Introduction & Projects
Elaine Berrena got her start in prevention research over 25 years ago when she began working on the Fast Track project in 1991. Before that, she worked as a teacher. Now, Elaine works at the Center as a research technologist and is especially interested in improving the well-being and reducing suffering for children, youth, families, and aging adults. During her time at the Center, Elaine has been able to combine her love for meeting new people and improving the lives of students and teachers through projects such as FAST Track, PROSPER, Head Start-REDI, PATHS®, MSFP, CARE, and Learning to BREATHE, among others. During her time as a research technologist, Elaine, who recently received her 25 Years of Service Award from Penn State, has published several peer-reviewed journal articles. When she isn’t teaching mindfulness and social-emotional learning skills, she enjoys cooking, visiting her grandchildren and traveling with her husband, Mike.
Frank, J. L., Broderick, P. C., Oh, Y., Mitra, J., Kohler, K., Schussler, D. L., Geier, C., Roeser, R., Berrena, E., Mahfouz, J., Levitan, J., Greenberg, M. T. (2021). The effectiveness of a teacher delivered mindfulness-based curriculum on adolescent social-emotional and executive functioning. Mindfulness, 12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-021-01594-9
Schussler, D. L., Oh, Y., Mahfouz, J., Levitan, J., Frank, J. L., Broderick, P. A., Mitra, J. L., Berrena, E., Kohler, K., Greenberg, M. T. (2021). Stress and well-being: A systematic case-study of adolescents’ experiences in a mindfulness-based intervention. Journal of Child and Family Studies 30, 431-446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01864-5
Broderick, P. C., Frank, J. L., Berrena, E., Schussler, D. L., Kohler, K., Mitra, J., Khan, L., Levitan, J., Mahfouz, J., Shields, L., & Greenberg, M. T. (2018). Evaluating the quality of mindfulness instruction delivered in school settings: Development and validation of a teacher quality observational rating scale. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-0944-x
The application of implementation science: Understanding and finding solutions to variation in program implementation
Nordstrum, L. E., LeMahieu, P. G., & Berrena, E. B. (2017). The application of implementation science: Understanding and finding solutions to variation in program implementation. Quality Assurance in Education, 25(1), 58–73. https://doi.org:10/qae-12-2016-0080
Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes
Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Greenberg, M. T., Berrena, E., & Spoth, R. L. (2016, In Press). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society.