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Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30

The Carolina Seminar Series aims to increase awareness about the impact of disparities that contribute to children’s ability to keep pace, which have broad dire effects on the neurodevelopmental trajectories of children growing up in disadvantaged households and communities.

Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30 - Read More…

The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a sizeable negative impact on parent and child well-being, according to research by Mark Feinberg and colleagues

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a sizeable negative impact on parent and child well-being, according to research by Mark Feinberg and colleagues - Read More…

Congratulations to Koraly Pérez-Edgar for receiving the 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies and professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts, has received Penn State's 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

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Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being recognized with the 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration

Kristin Buss, Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families, Professor of Psychology; professor of human development and family studies; and head of the psychology department in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts; has been awarded Penn State's 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

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Research by Paul Morgan highlighted by CNN

Specific groups of kindergartners in the US are more likely to be frequent users of social networking, online gaming or messaging by the end of fifth grade, according to our new study in the journal Child Development.

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2021 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award recipient: Anna Zhou, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.

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2021 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Strumpf Scholars: Yiming Qian, a Developmental Psychology graduate student, Esha Viad, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student, and Elizabeth Youatt, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.

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Janet Welsh talks about the importance of prevention

Research Professor Janet Welsh has worked in the college’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center since 1994 and has dedicated her career to prevention.

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CSC representation at the SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting

CSC representation at the SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2021 Biennial Meeting took place virtually April 7-9.

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Research from Yolanda E. Murphy, et al., on how parenting in infancy predicts children’s emotional trajectories across childhood was recently published by the Infant Mental Health Journal

This study assessed whether sensitive parenting in the first four years of life predicted child internalizing emotional symptoms (i.e., anxiety and depression) from kindergarten to fifth grade and whether early child executive functioning mediated this relationship.

Research from Yolanda E. Murphy, et al., on how parenting in infancy predicts children’s emotional trajectories across childhood was recently published by the Infant Mental Health Journal - Read More…

Karen Bierman spoke with AJP Audio about her recent article on reducing adolescent psychopathology in socioeconomically disadvantaged children with a preschool intervention

Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

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Berenice Anaya, Alicia Vallorani & Koraly Pérez-Edgar have studied for the first time the association between delta-beta coupling and childhood risk for anxiety

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University have studied for the first time, the association between delta–beta coupling and childhood risk for anxiety, considering both inter- individual (between-person) and intra-individual (within-person) delta–beta coupling.

Berenice Anaya, Alicia Vallorani & Koraly Pérez-Edgar have studied for the first time the association between delta-beta coupling and childhood risk for anxiety - Read More…

Research by Leigha MacNeill, Elizabeth Shewark, Koraly Pérez-Edgar & Alysia Blandon on sharing in the family system recently published by Parenting

The current study examines whether associations between mothers’ and fathers’ emotional expressiveness and children’s observed sharing behavior differ for two young children in the same family and whether children’s baseline respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) moderates relations between emotional expressiveness and sharing.

Research by Leigha MacNeill, Elizabeth Shewark, Koraly Pérez-Edgar & Alysia Blandon on sharing in the family system recently published by Parenting - Read More…

Mark Feinberg and collaborators are evaluating the impacts of the pandemic on family life and well-being

To help understand the family factors that sustain—or undermine—social distancing and other protective health behaviors, Mark Feinberg, research professor of health and human development and the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC), and his collaborators are evaluating the impacts of the pandemic on family life and well-being.

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Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Witherspoon on being elected as Co-Chair to the Publications Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

The Publication Committee is tasked to review the health of existing publications, including their attention to diversity and inclusion of marginalized groups; evaluate proposals for major modifications in publications and for establishing new publications; and make appropriate recommendations to Governing Council including those concerning new editors as terms of editors expire and new strategies for maintaining the health and status of SRCD's publication enterprise while advancing equity in the field.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Witherspoon on being elected as Co-Chair to the Publications Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) - Read More…

Christian Connell and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network examine pandemic stressors and their impact on vulnerable children and families

Among the innumerable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on family services, many states have reported a dramatic decrease, some up to 30-40%, in the number of reports to child protective services. Unfortunately, this decrease does not mean that fewer children are vulnerable, but that social agencies may be unable to reach those who are in need.

Christian Connell and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network examine pandemic stressors and their impact on vulnerable children and families - Read More…

Preschool curricula commentary by Dr. Karen Bierman featured on the latest Monograph Matters of the SRCD

When the first publicly funded U.S. preschool program (Head Start) was initiated in 1965, preschool designs were informed primarily by developmental-constructivist models (Mills, 2007).

