The effects of genetics, home environment, and prenatal substance use on child health and brain development are largely unknown, even though pregnancy and early childhood are incredibly important periods of growth.
This paper addresses the critical gap in understanding the legislative and policy response to ACE research and identifies factors associated with supporting or enacting such legislation at the state level.
Perceiving and interpreting eye gaze cues is foundational for social cognition and social interactions because it involves the ability to use eye gaze direction to predict the actions and intentions of others.
Few studies examine how neighborhood structural factors (e.g., socioeconomic status [SES] and diversity) and perceived disorder may influence the messages parents communicate to their youth about race/ethnicity. Guided by the integrative model and social disorganization theory, this study examines how parents' ethnic–racial socialization messages (ERS) are shaped by the broader environment.
The 2021 Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals conference, "Dyslexia, Literacy, & Vulnerable Student Populations: The science, policy, and culturally responsive practice," will take place October 15, 2021.
This week we explore the issue of how parents can help their child's emotion regulation development with renowned researcher Dr. Lisa Gatzke-Kopp.
This study examined within- and between-person associations among interparental conflict (IPC), threat appraisals, temperament, and anxiety to evaluate how these risk processes unfold at the daily level in adolescence.
The authors tested whether changes in eye blink rate during a naturalistic effortful control task differ as a function of parent-reported effortful control and internalizing behaviors.
Bilingual brains use a complex system of strategies to process language, but less is known about whether those who speak several dialects of the same language use similar processes.
For the past several years, there has been an ongoing partnership between Penn State researchers and government partners to change the Commonwealth's county-based child welfare system through legislative and policy actions. We spoke to Jennie Noll, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University, and Brian Bornman, Esq., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association, about their collaborative process, the challenges of navigating a stressed bureaucratic system, and what the future holds for resolving issues of child welfare and maltreatment.
Karen Bierman, an Evan Pugh University Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Child Study Center; Matt Ferrari, associate professor of biology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics; and Dr. Emily Link, internal medicine physician at Penn State Health, will answer viewers’ questions live on air.
Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies, professor of psychology, and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute, was recently named editor-in-chief of Developmental Psychology, one of the flagship journals of the American Psychological Association.
The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives is pleased to provide this 40-page booklet of factsheets documenting evidence for structural racism across societal systems. Experts from a wide range of fields present data on the negative impacts of racist practices on the health and well-being of children and families, and recommend public policies to weed it out.
Early childhood is a critical period for the development of regulatory skills, which are shaped in the context of parent–child interactions (Kim & Kochanska, 2012; Scholtes et al., 2020).
Jordan Sigler, an honor student beginning her senior year under the mentorship of Dr. Suzy Scherf, is majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Kinesiology.
The Penn State Postdoctoral Society annually awards an Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar and an Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award! Nominations are reviewed by panels of Penn State postdocs and faculty.
Yulia Lerner of Tel Aviv University, Suzanne Scherf of Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues looked at brain activity across the cortex in older adolescents, 15 to 19 years old, while watching the movie “Escape to Witch Mountain.”
Congratulations to Venus Ricks, M.Ed., former lab coordinator in Dr. Kristin Buss’ Emotion Development Lab, who was named the first ever Director of the newly created Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
Adolescence can be an emotionally turbulent time, but new research at Penn State found that close, supportive relationships with parents — especially dads — at key points during adolescence can help stave off certain adjustment problems.
The faculty and staff of the CSC offer their sincere condolences to the family of Arnold “Arn” Hoffman, who passed away August 4th in Sarasota, FL.
In the past few decades, mental health experts and researchers have started to understand how ADHD manifests differently depending on gender, as girls tend to seem more inattentive and forgetful while boys tend to seem more hyperactive and disruptive. The reasons Black children and ethnic minorities are overlooked range from racial bias in schools and lack of access to care, to stigma and distrust of educators and health providers based on past discrimination.
The Anne Anastasi Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award recognizes an early career individual who has made outstanding contributions to quantitative research methods.
The study sought to replicate prior research on the development of multicultural knowledge in undergraduate multicultural psychology courses and extend our understanding by also examining growth in ethnic identity as well as three potential moderators of growth in multicultural knowledge and ethnic identity: ethnoracial background of students, previous experience with multicultural courses, and participation in small-group discussions.
This special section is focused on capturing the range of impacts—both positive and negative—of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of infants.
The study examined the moderating effects of parental meta-emotion philosophy on the relation between family stress and youth internalizing symptoms.
The Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars addresses this need within developmental science by supporting pilot or small-scale research projects proposed by members who completed their doctoral degree within the last five years.
Paul Morgan, the Harry & Marion Eberly Faculty Fellow and professor of education (education theory and policy) in the Penn State College of Education, is one of 19 exemplary scholars chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as 2021 AERA Fellows.
Water needs increase during pregnancy to support fetal development and maternal health, however little is known about the relationship between hydration status and outcomes on both mother and child.
Penn State nontenure-line faculty promotions were announced, effective July 1.
It can be difficult to get young kids to eat enough vegetables, but a new Penn State study found that simply adding more veggies to their plates resulted in children consuming more vegetables at the meal.
When parents who are fighting with each other draw their adolescent children into their conflicts, the children may perceive those conflicts very differently than their parents, according to a new Penn State study.
The Mind & Life Service Award is given annually to a nominee who has provided recent service (within two years) based on the quantity and impact of their contributions to Mind & Life, as well as how well they exemplify Mind & Life values.
Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are developing a smartphone app to promote positive, engaged family relationships that promote healthy development for adolescents.
It is critical that we understand the impact of the public health response and correspondent stressors experienced by parents on the safety and wellbeing of children. Such information could provide invaluable insight into how to support vulnerable children and their families during the ongoing public health crises.
Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal has been named the new director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), effective Sept. 1. Dr. Ehrenthal succeeds Susan McHale, who is returning to her full-time faculty position after 14 years as director.