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Taking steps toward more effective fitness trackers, more physical activity

Oct 11, 2021

As the popularity of fitness trackers has increased, so have the opportunities to use such devices to not only track fitness goals but also increase the motivation to meet those goals. Researchers in the College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State have…

Gatzke-Kopp featured on parenting podcast

Sep 27, 2021

SSRI cofund Lisa Gatzke-Kopp was recently interviewed on the Evolutionary Parenting Podcast to explore the issue of how parents can help their child’s emotion regulation development. She shares her research on the synchrony between parent and child from parenting in infancy.

Schmitt Russell Research Lecture to focus on effects of daily stress

Sep 16, 2021

David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies and a faculty member with the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, will deliver the Pauline Schmitt Russell Research Lecture, “Health as a Daily Experience: Lessons from 42,243 Days of U.S. Adults,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 …

HHD Dean's Lecture Series special event to focus on vaccine hesitancy

Sep 8, 2021

The College of Health and Human Development Dean’s Lecture Series will host a special event focused on vaccine hesitancy. Delivered by Daniel Salmon, professor of international health and health, behavior and society and director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University's…

Closeness with dads may play special role in how kids weather adolescence

Aug 3, 2021

Adolescence can be an emotionally turbulent time, but new research at Penn State found that close, supportive relationships with parents — especially dads — at key points during adolescence can help stave off certain adjustment problems. The researchers examined how emotionally close and supportive…

Hydration can impact pregnancy and birth outcomes

Jul 12, 2021

Water needs increase during pregnancy to support fetal development and maternal health, however little is known about the relationship between hydration status and outcomes on both mother and child. A Penn State study recently examined the hydration status of pregnant women, the impact of a…

Penn State researchers are developing app to promote family well-being

Jun 23, 2021

The middle-school years mark a time of rapid change for pre-teens and teens, as well as for their parents. As adolescents seek greater independence, it can be challenging for their parents to connect with and guide them. Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are…

Human development and family studies professor joins Recovery Rising initiative

Jun 22, 2021

H. Harrington ‘Bo’ Cleveland, professor of human development and family studies at Penn State and SSRI cofunded faculty member, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ Recovery Rising initiative. Recovery Rising works to foster a resilient, diverse and…

Parents may underestimate impact of involving adolescent children in conflicts

Jun 22, 2021

When parents who are fighting with each other draw their adolescent children into their conflicts, the children may perceive those conflicts very differently than their parents, according to a new Penn State study. "Parents may not realize the impact they are having on their children," said Devin…

Coupled brain activity, cerebrospinal fluid flow could indicate Alzheimer's risk

Jun 2, 2021

Penn State researchers may have discovered a potential marker to clinically evaluate patients’ risk for Alzheimer’s disease through non-invasive imaging tests, according to a study published today (June 1) in PLOS Biology. The finding may have implications for diagnosis and treatment of the disease…

COVID-19 pandemic may have increased mental health issues within families

Apr 14, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning. The study — led by Penn State…

Buxton recognized with endowed appointment

Jan 12, 2021

SSRI cofund Orfeu M. Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health, was named the inaugural holder of the Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professorship in Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development. Buxton's research focuses on the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace,…

Using wearable technology to prevent kidney stones

Oct 1, 2020

idney stones are a painful and expensive medical problem, and people who suffer from kidney stones once are likely to experience them a second time. Recurrence can often be prevented if patients increase urine output by increasing the amount of water that they drink. Though this may seem easy,…

Protocols to make data on kids secure, shareable eventually may help families

Sep 30, 2020

Researchers in developmental psychology face a perplexing challenge: They know that collecting and sharing data about children can lead to real benefits for kids and their families, but they also recognize that some kinds of data like video or audio recordings risk violating the privacy of these…

Dean's Lecture Series to focus on impact of racism and discrimination on health

Sep 17, 2020

The Penn State College of Health and Human Development's fall 2020 Dean's Lecture Series will focus on the impact of structural racism on human health, development and well-being. The first lecture in this iteration of the Dean’s Lecture Series, "The Impact of Structural Racism and Racial…

Parental warmth on high-conflict days helps teens to feel loved

Aug 7, 2020

While parent-teen conflict is inevitable, parents expressing warmth and support on high-conflict days can bolster how much their teen feels loved, according to a study conducted by Gregory Fosco, Penn State associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the…

New online event series brings virtual conversations to the Penn State community

Aug 4, 2020

A new virtual event series launched earlier this year by the College of Health and Human Development has become a hub of activity for interactive engagement among friends and alumni of the Penn State community. The “HHD On Location: Home Edition” events, which feature discussions between an…

Researchers to study impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on families

Apr 23, 2020

Since social distancing has been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are experiencing high levels of stress and conflict — arguments and conflict between parents, between parents and children, and between siblings. And though social distancing is a frequently used intervention…

How Siblings’ Gender Can Affect a Child’s Development

Mar 11, 2020

When you talk about sibling issues, everyone takes it personally. Whether it’s birth order and the supposed advantages of being the oldest (or youngest, or middle), or the question of having (or being) the favorite child, people tend to respond immediately with their own sometimes very individual…

Stress may drive people to give as well as receive emotional support

Feb 27, 2020

Stress has a justifiably bad reputation for making people feel crummy. But new research suggests that despite its negative side effects, it may also lead to a surprising social benefit. In a study, a team of scientists including Penn State researchers found that experiencing stress made people both…

Registration open for awareness event on preventing child neglect

Feb 12, 2020

Penn State's Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is hosting an awareness event, “Preventing Child Neglect,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 4, in the ballroom of the Nittany Lion Inn.   Child maltreatment can take many forms, but the most common cases nationwide are that of child neglect. Throughout…

Underemployment affects African American parents and their relationships

Feb 12, 2020

Penn State researchers have found that perceived underemployment among African American parents may have an effect on their careers, their mental and physical health, and their relationships. Conducted by Xiaoran Sun, former Penn State graduate student in human development and family studies and…

The human ‘screenome’ may give insight into human health and well-being

Jan 16, 2020

As Americans now spend over half of their day interacting with digital media, the world is increasingly becoming more digitally connected. A collaboration between Penn State and Stanford University that is exploring how everyday life can be studied digitally is being featured in the Jan. 16 issue…

Does your research involve mobile/digital health?

Jan 15, 2020

The College of Health & Human Development seeks to consult with this community of researchers across campus. Our goal is to understand the scope of work underway and envisioned at Penn State. A community meeting will be held later this month. To get information about the community meeting,…

All the feels: Feeling loved in everyday life linked with improved well-being

Nov 26, 2019

Poets and songwriters may tend to focus their artistry on passion and romance, but it may be those unsung, brief feelings of love throughout the day that are connected with psychological well-being, according to a team of researchers led by two Penn State Institute for Computational and Data…