2016 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science: "The Center for Family Research Prevention Programs: Origins, Expansions, and What They Teach Us About Development"

Gene Brody, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family Research and Regents’ Professor of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia

  • Thursday October 20, 2016 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • 110 Henderson Building

The lecture focused on the work of his center, including three research-based, developmentally appropriate drug-use prevention programs Brody developed for African-American children and young adults in the rural South.

Brody is an internationally recognized expert on protective mechanisms that predict drug use and other problem behaviors among rural African-American youth. His research focuses on family and school processes linked with academic and psychosocial competence among children and adolescents, with particular emphasis in the contributions of parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and classroom experiences during elementary and junior high school.

He is also interested in the health and well-being of resilient low-socioeconomic status youth, and whether their successes translate into physical health benefits.

Brody received his doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of Arizona and is the author or co-author of more than 200 publications, many of which focus on African-American youth development or substance use prevention. In addition to numerous other honors and fellowships, Brody is a two-time recipient of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations.