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Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs entitled Addressing inequities in education during the COVID-19 pandemic: How education policy and schools can support historically and currently marginalized children and youth. The series contains five briefs, each two pages in length.

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SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19

In this post, I will discuss the complex issue of substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic with a specific emphasis on the likely negative impacts on the family unit. I also offer recommendations to help support individuals and families.

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Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of child studies and professor of psychology, named associate director of SSRI

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) recently named Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of child studies and professor of psychology, as an associate director of the institute.

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Faculty affiliate Gregory Fosco's research indicates the importance of parental warmth when raising teens

While parent-teen conflict is inevitable, parents expressing warmth and support on high-conflict days can bolster how much their teen feels loved, according to a study conducted by Gregory Fosco, Penn State associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center.

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PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020.

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After more than 13 years, Susan McHale plans to step down as director of the Social Science Research Institute

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research announced on July 24 that Susan McHale will step down as the director of the Social Science Research Institute. She will continue to head the institute while a search for the next director is conducted.

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Paul Morgan and colleagues receive funding for two new projects examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better served in U.S. schools

Penn State researchers are examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better helped as they attend U.S. schools, through two new projects totaling nearly $1.2 million being funded by the National Center for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

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Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period. The presentation included online resources especially relevant to pregnant/postpartum women that may help address mental and physical health risks.

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Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

Latino Connection, in partnership with various organizations, hosted a webinar series with professionals in health and finance to discuss topics and resources for minority health and wellness.

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Congratulations to Janet Welsh on being promoted to Research Professor

Janet Welsh, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Center, College of Health and Human Development, has been working in prevention research since 1994.

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Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families

Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.

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Rob Roeser and colleagues adapt general education course to current events during the 2nd Annual Human Flourishing Summer Teaching Institute

University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State’s 3-credit general education course on the “Art and Science of Human Flourishing” (HDFS 108N) is being fine-tuned to guide students in how to engage in compassionate dialogue about racism, COVID-19 and our social responsibilities to each other.

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PACT continues commitment despite global pandemic

Parents and Children Together (PACT) was formed in 2007 as a partnership between Penn State researchers and people who live in the greater Harrisburg community. The mission of PACT is ultimately to enhance the lives of children, youth and families of racially, culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.

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Faculty affiliate Rob Turrisi creates video series for parents on how to protect their teens from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs

Parents with questions about how to protect their teens from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs can now receive research-based advice from videos featuring Robert Turrisi, a Penn State professor of biobehavioral health with more than 35 years of experience in researching underage drinking.

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Mark Feinberg discusses harsh parenting, family violence, and what needs to change

During the COVID-19 pandemic, closed schools and daycare centers, parents working at home, and financial insecurity are increasing stress levels and frictions at home.

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Cristin Hall and research team produce publication to help schools evaluate violence-prevention resources

Children in remote locations, including children in military families, can face a variety of struggles, including violence in schools and other environments. Penn State researchers developed a new publication that will assist schools in evaluating the violence-prevention resources they may be using to help these students in need.

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CSC faculty affiliates at the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network receive $3.5 million training grant

Researchers in Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network were recently awarded a $3.5 million, five-year training grant to develop the nation’s first training program for child maltreatment professionals to help combat this complex issue.

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Christian Connell and Chad Shenk selected for Governor Tom Wolf's Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank

Two SSRI cofunded faculty members were recently selected to join Governor Tom Wolf’s 'Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank', a statewide initiative to develop the commonwealth's capacity for trauma-informed care.

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The PROSPER Program continues to provide resources to PA families

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions for Pennsylvanians, including the closing of schools and the interruption of other educational programs. Penn State’s PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) project is continuing to connect and engage Pennsylvania families and keep schools informed.

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2020 Strumpf Scholar Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Strumpf Scholars: Junqiang (Jacob) Dai, a Developmental Psychology graduate student, and Lauren Vazquez, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student.

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2020 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Irene E. Harms Graduate Scholarship Award recipient, Shana Ramsook Ratcliff, a Child Clinical Psychology graduate student.

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Kathleen Keller offers tips for keeping kids healthy and fed while stuck at home

Balancing finicky kid appetites with proper nutrition can be a challenge in the best of times. But now, with the majority of schools and day cares closed across Pennsylvania, many parents working from home, and schedules thrown in disarray, it may seem downright impossible.

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