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Dawn Witherspoon featured in video from The Society for Research in Child Development

Dawn Witherspoon featured in video from The Society for Research in Child Development

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently published a video from the 2019 Biennial SRCD pre-conference, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Culture, Context, Race and Ethnicity: A Focus on Science, Ethics, and Collaboration in the Spirit of 2044”, featuring Dawn Witherspoon.

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Complications during birth may increase social anxiety by pre-teen years

A new study indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen years.

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College tuition waivers for Pennsylvania foster youth has passed the House Education Committee

We are happy to announce -- Legislation establishing college tuition waivers for Pennsylvania foster youth passed the House Education Committee on Thursday, June 27, 2019 and was signed by Governor Wolf on June 28, 2019.

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Elaine Berrena thanks mentors as she retires from full-time position with the PRC

When prevention research coordinator Elaine Berrena reflects on her 28-year Penn State career, she thinks of other people first.

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2019 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award recipient, Meghan McDoniel, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.

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New Director Announced for PACT

New Director Announced for PACT

Dawn Witherspoon, Associate Professor and McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology at Penn State, was named as the incoming Director of PACT effective July 1, 2019.

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Congratulations to Samantha Tornello on being named the Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Health and Human Development

Tornello’s research focuses on family composition, parental dynamics, and individual functioning of families headed by sexual and gender minority people. Her research also addresses how both positive and negative experiences can impact parents and children in these families.

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Faculty affiliate Diana Fishbein's National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) helps bring prevention science to life

Over the past four decades, prevention science has grown steadily, producing evidence-based practices and policies that prevent negative medical, social and emotional impacts before they occur.

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Congratulations to CSC faculty affiliate Orfeu Buxton on being named the next editor-in-chief for Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation

Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) co-funded faculty member at Penn State, was recently named the next editor-in-chief for the journal of the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Health.

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Karen Bierman named a fellow of the Society for Prevention Research

Karen L. Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and director of the Penn State Child Study Center in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been named a fellow of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR).

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SRCD highlights accomplishments of the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee during Dawn Witherspoon's tenure as Chair

Originally founded as the Minority Committee in 1984, the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee focuses on increasing diversity in developmental science and SRCD through programmatic initiatives and acts as a liaison for internal groups interested in research pertaining to racial-ethnic minorities. The committee aims to impact diversity and inclusion at multiple levels of the pipeline and promotes research with racial-ethnic minority populations.

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Orfeu Buxton discusses research findings on the relationship of exercise and getting a better night of sleep in teenagers

Getting more exercise than normal — or being more sedentary than usual — for one day may be enough to affect sleep later that night, according to a new study led by Penn State.

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PROSPER conference shares developments in addressing substance misuse among middle school youth

The PROSPER (PROmoting school-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) conference brought together representatives from Penn State and Pennsylvania state agencies and school districts, to share recent developments in addressing substance misuse among middle school youth.

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Congratulations to Laureen Teti

Congratulations to Laureen Teti

Laureen Teti has been promoted to Associate Director of the CSC and Associate Research Professor of Psychology.

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2019 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Strumpf Scholars: Daryl Cooley, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student, and Catherine Hamby, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.

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New $1.2 million NSF grant at the CSC will promote STEM and social-emotional learning skills in pre-school children

“STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] skills have not been a priority in early childhood education,” said Evan Pugh University Professor Karen Bierman, director of the Penn State Child Study Center housed in the Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts. “Preschool play helps children build the foundation skills that support later spatial thinking and numerical reasoning. But most STEM toys are marketed for boys, fueling a gender gap in STEM interests and skills that is evident by school entry.”

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Congratulations to Dean Susan Welch on receiving the 2019 Lion's Paw Medal

Susan Welch, professor and dean of the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, received the 2019 Lion’s Paw Medal during the society’s 2019 Convocation Ceremony, which took place over Blue-White Weekend.

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Research by Kathleen Keller and team suggests children's susceptibility to the portion size effect

Preschoolers may not be as good at resisting large portions of everyday foods as was previously thought, according to Penn State researchers.

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Congratulations to Mimi Schaub on being awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by the College of Education

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty mentor who demonstrates teaching excellence, shows respect to all students as individuals, and creates an environment conducive to learning.

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Janet Welsh discusses the success of the PROSPER program

Janet Welsh, associate research professor of health and human development and senior research associate with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, has worked in prevention research since 1994, with the aim of improving the lives of people and communities impacted by substance abuse and addiction.

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Yo Jackson testifies at Congressional briefing on strengthening prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect

Yo Jackson, associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of psychology at Penn State, recently provided testimony on strengthening prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.

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CSC has a strong turnout at  2019 SRCD

CSC has a strong turnout at 2019 SRCD

The 2019 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) was held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 21 - 23.

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Janet Welsh and the PROSPER project work to build substance abuse prevention programs for PA middle schoolers

Penn State researchers and Extension educators are partnering to build resilient families and provide research-based drug abuse prevention programs across Pennsylvania.

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Bo Cleveland co-leads students enrolled in embedded developmental psychology course on trip to Cambodia

The College of the Liberal Arts offers many embedded courses to Penn State students. Embedded courses are semester-long classes that include an optional short-term international experience related to the course content.

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Congratulations to CSC faculty affiliate Krista Wilkinson on receiving the 2019 President's Award for Engagement with Students

Krista Wilkinson, professor of communication sciences and disorders in the College of Health and Human Development, has received Penn State's 2019 President’s Award for Engagement with Students.

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SRCD Pre-Conference Event Co-Sponsored by CSC

SRCD Pre-Conference Event Co-Sponsored by CSC

The CSC co-sponsored an SRCD pre-conference event entitled, “Conceptualizing and measuring culture, context, race, and ethnicity: A focus on science, ethics, and collaboration in the Spirit of 2044.”

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Recently published research by Greg Fosco and team examined how a variety of factors affect adolescents' self-efficacy

Self-confidence is critical for teens as they prepare for the challenges of adulthood, and both families and schools may together play a vital role in boosting adolescents’ confidence even in the face of difficulties with family, according to researchers.

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Research by Jenae Neiderhiser, Amanda Ramos, and CSC graduate Amanda Griffin suggests genetics may play a part in virtuous character development

A new baby is often welcomed with speculation about whether they got their eyes and nose from mom or dad, but researchers say it may be possible for children to inherit their parents’ moral characteristics, as well.

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WPSU talks with Karen Bierman and SCASD superintendent Bob O'Donnell about bullying

Bullying is an issue in K-12 schools across the country. WPSU gathered questions from parents and discussed the issue with Drs. Karen Bierman and Bob O'Donnell.

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PACT's Carmen Henry-Harris discusses the importance of diverse populations in research with Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers

Recently, Carmen Henry-Harris, Community Liaison and Coordinator for PACT, sat down with Comcast Newsmaker’s Jill Horner to discuss how PACT successfully functions with the community to ensure diverse populations are represented in research.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Pathways to Competence research initiative celebrated another year of success

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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