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CSC faculty affiliate Kristina Neely's research featured by Penn State News
Young adults diagnosed with ADHD may display subtle physiological signs that could lead to a more precise diagnosis, according to Penn State researchers. In a recent study, young adults with ADHD, when performing a continuous motor task, had more difficulty inhibiting a motor response compared to young adults who did not have ADHD. The participants with ADHD also produced more force during the task compared to participants without ADHD.
CSC faculty affiliate Orfeu Buxton discusses the importance of sleep in Penn State News
Sleeping well is often cited as a key method of improving one’s health and well-being. But when the challenges of life require more hours in the day than a person has available, sleep is often sacrificed.
CSC welcomes Erika Lunkenheimer
We are delighted to welcome Erika Lunkenheimer as a new faculty affiliate here at the Child Study Center!
Eye-tracking technology to be used by Koraly Perez-Edgar in anxiety research
Every child experiences anxiety and fear at one time or another, but some children seem to experience fear more frequently than others. As part of a new project being funded by the National Institutes of Health, Penn State researchers are looking into emerging evidence of a link between fearfulness and anxiety, or lingering apprehension, in young children.
Jenae Neiderhiser one of three PIs on multi-institutional collaboration funded by the NIH
A child’s development can be affected by a number of factors, including biology and the environment. As part of a new, multi-institutional collaboration, Penn State researchers will focus on understanding the effects early environmental exposures have on children’s mental and physical health.
Koraly Perez-Edgar and Kristin Buss to begin multi-site project examining behavioral inhibition during the first two years of life
Infants who are overly shy and scared of new things may be at risk for developing anxiety later in life. Penn State researchers are looking to help by learning more about what these children are experiencing and why in a new project being funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Krista Wilkinson and doctoral student receive award at ISAAC conference
When designing tools for children with communication disorders, minor details matter significantly.
Kristin Buss' Emotion Development Lab featured by Penn State News
Walk into any daycare center and you’re sure to see almost every personality represented in the tiny humans inside. Some will be running around, shouting mightily. Some will be keeping to themselves, playing quietly. Many others fall somewhere in the middle.
Mark Greenberg honored by APA for lifetime career contributions to developmental psychology
Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, professor of human development and psychology, and founding director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, is the 2016 recipient of the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.
New York Times features Doug Teti's research
When Dr. Teti, a professor of human development and family studies, embarked on an usual study of co-sleeping, bringing cameras into the bedrooms of 139 Pennsylvania couples, he did not expect to see co-sleeping associated with family stress.
Research by Suzy Scherf and Giorgia Picci featured in Penn State News
Faces are as unique as fingerprints and can reveal a great deal of information about our health, personalities, age, and feelings. Penn State researchers recently discovered adolescents begin to view faces differently as they prepare for the transition to adulthood.
Suzy Scherf's autism research receives NIH funding for a 5-year project utilizing game technology
The eyes play a vital role in communication and are thought to influence social behavior. But for children diagnosed with autism, interpreting eye contact is one of the most difficult challenges in social communications.
NIMH features Martha Wadsworth
Martha Wadsworth received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a prevention program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress.
Third Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services
The Child Study Center and Psychological Clinic at The Pennsylvania State University, and the State College Area School District present the Third Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services.
Karen Bierman named Evan Pugh University Professor
Karen L. Bierman, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies, Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, and Director of the Child Study Center, was named an Evan Pugh University Professor in April of 2016.
The CSC Welcomes Cynthia Huang-Pollock to Penn State
Cynthia Huang-Pollock is the newest addition to the child clinical faculty in the psychology department. Cynthia received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University in 2003 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.
The CSC's Parenting At Risk initiative brings scholars to Penn State for a two-day workshop
A select group of researchers from around the nation gathered at Penn State on April 29 and 30 as part of the Child Study Center's Parenting At Risk initiative. Funded by the CYFC, this workshop is a culmination of biweekly discussions of core faculty focused on developing an organizing conceptual model of parenting at risk.
Dr. Russell Barkley presented the Child Study Center 2004 Lois Bloom Lecture on April 8
"Advances in Understanding the Nature and Causes of ADHD"
CSC Representation at 2005 SRCD Meeting
On April 7th the Society for Research on Child Development will commence its biennial meeting, this year held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Joseph Campos presented the Child Study Center 2005 Lois Bloom Lecture on September 22
Dr. Campos’ lecture is made possible by the Child Study Center Lectureship, an endowment established by Dr. Lois Masket Bloom, ’56 Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Alumna of Penn State.