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Mark Feinberg discusses stressors families may face as a result of the pandemic and the potential long-term benefit of the Family Foundations program

From stay-at-home orders that were issued in the early spring, to the recognition that their children will be educated at least partially through remote learning, many families have been spending an unprecedented amount of time with each other. While this has some benefits, it can also aggravate existing strains and create new ones.

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Penn State Psychology is #2 nationally in latest NSF ranking

Psychology is #2 nationally in latest NSF ranking of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures.

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New research by grad student Anna Zhou and Dr. Kristin Buss examines child physiology and trajectories of child internalizing symptoms

Research has shown that children's internalizing symptom development during early childhood are shaped by biopsychosocial processes including physiology and parental symptoms. However, associations between maternal internalizing symptoms, child physiology and trajectories of child internalizing symptoms are not well understood.

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Carlomagno Panlilio, CSC faculty affiliate, recently contributed to an article for The Hill that discussed COVID-related education inequities

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently announced strategies for reopening schools during the ongoing pandemic. Although hand-washing, physical distancing, mask-wearing and in-person schooling are important, these strategies alone will not ensure that children are healthy and learning.

Carlomagno Panlilio, CSC faculty affiliate, recently contributed to an article for The Hill that discussed COVID-related education inequities - Read More…

Robert Nix's Recipe 4 Success program, focusing on toddlers' self-regulation skills and healthy eating habits, is discussed in American Academy of Pediatrics podcast

In this episode Susan Walley, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Section on Tobacco Control, highlights the new clinical report about health disparities in tobacco use and exposure. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Robert Nix, PhD, about his research on toddler eating and self-regulation, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics.

Robert Nix's Recipe 4 Success program, focusing on toddlers' self-regulation skills and healthy eating habits, is discussed in American Academy of Pediatrics podcast - Read More…

Congratulations to Shannon Ranio, CSC Program Manager and Grants Specialist, on receiving the 2021 College of the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Shannon Ranio, CSC Program Manager and Grants Specialist, on receiving the 2021 College of the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award!

The College of the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award provides recognition to employees who consistently demonstrate a high level of dedication and commitment to the unit and College. The employee has a positive and influential impact on the work environment, displays professionalism and initiative, and fosters cooperation and collaboration among peers and supervisors while carrying out their daily job responsibilities.

Congratulations to Shannon Ranio, CSC Program Manager and Grants Specialist, on receiving the 2021 College of the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award! - Read More…

Research by Lisa Gatzke-Kopp and team links infant second-hand smoke exposure with behavior problems later in life

This association remained significant, even after controlling for family poverty level; parental education; parental history of depression, hostility or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; caregiver IQ; complications during pregnancy; and other factors.

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U.S. News ranks Penn State #1 in online Bachelor’s in Psychology Program

Pennsylvania State University--World Campus, a public institution, has been offering online bachelor's degree programs since 2000-2001.

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Recently published research by Paul Morgan discusses how some kindergartners in the U.S. are more likely to be frequent users of online technologies

Specific groups of kindergartners in the U.S. are more likely to be frequent users of social networking, online gaming or messaging by the end of fifth grade, according to our new study in the journal Child Development.

Recently published research by Paul Morgan discusses how some kindergartners in the U.S. are more likely to be frequent users of online technologies - Read More…

Sibling rivalry research by Mark Feinberg highlighted in New York Times article

“Conflict does decrease into adolescence; it sort of levels off,” said Mark Ethan Feinberg, a research professor of health and human development at Pennsylvania State University.

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Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Berenice Anaya (mentor: Koraly Pérez-Edgar) on receiving a NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award

This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students (F99 phase) to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions (K00 phase), and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Berenice Anaya (mentor: Koraly Pérez-Edgar) on receiving a NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award - Read More…

Penn State alumnus Donn Rappaport and his wife, Susan, provide financial gift to create the Donn and Susan Rappaport Child Study Center Fund

Moved by their concern for victims of child sexual abuse and their hope to prevent it in the future, Penn State alumnus Donn Rappaport and his wife, Susan, have made a $100,000 commitment to create the Donn and Susan Rappaport Child Study Center Fund.

Penn State alumnus Donn Rappaport and his wife, Susan, provide financial gift to create the Donn and Susan Rappaport Child Study Center Fund - Read More…

Paul Morgan and Adrienne Woods recently discussed the impacts of the pandemic on special education service delivery

The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Podcast is offering a new series called The Pandemic Perspective, where we examine how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months.

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CSC faculty affiliate Jennifer Frank part of research team teaching adolescents how to manage stress with mindfulness

The teenage years are often a time when anxiety and stress are heightened, causing individuals to deal with problems in self-defeating ways. New research led by a Penn State College of Education faculty member suggests that practicing mindfulness exercises, particularly mindful breathing, could enable adolescents to more effectively manage the stress in their lives.

