Director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
Diana H. Fishbein, Ph.D., is the director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State and holds the C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research. An expert in behavioral neuroscience, Fishbein was previously professor and director of the Center for Translational Research on Adversity, Neurodevelopment and Substance abuse in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, a faculty subcontractor at Georgetown University, and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program. Studies conducted by Dr. Fishbein utilize transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. The ultimate goal of this program of research is to translate scientific findings to practice and policies designed to prevent mental health, emotional and behavioral problems. Studies include those that are prospective and longitudinal, experimental, and clinical trial oriented, and she uses a variety of methodologies including MRI, psychophysiological monitoring, neurocognitive and emotion regulatory task batteries, biochemical assays, and psychological, behavioral, experiential, and contextual assessments. She has written and edited several books and about a hundred journal articles, including two special journal editions. Dr. Fishbein also directs National Prevention Science Coalition for Improving Lives, a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic to the applied sciences as well as practical settings and public health policies. And finally, she wrote the Etiology Section of the International Standards for Drug Abuse Prevention for the United Nations and developed a training curriculum for policy-makers worldwide.