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Diana Fishbein
Diana Fishbein
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment, and President of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
  • Graduate Program
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Education
  • 1976, B.S., Joint Program with Criminology and Psychobiology, Florida State University
  • 1977, M.S., Criminology (specialization, Psychobiology), Florida State University
  • 1981, Ph.D., Joint Degree in Criminology and Psychobiology (minor in Statistics), Florida State University
  • 1984, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Affiliations

Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Interests

My studies utilize transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understand interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors, and ways in which they influence intervention outcomes. The ultimate goal is to translate scientific findings to practice and policies designed to prevent mental health, emotional and behavioral problems. My research supports the premise that underlying neurobiological mechanisms interact with the quality of our psychosocial experiences and environmental contexts to alter trajectories either toward or away from risk behaviors. Moreover, there are indications that trajectories can be normalized with interventions targeted to these underling mechanisms. Given the inherent translational nature of this research, I co-founded the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives, a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic to the applied sciences as well as practical settings and public health policies.

Professional Experience
  • 2017 -- Director, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research, and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • 2013–present -- Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research (IISBR)
  • 2013–present -- Founder and Chair, National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (national association to promote transfer of scientific knowledge to communities and policymakers)
  • 2012–present -- Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2000–present -- Guest Researcher, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • 2002–present -- Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2005–present -- Contractual Employee, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University

Consultancies

2016-present -- Co-Investigator, ENIGMA-Addiction project involving multi-site, brain-gene association analyses (http://enigma.ini.usc.edu)

2015–present -- External Advisor, NIH Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) consortium grant program

2015-present -- Member, Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, a consortium of faculty researchers, clinicians and advocates committed to combatting child maltreatment.

Honors And Awards

2017 SPR Fellow, Society for Prevention Research
2016 Translational Science Award, Society for Prevention Research
2015 Public Service Award, Society for Prevention Research

Administrative Service

  • 2017-present -- Affiliate, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, PSU
  • 2014-present -- Steering Committee Member: Prevention Economics Planning and Research Network, National Initiative Centered at Duke University
  • 2015-present – Affiliate, Child Study Center, PSU
  • 2015–present -- Member, Network on Child Protection and Well-Being (consortium of faculty researchers, clinicians and advocates committed to combatting child maltreatment)
  • 2014–2015 -- Member, Brain Science Research Consortium Unit, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • 2014–2015 -- Member, Search Committee, Department of Psychiatry, UMSOM
  • 2014–present -- Steering Committee Member, Prevention Economics Planning and Research Network (national initiative centered at Duke University)

Special Positions and Briefings

2017 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (Feb): “Preventing Violence Against Women”

2017 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (March): “Reducing Childhood Poverty and its Adverse Consequences”

2017 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (April): “Home Visiting Programs”

2017 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (May): “Police and Community Relations”

2017 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (May): “Investing in Evidence-Based Prevention: Supporting Health and Saving Public Resources”

2016 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (April 2016): “Encouraging Healthy Parenting Through Primary Care”

2016 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (October 2016): “Fighting the Opioid Epidemic on Multiple Fronts by Leveraging Empirical Evidence”

2016 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (June 2016): “Evidence-Based Policy”

2015 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (May 2015), “The Economics of Prevention: Strategic Investment for Public Good and Public Savings; Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond Legislation”

2015 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (July 2015), “Preventing Violence: Evidence-Based Programs and Policies to Promote Positive Youth Development”

2015 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill (December 2015), “A Bipartisan Approach to Reducing Poverty and Its Consequences via Evidence-Based Prevention Science”

Grants and Research Projects

My studies utilize transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understand interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors, and ways in which they influence intervention outcomes. The ultimate goal is to translate scientific findings to practice and policies designed to prevent mental health, emotional and behavioral problems. My research supports the premise that underlying neurobiological mechanisms interact with the quality of our psychosocial experiences and environmental contexts to alter trajectories either toward or away from risk behaviors. Moreover, there are indications that trajectories can be normalized with interventions targeted to these underling mechanisms. Given the inherent translational nature of this research, I co-founded the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives, a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic to the applied sciences as well as practical settings and public health policies.

Active Grants

2015-present (co-PI; Dr. Linda Collins, PI) Prevention and Methodology Training Program (T32)

2015-present (Co-I ; Honavar, Li and Richie, PIs) Penn State Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge (B2D2K) Training Program (T32)

2017-present (Co-I; Dr. Jennie Noll, PI) Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies (P50).

