Mark Feinberg to share ideas at Champions of Change event in the White House

September 09, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mark Feinberg, research professor in the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development at Penn State, has been invited to attend a Champions of Change event at the White House on Sept. 10 to discuss and evaluate the federal government's prevention and public health efforts.

The White House holds weekly Champions of Change events in which it invites Americans from across the country who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to share their ideas. On Sept. 10, White House and Department of Health and Human Services officials will participate in a discussion with a group of "champions," including Feinberg, to learn more about how their prevention and public health efforts may have lasting effects on the health of Americans.

Feinberg's research focuses on prevention of adverse outcomes among families and communities, family relationships, co-parenting, sibling relationships, family violence and mindfulness. For example, some of his recent work has included the development of intervention strategies that cultivate healthy and supportive sibling relationships; research demonstrating that men and women who are expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict; and research demonstrating that, during high school, the parents of teenagers' friends can have as much effect on the teens' substance use as their own parents.

Feinberg has published dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous presentations on these topics. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the Society for Prevention Research from 2006 to 2009 and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Psychology and the Journal of Primary Prevention from 2008 to 2010 and from 2008 to 2009, respectively. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Parenting: Science and Practice. Feinberg also is a consultant for numerous organizations, including the World Health Organization. 

Feinberg earned a bachelor's degree at Harvard College in 1985, a master's degree at Vermont College in 1992 and a doctorate degree at George Washington University in 1998.


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