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Research by Amanda Skoranski and Erika Lunkenheimer suggests regulatory difficulties may transfer from parents to children in the preschool years

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict their preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems.

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Recent analyses of 40 years of autism data by Jason Griffin and Dr. Suzy Scherf may have major implications for autism spectrum disorder

The ability to recognize faces varies greatly, but individuals with autism spectrum disorders can especially struggle, having huge implications for social interaction. Penn State researchers, for the first time, recently analyzed 40 years of autism data to determine deficits in face recognition.

Recent analyses of 40 years of autism data by Jason Griffin and Dr. Suzy Scherf may have major implications for autism spectrum disorder - Read More…

Jennie Noll, director of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and CSC faculty affiliate, was recently awarded fellow status in the American Psychological Association

Jennie Noll, director of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of human development and family studies, was recently awarded fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 37, the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, for her outstanding contributions in research, professional service, and practice.

Jennie Noll, director of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and CSC faculty affiliate, was recently awarded fellow status in the American Psychological Association - Read More…

The PROSPER program, proven to reduce youth substance use, works with schools and community leaders by offering in-school and after-school programs for middle school students and their families

A new website, located at prosper.psu.edu, will aid in recruiting Pennsylvania communities and families to participate in PROSPER, or PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, a program proven to reduce use throughout entire communities by working with middle school students and their parents.

The PROSPER program, proven to reduce youth substance use, works with schools and community leaders by offering in-school and after-school programs for middle school students and their families - Read More…

Meg Small, PRC Director of Social Innovation and Assistant Research Professor of HHD, consults for the Nittany AI Associates program and TEAMology on a project to improve resiliency competencies and SEL skills in the COVID-19 school environment

Penn State students involved in the Nittany AI Associates program, working alongside TEAMology — a startup exploring emotional health as a way to enhance a child’s ability to succeed in school — explored best pathways in the use of artificial intelligence to test resilience in students learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meg Small, PRC Director of Social Innovation and Assistant Research Professor of HHD, consults for the Nittany AI Associates program and TEAMology on a project to improve resiliency competencies and SEL skills in the COVID-19 school environment - Read More…

Rick Gilmore, Pamela Cole, and an international team of developmental psychologists publish paper on the need for and challenges associated with greater data openness and sharing

Researchers in developmental psychology face a perplexing challenge: They know that collecting and sharing data about children can lead to real benefits for kids and their families, but they also recognize that some kinds of data like video or audio recordings risk violating the privacy of these vulnerable populations if not carefully protected.

Rick Gilmore, Pamela Cole, and an international team of developmental psychologists publish paper on the need for and challenges associated with greater data openness and sharing - Read More…

Dr. Sunhye Bai awarded early career professorship

Dr. Sunhye Bai awarded early career professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on being awarded the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families.

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Addressing inequities in education during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs entitled Addressing inequities in education during the COVID-19 pandemic: How education policy and schools can support historically and currently marginalized children and youth. The series contains five briefs, each two pages in length.

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SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19

In this post, I will discuss the complex issue of substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic with a specific emphasis on the likely negative impacts on the family unit. I also offer recommendations to help support individuals and families.

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Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of child studies and professor of psychology, named associate director of SSRI

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) recently named Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of child studies and professor of psychology, as an associate director of the institute.

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Faculty affiliate Gregory Fosco's research indicates the importance of parental warmth when raising teens

While parent-teen conflict is inevitable, parents expressing warmth and support on high-conflict days can bolster how much their teen feels loved, according to a study conducted by Gregory Fosco, Penn State associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center.

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PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020.

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After more than 13 years, Susan McHale plans to step down as director of the Social Science Research Institute

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research announced on July 24 that Susan McHale will step down as the director of the Social Science Research Institute. She will continue to head the institute while a search for the next director is conducted.

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Paul Morgan and colleagues receive funding for two new projects examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better served in U.S. schools

Penn State researchers are examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better helped as they attend U.S. schools, through two new projects totaling nearly $1.2 million being funded by the National Center for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Paul Morgan and colleagues receive funding for two new projects examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better served in U.S. schools - Read More…

Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period. The presentation included online resources especially relevant to pregnant/postpartum women that may help address mental and physical health risks.

Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series - Read More…

Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

Latino Connection, in partnership with various organizations, hosted a webinar series with professionals in health and finance to discuss topics and resources for minority health and wellness.

Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series - Read More…

Congratulations to Janet Welsh on being promoted to Research Professor

Janet Welsh, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Center, College of Health and Human Development, has been working in prevention research since 1994.

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Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families

Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.

Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families - Read More…