Peter Molenaar Wins Award
Peter Molenaar received the Sells Award for Distinguished Mulitvariate Research from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP). From the SMEP website: "The Sells Award is given annually to recognize an individual who has made distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology. This award represents the highest honor bestowed by the Society in recognition of contributions to the field." Congratulations to Peter!!
Penn State Student Athletes Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Megan Boyer, is one of eight of Penn State's Distinguished Scholar Award recipients who earned a 4.0 grade point average during the 2012-13 academic year: -- Megan, women’s track & field, is a junior in human development & family studies, and is from Millersburg, Pa. Congratulations Megan!!
HDFS Alumni Award Winners
Alumni Recognition Award: Patty Hillkirk (HDFS)
Emerging Professional, Undergraduate Degree: Matthew Arch (HDFS)
Emerging Professional, Graduate Degree: Megan Patrick (HDFS)
Undergraduate Student Award Winners
Kristen Boggan has been chosen by the HHD Careers Committee to receive the Student Service Award and will be presented to her on Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Nittany Lion Inn during the Alumni Society Board's Spring Awards dinner.
The College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society has selected Dayanna Reeves as the recipient of the 2013 Edith Pitt Chace Award. The Alumni Board will recognize Dayanna at their awards dinner on Friday, April 12 at 6:30 in the Boardroom at the Nittany Lion Inn.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Award
Lisa Gatzke-Kopp received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, recognizing exceptional achievement in integrating research and education. Congratulations Lisa!!
Dissertation Award Winner (NADSA)
Amanda Leggett (HDFS graduate student) has been awarded the 2012 Beth Meyer-Arnold Dissertation Fellowship from the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA). Amanda will receive her award at the conference on September 22 in Pittsburgh. Congratulations to Amanda!!
College of Health and Human Development Award Winners!
Susan McHale-- Russell Dintinguished Research Career Award
Jennifer Maggs-- Pattishall Outstanding Research Award
Jennifer Crissman Ishler-- CHHD Excellence in Teaching Award
Depression may lead mothers to wake babies
Depressed mothers are more likely to needlessly wake up their infants at night than mothers who are not depressed, according to Penn State researchers. "We found that mothers with high depressive symptom levels are more likely to excessively worry about their infants at night than mothers with low symptom levels, and that such mothers were more likely to seek out their babies at night and spend more time with their infants than mothers with low symptom levels," said Douglas M. Teti, associate director of the Social Science Research Institute and professor of human development, psychology and pediatrics. more >>
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Awards
Sarah Kollat, Senior Instructor in HDFS, has won the Faculty Appreciation Award. Alvin Hall, Budget Manager in HDFS, has won the Staff Appreciation Award. The CHHD Alumni Society honors a faculty and staff member who actively promotes relationships among students, faculty, staff, and alumni, above and beyond the demands of his/her job. Congratulations to both Sarah and Alvin!!
Generational Changes in Dating
Sara Vasilenko, a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center, and former HDFS graduate student, has been researching the question, "Is dating fundamentally any different for yourng adults today than in our parents' and grandparents' days?" Read more about her research here....
Undergraduate Student Awards
Lauren Pritchard, HDFS senior, was selected for the Mark A. and Kathryn Snyder Klins Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who has a professional desire to work in the early childhood area upon graduation. Congratulations Lauren!
Beth Carey, HDFS undergraduate student, was selected for the College of Health and Human Development's Alumni Board Life Promise Award. This award is given yearly to a student who has demonstrated progressive and positive growth and whose performance at Penn State manifests continued promise. In addition to academic performance, the winner of this award shows evidence of social maturity, leadership qualities, and a commitment to continued improvement. Congratulations Beth, on this outstanding achievement!
Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation
HDFS undergraduate, Nandi Nelson, was invited to be one of four Penn State students presenting a poster (Father Incarceration and Its Role on Coparenting Support & Parenting Stress) at Pennsylvania’s Undergraduate Research at the Capitol event on October 18. Nandi is a McNair student and Daphne Hernandez supervised her work on this project. Nandi is also one of ten PA TRIO scholarship winners statewide. Congratulations Nandi!
College of Health and Human Development Award winners!
Congratulations to Linda Collins, who has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the "Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award", to Mary Jo Spicer, who was selected to receive the "Carol Clark Ford Staff Achievement Award," and to Leann Birch, who received the Leadership in Outreach Award."
