Infant and Child Temperament Lab Team

 

Principal Investigator

Cynthia A. Stifter
Professor of Human Development and Psychology
Ph.D. Human Development, 1987, University of Maryland

Cindy's research interests focus on socio-emotional development in early childhood, specifically how temperament, its physiological bases, and the parenting environment each and together contributes to the development of mental and physical health.

 

 

Project Manager

Catherine Jantzer
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies (1983)
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Pennsylvania State University

After working directly with young children as a Montessori teacher, Catherine returned to Penn State in 2002 to more closely study the details of child development through several Human Development and Psychology research projects. Temperament and emotion regulation are her strongest interests, especially as they relate to educational success. Her own children participated in several Penn State research projects and they are now also Penn State alumni. She’ll call your family to schedule your child’s 4-year and 5-year lab visits!

 

Research Support Assistant

Susan Worley
B.S. Elementary Education, Bloomsburg University
M. Ed, Instructional Systems Design, Pennsylvania State University
Special Education, Brigham Young University


Susan was a special education teacher in Salt Lake City for many years. She returned to Pennsylvania four years ago and is excited to be working on this project. She and her daughter have been involved in NIH research studies for over 20 years. Her interests include gardening, biking, reading, and canoeing.

 

 

Graduate Students

Kameron Moding
B.A. Psychology (2010), Colorado College

M.S. Human Development and Family Studies (2013), Pennsylvania State University

Kameron interested in temperament and the socioemotional development of infants and toddlers. She enjoys playing volleyball, golf, and flag football.

Mairin Augustine
B.S. Psychology (2009), M.S. Psychology (2011), Lehigh University

Mairin is interested in the influences of parenting and temperament on children's socioemotional development. She enjoys singing, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Penina Backer
B.S. Psychology (2009), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Penina is interested in the influences of temperament and family context on young children's healthy socioemotional development. She enjoys arts 'n crafts, music, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Karli Breeden

Senior from York, PA, majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Karli is actively involved in THON, and is a tutor for student-athletes at the Penn State Morgan Center. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Meghan Gallagher

Senior from Boardman, OH, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Special Education. Meghan is involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, THON, The College of Health and Human Development Honors Society, and is a leader for The College of Health and Human Development's JumpStart program. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Bethany Gruskin

Junior from Nanuet, NY, majoring in Pre-Medicine. Bethany is an EMT for the University Ambulance Services and Sponsorship Officer for the Red Cross Club on campus. Post-graduation, she plans to attend medical school and eventually pursue a career as a physician.

 

Erik Hilborn

Senior from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in Biobehavioral Health. Erik's goal is to attend medical school after graduation. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Pre-Medical Society, and is also actively involved in THON.

 

Lauren Hyduchak

Senior from Grove City, PA, majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services and Human Development and Family Studies. Lauren is a Resident Assistant in East Halls and is involved with Life Link PSU and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After Penn State, she plans to move to the south and attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist for children with disabilities.

 

Adair McCabe

Junior from Roanoke, VA, majoring in Biology. Adair enjoys being a part of THON, attending football games, and playing soccer. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at Penn State. After graduation, she hopes to attend either Optometry school or Veterinary school, as she has a wide range of interests.

 

Brianne McGrath

Senior from Hilltown, PA majoring in Kinesiology (Movement Science option) and minoring in Psychology. Brianne is a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority, and is involved in the Kinesiology Club and THON. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to become a Physician's Assistant with a specialty in pediatrics.

 

Elizabeth McHale

Senior from Holland, PA, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Liz is an active member of PSU’s Club Cross Country team and she is also involved with THON. After she graduates, she hopes to combine her passion for running and helping others by working for an organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for youth.

 

Kirsten Nading

Junior from Butler, PA, majoring in Biology (Vertebrate Physiology option). Kirsten is involved in many extracurricular activities including Fresh Start, Paws of Friendship and THON. Her hobbies include gymnastics, volunteering and spending time with friends. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon.

 

Emily Pearlman

Senior from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in biobehavioral health and minoring in human development and family studies. Emily is an active member in the Penn State Outing Club and is involved in THON. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a physician assistant, possibly specializing in pediatrics.

 

Jessica Spellman

Senior from River Vale, NJ, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. Jessica is a student-athlete at Penn State as a member of the Lionettes Dance Team. Jessica is involved with SAAB, Penn State Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute, and is an active THON volunteer. After graduation, Jessica plans to attend graduate school and hopes work with school-aged children in counseling.

 

 

 

Recent Graduates

2015

 

Michele Abramson

 

Michele is from Reading, PA and majored in Biology. Michele was the president of Penn State Hillel and was actively involved with THON. Michele is now attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in Nursing.

 

Melissa Montano

 

Melissa is from Freehold, NJ and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Special Education. Melissa was involved in the Sign Language Organization, Operation Smile, NSSLHA, Health and Human Development Honors Society, and THON. Melissa will attend Gallaudet University for her master's in Speech-Language Pathology. She hopes to work with pre-school or school-age children and pursue her interests in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

 

Branten Page

 

Brant is from Horseheads, NY and majored in Science (Health Professions & Biological Sciences option). He was a member of the Penn State Lion Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-medical honor society), and was the THON chair of club wrestling. Brant will attend Case Western Reserve University to pursue a master's degree, and hopes to attend medical school in the future.

 

Kinza Salim

 

Kinza is from Harrisburg, PA and majored in Biology (Neuroscience option) with a minor in Art History. She enjoys painting, spending time with friends and family, and worked as a Chem proctor on campus. Kinza hopes to attend medical school in the future.

 

Emily Spazante

 

Emily is from Wayne, NJ and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. Emily was involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and was actively involved in THON. Emily will attend Adelphi University for her master's in Speech-Language Pathology.

 

2014

 

Courtney Cines

Chelsey Coudriet

Kelli Fasenmyer

Amanda Hess

Amanda Laughlin

Elizabeth Marlowe

Sarah Walters-Slezak


 

2013

 

Tyler Davis

Brooke McNeilly

Laura Meade

Daniel Pustay

Dilini Mudalige

Grace Shyu

Amanda Wylie

 

2012

 

Paige Carlton

Hamilton Horst

Amanda McKoy

Jessica Schneidman

Sarah Vander Veen