Back to Baby Basics Project Staff

 

Principal Investigator

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

Cindy's research interests include socio-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschool children, specifically focused on emotion regulation and the emergence of behavior problems. Other research areas: developmental psychophysiology, infant crying and colic, parental regulation strategies.

 

 

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 eleven years ago 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 soon to schedule your child’s 4-year and 5-year lab visits!

 

 

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.

 

Allison Doub
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies (2010), Pennsylvania State University

After earning her bachelor's degree, Allison worked as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in child and adolescent psychiatry. She returned to Penn State in Fall 2012 to pursue research on infant and family characteristics that promote healthy physical development in early childhood. Her hobbies include brewing coffee and jogging.

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Michele Abramson

Junior from Reading, PA, majoring in Biology. Michele is also the president of Penn State Hillel and is actively involved with THON. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in Pediatric medicine as either a Physician or Physician Assistant.

 

Courtney Cines

Senior, majoring in Psychology (Neuroscience option). Courtney enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching movies. After graduating she hopes to go to medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Chelsey Coudriet

Senior from Curwensville, PA, majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Chelsey is involved in Habitat for Humanity, Global Medical Brigades and also THON. Chelsey really loves children and learning about them. After graduating, she plans on going to graduate school to work with and study children and their development.

 

Kelli Fasenmyer

Senior from Warren, PA, majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Dance. Kelli is a member of the Peace.Love.Lyrical Dance Company, BBH Society, Pre-PA Club, and was a Morale committee member for THON 2013. After graduation, she plans to attend physician's assistant school and specialize in pediatrics.

 

Amanda Hess

Senior from Sinking Spring, PA, majoring in biology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. Amanda is involved in The Penn State Ballet Club (Volé), THON, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. After graduating, Amanda plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Amanda Laughlin

Senior from New Bethlehem, PA, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Amanda is involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Penn State Chapter and The College of Health and Human Development Honor Society. She is also an officer in The Power of Pink at Penn State, a breast cancer awareness organization. After graduation, Amanda plans to attend graduate school and earn her Master’s in Speech Pathology. She hopes to become a Speech Pathologist, with a focus on early intervention.

 

 

Elizabeth Marlowe

Senior from Virginia, majoring in Premedicine and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. At Penn State, Elizabeth is actively involved in THON and Homecoming. She works at a preschool during summers at home in Virginia, primarily with infants and toddlers aged 6 weeks to 2 years of age. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist/hematologist.

 

Melissa Montano

Junior from Freehold, NJ majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Special Education. Melissa is involved in the Sign Language Organization, Operation Smile, NSSLHA, Health and Human Development Honors Society, and THON. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist for pre-school or school-age children and pursue her interests in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

 

 

Branten Page

Junior from Horseheads, NY, majoring in Science, Health Professions & Biological Sciences option. Brant's goal is to become a doctor, and has considered specializing in surgery, pediatrics or neonatology as he enjoys working with kids. He is also a member of the Penn State Lion Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-medical honor society), and is the THON chair of club wrestling.

 

Emily Pearlman

Sophomore 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.

 

 

Caitlin Simpson

Junior from State College, PA, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Catie is also secretary for the Penn State Chapter of Active Minds and is a Staff Writer for Onward State. She loves children and cooking and some day hopes to combine her two passions as a future career.

 

Emily Spazante

Junior from Wayne, NJ, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. Emily is involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and is actively involved in THON. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and later become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

 

Sarah Walters-Slezak

Senior from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in Science (Biological Sciences) and minoring in Writing. This is her second year in the B2BB lab. Sarah is an officer of the Penn State Triathlon Club and volunteers at Mount Nittany Hospital in the Emergency Room. After graduation, Sarah hopes to pursue a career in a medical field; be that medical school or physican assistant school.

 


2013 Graduates

 

Tyler Davis

Recent graduate from Darlington, PA. Tyler studied Premedicine with a minor in Psychology. As as undergraduate, she was the Alternative Fundraising Chair for Alpha Epsilon Delta’s THON committee and was active in Penn State Science-U programs and the PSU/MSU Blood Cup Challenge. In her spare time, Tyler enjoys carving, glass etching, painting and singing, as well as hanging out with friends. Tyler plans to work in a pediatrician’s office before pursuing medical school and a career in pediatrics.

 

Brooke McNeilly

Recent graduate from Syracuse, NY, Brooke studied Premedicine and with a minor in Kinesiology. As an undergraduate, Brooke worked as an EMT on campus, volunteered at the hospital and is member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. After college she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician.

 

Laura Meade

Recent graduate from York, PA. Laura studied Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Laura was a member of Kappa Omicron Nu honor society and the Health and Human Development Honors Society. This spring, she completed an honors thesis concerning the effects of negative affectivity and effortful control on later externalizing behavior problems. Laura will attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh in the hopes of working in early intervention.

 

Daniel Pustay

Recent graduate from Pittsburgh, PA. Dan studied Life Sciences. As an undergraduate, Dan was a member of Penn State Global Medical Brigades and was active in the Chemistry Department. Dan hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a Primary Care Physician.

 

Dilini Tholka Mudalige

Recent graduate from New Jersey. Dilini studied Biology (Vertebrate-Physiology Option) with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. As an undergraduate, she was the president of the Sri Lankan Student Association, Service Chair of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, and the Events Coordinator of Operation Smile. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Dilini will attend NYU College of Dentistry in the fall of 2013.

 

Amanda Wylie

Recent graduate from the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. Amanda majored in Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. As an undergraduate, she was a member of AED and attended CRU. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, skiing, and playing sports. Amanda will attend graduate school at Johns Hopkins University to study maternal and child health and continue doing research.