Interventions to reduce risky behavior is the focus of a $2.5 million dollar grant
A $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will fund the continuation of Penn State's Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, which focuses on developing interventions to reduce smoking, poor eating habits and risky sexual behavior, among other unhealthy choices.
Beginning in the fall semester this year, the PAMT program will train seven graduate and two post-graduate researchers to develop interventions that promote healthy lifestyles and to apply cutting-edge, statistical research methods to such interventions. The program is a joint effort between two research centers at Penn State, the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center, both of which research the prevention of smoking, HIV, substance abuse, and other vital health risks.The program is directed by Mark Greenberg, director of the Prevention Research Center; Linda Collins, director of the Methodology Center; andEdward Smith, associate director of the Prevention Research Center. Read more about it.....
Caregivers and their relatives disagree about care given and received.
Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia. The study leader is Steven Zarit, professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Read more about it......
Adult day care services provide much-neede break to family caregivers
Adult day care services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia. The evaluation of stress levels of caregivers using adult day care services found that the use of these services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, "Family members who care for dementia patients are susceptible to experiencing high levels of stress," said Steven Zarit. More about this research can be found here.....
Early Career Award Winner
Denis Gerstorf was selected to receive the 2011 Margret and Paul Baltes Early Career Award from the Gerontological Society of America. The award will be presented at the GSA annual meeting in November. Dr. Gerstorf, formally and HDFS Assistant Professor, is currently a Professor of Psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Congratulations to Denis for this outstanding recognition!!
Healthy Eating, Activity, and Sleep Needed to Curb Childhood Obesity, Report Says
According to a new report from the National Institute of Medicine, limiting television and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices are some of the actions needed to curb high rates of obesity among America's youngest children. Leann Birch, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Penn State, chaired the NIH committee who produced the report. Read more about the report and the recommendations to curb obesity among young children.
Study finds National School Lunch Program contributes to weight gain
A team of researchers at Penn State University has found that participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is associated with rapid weight gain in low-income girls. According to Daphne Hernandez, an assistant professor of human development and family studies and the study’s lead author, the results suggest that low-income girls who participate in the NSLP may be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese than low-income girls who do not participate in the program. The results, which are published in the April 2011 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, lend support to the recent movement to create healthier lunch options for children. Read more about it.
Grace Henderson Award Winner
Bo-Ram Kim, HDFS doctoral student, has been awarded the Grace Henderson scholarship for 2011-2012. Bo's excellent academic record, superb work on Project SIESTA, and record of scholarship and publications made her a strong candidate for this award. Congratulations, Bo!
Grant award establishes obesity prevention training program
A $4.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture establishes the Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Training Program (COPT). This grant will provide support for nine graduate students, matched by two graduate fellowships from the University and will have on average 11 students each year split between nutritional sciences and human development and family studies. The project is headed by Leann Birch, Distinguished Professor of human development and director, Center for Childhood Obesity Research, and Gordon Jensen, professor of nutritional science and department head. Read more details about the COPT grant.
Kligman Graduate Fellowship
Kyungmin Kim, HDFS graduate student, has been selected to receive the Kligman Graduate Fellowhip Endowment, established by Drs. Albert and Lorraine Kligman of Philadelphia. This fellowship includes stipend and tuition for the 2011-12 academic year. Congratulations Kyungmin!
Distinguished Alumni Award
Susan McHale, Director of Social Science Research Center and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is the winner of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. On April 6, she accepted her award and presented a colloquium titled, "Sibling Relationships: A Piece in the Puzzle of Family Influences." Dr. McHale graduated from the UNC Developmental Program in 1979. Congratulations Susan!!
First Year Experience Faculty Award
Sherry Corneal was chosen by first year students as a faculty member that had a positive impact on their academic experience during their first year. Also, Sherry was noted to have served students in a greater capacity outside of the classroom by being a mentor and support system. This recognition was sponsored by the Office of Residence Life. Congratulations Sherry!
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Elizabeth J. Susman, Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health, was recognized as the 2011 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society's Lifetime Acheivement Award at the ceremony and luncheon on March 26. Dr. Susman received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from HDFS (IFS).This award is presented in recognition of graduate school alumni who have achieved exceptional success throughout the course of their profession, demonstrated a lifetime of service and contributions to their community, and loyalty to the University and the Alumni Association. Congratulations Dr. Susman!
Graduate Student Exhibition Award winner!!
