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PACT: Parents and Children Together

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What We Do

Through PACT, Penn State researchers increase the cultural sensitivity and impact of their research while improving lives in Harrisburg.

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How We Helped

PACT reaches out to the community through free family workshops and trainings for childcare employees, and in other ways as needed.

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What We've Learned

PACT brings what we’ve learned through research in Harrisburg back to community members, local organizations and our Community Advisory Board. 

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Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a Penn State University Park research initiative. The PACT Initiative works to promote the health and well-being of children, youth, and families from diverse backgrounds through culturally-sensitive and community-engaged research projects implemented by Penn State researchers. PACT is funded through contributions from Penn State's Psychology Department, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Child Study Center (CSC), College of Health and Human Development, Human Development and Family Studies, and participating research projects.

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Carmen Henry-Harris recently appeared on The Nate Gadsden Radio Show
Carmen Henry-Harris, Community Engagement Coordinator for PACT, joined The Reverend Doctor Nate Gadsden on The Voice 17104 radio station on October 17, 2019.
Kristin Buss and PACT recognized and awarded by Penn State
The Office of the Vice President for Outreach and Faculty Outreach Award Committee at Penn State University recently recognized and awarded Parents and Children Together (PACT) with an exemplary designation for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Community Spotlight: Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg
The Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg provides after-school and summer programs for healthy social and academic development.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fellow
Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.
The Society for Psychophysiological Research recently published an interview with Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer
Recently, Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer was the featured researcher spotlight for the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
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