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Center for Prevention Science

About the Center 

The Center for Prevention Science was established in 2016 with a focus on community-level approaches to prevention. Their mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge through research that builds the capacity of community-based organizations to create changes in public policy or environmental conditions that cause social and health disparities.

The Center has opened its doors to new opportunities and growth. Although much of the center’s work has focused on substance abuse prevention, research in other areas of prevention has also been conducted (e.g., the prevention of sexual assault; child abuse and neglect). Research areas of the center include community organizing, substance abuse prevention, heath disparities, program evaluation, as well as empowerment theory and measurement.
In addition to their currently funded research projects totaling more than $4.3 million, two new research projects have recently been accepted and granted funding. These two projects, which will total $750,000 over five years, are studies of New Jersey’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Network: Effects of an Early Warning and Rapid Response System; and, NJAssessRX: An Interagency Sharing of the State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 
For more information about the Center, please contact the center’s director, Dr. N. Andrew Peterson, at 848-932-5367 or or the center’s associate director, Dr. Kristen Gilmore Powell, at 848/932-8609 or

Center Staff:

Milagros Balboa Rodriguez, Research Assistant Josue Hidalgo, Graduate Assistant & MSW Student
Jacqueline Daily, Research Assistant Michael Hehir, Research Assistant
Dr. Tyriesa Howard Howell, Post-Doctoral Associate
Amal Killawi, Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Student
Lauren Lefevre, Graduate Assistant & MSW Student
Rishabh Madan, Project Coordinator II
Emilie Mankopf, Project Coordinator II
Clare Neary, Project Coordinator I
Rangga Radityaputra, Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Student
Mariam Rashid, Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Student
Nicole Valdevit, Graduate Assistant & MSW Student
Viktorija Spasova, Graduate Assistant & MSW Student
Peter Treitler, Project Coordinator I & Doctoral Student
Yuqi Wang, Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Candidate
Anwaar Zaher, Graduate Assistant & MSW Student




Faculty Affiliates:

Dr. Qiana Brown
Dr. Antoinette Farmer
Dr. Emily Greenfield
Dr. Sarah McMahon

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