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Meghan Scrimgeour

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Meghan Scrimgeour

Meghan Scrimgeour accepted a Research Associate position at 3C Institute in Durham, North Carolina in 2016. She graduated from Penn State’s Developmental Psychology PhD program in December 2015, after defending her dissertation entitled, “The Role of Marital, Coparenting, and Sibling Relationships on the Development of Children's Prosocial Behaviors in Early Childhood.” Her primary mentors were Drs. Alysia Blandon and Kristin Buss.

While in graduate school, Meghan’s research examined the development of children’s social and emotional development, particularly prosocial behavior, within the context of the family. Although some research had examined the role of mothers in the development of prosocial behavior, little research examined how parenting, co-parenting, and children’s temperament interact to affect children’s developing prosocial behavior. Further, in addition to using observations and questionnaires, Meghan also assessed children’s social and emotional development using psychophysiological measures, which was innovative for this area of study. She continued her lab work by leading prosocial behavior and maternal emotion socialization coding teams and leading a cardiac physiology editing team. Before graduating in 2015, she earned the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate through Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. To date, Meghan has six publications, three as first author and two as second author.

Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in Psychology and French. She successfully defended her comprehensive exams during the summer of 2012.

Meghan was able to use the Strumpf Scholarship funds to aid in the advancement of her research training. The funds helped to cover the cost of attending and presenting her work at research conferences and also helped provide the opportunity to devote most of her time to writing and submitting manuscripts for publication.