The CSC Welcomes Ginger Moore to Penn State
We’re happy to extend a warm welcome to Ginger Moore, the newest addition to the child clinical faculty in the Department of Psychology.
The CSC Welcomes Kristin Buss to Penn State
Kristin Buss is the newest addition to the developmental psychology faculty.
Dr. Richard Davidson presented the Child Study Center 2006 Lois Bloom Lecture on September 21
Ph.D., Harvard; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Director, Waisman Center for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
Penn State News features Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser's research
Parents often worry about whether their child’s early behavior is just the “terrible twos” or behavior that will escalate to aggression, stealing, and fighting over time.
Penn State News highlights research by Rick Gilmore on big data in the science of human development
While there is no Hubble telescope gathering data about the universe of human development, projects to make large amounts of information -- big data -- more accessible to developmental researchers could bring behavioral science's biggest questions into focus, according to a Penn State psychologist.
Penn State News article features CSC faculty affiliate Paul Morgan
Academic achievement gaps in the United States are well documented in the upper elementary and middle school grades, with minority and low-income children consistently underperforming their peers. New Penn State research indicates that science achievement gaps may begin earlier than previously thought, before children enter kindergarten.
Recently Announced Awards to CSC Faculty
Karen Bierman named McCourtney Professor of Child Studies
EGDS Data Yields Predictions on Autism Spectrum Behaviors
Infant avoidance during a novel tactile task may be a predictor for autism spectrum disorder behaviors, according to a new Yale co-authored study.
NIH press release features Dr. Karen Bierman
An instructional program for parents helps young children retain the literacy skills and positive learning behaviors acquired in Head Start and retain them through to the end of the kindergarten year, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
U.S. News & World Report features Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
When Marla Genova's preschool peer accidentally stepped on her hand, Genova couldn't stand the attention and "quit." "My mom couldn't get me to come back," remembers the now-37-year-old researcher at Yale University School of Medicine.
SFARI Spectrum news article features Dr. Suzy Scherf
The brain’s face detector is not hard to find. To see to it, simply put someone in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and show them a series of images: a house, a face, a landscape, a face, a bicycle, another face. An irregular patch on the surface of the brain, just behind the ear, glows brighter in response to faces than it does for any other object or scene.
CSC welcomes Michelle Wright
The CSC welcomes Michelle Wright!
Penn State News features Dr. Mark Feinberg
A brief series of classes to help first-time parents better support each other through the often stressful transition to parenthood has a positive effect on birth outcomes as well, according to health researchers.
The CSC Welcomes Erica Culler
We are pleased to welcome Erica Culler to the Child Study Center!
CSC welcomes Shannon Ranio
We are pleased to welcome Shannon Ranio as a new staff member here at the Child Study Center!
2015 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced
We are pleased to announce the 2015 Strumpf Scholars: Alexander Weigard, a Clinical Psychology graduate student, and Elizabeth Shewark, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.
Second Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services May 15
Developing An Evidence Based Approach to Treating Childhood Trauma: A Personal and Professional Narrative
Penn State News features Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox, with eight fuzzy black legs, beady eyes and plastic fangs. With the switch of a button, the arachnid on wheels zooms forward and out of the room.
Psychology Student Named Liberal Arts Student Marshal
Whitney Moore, a Penn State psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected to be the student marshal representing the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State's Fall 2014 commencement ceremony at the University Park campus.
Washington Post article and PBS News Hour interview featuring CSC Faculty Affiliate Damon Jones
Dr. Damon Jones, Research Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development and Senior Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center, was recently interviewed for a PBS News Hour broadcast, which aired July 16, 2015.
CSC Initiative Directors Organize Special Meeting of SRCD
Dr. BJ Casey presented the Child Study Center 2014-2015 Lois Bloom lecture October 15
Easy to Remember, Difficult to Forget: The Development of Fear Regulation
Penn State's 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Issues
In her 1972 book, The Future of Marriage, Jesse Bernard argued that, within each relationship, there exist two marriages, namely his marriage and her marriage. In other words, Bernard explained, women and men have fundamentally different experiences in their shared relationship. Bernard’s review of the literature revealed that marriage had positive implications for men in domains ranging from employment and income to health and longevity, but that married women fared more poorly than both married men and single women. The institution of marriage would have a future, Bernard argued, but only if marriage relationships changed in ways that also supported women’s health and well-being.
