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Santiago Morales is an assistant professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University of Southern California. He completed his Ph.D. and M.S. in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience from The Pennsylvania State University under the mentorship of Drs. Koraly Pérez-Edgar and Kristin Buss.
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The following CSC faculty affiliates received tenure-line and non-tenure-line faculty promotions.
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Some teenagers with autism use a different set of eye-movement patterns from their non-autistic counterparts while recognizing faces, according to James McPartland, PhD, Harris Professor in the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) and a director of the Center for Brain and Mind Health at Yale School of Medicine; and Jason Griffin, PhD, the Hilibrand Postdoctoral Fellow at YCSC.
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Assessment practices for measuring adverse life events (ALEs) are often characterized by considerable variability, which is associated with inconsistency and reproducibility issues when conducting research on children with ALE exposure.
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The Child Study Center (CSC) is pleased to announce that Rina Das Eiden, professor of psychology, and Jenae Neiderhiser, associate department head for research and Distinguished Professor of psychology and human development and family studies, will be assuming the role of co-directors at the Child Study Center, effective July 1, 2024.
We are pleased to announce the 2024 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award recipient: Briah Glover, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.
We are pleased to announce the 2024 Strumpf Scholar: Miglena (Megi) Ivanova, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.
"Examining brain responses to visual food cues that vary by amount (i.e., portion size) and energy density can shed light on how these food characteristics interact to influence eating behaviors."
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On Friday, Feb 16, 2024, the CSC Training Institute held a Friendship Group training.
Group of people who participated in Friendship Group training in February 2024
"Using human-centered design (HCD) methods, we created activity kits fostering parents’ (a) involvement in and (b) valuing of parent-child play to promote preschoolers’ STEM skills."
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“We were looking at space not just as a spatial boundary, but where meaning is being made and relationships and experiences matter,” said Witherspoon.
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Penn State World Campus’ comprehensive portfolio of online degree programs has been included in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).
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Penn State researchers have embarked on a five-year, $2.5 million project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study outcomes for adults who participated in the substance misuse prevention system known as PROSPER while they attended middle school. The system, PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, was developed by Penn State and Iowa State University and has served more than 100,000 children in rural communities throughout Pennsylvania and Iowa since 2001.
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Drawing upon race-based traumatic stress models, and following the PRISMA-2020 guidelines, this systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to identify the state of the empirical evidence in the association between racism-related experiences and traumatic stress symptoms in ethnoracially minoritized youth.
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"We investigated perceptions among child welfare professionals given the contributing role they could play in both initiating provider–parent dialogue and connecting families with timely resources to better support early emotional development post-abuse/neglect."
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While screen time is generally known to affect sleep, new research suggests that interactive engagement, such as texting friends or playing video games, delays and reduces the time spent asleep to a greater extent than passive screen time, like watching television — especially for teens.
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"Four decades of research have examined the antecedents and consequences of behavioral inhibition (BI), a temperament profile associated with heightened reactivity to sensory stimuli in infancy, reticence toward social cues in childhood, and the later emergence of social anxiety in adolescence. This review proposes that a two-hit model can supplement prior work to better understand these developmental pathways."
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A $1.2 million grant awarded to College of Education researchers by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education (OSEP) will prepare doctoral-level university faculty in emotional and behavioral health supports where they will conduct research, prepare special education teachers and serve the community.
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iLookOut, a web-based child abuse training for early childcare professionals (ECPs), has been shown to improve knowledge and attitudes related to correctly identifying and reporting suspected cases of child abuse.
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McCourtney Professor of Child Studies at The Pennsylvania State University; Member of the SRCD Latinx Caucus.
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Informed by the dimensional approach to adversity, this study disaggregated child maltreatment effects to examine how abuse versus neglect influenced cortisol at the baseline assessment and longitudinal changes in diurnal cortisol among a sample of Chinese children and adolescents.
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Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award recognizes and rewards a faculty member for advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
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"This study examined potential age moderation of contemporaneous primary, threat-based appraisal effects on coping in a large sample of 490 youth in foster care (48% female, ages 8 to 18) using a series of statistical models which were capable of detecting very general forms of effect moderation."
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Doan, professor of theatre at Penn State and director of the University’s Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI), is collaborating on the project with principal investigator Sarah Myruski, assistant research professor of psychology and associate director of the Emotion Development Lab, and lab director Kristin Buss, professor of psychology and human development and family studies.
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More than 50 students, staff, and faculty participated in Penn State’s first ever Open Science Bootcamp August 9-11, 2023.
Dr. Gilmore presenting at the Open Science Bootcamp
Secondhand tobacco smoke continues to be a major source of indoor air pollution that causes more than 41,000 nonsmoking adults to die every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Child maltreatment — which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect — affects at least 12% of children under 18 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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"The goal of the current paper is to provide clinical child and adolescent psychologists a guide to the complexity of child maltreatment research and to suggest possible solutions to navigate the challenges associated with research on child maltreatment."
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"The current study examined two epigenic age acceleration clocks appropriate for the pediatric population, the Horvath and Pediatric Buccal Epigenetic (PedBE) clocks, and their associations with depressive and anxiety symptom severity following child maltreatment."
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"Results highlight the complex, bidirectional associations in maternal-infant dyads during the first two years of life, and the importance of considering the co-development of infant reactivity and regulatory processes in the context of maternal internalizing symptoms."
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Chad E. Shenk, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate professor of pediatrics, has edited a new book as part of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network book series.
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Genetics play a significant role in how children respond to their adoptive families’ parenting style, according to a new study published by a multi-university team of researchers that includes Jenae Neiderhiser, Penn State distinguished professor of psychology and human development and family studies.
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The College of Health and Human Development has announced that Max Crowley, professor of human development and family studies and public policy, has been appointed director of Penn State's Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC), beginning Aug. 15.
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A new $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will enable a team of researchers at Penn State to study specific characteristics of individuals with Down syndrome that contribute to swallowing and speech outcomes with the goal of developing interventions tailored to the needs of this population.
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