2015–2016 (co-PI with Dr. Laurel Kiser), Physiological Co-Regulation of Stress between Maternal Caregivers and their Children: A Translational Science Pilot Study, NICHD

2014–2018, Administrative CRAN Supplement to Developmental fMRI Study of Alcohol Use in Adolescence, NIAAA

2013–2018, Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship between Sleep Problems and Drug Use in Adolescents, NIDA

2011–2018, Developmental fMRI Study of Alcohol Use in Adolescence, NIAAA

Additional Center Affiliation

Child Study Center

Publications
  • Van Ryzin, M., Fishbein, D., & Biglan, A. (2017). The Promise of Prevention Science for Preventing Intergenerational Poverty. Psychology, Public Policy and Law.

  • Crowley, D.M., Scott, T., & Fishbein, D.H. (2017). Translating prevention research for evidence-based policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration pilot. Prevention Science.

  • Fishbein DH, Rose EJ, Darcey V, Belcher A and VanMeter J (2016). Neurodevelopmental Precursors and Consequences of Substance Use during Adolescence: Promises and Pitfalls of Longitudinal Neuroimaging Strategies. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 10:296.doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00296

  • Fishbein, D.H., Sussman S., Ridenour, T., Stahl, M. (Guest Editor, 2016) The Full Translational Spectrum of Prevention Science. Translational Behavioral Medicine.

  • Fishbein, D.H., Domitrovich, C., Williams, J., Gitukui, S., Shapiro, D., Greenberg, M. (2016) Short-Term Intervention Effects of the PATHS Curriculum in Young Low Income Children: Capitalizing on Plasticity. Journal of Primary Prevention

  • Fishbein, D.H., Novak, S.P., Ridenour, T., Thornburg, V., Hammond, J., Brown, J. (2016). Neurocognitive Characteristics of Early Marijuana Use Initiation in Adolescents: A Signature Mapping Analysis. Journal of Early Adolescence, May.

  • Edwards, S., Reeves, G., & Fishbein, DH (2015). Integrative Model of the Relationship between Sleep Problems and Risk for Youth Substance Use. Current Addictions Report, April 3.

  • Fishbein, D.H., Miller, S., Herman-Stahl, M., Williams, J., Lavery, B., Markovits, L., Kluckman, M., Mosoriak, G., & Johnson, M. (2015). Behavioral and psychophysiological effects of a mindful yoga curriculum on high-risk adolescents: A randomized control trial. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(2): 518-529.

  • Fishbein D, Dariotis JK, Ferguson PL, Pickelsimer EE. (2014). Relationships between Traumatic Brain Injury and Illicit Drug Use and Their Association with Aggression in Inmates. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. Oct 16. PubMed PMID: 25326469

  • Fishbein, D. & Ridenour, T. (2013) Advancing Transdisciplinary Translation for Prevention of High-Risk Behaviors: Introduction to the Special Issue. Prevention Science, 14(3): 201-205. PMID:23579566

  • Bradshaw, C., Goldweber, A., Fishbein, D., Greenberg, M. (2012) Infusing Developmental Neuroscience into School-based Preventive Interventions: Implications and Future Directions, Journal of Adolescent Health 51: S41-47. PMID: 22794533

  • Fishbein, D.H., Novak, S., Krebs, C., Warner, T., & Hammond, J. (2011) The Mediating Effect of Depressive Symptoms on the Relationship between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Drug Use Initiation. Addictive Behaviors, 36: 527-531

  • Tarter RE, Fishbein D, Kirisci L, Mezzich A, Ridenour T, Vanyukov M. (2011). Deviant socialization mediates transmissible and contextual risk on cannabis use disorder development: a prospective study. Addiction 106: 1301-1308.

  • Fishbein DH, Sheppard M, Hyde C, Hubal R., Newlin D, Serin, R., Chrousos, G., Alesci, S. (2009). Neurocognitive and Emotional Regulatory Deficits Predict Treatment Response in Prison Inmates. Law and Human Behavior, 33(5):419-35.

  • Fishbein, D.H. et al. (2009). Differential Relationships between Personal and Community Stressors and Children's Neurocognitive Functioning. Child Maltreatment, 14(4), 299-315.

  • Fishbein, DH, Stahl, M., Eldreth, D., Hyde, C., Paschall, M.J., Ialongo, N., Hubal, R., Hubbard, S. (2006) Mediators of the Stress-Drug Use Relationship in High-Risk Urban Adolescents. Prevention Science, 7: 113-126

Additional Information

Behavioral neuroscience; goals are to translate scientific findings to practice and policies designed to prevent mental health, emotional, and behavioral problems.