Mark Greenberg Appointed to National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse

March 17, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, holder of the Edna Peterson Bennett Chair in Prevention Research and director of the Penn State Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

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The National Advisory Council advises NIDA, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the latest trends and research related to the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. The council also provides suggestions to NIDA on methods for disseminating research-based knowledge, for setting the institute’s agenda and for making policy recommendations. Greenberg is one of 18 members and one of the 12 scientific experts who currently serve on the Council.

Greenberg is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the prevention of family violence and child delinquency and the promotion of social competence in children. He is the co-creator of PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies), a program designed to improve the social, emotional and cognitive competence of elementary-aged children. The curriculum, which has been implemented in more than 500 schools worldwide, is one of 11 programs designated as a “Blueprints for Violence Prevention” program by the U.S. Department of Justice and one of 25 programs designated as a “model program” by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Within Pennsylvania, Greenberg played a key role in former Governor Mark Schweiker’s Early Childhood Care and Education Task Force and currently serves on a stakeholder commission that supports the work of Governor Ed Rendell’s Cabinet on Children and Families. He also serves as principal investigator on a number of statewide projects designed to enhance the health and well-being of children, including PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience), Communities That Care and REACH (Reaching Early Achievement for Children in Harrisburg).

Throughout his distinguished career, Greenberg has written more than 150 journal articles and book chapters on child development and understanding aggression, violence and externalizing disorders. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Research Scientist Award from the Society for Prevention Research, the Faculty Outreach Award from Penn State and the Pauline Schmitt Russell Research Achievement Award from the College of Health and Human Development.

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Editors: Dr. Greenberg can be reached at For additional information, please contact Bill Hessert in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development at (814) 863-4325 or .