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A-n-T: Attention and Temperament in Infancy

The A-n-T: Attention and Temperament in Infancy study examines the way attention may be linked to temperament and emotional behavior from the first years of life.

Perez-Edgar & Buss, PIs
Funder:
National Institute of Mental Health

Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Program

Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) is a new coping and empowerment intervention for preadolescent children who face significant chronic stress.

Wadsworth, PI
Funder: PSU Africana Research Center

Caregiving, Attachment and Regulation of Emotions (CARE)

The purpose of the CARE Study is to examine maternal caregiving and the development of infants’ attachment, emotion regulation, patterns of stress reactivity, and mental health in the first year of life; as well as to better understand factors linked to maternal caregiving.

Woodhouse & Buss, PIs
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Child Attention and Learning Study (CAL)

The Child Attention and Learning Study aims to understand the cognitive processes that place children at risk for the development of childhood ADHD, academic difficulties, and social skills deficits.

Huang-Pollock, PI
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context (The FAN-C Study)

The Understanding Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context (FAN-C) project is a mixed-methods study that examines how the neighborhood context influences family functioning (e.g., parenting strategies) and adolescent outcomes (e.g., racial and academic attitudes and behavioral well-being).

Witherspoon, PI
Funder: Penn State’s Department of Psychology, College of the Liberal Arts

Feeding and Caring for your Infant Study

The goal of the Feeding Infants and Toddlers study is to develop an optimized behavioral intervention that promotes responsive parenting and feeding among low income mothers enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children Program.

Savage, Birch & Paul, PIs
Funder: Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

PATHS to Success

Parental support of learning for children in grades K-3

Greenberg, PI
Funder: Pennsylvania Department of Health

Places/Lugares

The Places/Lugares project is a study that examines how place (i.e., inside and outside of the residential neighborhood) and culture impact parental monitoring (as well as other parenting behaviors) as well as shape the link between parenting practices and youth behaviors among Latino families. All aspects of the project are provided in English or Spanish.

Witherspoon & Bamaca, Co-PIs
Stephen Matthews (Investigator)
Funder: National Council on Family Relations (NCR) Innovation Grant

Proyecto Places/Lugares

El proyecto PLACES/LUGARES es un estudio que se enfoca en como los lugares (i.e., adentro y afuera del vecindario residencial) y la cultura afectan como los padres cuidan a sus hijos (y otros comportamiento de los padres) así como moldean la asociación entre las prácticas de los padres y los comportamientos de los jóvenes en familias Latinas. Todos los aspectos del proyecto se proporcionan en inglés o español.

Investigadores Principales: Witherspoon & Bamaca
Investigador: Stephen Matthews
Fundación: 
Beca innovadora del Consejo Nacional de Relaciones Familiares (National Council on Family Relations, NCFR)

P-Plan

The P-PLAN (Parents Planning & Learning about Attention-Related Needs) seeks to understand health literacy among caregivers of school-age (grade K-5) children with ADHD, including (a) how caregivers seek out and make sense of information about ADHD, (b) how they make decisions about ADHD treatment, (c) their experiences of interacting with professionals about their child’s ADHD, and (d) their supports and needs for support related to parenting a child with ADHD.

Prins, Woodhouse, Witherspoon & Huang-Pollock, PIs
Funder: Penn State College of Education; Penn State Children, Youth, and Families Consortium

Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep TrAjectories (SIESTA)

Project SIESTA (Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep TrAjectories) is a study of parent and child contributions to the development of infant sleep patterns across the infant’s first two years of life.

Teti, PI
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Thinking About Positives (TAP)

The goal of this project is to test the feasibility of a mobile stress-reduction app (iPod/iPhone) in adolescents who have elevated anxiety/stress symptoms and/or who are exposed to community-level stressors.

Dennis & Buss, PIs
Funder: Frontiers of Innovation Grant, The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

Toddlers Into Kindergarteners: Emotions Study (TIKES)

This research project explores the development of children’s emotions from toddlerhood through the start of kindergarten.

Buss, PI
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

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