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Dawn P. Witherspoon, Ph.D.

  • McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology
  • Associate Professor, Developmental Area
  • Department of Psychology
  • Director of PACT (Parents And Children Together)

Kristin Buss, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Psychology & Human Development and Family Studies
  • Past Director of PACT (2007 - 2019)
  • Social Science Research Institute Faculty
  • Associate Editor, Developmental Psychology

Administrative Team

Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed.

Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed.

  • PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison
(717) 635-9515
More about Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed....

Carmen Henry-Harris, M. Ed., is the Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison for PACT, part of The Pennsylvania State University’s Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development. Carmen maintains academic-school partnerships, project leadership and the engagement of community partners. She holds a Masters of Education from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University and a Secondary English, Special Education and Reading Specialist from Eastern University. She has varied experience in the areas of  communications, event planning, education,  group facilitating, project coordinator and community engagement. Her background spans over 30 years serving in different capacities within the community which fulfills her passion of mixing education with communications, and project coordination.

Tiyobista Maereg

Tiyobista Maereg

  • PACT Graduate Administrative Assistant
More about Tiyobista Maereg...

Tiyobista Maereg is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program working with Dr. Witherspoon in the Context and Development Lab. She received her B.A. in both Psychology and Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest is focused on examining the impact of family and school contexts on the ethnic/racial identity development and academic outcomes of immigrant adolescents. As the PACT Graduate Administrative Assistant, Tiyobista will be attending PACT meetings and assisting with PACT events and reports.

Sandy Rosario

Sandy Rosario

  • PACT Latino Outreach Coordinator
More about Sandy Rosario...

Sandy serves as a bilingual project coordinator for Penn State University’s TIES/ENLACES and PACT. She utilizes her experiences and background in education, community/family engagement and family advocacy on a national and local level coordinating a variety of programs and state college initiatives. Sandy has coordinated state and national conferences involving family/community engagement.  She has also provided training and technical assistance to school districts across Pennsylvania. Her past experience includes extensive work in community building and grassroots initiatives as well as working with Temple and Pennsylvania State Universities as a research coordinator for several research projects supported through National Institutes of Health. Sandy holds an Associate Degree in Corporate Communications from Elizabethtown College. Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, crafting and vacationing at the beach. 

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