Creating a New Generation of Researchers

The Center is committed to developing the next generations of prevention scientists. We participate in both pre- and post-doctoral training programs that provide collaboration with experienced mentors and support a student’s pathway to become an independent researcher. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact us via email at

Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) Program

We oversee the interdisciplinary Prevention and Methodology Training Program (PAMT), which trains pre-doctoral graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in prevention science and statistical methodology. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, PAMT presents a unique opportunity for highly motivated pre- and post-doctoral researchers to continue their training in a synergistic environment that includes some of the top prevention scientists and methodologists in the country. To apply, visit the PAMT application page.

PRC Trainee Awards

Each year, we will provide funding for a select number of graduate students or postdoctoral scholars to support their research related to a thematic priority identified by the Center.

In October 2020, we awarded funding to four graduate students conducting research focusing on reducing racism or promoting anti-racist practices and culture. With these awards, we are investing in a promising group of scholars and addressing systemic racism in a variety of environments.

Graduate Fellowships

The Center provides graduate fellowships to a select number of promising pre-doctoral students who are specializing in prevention science, giving them opportunities to develop their research skills and gain experience in developing, testing and implementing programs. 

Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program

We are also one of four interdisciplinary research centers—along with Child Study Center, the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium and Methodology Center— at Penn State that participate in the TIES program. TIES is a federally funded program that prepares scientists with expertise in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed at promoting literacy and social/emotional competence in children and youth.  For more information, visit the TIES webpage.