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)
,

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 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

 

Michele Abramson

Senior 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.

 

Karli Breeden

Junior 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

Junior 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

Sophomore 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

Junior 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

Junior 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

Sophomore 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

Junior 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

Junior 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.

 

Melissa Montano

Senior 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.

 

Kirsten Nading

Sophomore 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.

 

Branten Page

Senior 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

Junior 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.

 

Kinza Salim

Senior from Harrisburg, PA, majoring in Biology (Neuroscience option) and minoring in Art History. Kinza is studying for the MCAT and hopes to attend medical school in the future. She enjoys painting, spending time with friends and family, and is currently working as a Chem proctor.

 

Emily Spazante

Senior 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.

 

Jessica Spellman

Junior 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

2014

 

Courtney Cines

 

Courtney studied Psychology, focusing in neuroscience. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching movies. She hopes to attend physician's assistant school to work in pediatrics.

 

Chelsey Coudriet

 

Chelsey is from Curwensville, PA and studied Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She was involved in Habitat for Humanity, Global Medical Brigades and THON. Chelsey really loves children and learning about them. She hopes to attend graduate school for occupational therapy and work in early intervention.

 

Kelli Fasenmyer

 

Kelli is from Warren, PA and studied Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Dance. Kelli was involved in Peace.Love.Lyrical Dance Company and the BioBehavioral Health Society. She was also a THON volunteer, Mount Nittany Medical Center volunteer, and a trained EMT. Kelli is working as an EMT and a patient care technician in a hospital and plans to return to school to become a Physician's Assistant.

 

Amanda Hess

 

Amanda is from Sinking Spring, PA and studied Biology with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. Amanda served on the executive board for Volé, The Penn State Ballet Club and was actively involved in THON. She also volunteered in the Emergency Department at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Amanda is now attending medical school at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine to become a pediatrician.

 

Amanda Laughlin

 

Amanda is from New Bethlehem, PA and studied Communication Sciences and Disorders. Amanda was involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Penn State Chapter and The College of Health and Human Development Honor Society. She was also an officer in The Power of Pink at Penn State, a breast cancer awareness organization. Amanda is now pursuing a master’s in Speech Pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to become a Speech Pathologist, with a focus on early intervention.

 

Elizabeth Marlowe

 

Elizabeth is from Roanoke, VA and studied Science (Biological Sciences and Health Professions) with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She was actively involved in Penn State THON and Homecoming. Elizabeth is currently working as pharmacy tech and was recently accepted to medical school; she hopes to one day be a pediatrician.

 

Sarah Walters-Slezak

 

Sarah is from Pittsburgh, PA and studied Biological Sciences with a minor in Writing. She was an officer of the Penn State Triathlon Club and volunteered at Mount Nittany Hospital in the Emergency Room. Sarah is now attending physician's assistant school at Seton Hill University.

 


 

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