Kristin Buss, Ph.D., Co-Director  email 

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., Director, Penn State Prevention Research Center

Jennifer Ford, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation email

Toni Stewart, M.Ed., Research Coordinator  email

Celia Zehring, Research Assistant  email

Jennifer Zajac, M.A., Evaluation Manager, Division of Applied Research and Evaluation (DARE), University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development  email

For More Information

Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development
2001 North Front Street, Building 1

Suite 311

Harrisburg, PA 17102


717-233-7391 (HCHCD fax)
717-233-5457 (HCHCD fax)