An ounce of prevention: Research center aims to stop problems before they start

Photo of Stephanie Lanza in the Biobehavorial Health Building
PRC Director Stephanie Lanza

In 1998, developmental and child-clinical psychologist Mark Greenberg brought the concept of prevention science to Penn State, and from there, along with the generosity of philanthropist and Penn State alumna Edna Bennett Pierce, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) was born. Greenberg’s goal for the center was to use prevention science to promote well-being and reduce high-risk behaviors in children and families.  

In Fall 2021, the PRC was featured in Research|Penn State magazine, in an article titled “An ounce of prevention: Research center aims to stop problems before they start.” In the article, writer Katie Bohn describes Greenberg’s original vision and how the PRC is advancing the field of prevention science under the leadership of Director Stephanie Lanza and Associate Director Greg Fosco. 

“Today, the center is broadening its early focus to include research on issues facing people at all stages of life,” said Lanza. 

To learn about how the PRC is using innovative methods and outreach to improve the lives of people in Pennsylvania and beyond, read the article in Penn State News or view the full-color layout in Research|Penn State magazine.

People Mentioned in this Article

Stephanie Lanza Greg Fosco