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H Harrington (Bo) Cleveland

H Harrington (Bo) Cleveland

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Gene Environment Research Initiative Co-Director

234 Health and Human Development Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-2370


  1. Human Development and Family Studies


Dr. Cleveland’s research primarily focuses on two areas, the intersection of genetic and environmental influences and recovery from addiction. In the first area, his early work demonstrated evocative and active G-E correlations involving received parenting and exposure to peer substance use. His project, gPROSPER, is a collaboration with other Penn State faculty (David Vandenbergh and Mark Feinberg) that adds DNA to the PROSPER prevention study. Analyses of project data have demonstrated how genes moderate the effects of interventions on substance use initiation and escalation across adolescence. His work in the addiction and recovery area focuses on understanding the daily lives of dependent individuals who are attempting to build and maintain recovery.