Dr. Dawn Witherspoon receives 2014 Roy C. Buck Award
Penn State News features Dr. Suzy Scherf
Elisabeth Whyte isn’t a typical gamer: She has her very own World of Warcraft podcast, a fan following and a blog frequented by 15,000 visitors each month. Though her online persona specializes in dragon slaying, in real life she’s a postdoctoral research assistant and psychology lecturer at Penn State who is leveraging her gaming expertise to design a computer game that could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills.
American Psychological Association features Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
Many people experience shyness but some people are so fearful of social situations that it impairs the quality of their lives. These people have social anxiety disorder, which is defined by the National Institutes of Health as overwhelming and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social or performance situations. According to developmental psychologist Koraly Pérez-Edgar, PhD, social anxiety disorder often develops in early childhood.
First Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services
The purpose of this workshop is to prepare participants to use motivational interviewing (MI) strategies that foster teacher, parent, and student engagement in school-based services. This includes any professional working on school-based support teams where parent, student, or staff involvement is required for success.
Inhibited Children Become Anxious Adults - Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls -- "Emma" -- has clearly taken charge of the group, and the others happily go along with her. A fourth girl -- "Jane" -- enters the room, hiding her face while clinging to her mother. The first three continue to play, while mom sits Jane down with some toys a few feet away from the group. After mom leaves, however, Jane sits alone against the wall. Emma makes her way over to Jane, inviting her to play with the rest of the group. Jane -- looking trapped -- starts to cry, then stands up and tries desperately to open the door.
Dr. Seockhoon Chung and Dr. Doug Teti Discussion
Please join us for a discussion on possible U.S.-Korean cultural differences in the dynamics of parent-child interactions and sleep, and how the physical differences in bedrooms and beds might (or might not) change the nature of parent-child sleep interactions.
Dr. Nathan A. Fox presented the Child Study Center 2013-2014 Lois Bloom lecture January 16
Are There Sensitive Periods for the Effects of Early Experience on Cognitive and Social Competence? Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project
National Post article with Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
Some people are genetically predisposed to seeing the world darkly, according to a new Canadian study that adds to a recent raft of research acknowledging biology’s role in shaping a person’s perspective, positive or negative.
The CSC's Rick Gilmore receives funding to develop Databrary
In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Karen Bierman receives Welch Alumni Relations Award
We are happy to share the news that Karen Bierman is a recipient of this year’s 2013 Welch Alumni Relations Award,
Amanda Goble receives Rising Star Award
We are happy to share the news that Amanda Goble is the recipient of a 2013 Rising Star Award.
Invited Scholar Presentation by Dr. Anna R. Brandon
"Ethical Challenges to Establishing Evidence-Based Treatment for Perinatal Depression: A Case Study"
Technology-Assisted Parenting Interventions Conference
Dr. Self-Brown will discuss the role of technology in enhancing the reach of evidence-based practices relevant to child maltreatment prevention and intervention.
Karen Bierman receives Prevention Science Award
We are happy to share the news that Karen Bierman received the 2013 Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research.
2013 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced
We are pleased to announce the 2013 Strumpf Scholars: Elizabeth Miller, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student, and Santiago Morales, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.
Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom
Co-Sponsored by the Network on Child Protection and WellBeing, SSRI, the Child Study Center, the Prevention Research Center, and the Crime, Law & Justice Program of the Department of Sociology and Crime, Law & Justice
Invited Scholar Presentation by Dr. Daniel McCaffrey
Daniel McCaffrey is a Principal Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service. Previously he was a Senior Statistician and PNC Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation.
Invited Scholar Presentation by Dr. John Sabatini
Recent developments such as the Common Core State Standards and the Race to the Top Initiative have underscored the need to develop new assessments of reading comprehension.
Penn State's Child Sexual Abuse Conference October 29-30, 2012
We are working to build a sustainable network of researchers and practitioners who will (1) produce new knowledge, (2) foster the design and evaluation of innovative approaches to the prevention, detection, and treatment of child maltreatment, (3) create interdisciplinary education opportunities and experiences for Penn State students, and (4) put the products of these efforts to work in communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Further, the Network works to serve as the University’s coordinating entity for the dissemination of relevant communications, public awareness , student engagement, and service pertaining to child protection and well-being information and initiatives.
Alumni Couple gives $2 Million to endow Director of CSC
Penn State alumni Arnold and Bette Hoffman have made a leadership commitment of $2 million to endow the directorship of the Child Study Center in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. The couple announced the gift at an Oct. 12 University event honoring endowed faculty.