Allison Reamy, won first place in Social and Behavioral Sciences of the Graduate Exhibition for her poster entitled, "Understanding Discrepancy in Perceptions of Values: Individuals with Mild to Moderate Dementia and their Family Caregivers." Wonderful news, Allison! Congratulations!
Undergraduate Student Awards
Amanda Maples -- 2011 Student Service Award
Claire Nolan -- Spring 2011 Student Marshall
Nandi Nelson -- Alumni Board Life Promise Award
Congratulations to these students!
Sherry Corneal wins Teaching Award
Sherry Corneal, associate professor in HDFS, has won the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes high levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and meritorious service.The Atherton Award is given to four faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to undergraduate teaching and have developed a record of excellence. Congratulations, Sherry!!
Anna Solmeyer, one of our graduate students, was a winner of the best student-led symposium to the Research and Theory section of the NCFR conference in November. Anna's symposium was entitled, "Sibling-focused Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents." Anna's principal advisor is Susan McHale.
Kate Kelly, HDFS undergraduate student, has received one of the Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Awards. These awards are sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Socieity and are presented to a senior in each academic unit of the College, as well as the School of Nursing, for outstanding performance, achievement, and contributions within his/her major. Congratulations, Kate!
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, one of our senior graduate students, has been awarded the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award from the Graduate School. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Susan McHale wins National Council on Family Relations' Ernest Burgess Award
The award recognizes a distinguished career in the field of family research and scholarship. Read more about the award.
"To the Best of My Knowledge" explores healthy aging
On the next episode of "To the Best of My Knowledge," Drs. Steven Zarit and Martin Sliwinski will discuss the variety of mental, physical and social changes that come with aging, and how we can age well. The live call-in program will air at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Read more about "To the Best of My Knowledge."
Departmental newsletter available online
The 2010 issue of HDFS News, the department's newsletter, covers a range of topics including Dr. Jennifer Maggs' research on the effectiveness of LateNight Penn State, the department's new initiative to prepare students from careers in human resources, an update from the Gerontology Center, a message from the HDFS Affiliate Program Group president, and more.
Graduate student wins award
Max Crowley, HDFS graduate student, has been awarded the 2010 John T. and Patricia A. O'Neill Addition Science Education Award. This award is funded by the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism. Max won for his proposal titled, "The PROSPER Project: PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience". The award is for $2,500. Congratulations, Max!
Human development scientist recognized for early career contributions
Dr. Denis Gerstorf, assistant professor in HDFS, was selected for the 2010 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research in Adult Development and Aging, from the American Psychological Association, Division 20 Adult Development and Aging. This award is designed to honor an individual whose work has made significant early career contributions to understanding critical issues in the psychology of adult development and aging. Read more about Gerstorf's award.
Feeling empowered in late life could make you feel younger
People may feel younger if they feel empowered to make changes that will impact their lives, according to a new Penn State study. The study, led by HDFS graduate student Frank Infurna, looked at "subjective age"-how old a person feels in comparison to their chronological age, which plays an important role in health and well-being. Read more about Infurna's research.
For infant sleep, receptiveness more important than routine
Many parents understand the challenge of getting infants to sleep through the night. New Penn State research shows that being emotionally receptive with infants and toddlers can reduce sleep disruptions and help them sleep better.
"Bed time can be a very emotional time. It heralds the longest separation of the day for most infants," says Dr. Douglas Teti, professor of human development and family studies and lead investigator on the study. "It struck me that going to sleep, and sleeping well, is much easier for some young children than others, and I wanted to assess what factored into this, and what parents and children contribute to sleep patterns." Read more about Teti's study.
Research Award Winners
Dr. Peter Molenaar has been selected to receive the 2010 Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the College of Health and Human Development.
Dr. David Almeida has been selected to receive the 2010 Evan G. and Hellen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Acheivement Award for the College of Health and Human Development.
The recipients will be publicly recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 20 at 4 p.m. in the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building.
Congratulations Dave and Peter!
A legacy of compassion and leadership continues after retirement
Dr. Fred Vondracek retired on June 30, 2010, after a forty-one-year tenure at Penn State. Now a professor emeritus of human development, Vondracek had a profound impact on the people he worked with and on the University as a whole. He held a multitude of academic leadership roles, helped shape and build a department and a college, broadened Penn State's international reach, and paved the way to improve work-life balance for Penn State employees. Read more about Vondracek and his contributions to Penn State over the years.
