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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.
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.
Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.
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.
A PACT panel presented, "Maintaining Partnerships to Serve the Community: Increased Importance during Trying Times" as part of a Latino Connection and Penn State Reach webinar series
Discussions centered on the importance of partnerships, particularly among community members, community organizations, and educational institutions, to enhance the lives of diverse children, youth and families.
 
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Dawn Witherspoon featured in video from The Society for Research in Child Development
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently published a video from the 2019 Biennial SRCD pre-conference, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Culture, Context, Race and Ethnicity: A Focus on Science, Ethics, and Collaboration in the Spirit of 2044”, featuring Dawn Witherspoon.
Dauphin County 5th Annual Recovery Day
The Dauphin County 5th Annual Recovery Day was September 28, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York Times Parenting cites Koraly Pérez-Edgar's research for article on supporting your shy child
New York Times Parenting provides guidance and support to new and expecting parents.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being selected as head of the Penn State Psychology Department
Kristin worked closely with other faculty to established Parents and Children Together (PACT), a Penn State University Park research initiative housed in Harrisburg, PA.
Dawn Witherspoon leads workshop on strategies for engaging diverse communities in research
On Nov. 4, 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Penn State's colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts and Education participated in a four-hour workshop to learn strategies for engaging diverse communities in their research.
Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar spotlighted by SRCD Latino Caucus
The overall mission of the SRCD Latino Caucus is to promote conceptually and methodologically rigorous research conducted with Latino children, youth, and families that represents their (1) diversity, (2) normative development, and (3) inherent strengths (cultural, linguistic, etc.).
Community Spotlight: The Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA
In Uptown Harrisburg, the Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA provides a sanctuary where kids can develop spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Hamilton Health Center's Golden Gala
PACT representatives were in attendance as Hamilton Health Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Gala on March 5, 2020.
Winnie Adebayo awarded planning grant to support researcher-community collaboration
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community-Engaged Research Core awarded three planning grants to faculty and community-based organization teams.
Winnie Adebayo and Samantha Tornello join interdisciplinary teams of researchers to address the COVID-19 crisis
With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Winnie Adebayo and team research COVID-19 public messaging
As the development of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the public health messaging that is relayed to people around the world.
PACT continues commitment despite global pandemic
Parents and Children Together (PACT) was formed in 2007 as a partnership between Penn State researchers and people who live in the greater Harrisburg community.
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