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Prevention Matters Podcast Episode 1: Dr. Diana Fishbein

October ∙ 2020

On Episode 1 of the Prevention Matters Podcast, we chat with Dr. Diana Fishbein, Co-Director of the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC), and learn how her experiences growing up in and around Washington DC laid the foundation for a career in prevention, the challenges working in the field, how the NPSC is helping practitioners and researchers navigate the policy-making process, and what job she would never want to do.

Diana Fishbein, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is also a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the director of the Program of Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment at Pennsylvania State University. She holds positions as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, Irvine, as well as a faculty subcontractor at Georgetown University, and a guest researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program. Her studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. Her research supports the premise that underlying neurobiological mechanisms interact with the quality of our psychosocial experiences and environmental contexts to alter trajectories either toward or away from risk behaviors. Her work further suggests that compensatory mechanisms can be strengthened with the appropriate psychosocial and environmental manipulations. She has published extensively (for a full list of publications, see the CV link at the top of this page) and serves in an advisory capacity for federal and state government bodies as well as several universities and organizations. Given the inherent translational nature of this research, she founded and directs the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC), a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic sciences to practices in real-world settings and public health policies.


Prevention Matters Podcast

The official podcast of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

For well over 50 years, prevention science has generated practices and policies that have improved countless lives throughout the lifespan by avoiding negative health and social outcomes (e.g., substance use disorder, academic failure, violence, mental illness) and strengthening conditions that enable individuals, families, and communities to thrive. The NPSC is dedicated to improving the reach and impact of prevention science. Join host Dr. Robert LaChausse as he interviews the most influential researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of prevention science. Each episode contains engaging conversations with powerful information to help you stay abreast of the field, connect with others like you who are doing important prevention work, and tips for improving your work and navigating the policy-making process.

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