Researchers win awards at Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting

Several researchers affiliated with the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and The Methodology Center, research centers in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, won awards at the Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting.

Brian Bumbarger, assistant director for knowledge translation and dissemination in the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and founding director of the EPISCenter, won the Translational Science Award, given to an individual or a team of individuals in recognition of contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of Type 1 or Type 2 translational research.

Donna Coffman, research associate professor and investigator in the Methodology Center, won the John B. Reid Early Career Award, presented to a person early in their career in prevention who has shown a commitment to prevention science through outstanding contributions to research, policy or practice.

Stephanie Lanza, scientific director of the Methodology Center, won the Friend of the Early Career Prevention Network Award. The award goes to a mid-career or senior preventionist who has actively supported early career activities.

Lisa Wegner, professor of occupational therapy at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and a collaborator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded HealthWise II/HealthWise Dissemination project (principal investigator: Linda Caldwell, distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism management) received the International Collaborative Prevention Research Award. This award is given to an individual or team for contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of international collaboration.

Brandon McDaniel, a Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) pre-doctoral trainee and doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was a winner in the sixth annual ECPN (Early Career Preventionist Network) Student Poster Contest, for his poster on “Unintended intervention effects: Family Foundations reduces the influence of maternal depression on infant sleep.” McDaniel is advised by Mark Feinberg, research professor of health and human development.

For additional information, Bumbarger can be reached at bxb10@psu.edu; Coffman and Lanza can be reached via mc@psu.edu; McDaniel can be reached at bom5123@psu.edu.

Last Updated June 10, 2014