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Friends of the CSC

The Child Study Center is fortunate to have many alumni, donors, and friends who have made important financial contributions to the Child Study Center. This support assists us in our goal of creating an exceptional research and training center whose focus is to gain knowledge about children's typical and atypical development as it relates to our major research initiatives.

Our donors include:

Jonathan A. and Linda Brodsky StrumpfThe Linda Brodsky Strumpf Liberal Arts Centennial Graduate Endowment in the College of the Liberal Arts

The Linda Brodsky Strumpf Liberal Arts Centennial Graduate Endowment provides funds to support graduate students in the Department of Psychology's Child Study Center. Linda Brodsky Strumpf and Jonathan A. Strumpf created this fund in 2009. Both are 1969 Penn State graduates. Click here for information on the Strumpf Award and our Strumpf Scholars.

Pictured: Jonathan A. and Linda Brodsky Strumpf

Robert FarisThe Robert and Ruth Faris Child Psychology Fund in the College of the Liberal Arts

The Robert and Ruth Faris Child Psychology Fund in the College of the Liberal Arts is an endowment to enrich the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State by providing funds for the support of activities related to the study of child psychology, including undergraduate internships, graduate research assistants, travel to conferences or research sites, and course development.

Pictured: Robert Faris

Richard (Dick) LippinThe Lippin Family Fund to Promote Moral Development and Ethical Behavior in Young Children in the College of the Liberal Arts

The Lippin Family Fund in the College of the Liberal Arts is a gift to assist in the development of technology-based resources to promote social-emotional competencies, moral development and ethical behavior during early childhood; and to promote scientific advancement in the understanding of early moral development and learning. Click here to read more about The Lippin Family Fund.

Pictured: Richard (Dick) Lippin

Ted and Tracy McCourtneyThe Tracy and Ted McCourtney Child Studies Professorship

The Tracy and Ted McCourtney Child Studies Professorship is one of two professorships created in the College of the Liberal Arts and made possible by the generosity of Tracy and Ted McCourtney. The purpose of the professorship is to help provide exceptional Liberal Arts faculty with the resources necessary to continue innovative teaching, research and public service. Tracy is a 1965 graduate of Penn State (English). Click here to read more about the professorship.

Pictured: Ted and Tracy McCourtney

Arnold S. and Bette G. HoffmanThe Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Child Study Center Director Endowment

The Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Child Study Center Director Endowment is a commitment from Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman to endow the directorship of the Department of Psychology’s Child Study Center in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts.  Arnold is a 1957 Penn State graduate from the College of the Liberal Arts (Journalism).  Bette is a 1958 Penn State graduate from the College of Health and Human Development (Home Economics).  Click here to read more about this endowment.

Pictured: Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman

Lois BloomThe Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture

The Child Study Center's annual Lois Bloom Lecture is made possible by a gift from Dr. Lois Masket Bloom, '56 Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Alumna of Penn State, and Edward Lee Thorndike Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University. This lectureship fund supports lectures by outstanding experts in the field of child studies with a special emphasis on early child development. View the complete listing of the lectures.

Pictured: Dr. Lois Masket Bloom

Richard SokolovThe Richard and Susan Sokolov Family Fund in the Child Study Center in the College of the Liberal Arts

The Richard and Susan Sokolov Family Fund in the Child Study Center in the College of the Liberal Arts is an endowment to enrich the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State by providing funds for program support in the Child Study Center. Rick is a 1971 Penn State graduate from the College of the Liberal Arts (Psychology) and Susan Saltzman Sokolov is a 1971 Penn State graduate from the College of Education. This includes support for students and faculty engaging in work with children and families, and to bring scholars to lecture at Penn State. Click here to read more about the Sokolov endowment.

Pictured: Richard Sokolov

Dick HayesThe Dick Hayes Gift Fund

The Dick Hayes gift fund in the Child Study Center is made possible to provide support for a community outreach program at the CSC that provides services to at-risk children who struggle in areas of basic friendship skills. In addition to providing an important community service for children and their families, the Friendship Group program also provides an important training ground for graduate and undergraduate students interested in future work with at-risk children and families.

Pictured: Dick Hayes

psu-lionThe Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award

The Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts Endowment provides funds to support graduate students in the Department of Psychology's Child Study Center. This endowment was distributed to the University from the Estate of Irene E. Harms in 2019. Irene E. Harms was a former faculty member in Penn State’s College of Economics, Department of Child Development and Family Relationships during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her area of research was child development. The Irene E. Harms Award recognizes the outstanding academic potential of students who strive for academic excellence in one or more of three areas of child psychology: translational science, community-engaged research, and outreach to communities. Translational science includes research that bridges basic science and real-world applications, and includes policy research.