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Chad Shenk and colleagues investigate the link between child maltreatment and cognitive aging later in life

Almost 10 million older adults in the U.S. have cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, or other related dementias. Penn State researchers are looking into how early life adversity, specifically child maltreatment, can affect cognitive aging later in life in a new project.

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Psychology graduate Marissa Reynolds one of several speakers at "Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow" event October 3, 2018

Focused on the theme of empowering young women to aspire to leadership roles, the event gives current students a unique opportunity to network with successful Penn State alumnae and other student attendees.

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Faculty affiliate Robert Roeser and colleague receive $3.3 million federal grant award to study the impact of the MindUp early learning program

MindUp is designed to help children develop social-emotional and self-regulation skills, including learning how to manage their emotions, get along and cooperate with others, focus their attention, follow directions and be persistent at completing tasks.

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Penn State's developmental psychology graduate program ranked #5 by U.S. News

Developmental psychology students observe the broad span of human development, from infancy to old age. Key concepts include the nature versus nurture debate and identity formation.

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Center for Healthy Children works with researchers across the nation to create evidence-based standards for foster-care placement programs

Federal legislation will radically change how foster care dollars can be used, and Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and Center for Healthy Children (CHC) is leading the charge to ensure services intended to prevent foster care placement, and better serve foster youth, are backed by sound research.

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Research by Jennie Noll and team find correlation between childhood sexual abuse and teen motherhood

Children who suffer childhood sexual abuse early are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, adolescent pregnancy, and teenage motherhood, according to new Penn State research.

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Cynthia Stifter's research suggests helping your child develop regulatory skills may help him or her maintain a healthy weight

Parents who positively engage with their children during play time — and gently steer them to clean up afterward — may help toddlers with low-self regulation have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) later on as preschoolers.

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CSC initiative leader Rick Gilmore and team receive $6.3 million NIH grant to support a collaborative research initiative focusing on infants and mothers in their homes

The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project—a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada.

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