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John Loughlin-Presnal

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John Loughlin-Presnal

John Loughlin-Presnal is in his 5th year of the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. His primary research interest is the influence of parenting on the development of children’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral competencies, as well as the identification of parent-focused intervention targets that maximally promote these abilities. His mentors are Drs. Karen L. Bierman, Martha Wadsworth, and Paul Morgan.

John attended The University of Washington, where he received his Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychology. He was awarded a Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) fellowship after beginning his graduate work here at Penn State. He currently works in two labs, the Coping and Regulation of Environmental Stress (CARES) lab and the Head Start Research Based, Developmentally Informed (REDI) project. John was first author on a manuscript accepted for publication and has presented at many conferences and conventions. He has teaching experience and has provided community outreach by serving as the facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting Classes through the Penn State Psychological Clinic.

It is John’s belief that the Strumpf Scholar Award will help him accomplish his educational goals in a number of ways. He expects to accomplish dataset-specific training and a working knowledge of advanced methodological techniques for large datasets, which will help him continue his program of professional development and continue his line of research. He believes the award will also allow him the time he needs to develop his proposed studies and produce the associated manuscripts, as well as help facilitate travel in order to present his research findings at conferences.