Mark Greenberg, PhD, is director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development at Pennsylvania State University, which aims to promote the well-being of children and youth and to reduce the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and poverty and violence among children, families, and communities.. He is also the Edna Peterson Bennett chair and professor of human development and psychology at the university.
Through his work at the Prevention Research Center, Greenberg has collaborated in a National Institute on Drug Abuse study on neuroscience and prevention; he is an investigator for the Fast Track Project, whose goal is to prevent violence and delinquency in adolescents; he is exploring the factors that influence the sustainability of community based prevention; and he is studying how risk and protective factors operate to place children at risk for aggression and other conduct problems.
Published widely on development and understanding aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders,Greenberg has also long advocated for mindfulness to be taught to children as a way to help them improve their capacities for learning and concentration, to control their emotions and thoughts, and to improve their outlook on life and about themselves. Additionally, he sees mindfulness as important way for educators to cope with burnout.
Recently, Mark Greenberg recently founded a program at the Prevention Research Center called the Program on Empathy Awareness and Compassion in Education (PEACE), which focuses on ways to promote pro-social behavior in children and adolescents.