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2015-2016

2016 Strumpf Scholar Award recipients announced
The Strumpf Scholar Award, provided by the Linda Brodsky Strumpf Liberal Arts Centennial Graduate Endowment, recognizes outstanding achievement and promise in areas of research supported by the Child Study Center.
CSC Co-Sponsors the Fourth Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being Sept. 30 - Oct. 1
"New Frontiers in the Biology of Stress Maltreatment and Trauma: Opportunities for Translation, Resilience, and Reversibility."
Dr. Laurence Steinberg presented the Child Study Center 2015-2016 Lois Bloom lecture September 22
Adolescence now lasts longer than ever, and the adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable. These new discoveries make this time of life crucial in determining a person’s ultimate success and happiness. In this lecture, Laurence Steinberg will discuss the teenage brain’s potential for change, the links between brain development and risk-taking in adolescence, the elongation of adolescence as a developmental stage, and the implications of each for how we parent, educate, and understand young people.
CSC welcomes Shannon Ranio
We are pleased to welcome Shannon Ranio as a new staff member here at the Child Study Center!
The CSC Welcomes Erica Culler
We are pleased to welcome Erica Culler to the Child Study Center!
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.
CSC welcomes Michelle Wright
The CSC welcomes Michelle Wright!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Bierman named McCourtney Professor of Child Studies
Recently Announced Awards to CSC Faculty
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.