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Charles Beekman, III

My interests in developmental processes intensified and I chose Penn State’s program because of its fit with my research interests, opportunities for collaboration, and training in translational research.
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Charles Beekman, III

Charlie followed a winding path before entering the graduate program in the developmental area of Penn State’s Department of Psychology. After completing his undergraduate degree in psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he went on to work in a group home for adults with mental health disorders. Inspired to learn more about family processes and individual emotional development, he joined a research lab at his undergraduate institution. While there Charlie gained valuable research experience exploring children’s socio-emotional and cognitive development and had the opportunity to co-author published papers. His interests in developmental processes intensified and he chose Penn State’s program because of its fit with his research interests, opportunities for collaboration, and training in translational research.

Upon entering the program, Charlie received a pre-doctoral fellowship through the Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Training Grant, a competitive award to Drs. Farmer and Bierman from the U.S. Department of Education. Charlie is mentored by both Dr. Kristin Buss and Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser. His work with Dr. Buss focuses on child temperament, specifically on how profiles of temperament are associated with school outcomes. In his work with Dr. Neiderhiser, Charlie uses quantitative genetic methodology to investigate the genetic and environmental influences on family constructs and their association across time. Charlie has done well in the training environment provided by the Child Study Center (CSC). He values the travel funding he received from the Robert and Ruth Faris endowment that has allowed him to present at national conferences. Charlie is further developing his research interests, collaborating with faculty, and publishing and presenting his work at national and international conferences.

We are confident Charlie will be very successful and wish him well in his future endeavors!