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Creating the Next Generation of Scholars in Child Maltreatment Science

Creating the Next Generation of Scholars in Child Maltreatment Science

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PI: Yo Jackson
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PI: Hannah Schreier

NIH  1T32HD101390-01
Administered in: College of Health and Human Development

T32 Training Grant on SSRI website


Child maltreatment (CM) is a costly and significant public health problem affecting millions of youth and families each year. To date, no systematic training program exists that addresses the transdisciplinary scope nor the full nature of this complex problem. Consistent with the strategic aims of NICHD, the proposed CMT32 is designed to nurture and develop the next generation of transdisciplinary scholars who will devote their careers to CM science. Housed at Penn State, the CMT32 leverages the infrastructure, projects, and cores of the P50 Capstone Center “Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies (TCCMS)” as well as the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (CMSN)—13 core program faculty across 5 Colleges from the fields of clinical child psychology, human development, sociology, biobehavioral health, pediatrics, educational psychology, nursing, and developmental psychology—to guide trainees in four topical training tracks: biological embedding, developmental processes, prevention and treatment, and policy, administrative data and systems research. In addition to immersion within and across substantive tracks, training in ethics, innovative methods, translation to policy and practice, and community engagement is emphasized. Aided by an experienced Advisory Board, the MPIs (Program Director of Training, Jackson and Program Director of Research, Noll) along with training Track Leads and mentoring teams will execute a comprehensive training plan consisting of: coursework, seminars, immersion learning, research productivity, community engagement, training in responsible conduct, peer support, and policy activities. With devoted efforts to attract a diverse group of pre and post doc trainees, the CMT32 will prepare the next generation of scholars to transcending siloed approaches in favor of transdisciplinary team-science to solve to complex problem of CM.

Primary Mentors:

  • Yo Jackson, Psychology
  • Brian Allen, Pediatrics
  • Christian Connell, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Max Crowley, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Sarah Font, Sociology
  • Erika Lunkenheimer, Psychology
  • Sheridan Miyamoto, Nursing
  • Carlo Panlilio, Educational Psychology
  • Hannah Schreier, Biobehavioral Health
  • Idan Shalev, Biobehavioral Health
  • Chad Shenk, Human Development and Family Studies

Secondary Mentors:

  • David Almeida, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Timothy Brick, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Kristin Buss, Psychology
  • Orfeu Buxton, Biobehavioral Health
  • Sy-Miin Chow, Health and Human Development
  • Lorah Dorn, Nursing
  • Chris Engeland, Biobehavioral Health
  • Rich Felson, Sociology
  • Michelle Frisco, Sociology
  • Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Health and Human Development
  • Thomas Gould, Biobehavioral Health
  • Chris Hollenbeak, Health Policy Administration
  • Valerie King, Sociology
  • Derek Kreager, Sociology
  • Paul Morgan, Educational Psychology
  • Deirdre O’Sullivan, Educational Psychology
  • Andrew Patterson, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Psychology
  • Nilam Ram, Health and Human Development
  • Martin Sliwinski, Health and Human Development
  • Joshua Smyth, Biobehavioral Health
  • Douglas Teti, Human Development and Family Studies
  • David Vandenbergh, Biobehavioral Health
  • Martha Wadsworth, Psychology
  • Dawn Witherspoon, Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellows:

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Tenesha Littleton, PhD
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Stacey Shipe, PhD

Predoctoral Fellows:

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Kayla Brown, MA
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Catherine Diercks, MA
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Casey Mullins, MA
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Anneke Olson, MA