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Reducing the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and poor outcomes in children, families, and communities requires a team-oriented approach to promoting the well-being of children, youth, and adults.

Working closely with the Clinical Research Center, a service unit in Penn State's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to researching and addressing some of society’s most challenging problems. By conducting research; providing technical assistance; developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative programs; and then translating research to policy, the Center helps prevent the development of behavioral, mental, academic, and physical problems from the perspectives of both youth and their parents.

With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status. As researchers, we look to serve our community, both locally and globally, with innovative breakthroughs and significant discoveries that make real-world change for the better.