Ignoring stress leads recovering addicts to more cravings
Recovering addicts who avoid coping with stress succumb easily to substance use cravings, making them more likely to relapse during recovery, according to behavioral researchers. "Cravings are a strong predictor of relapse," said H. Harrington Cleveland, associate professor of human development, Penn State. Read more about Cleveland's study.
2010 Distinguished Alumni Award
One of our graduates, Karen B. Peetz (’77, B.S.) received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Board of Trustees at the ceremony on June 4. Ms. Peetz is chief executive officer of financial markets and treasury services, and senior vice president of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.
At an award luncheon, President Spanier, who taught Ms. Peetz when she was an undergraduate student at Penn State, described her as the best student he ever had. Ms. Peetz said that the knowledge and skills she acquired as an Individual and Family Studies major (the forerunner of HDFS) contributed every day to her work, including understanding people and families, knowing how to run a group meeting, and being able to motivate a team.
Certain mothers more likely to give cow's milk too soon
Although many adults drink cow's milk, it can be harmful to infants' health. A new study by Penn State and the Institute for Children and Poverty (in New York City) has found that certain low-income mothers are more likely than others to introduce cow's milk too soon and in doing so, they may be putting their children at risk for health complications.
“What this study tells us is that if we intervene early by enrolling low-income women in WIC earlier on in their pregnancies, it will be healthier for the babies,” says Dr. Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Penn State and a researcher on the study. Read more about Hernandez's study.
New book explores benefits of collegiate alcohol and drug use recovery communities
Breaking an alcohol addiction is always a challenge, but the dependency may be even more difficult to escape for a young adult at college. A new book edited and co-authored by Dr. H. Harrington "Bo" Cleveland, associate professor of human development and family studies, explores one successful method for facilitating recovery in college students: alcohol recovery campuses. Read more about Cleveland's new book.
Network Science Day Award
Congratulations to HDFS Graduate Student, Lauren Malloy, who is a 2010-2011 Network Science Exploration Research Grant Recipient for her research,
"The Co-Evolution of Social Networks and Individual Functioning Within Group Therapy: A Within-Network Variability Approach." She will receive $4,000 to be used toward her research project. Read more about Network Science Day.
Everyone has different risks in a family caregiving relationship
Providing care to a family member with dementia-without having formal training-frequently causes overwhelming stress and sometimes leads to breakdowns or depression. Yet the interventions designed to alleviate this stress are inconsistently effective, which can leave caregivers in isolation to deal with their stresses. Researchers led by Dr. Steven Zarit, head of the department, recently concluded a study that explains why interventions aren't always effective-which has implications for what can be done to improve the health and well-being of individuals in this situation. Read more about Zarit's study.
Christine Fortunato, HDFS Graduate Student, has been awarded the Kligman Graduate Fellowship Endowment, established in our College by Dr. Albert M. and Dr. Lorraine Kligman, of Philadelphia. As a result of the donor's generosity, Christine will receive a stipend and tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year. Congratulations to Christine!
Student Marshall for 2010
Kimberly Malora has been selected to serve as the HDFS Student Marshal for the Spring 2010 Commencement. Congratulations to Kim!!!
Many factors contribute to adolescents' decision-making autonomy
Decision making within families is an important way for young people to gain independence and responsibility, and adolescence is a time of increasing autonomy. A longitudinal study by Penn State researchers in the College of Health and Human Development — Laura Wray-Lake, a predoctoral fellow in human development and family studies, Ann Crouter, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, and Susan McHale, professor of human development -- concludes that teens have more say in certain areas than in others, and that some teens have more autonomy than others. Read more about it.
Two PAMT Trainees Awarded Individual NRSAs
Melissa Lippold (HDFS: mentors Mark Greenberg and Linda Collins)
Mary Lai (HDFS: mentors Ed Smith, Linda Caldwell, and Linda Collins)
Congratulations to Melissa and Mary!
Soothing infants with food is focus of new childhood obesity study
A new Penn State study, led by Dr. Cynthia Stifter, professor of human development and family studies, will look at whether parents who soothe their infants with food may be putting them at risk for obesity or overweight. The study will also be looking at genetics as a factor for obesity. It is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as part of the National Institutes of Health's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
Read the full story at www.hhdev.psu.edu/news/2010/2_2_10_soothing_with_food.html.