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Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai for receiving a 2021 SRCD Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars.

The Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars addresses this need within developmental science by supporting pilot or small-scale research projects proposed by members who completed their doctoral degree within the last five years.

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Faculty affiliate Paul Morgan was chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as a 2021 AERA Fellow on the basis of his distinguished and sustained research achievements.

Paul Morgan, the Harry & Marion Eberly Faculty Fellow and professor of education (education theory and policy) in the Penn State College of Education, is one of 19 exemplary scholars chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as 2021 AERA Fellows.

Faculty affiliate Paul Morgan was chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as a 2021 AERA Fellow on the basis of his distinguished and sustained research achievements. - Read More…

Researchers working with Kathleen Keller find serving children a larger portion of vegetables appears to increase their vegetable intake.

It can be difficult to get young kids to eat enough vegetables, but a new Penn State study found that simply adding more veggies to their plates resulted in children consuming more vegetables at the meal.

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According to a new study by Penn State researchers, triangulation may have a greater effect on children than parents realize.

When parents who are fighting with each other draw their adolescent children into their conflicts, the children may perceive those conflicts very differently than their parents, according to a new Penn State study.

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Congratulations to faculty affiliate Rob Roeser, who was recently honored with Mind & Life’s Annual Service Award

The Mind & Life Service Award is given annually to a nominee who has provided recent service (within two years) based on the quantity and impact of their contributions to Mind & Life, as well as how well they exemplify Mind & Life values.

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Research by Christian Connell looked at household exposure to COVID-19 related stress and the association with parent report of neglectful, harsh, and positive discipline practices.

It is critical that we understand the impact of the public health response and correspondent stressors experienced by parents on the safety and wellbeing of children. Such information could provide invaluable insight into how to support vulnerable children and their families during the ongoing public health crises.

Research by Christian Connell looked at household exposure to COVID-19 related stress and the association with parent report of neglectful, harsh, and positive discipline practices. - Read More…

Chaia Flegenheimer and Suzy Scherf reviewed and assessed the existing research on college as a context of emerging adulthood development in autistic individuals

The goal of this paper is to systematically review and assess the existing research on college as a context of EA development in autistic individuals, particularly in terms of understanding whether and how this context might be critically different for those who are typically developing or developing with other disabilities.

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Research by Brendan Ostlund examines the effect of maternal mindfulness on newborn neurobehavior

We examined whether a mother's mindfulness while pregnant related to neurobehavioral outcomes in her neonate, as well as whether maternal mindfulness moderated the link between prenatal maternal emotion dysregulation and newborn neurobehavior.

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CSC faculty affiliate Kathleen Keller and colleagues are using a novel approach to study the effects of food ads on childhood obesity

Food advertisements targeting kids can encourage poor eating habits that contribute to obesity; however, not all children are susceptible. Penn State researchers are exploring the factors that protect children from overeating in response to food ads in a $2.3 million NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders funded project.

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New brief by Robert Roeser, et al., discusses school-based mindfulness programs and how they have impacted students

Dozens of school-based mindfulness programs (SBMPs) have been developed and implemented in a range of school contexts across the world. These programs are often designed to teach students how to pay attention, regulate stress, feel better emotionally, engage in healthy relationships, and do better in school.

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The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, formed in 2012, is featured in the Penn Stater as a nationwide leader in research, training, and informing policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable children

In October 2020, as the leaves began to change colors, University Park was a shadow of its usual fall self. The campus was quiet and mostly empty; few were around to notice the families with young children entering Henderson Building and making their way to the softly lit suite that houses Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (CMSN).

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, formed in 2012, is featured in the Penn Stater as a nationwide leader in research, training, and informing policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable children - Read More…

Dr. Erum Nadeem presented at the Seventh Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services

Dr. Erum Nadeem presented at the Seventh Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services

The Seventh Annual Central PA Workshop on Evidence-Based Mental Health Services, presented by the CSC, Psychological Clinic, and State College Area School District, was held May 12, 2021.

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Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30

The Carolina Seminar Series aims to increase awareness about the impact of disparities that contribute to children’s ability to keep pace, which have broad dire effects on the neurodevelopmental trajectories of children growing up in disadvantaged households and communities.

Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30 - Read More…

The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a sizeable negative impact on parent and child well-being, according to research by Mark Feinberg and colleagues

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a sizeable negative impact on parent and child well-being, according to research by Mark Feinberg and colleagues - Read More…

Congratulations to Koraly Pérez-Edgar for receiving the 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies and professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts, has received Penn State's 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

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Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being recognized with the 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration

Kristin Buss, Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families, Professor of Psychology; professor of human development and family studies; and head of the psychology department in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts; has been awarded Penn State's 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

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Research by Paul Morgan highlighted by CNN

Specific groups of kindergartners in the US are more likely to be frequent users of social networking, online gaming or messaging by the end of fifth grade, according to our new study in the journal Child Development.

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2021 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Strumpf Scholars: Yiming Qian, a Developmental Psychology graduate student, Esha Viad, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student, and Elizabeth Youatt, a Developmental Psychology graduate student.

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