Internationally Renowned Photographer Richard Ross to Visit Penn State
Richard Ross, an American photographer best known for his body of work on the Architecture of Authority, for which he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be visiting Penn State September 17–18 to talk about his forthcoming book on juvenile detention and treatment in the United States.
CSC Initiative Directors receive funding for Parenting At Risk Meeting
Two CSC Initiative Directors, Doug Teti, Initiative Director for the CSC's Parenting At Risk Research Initiative, and Pamela Cole, Initiative Director for the CSC's Early Pathways to Competence Research Initiative, together with parenting scholars Sherryl Goodman, Emory University; Natasha Cabrera, the University of Maryland; and Vonnie C. McLoyd, the University of Michigan, proposed a 2014 conference on New Perspectives in the Study of Parenting-at-Risk, which was accepted and funded by the Society of Research in Child Development.
The CSC Welcomes Martha Wadsworth to Penn State
We are pleased to welcome Martha Wadsworth as a new faculty affiliate here at the Child Study Center!
2012 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced
We are happy to announce two Strumpf scholars for 2012: Meghan Scrimgeour, a Developmental Psychology graduate student, and Helen Tam, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student.
Doug Teti named SSRI/CYFC Associate Director
Please join us in congratulating Doug Teti on his selection as Social Sciences Research Institute’s new Associate Director.
CSC Welcomes Koraly Perez-Edgar to Penn State
The CSC welcomes Koraly Perez-Edgar to the Department of Psychology at Penn State! Koraly is the newest member of the Developmental Psychology faculty.
Dr. Megan Gunnar presented the Child Study Center 2011 Lois Bloom lecture on November 10
Early Life Stress and Development: Studies of Children Adopted Internationally from Orphanages
Penn State's 19th Annual Symposium on Family Issues
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the early origins of adult health. A growing body of evidence documents that maternal health before conception, prenatal and perinatal exposures, and conditions in childhood play critical roles in health over the life course. While the broad outlines are clear, scientific understanding of the multiple and interacting influences on child health and their role in later health continues to evolve rapidly. With attention to the role of the family in shaping the conditions of early life, this symposium will focus on children’s health and development. Health disparities are set in motion very early in life, and a theme of the conference is to further our understanding of the mechanisms through which such disparities emerge and are sustained across the lifespan.
Pamela Cole receives 2011 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award
We are happy to share the news that Pamela Cole is the recipient of this year’s 2011 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.
2011 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced
We are pleased to announce the first two Strumpf Scholars, Adriene Beltz and Kristine Marceau.
In conjunction with the CYFC, the CSC presented the Gene Environment Research Initiation (GERI) symposium on November 15
Genetic Influences: So What? Implications Across the Behavioral Sciences
The CSC welcomes Dawn Witherspoon to Penn State
We are pleased to welcome Dawn Witherspoon as a new faculty affiliate here at the Child Study Center!
Penn State's 18th Annual Symposium on Family Issues
Early adulthood (ages 18-24) is a period characterized by social-emotional, cognitive and physical development, evidenced in increasing autonomy from parents, financial independence, romantic relationship involvement, and transitions into parenthood. It is a critical life period because the timing and sequencing of these developments set the stage for later health and well-being as well as for future psychological development, achievement, and family and intimate relationship experiences.
Dr. W. Thomas Boyce presented the Child Study Center 2010 Lois Bloom lecture on September 23
The Biology of Misfortune: How Biology, Behavior and Environment Create the Social Partitioning of Health
CSC Director receives 2010 Faculty Outreach Award
Karen Bierman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts and director of the Child Study Center, has received the 2010 Faculty Outreach Award.
Alumni couple gives $1 million to support Liberal Arts initiatives
Penn State alumni Linda and Jonathan Strumpf have given $1 million to support initiatives in the College of the Liberal Arts. The gift will endow an early career faculty professorship in economics; graduate student scholarships in the Department of Psychology's Child Study Center; and their third Trustee Scholarship for undergraduates who have financial need.
Dr. Karen Bierman and Dr. Thomas Farmer collaborate as co-Directors in Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) program
Faculty from three Penn State divisions -- the colleges of Education, Health and Human Development and the Liberal Arts -- are collaborating in a new interdisciplinary training program aimed at preparing the next generation of educational scientists.
Dr. Joel T. Nigg presented the Child Study Center 2009 Lois Bloom Lecture on October 8
ADHD: Endophenotypes, Environmental Risk Factors, and Causal Models
New Director announced for the Child Study Center