Fisher to present 2014 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Philip A. Fisher, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, will be the 2014 Bennett Lecturer in Prevention Science.

The lecture, “Convergent Thinking: The Neuroscientific Intersection of Next-Generation Parenting Interventions,” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in 22 Biobehavioral Health Building/Ruth Pike Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, through the Bennett Endowment to the Center.

At the University of Oregon, Fisher is also a research scientist at the Prevention Science Institute. He is science director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, and a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, both based at Harvard University. He is a senior research scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center. Fisher’s work on disadvantaged and maltreated children includes studies to understand the effects of early stress on the developing brain; the development of two-generation prevention and treatment programs to improve high-risk children’s (and their caregiver’s) well-being and brain functioning; and advocacy for science-based policy and practice to improve early learning and healthy development in high-risk children. His work has been funded by a number of institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

Fisher serves on a number of national advisory groups related to prevention science and community-based research. His intervention programs are being implemented at sites throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was the recipient of the 2012 Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award.

Recent Bennett Lecturers have included Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Bat-Yaacov Professor of Child Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, director of the UCLA Global Center for Children and Families, and director of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS); Matthew Sanders, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland, Australia; Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Nancy Gonzales, ASU Foundation Professor and Director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University.

For more information, email prevention@psu.edu.

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Last Updated January 10, 2015