Sanders to present 2011 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

September 30, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2011) -- Matthew Sanders, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, will be the 2011 Bennett Lecturer in Prevention Science.

The lecture, “Making a Public Health Approach to Parenting Support Really Work,” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Penn State Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, through the Bennett Endowment to the center.

Sanders is an experienced clinical researcher in the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent mental health problems. He has received many competitive grant awards and has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals on the nature, causes, prevention and treatment of behavioral and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents. He is the founder of the Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program. Triple P was the first evidence-based public health model of parenting intervention to be experimentally tested and has now been disseminated to 22 countries worldwide and translated into 16 languages, with 58,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to over 7 million children.

Sanders received a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology and the Australian Psychological Society. His Triple P has twice won the National Violence Prevention Award from the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Australia. He received an International Collaborative Prevention Research Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2004.

Sanders has served as a consultant for government departments interested in the adoption of evidence-based parenting and family support strategies and has been a member of the National Illicit Drugs Strategy Community Expert Panel, chairperson of the Evaluation Policy Subcommittee for the board of the National Suicide Prevention Council, and member of the Ministerial Task Force on Work and Family. He acts as a media spokesperson for the Australian Psychological Society on Child and Family Issues.

Recent Bennett lecturers have included Mary Ann Pentz, professor of preventive medicine and director of the Center for Prevention Policy Research at the University of Southern California; Thomas Dishion, professor of psychology and director of the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon; Roger Weissberg, distinguished professor of psychology and education and president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago; G. Alan Marlatt, professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington; and 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).

For additional information, contact Mark Greenberg (814-863-0112) or Lee Carpenter (814-865-5204) or email

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