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Cynthia Stifter's research suggests helping your child develop regulatory skills may help him or her maintain a healthy weight
Parents who positively engage with their children during play time — and gently steer them to clean up afterward — may help toddlers with low-self regulation have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) later on as preschoolers.
CSC initiative leader Rick Gilmore and team receive $6.3 million NIH grant to support a collaborative research initiative focusing on infants and mothers in their homes
The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project—a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada.
The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network kicks off the state-wide Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative
A new initiative spearheaded by Penn State researchers is aiming to revolutionize how policymakers understand and prevent child sexual abuse.
Research by Jennie Noll and team find correlation between childhood sexual abuse and teen motherhood
Children who suffer childhood sexual abuse early are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, adolescent pregnancy, and teenage motherhood, according to new Penn State research.
Center for Healthy Children works with researchers across the nation to create evidence-based standards for foster-care placement programs
Federal legislation will radically change how foster care dollars can be used, and Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and Center for Healthy Children (CHC) is leading the charge to ensure services intended to prevent foster care placement, and better serve foster youth, are backed by sound research.
Penn State's developmental psychology graduate program ranked #5 by U.S. News
Developmental psychology students observe the broad span of human development, from infancy to old age. Key concepts include the nature versus nurture debate and identity formation.
Faculty affiliate Robert Roeser and colleague receive $3.3 million federal grant award to study the impact of the MindUp early learning program
MindUp is designed to help children develop social-emotional and self-regulation skills, including learning how to manage their emotions, get along and cooperate with others, focus their attention, follow directions and be persistent at completing tasks.
Psychology graduate Marissa Reynolds one of several speakers at "Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow" event October 3, 2018
Focused on the theme of empowering young women to aspire to leadership roles, the event gives current students a unique opportunity to network with successful Penn State alumnae and other student attendees.
Chad Shenk and colleagues investigate the link between child maltreatment and cognitive aging later in life
Almost 10 million older adults in the U.S. have cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, or other related dementias. Penn State researchers are looking into how early life adversity, specifically child maltreatment, can affect cognitive aging later in life in a new project.
Orfeu Buxton's research suggests less workplace flexibility for a parent results in kids getting less sleep
It may be tough for working moms to get a good night’s sleep, but working tight hours may affect their children’s sleep, too.
The New York Times highlights Doug Teti's research on infant sleep
Parents often feel bad if their babies aren’t good sleepers, but a new study suggests there’s a lot of variation, even at a year old.
Congratulations to Krista Wilkinson on being awarded the 2018 Leadership in Outreach Scholarship Award by the College of Health and Human Development
The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its 2018 Faculty and Staff Awards. A reception honoring the awardees was held Nov. 14 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building at Penn State University Park.
Recently published research by Paul Morgan emphasizes the important role executive function plays in determining a child's academic success or difficulty
Identifying factors that predict academic difficulties during elementary school should help inform efforts to help children who may be at risk. New Penn State research suggests that children’s executive functions may be a particularly important risk factor for such difficulties.
Emily Hohman's nutritional science research demonstrates a need for prevention efforts in childhood and adolescence
Girls who gain weight more rapidly between the ages of 5 and 15 are more likely to be obese at age 24, according to researchers.
Carlomagno Panlilio and Hannah Schreier are part of an interdisciplinary team working to develop a risk assessment evaluation tool for welfare system children
Children in the welfare system are particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) according to a 2013 U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means hearing, but few practical screening tools currently exist to identify victims and those at risk for sexual exploitation, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.
Karen Bierman co-authors brief discussing peer relationships and social-emotional development
Successfully navigating the social world of peers can be challenging. Children and teenagers benefit from the social and emotional support that friends offer, but they can also experience occasional social stressors and peer conflicts.
Chad Shenk helps develop interdisciplinary minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies
Students in human development and family studies, biobehavioral health, education, nursing, psychology, and other degree programs are benefiting from a minor that delivers critical training to those who want to work with children.
The Pathways to Competence research initiative celebrated another year of success
The Pathways to Competence faculty research initiative celebrated another banner year of success in securing federal funding for their research.
The G20 Development Working Group, made up of 19 countries and the European Union, released the "G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative" last week in Buenos Aires
The G20 Development Working Group (DWG) submitted recommendations for the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, key to breaking the cycle of structural poverty and inequality.
Research by Orfeu Buxton indicates the importance of age-appropriate bedtimes and getting the recommended amount of sleep during childhood
Having a regular, age-appropriate bedtime and getting sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for healthy body weight in adolescence, according to researchers at Penn State.
Hannah Schreier and research team examine how teens' coping skills impact their health later in life
Most teens get stressed out by their families from time to time, but whether they bottle those emotions up or put a positive spin on things may affect certain processes in the body, including blood pressure and how immune cells respond to bacterial invaders, according to Penn State researchers.
Co-sleeping with your infant? Professor Doug Teti's research indicates the importance of finding a sleep arrangement that works well for both partners
Recent trends and popular advice telling moms not to sleep with their babies may make mothers who do choose to co-sleep with their infants more likely to feel depressed or judged, according to Penn State researchers.
Paul Morgan's research suggests a bias in how children of color are being suspended at school
Suspension is one way schools discipline students, but the high number of and disparities in suspensions in the U.S. has sparked controversy and policy debate.
Research by Lisa Gatzke-Kopp finds low-income, rural kids at higher risk for second- or third-hand smoke exposure
Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Successful CSC Symposium on Parenting Engagement in the Early School Years
The Child Study Center sponsored a successful symposium, “Fostering Productive Parent Engagement in the Early School Years: Translating Research to Practice,” on Friday, January 11, 2019.
Professor Doug Teti invited to Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2019 Lunch with Leaders event, Saturday, March 23rd
The Lunch with Leaders event is a student tradition at the SRCD Biennial Meetings.
Erika Lunkenheimer's research shows children's task persistence with parents predicts attention problems in kindergarten
The transition to kindergarten can be a challenge for children who have trouble paying attention, and can result in behavioral problems and poor academic achievement.
Cristin Hall and team work with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to refine policies and procedures regarding student behavioral threats
Proactively identifying and addressing behavioral threats among students has long been a challenge for many school districts.
Dr. Santiago Morales, Alicia Vallorani, and Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar publish findings on sensitivity to rejection and attention to threat related to internalizing problems in young children
Recent work from Dr. Santiago Morales in collaboration with Alicia Vallorani and Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar examined relations between neural and affective responses to peer feedback, attention bias to threat and internalizing problems in children ages 5 to 7.
Meg Small and CSC faculty affiliate Damon Jones will co-direct RWJF project focused on implementing evidence-based social emotional learning programs and practices
Experts agree that social and emotional skills are necessary for children to grow up healthy and successful as students and later, in all aspects of life.