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Winnie Adebayo recently participated in Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Engage Podcast

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Winnie Adebayo recently participated in Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Engage Podcast

Dr. Winnie Adebayo

Winnie Adebayo, an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, was recently interviewed by the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Engage Podcast. Dr. Adebayo researches how to encourage young people to take the initiative to be tested for sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Click here to see the full article and for a link to the podcast.

Dawn Witherspoon participates in Carolina Seminars

Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30
Dawn Witherspoon participates in Carolina Seminars

Dr. Dawn Witherspoon

Dawn Witherspoon was the discussant for Carolina Seminars - The Double Whammy: The Disproportionate Impact of Systemic Racism and COVID on Children of Color held April 30. The Carolina Seminar Series aims to increase awareness about the impact of disparities that contribute to children’s ability to keep pace, which have broad dire effects on the neurodevelopmental trajectories of children growing up in disadvantaged households and communities. Click here to read more about this event.  

Congratulations to Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Penn State University Park researcher, for receiving the 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

The award is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and advising of graduate students.
Congratulations to Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Penn State University Park researcher, for receiving the 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies and professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts, has received Penn State's 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. The award, established in 1992 by The Graduate School, is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and advising of graduate students. Click here to read the full article.

Congratulations to Kristin Buss, former Director of PACT, on being recognized with the Penn State 2021 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration

The award is given to a full-time faculty member who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research or creative accomplishment and service.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss, former Director of PACT, on being recognized with the Penn State 2021 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration

Dr. Kristin Buss

Kristin Buss, Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families, Professor of Psychology; professor of human development and family studies; head of the psychology department in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts; and former PACT director; has been awarded Penn State's 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. Click here to read the full article.

Research from Yolanda E. Murphy, et al., on how parenting in infancy predicts children’s emotional trajectories across childhood was recently published by the Infant Mental Health Journal

These findings provide several implications for further understanding the risk and protective roles of early parenting and cognitive functioning in development of emotional symptoms, particularly anxiety and depression.
Research from Yolanda E. Murphy, et al., on how parenting in infancy predicts children’s emotional trajectories across childhood was recently published by the Infant Mental Health Journal

Yolanda Murphy, PhD

This study assessed whether sensitive parenting in the first 4 years of life predicted child internalizing emotional symptoms (i.e., anxiety and depression) from kindergarten to fifth grade and whether early child executive functioning mediated this relationship. The findings provide several implications for further understanding the risk and protective roles of early parenting and cognitive functioning in development of emotional symptoms, particularly anxiety and depression. Please click here to view the article.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Witherspoon on being elected as Co-Chair to the Publications Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

SRCD advances developmental science and promotes its use to improve human lives.
Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Witherspoon on being elected as Co-Chair to the Publications Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Dr. Dawn Witherspoon

The Publication Committee is tasked to review the health of existing publications, including their attention to diversity and inclusion of marginalized groups; evaluate proposals for major modifications in publications and for establishing new publications; and make appropriate recommendations to Governing Council including those concerning new editors as terms of editors expire and new strategies for maintaining the health and status of SRCD's publication enterprise while advancing equity in the field. To read more, click here.

Congratulations to Anna Zhou on being selected to receive the 2020-21 Graduate Student Service Award from the Penn State Office of Student Activities!

This award recognizes the graduate student who has best combined high academic achievement with leadership in University or other public activities.
Congratulations to Anna Zhou on being selected to receive the 2020-21 Graduate Student Service Award from the Penn State Office of Student Activities!

Anna Zhou

This award recognizes the graduate student who has best combined high academic achievement with leadership in University or other public activities. This award is open to any current graduate student who has completed a minimum of one full year of graduate studies at Penn State.

Anna, a Developmental Psychology graduate student (advisor: Dr. Kristin Buss) and former PACT Graduate Administrative Assistant, received this award for her work with the BRIDGE Diversity Alliance, Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of the Liberal Arts, and Parents And Children Together.

Congratulations, Anna!

PACT Holiday Drive Thru Lunch

The PACT Holiday Drive Thru Lunch took place on December 10, 2020, to thank the CAB members.
PACT Holiday Drive Thru Lunch

Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison

On December 10, 2020, PACT held a drive thru lunch to thank PACT Community Advisory Board members. The event was held safely and socially distanced outside for all to enjoy. To view photos from the event, please click here.

SRCD releases new brief: COVID-19 Job and Income Loss Jeopardize Child Well-Being: Income Support Policies Can Help

Within just the first three months of the COVID-19 financial fallout, one in five children in the United States experienced the job loss of an adult in their household.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a brief by Anna Gassman-Pines, Ph.D. and Lisa A. Gennetian, Ph.D. on the need for renewal and reinstatement of economic supports in the face of COVID-19. Click here to read the full story.

Research by Amanda Skoranski and Erika Lunkenheimer suggests regulatory difficulties may transfer from parents to children in the preschool years.

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children.
Research by Amanda Skoranski and Erika Lunkenheimer suggests regulatory difficulties may transfer from parents to children in the preschool years.

Erika Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict their preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems. To read the full article, click here.

Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo and colleagues seek to improve health outcomes and care for sexual and gender minority individuals

Research by Winnie Adebayo and colleagues featured in Penn State News.
Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo and colleagues seek to improve health outcomes and care for sexual and gender minority individuals

Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo, Ph.D.

Research by Winnie Adebayo, a PACT Penn State University Park Researcher, and colleagues was recently featured by Penn State News. View the full article here.

Congratulations to Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, for receiving a Penn State Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee You Rock! Award!

The You Rock! Award was created as a way to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding contributions by College of the Liberal Arts staff members.
Congratulations to Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, for receiving a Penn State Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee You Rock! Award!

Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed.

The You Rock! Award was created as a way to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding contributions by College of the Liberal Arts staff members. Congratulations, Carmen! You can view the announcement here.

Dr. Sunhye Bai Awarded Early Career Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on being awarded the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families.
Dr. Sunhye Bai Awarded Early Career Professorship

Sunhye Bai, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on being awarded the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families. This professorship is a three-year, rotating, endowed professorship that is awarded to early-career faculty conducting innovative family science research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development.

Dr. Bai’s research broadly focuses on adolescent development in the context of daily family and school life. Her work integrates human development, family studies, and clinical and health research. It relies heavily on naturalistic measures of youth and family functioning, including daily diaries, passive audio/videorecordings, and actigraphy. She hopes to better identify innovative strategies to enhance parent-child interactions and increase family strengths to promote health in adolescents.

Congratulations, Dr. Bai!

Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs entitled Addressing inequities in education during the COVID-19 pandemic: How education policy and schools can support historically and currently marginalized children and youth. The series contains five briefs, each two pages in length. For more information and to access the briefs, please click here and scroll down.

SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19

Parental substance abuse is a significant risk factor for adaptive functioning for both parents and children. This may be exacerbated with the stress and anxiety associated with a pandemic – but may also provide an opportunity for change.
SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19

Rina Das Eiden, Ph.D.

In this post, I will discuss the complex issue of substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic with a specific emphasis on the likely negative impacts on the family unit. I also offer recommendations to help support individuals and families. View the complete article here.

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