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Conference focuses on latest child maltreatment research methods

Nov 2, 2021

Investigating the newest methods for research concerning children was the focus of the 2021 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, both in person and virtually. The two-day event featured 17…

Penn State educational and health disparities research featured

Oct 27, 2021

This video highlighting work being done at SSRI's Center for Educational Disparities Research and Child Maltreatment Solutions Network features several SSRI cofunded faculty and is currently being broadcast at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association. Research taking place at…

Penn State receives a five-year, nearly $6 million grant to study factors promoting early childhood development

Oct 18, 2021

The effects of genetics, home environment, and prenatal substance use on child health and brain development are largely unknown, even though pregnancy and early childhood are incredibly important periods of growth. To address this knowledge gap, Penn State was recently awarded a five-year, $5.8…

At-risk teens may face increased online threats

Oct 6, 2021

While the Internet has many benefits such as increased access to education, it also has risks like access to pornography and the potential for online victimization and exploitation — and new research has found that certain teens may be at higher risk for these threats. According to a new study…

EIC Podcast Episode 14: Navigating PA’s Child Welfare System and Issues of Child Maltreatment

Aug 29, 2021

On the latest Evidence-to-Impact Podcast, we explored Pennsylvania’s child welfare system and issues of child maltreatment through the lens of an existing partnership between Penn State and government partners. We spoke to Jennie Noll, Ph.D., professor of human development and family studies and…

Solutions Network Conference to focus on innovative research methods

Jul 23, 2021

The 2021 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, “Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research,” will focus on the latest science surrounding the research of child maltreatment. The conference will be held in person at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Sept. 2-3. Before…

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference registration open

Jun 8, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research, is now open. The conference will take place September 2 - 3 virtually and in person at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Penn State’s University Park campus.…

Reducing missed abusive head trauma in pediatric intensive care units

May 27, 2021

Abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the leading causes of traumatic death and disability in infants and young children in the United States. A missed diagnosis can lead to death if the child is mistakenly returned to an abusive situation. For the first time, Penn State researchers, including lead…

Two receive 2021-22 Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare scholarships

May 4, 2021

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network recently awarded two liberal arts students with its newly introduced Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. This year’s winners are Lani Rosenbaum, a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in child maltreatment…

Brook J. Lenfest Foundation supports students from foster care system

Apr 30, 2021

The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation, in partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation, has committed up to $630,000 to Penn State as part of the Lenfest "Immensitas" Scholars Program, which will provide scholarship support for youth from the Philadelphia region in foster care and aging out of foster…

Frontline health care workers share perspective and advice

Mar 26, 2021

SSRI cofund Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor of nursing and principal investigator of the SAFE-T Center, is featured as one of Penn States hard-working health care heroes during the pandemic and shares advice on staying vigilant and how everyone can continue to do their part to help protect…

Two Penn State researchers contribute to fight against human trafficking

Feb 8, 2021

Two Penn State researchers are contributing to the fight against human trafficking, acting as leaders and speakers at the First Annual Regional Human Trafficking Summit For Advocates Against Human Trafficking, taking place on Feb. 9-10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glenn Sterner, assistant professor of…

New scholarship to benefit students working in child welfare

Jan 21, 2021

To help address the racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system, Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network has established the Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare Scholarship to support undergraduate students who demonstrate a clear understanding of and…

Fostering Lions Program receives scholarship to assist students

Jan 6, 2021

Although foster youth can face many challenges, those who continue into college are better prepared for adulthood and more likely to achieve economic independence and an improved quality of life. For the first time ever, a program designed to support foster youth at Penn State was recently awarded…

Preventing child sexual abuse program effective addition to parent training

Nov 11, 2020

Researchers at Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network are using a novel approach to further prevent child sexual abuse. They tested whether a child sexual abuse prevention program, Smart Parents–Safe and Healthy Kids (SPSHK), could be implemented as an additional module to already…

Registration open for a seminar about research of child maltreatment

Nov 3, 2020

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “The Impacts of Child Maltreatment on Development: Implications for Prevention and Policy” at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. Jennie Noll, professor of human development and family…

Noll named American Psychological Association Fellow

Oct 21, 2020

Jennie Noll, director of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of human development and family studies, was recently awarded fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 37, the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, for her…

Miyamoto to be inducted as American Academy of Nursing fellow

Aug 25, 2020

Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor of nursing and principal investigator of the SAFE-T Center, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Miyamoto will be formally recognized during the academy’s annual conference held virtually Oct. 29-31.  Fellowship in the academy…

Molecular stress indicator not observed in survivors of child sexual abuse

Aug 18, 2020

  Researchers and medical experts have long known that child sexual abuse has profoundly negative effects on the health of survivors; however, an international team of researchers was not able to find a link between the abuse and telomere length, considered an indicator of cellular aging and health…

Students use engagement grants to benefit communities in need

Jul 23, 2020

This summer 50 students received the Student Engagement Network’s (SEN) Remote Innovation Grants, and many of them are using those grants as a means to improve their communities and the lives of others. In April, SEN announced it would offer $2,000 grants to students from any campus or academic…

Preventing child abuse through upcoming webinar series

Jul 2, 2020

Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, though nationally recognized, is taking preventative measures that promote a safer community for the children locally in Centre County. Through partnerships with Centre County Youth Services Bureau and the YMCA of Centre County, the Solutions…

New Penn State program will train next generation of child maltreatment scholars

May 26, 2020

Child maltreatment is a significant health issue, affecting more than 12% of children in the U.S. by the time they reach age 18, and is associated with a myriad of behavioral, emotional, and physical health problems for survivors. Researchers in Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network…

Connell to research impact of social distancing

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 research to evaluate impact of public health responses to pandemic on children Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, has been funded by the Social Science Research Institute and …

SSRI cofunds named to trauma-informed initiative

May 19, 2020

Two SSRI cofunded faculty members were recently selected to join Governor Tom Wolf’s 'Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank', a statewide initiative to develop the commonwealth's capacity for trauma-informed care. Chad Shenk, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate…

Pandemic lockdown increases child abuse and family violence

May 14, 2020

Articles in U.S. News, The Atlantic, and the American Psychological Association quote SSRI cofunds Brian Allen, Jennie Noll, and Yo Jackson on how the pandemic is creating situations of isolation and parental stress, which are major risk factors for child abuse.