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APA apologizes for its role in longstanding contributions to systemic racism
“APA is profoundly sorry, accepts responsibility for, and owns the actions and inactions of APA itself, the discipline of psychology, and individual psychologists who stood as leaders for the organization and field,” the apology states.
Community Spotlight: Turning a Negative into a Positive: Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes Academy
The curriculum at Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes Academy is age-appropriate and exceeds Pennsylvania's state-wide standard for early learning.
PACT CAB member Gloria Vazquez Merrick interviewed by ABC channel 27 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
ABC27 recognizes Hispanic and Latino Americans’ contributions by highlighting people’s stories during Hispanic Heritage Month.
New research from Dr. Dawn Witherspoon, including former grad student Dr. Wei Wei: "Neighborhood-level predictors of African American and Latinx parents' ethnic-racial socialization"
Few studies examine how neighborhood structural factors (e.g., socioeconomic status [SES] and diversity) and perceived disorder may influence the messages parents communicate to their youth about race/ethnicity.
Community Spotlight: Grandparents Involved From The Start (GIFTS)
Grandparents Involved From the Start, Inc. (GIFTS) is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to grandparents who are raising school-aged grandchildren between the ages of 5 to 18 years old.
 
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2020-2021

Community Spotlight: Hamilton Health Center
Hamilton Health Center, in Harrisburg, is a one-stop “Medical Mall” for community health.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families
Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.
PACT participates in BGH Phoenix Rising Virtual 5K
PACT Community Engagement Coordinator, Carmen Henry-Harris, recently participated in the Black Girl Health (BGH) Phoenix Rising 5K.
Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series
The webinar series focused on minority health and wellness.
Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series
This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Martha Wadsworth and the CaRES Lab presented, "The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development" July 8th as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series
The Road to New American Health is a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
PACT welcomes new Assistant Director
PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020.
Laura Bray presented, "Partnering with Schools during the Pandemic to Support your Child's Individual Learning Needs" as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series
Dr. Bray's presentation took place on July 22, 2020, as part of a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
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.
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.
Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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