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Diana Fishbein

Diana Fishbein

Diana Fishbein

Director of Translational Neuro-Prevention Research
Senior Research Scientist
Bypass, Room 307
Campus Box 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180


Criminology and Psychobiology,
Florida State University

Area(s) of Work

Biographical Statement 

Diana Fishbein, PhD, is the director of translational neuro-prevention research at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the director of the Program of Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment at Pennsylvania State University. She holds positions as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, Irvine, as well as a faculty subcontractor at Georgetown University, and a guest researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program. Her studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. Her 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. Her work further suggests that compensatory mechanisms can be strengthened with the appropriate psychosocial and environmental manipulations. She has published extensively (for a full list of publications, see the CV link at the top of this page) and serves in an advisory capacity for federal and state government bodies as well as several universities and organizations. Given the inherent translational nature of this research, she founded and directs the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC), a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic sciences to practices in real-world settings and public health policies.