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2019-2020 Speaker Series

2019 PSU R Bootcamp

2019 PSU R Bootcamp

R Bootcamp is a three-day workshop for Penn State researchers and graduate students to provide a broad introduction to the use of the R programming language for social science research. Co-sponsors include the CSC's Open Data and Developmental Science (ODDS) Research Initiative, as well as the Department of Psychology, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State's Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center. Following is a list of instructors:

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Wednesday, August 21 - Friday, August 23, 2019
9:00 a.m.
210 & 211 Keller Building
Registration required

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Annual Conference

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Annual Conference

"The Future of Foster Care: New Science to Address Old Problems"

Co-Sponsored by the Child Study Center

Monday, September 23, 2019, to Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:00 a.m., Nittany Lion Inn

Katie Witkiewitz

"Alcohol Harm Reduction is Health Promotion: A 15-year Journey Examining Patterns and Predictors of Alcohol Treatment Outcomes"

Abstract: Abstinence from alcohol is often viewed as the most desirable and ideal outcome for individuals with alcohol use disorder. Yet, most individuals with alcohol use disorder do not want to abstain from drinking and do not seek treatment. Several studies of treatment seeking and population-based non-treatment seeking samples have found that significant reductions in alcohol use during and following treatment, or over time in the absence of treatment, are common among individuals with alcohol use disorder. Reductions in drinking are associated with significant improvements in health, quality of life, and other consequences of alcohol use disorder, and also stable over time. Over the past 15 years, there have been several significant methodological advances in studying patterns and predictors of alcohol use and drinking reductions, yet most of the work has not had a major influence on clinical practice, and has had no effect on regulatory guidance for clinical trials examining new medications for alcohol use disorder in the United States. The current talk will provide a broad overview of this literature and present new data on the validity of World Health Organization drinking risk levels as a harm reduction endpoint. Results from several recent studies provide evidence that reductions in World Health Organization drinking risk levels are a viable alternative to abstinence as a harm reduction strategy and as an endpoint for alcohol clinical trials. The talk will also highlight the importance of drinking reductions as a significant public health priority.

Co-Sponsored with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Dr. Witkiewitz is also presenting the BENNETT LECTURE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 110 Henderson/Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Living Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:15 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

27th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

Monday, October 21, 2019, to Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:15 a.m., Nittany Lion Inn

Kristina Olson

"Childhood Gender Diversity: Latest Findings and Current Controversies"

Abstract: Upon birth, doctors, midwives, and parents around the world declare, “It’s a boy,” or “It’s a girl.” Today, more and more children are defying these declarations, identifying as a gender that did not align with this pronouncement at their birth. Dr. Olson will present work exploring the gender development and well-being of this generation of transgender and gender-nonconforming children, suggesting ways in which their lives are both remarkably unique and surprisingly similar to their more gender-conforming peers. She will address questions about the continuity and discontinuity of identity, examine researcher biases in assessing gender, and discuss the implications of social support and transitioning on well-being in transgender and gender-diverse youth.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
1:45 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Suniya Luthar

"Youth and Families in High-Achievement Settings: Understanding Risks and Pathways to Resilience"

Abstract: With a basis in over 30 years of scientific research on resilience, Dr. Luthar will describe the culture-specific risk and protective factors that affect student well-being in high-achieving schools. She will discuss critical aspects of students' relationships with parents and with peers, as well as salient aspects of school climate, with an emphasis on factors that are amenable to change by stakeholders at schools. Based on cutting-edge data across multiple schools, she will summarize specific directions for educators and parents about how to foster the well-being of “the whole child” in high achievement settings. Of critical importance is the need to ensure the well-being of adult caregivers -- parents and educators -- who themselves are at risk for depletion and burnout; Dr. Luthar will describe evidence-based interventions involving supportive groups in people's own communities.

Thursday, April 23, 2020
The 2019-20 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room