Prevention Research Center (PRC)

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Prevention Research Center (PRC)

The Prevention Research Center (PRC) was part of ASU's Psychology Department at Arizona State University for almost three decades. It was first established in 1984 as an NIMH-funded Center to develop, evaluate, and disseminate prevention programs for children and families in high stress situations. PRC's research focused on children and families experiencing four types of stressors:  parental divorce, poverty, bereavement, and parental job loss. Over the years, dozens of leading edge research projects, programs, and studies were conducted to better understand why some children adapt well in stressful situations while others develop mental health and related problems. This work has included the Family Bereavement Program and its 15 year follow up and the multi-institutional study on children of unemployed parents conducted with Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities.

PRC's work also helped develop interventions to promote better adaptation by individual children, parents and communities, and prevent the occurrence of mental health and associated problems. However, PRC was not simply a center where research projects were implemented and then published – rather, PRC ensured that the interventions they studied were actually effective through experimental field trials. Additional studies were conducted to assure the dissemination of effective interventions were made available to community settings.  

Prevention research, evidence-based interventions, and the overwhelming positive impact of PRC’s work continues to be an integral part of Psychology’s bench to bedside science through the REACH Institute established in 2014.   


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