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Recently Announced Awards to CSC Faculty

The CSC is happy to share that the following awards were recently presented:

Kristen Buss headshotKristin Buss, Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Training, and Director of PACT and the Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development, received the 2016 Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences. This award is given to a tenured faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts who, by his or her outstanding work in the field of social or life sciences, has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.

Dr. Buss’s research interests are in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early childhood. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, with particular focus on the development of anxiety symptoms for children with fearful temperaments.

The Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences was endowed and named for former associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of economics, Raymond Lombra.


Dr. Sifter headshot

Cynthia Stifter, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, was selected to receive the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award. This award honors a senior faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development who has made outstanding research contributions to the field across a major portion of his or her career.

Dr. Stifter has been conducting research at Penn State since 1987. She researches socio-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschool children with an emphasis on the development of, and individual differences in, infant emotional reactivity and the ability to regulate emotion. Recently, she has been focusing on the application of temperament and emotion regulation to physical health.

The Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award was established by Leo P. Russell, a 1941 industrial engineering graduate, to honor his late wife, Pauline Schmitt Russell, who received her home economics degree from Penn State in 1948. Dr. Stifter presented the Schmitt Russell Research Lecture on November 18, 2015.


Doug Teti headshotDouglas Teti, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, and Pediatrics, and Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Lead Faculty of the Child Study Center's Families at Risk faculty research group, was the recipient of the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award. This award honors a tenured (or tenure-track) faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development for outstanding research contributions occurring or culminating within the past several years

Dr. Teti’s research focuses on infant and childhood socio-emotional development in low and high risk contexts. He investigates parental influences on infants and children, looking specifically at the impact of parental competence, mental health, and child and ecological factors. His recent work involves the study of reciprocal linkages between parenting and infant sleep and the independent and joint impact of both on infant development and the family system.

This award was established by the late Evan Pattishall, who served as dean of the former College of Human Development, and his wife, Helen, in order to recognize and reward outstanding researchers for advancing the frontiers of knowledge and to affirm the important role that significant research accomplishments play in a fully-developed program of Health and Human Development education.


Please join us in congratulating all of the awardees!