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Penn State professor brings research to Harrisburg via PACT

Dr. Douglas Teti is a developmental scientist whose research is focused on family processes as they relate to infant and early child development.
Penn State professor brings research to Harrisburg via PACT

Dr. Douglas M. Teti

Penn State professor Dr. Douglas M. Teti received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep TrAjectories (SIESTA) research program. This grant will allow Dr. Teti to test the effects of an intervention program designed to help parents work together more effectively as they make the transition to new parenthood, which in turn should benefit their infants' development.  This project expands his work to the Harrisburg area. Through PACT, Dr. Teti has established a Harrisburg research office. The SIESTA research program is a multi-funded, longitudinal study examining infant sleep and parenting practices. To read more about this award, click here.

2017 Big 33 Football Classic Event

PACT representatives were able to attend the 60th Big 33 Football Classic Event.
2017 Big 33 Football Classic Event

Carmen Henry-Harris, Dr. Dawn Witherspoon, and Lorna Lemelle

On June 17, 2017, representatives from PACT attended the 60th Big 33 Football Classic Event at Landis Field in Harrisburg, PA. Known as the Superbowl of high school football, all-star players from Pennsylvania and Maryland participated. The event provided a great opportunity to highlight PACT to a large population of people from both within and outside of Pennsylvania.

2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

PACT and LHACC participated in the 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Meghan McDoniel, Melissa Mesones-Ortiz, Nittany Lion, Emily May, and Saskia Boggs

The 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community took place on May 20, 2017, at the Harrisburg Area Community College. This is an annual fundraising event that benefits local health and human service agencies. Representatives from four PACT projects were able to attend and shared an informational table with the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC).

15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival

On May 13, 2017, PACT Co-sponsored the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival.

On May 13, 2017, PACT Co-sponsored the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival. This annual event, held in the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg, is always very well-attended and offers scheduled entertainment, vendors, a variety of foods, and children’s activities. Several PACT representatives were in attendance, including representatives from five PACT projects.

PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival

Penn State representatives engaged with the Harrisburg community at the Hispanic Heritage Festival Kick-Off Block Party.
PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival

Children display PLACES-LUGARES sign at Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Hispanic Heritage Festival kicked off Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Harrisburg with a block party organized by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC). Vendors from all around the area came out in support, offering child activities, giveaways, and information about their services for community members. Context and Development Lab (CDL) representatives were present to inform the community about the PLACES/LUGARES project (Witherspoon & Bamaca, Co-PIs). CDL offered coloring and crafting for families and had project-related water bottles, hand sanitizers, pens, and whistles as giveaways. The event was well-populated by members of the Harrisburg community and provided a great opportunity to interact with community members. LHACC is a community supporter of PACT.

PACT to Participate in New Research Study

Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar to begin multi-site project.
PACT to Participate in New Research Study

Koraly Perez-Edgar, Ph.D.

Penn State Psychology professors Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar, and Vanessa LoBue from Rutgers University, received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a comprehensive study examining behavioral inhibition in children, particularly focusing on the period of infancy through toddlerhood. The study will recruit families from three locations: through PACT in Harrisburg, PA; through Families Interested in Research Studies in State College, PA; and through Rutgers University. Click here to read the Penn State News article.

Rick Sayles Featured in the News

PACT CAB member Rick Sayles was recently featured in the news for his work with the community.
Rick Sayles Featured in the News

Rick Sayles, PACT CAB member

Rick Sayles, a PACT Community Advisory Board member, is doing great things in the community to teach youth about healthy foods by teaching them how to garden! Click here to read about the positive impact he is having on the community.

Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award

Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.
Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award

Dr. Lavette Paige

Dr. Lavette Paige, Founder and CEO of The KING Community Center and adjunct professor of developing leaders at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, was recently presented with the Meck Award. Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry. Dr. Paige has been a member of the PACT Community Advisory Board since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, she served on the PACT Task Force, which looked at ways to build bridges between University Park researchers and the Harrisburg community. Dr. Paige is one of PACT’s most vocal and supportive community advocates and PACT has greatly benefited from her intelligence and insightful contributions.

Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day

A community event bringing local families and Penn State researchers together.
Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Penn State (Dawn Witherspoon's & Mayra Bamaca's research teams) and LHACC (Latino Hispanic American Community Center of Harrisburg) partnered to provide a Video Screening/Family Fun Day for the community. To thank families who participated in previous projects and to introduce the Penn State teams to other community residents, local families were invited to come and eat, play games, do arts and crafts, and view the Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context (FAN-C) findings' videos in a forum where any questions they had about the research were answered. Information about upcoming projects was shared. It was a fun event for all!

Martha Wadsworth Receives NIH Funding to Expand BaSICS Intervention

BaSICS is a program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress.
Martha Wadsworth Receives NIH Funding to Expand BaSICS Intervention

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Martha Wadsworth received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a prevention program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress. This grant was featured by the National Institute of Mental Health as a "notable grant" in their 2016 spring edition of Inside NIMH and was also featured in the May 6, 2016, edition of Penn State News. The funding received will allow her to expand upon her previous work with the community and the Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Program. BaSICS was developed by the Penn State CaRES Lab and will be administered by the College of the Liberal Arts, University Park. 

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