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Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal

Sep 10, 2021

The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food. That is one of the conclusions of a study led by Heather Randell,…

Childhood gender nonconformity in boys linked to early androgens

Sep 10, 2021

In laboratory animals, sex differences in behavior occur because different hormone levels produced by males and females influence patterns of gene expression in the developing brain. However, the origins of sex differences in human behavior are not as well understood, according to a team of…

HHD professor and graduate students “rappel for recovery”

Sep 7, 2021

As part of National Recovery Month, Hobart ‘Bo’ Cleveland, SSRI cofunded faculty member and professor of human development and family studies, Erik Dolgoff, graduate student in human development and family studies, and Samuel Wakely Stull, graduate student in biobehavioral health, recently…

Penn State early career scholars selected for postdoctoral fellowships

Jun 25, 2021

SSRI cofunded faculty member Ericka Weathers, assistant professor of education (educational theory and policy), and Matthew Gardner Kelly, assistant professor of education (educational leadership) in Penn State’s College of Education have been selected as 2021 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/…

SSRI cofund promotions

May 28, 2021

Penn State recently announced that seven of SSRI’s cofunded faculty members were promoted and several were granted tenure. Sarah Font was promoted to associate professor of sociology, Sheridan Miyamoto was promoted to associate professor of nursing, and Hannah Schreier was promoted to associate…
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Buss recognized with 2021 President's Award for academic integration

Apr 22, 2021

Kristin Buss, Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families, Professor of Psychology; professor of human development and family studies; and head of the psychology department in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts; has been awarded Penn State's 2021 President’s…

Byun honored at recent College of Education awards ceremony

Apr 19, 2021

Penn State College of Education faculty, staff and students who have made compelling and momentous contributions to their chosen fields or majors over the past year were honored April 15 at the college’s virtual spring appreciation and awards ceremony. Winners were selected through nomination…

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…

Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse seeks co-funded faculty position candidates

Feb 5, 2021

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) has announced an invitation for applications from departments across the Penn State system for a co-funded faculty position as part of the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA).  Addressing one of the University’s aims in its Strategic Plan, "…
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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,…

Four researchers join the Social Science Research Institute

Sep 23, 2020

Four Penn State researchers have joined the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse, part of the Social Science Research Institute, including faculty members from the colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Health and Human Development. The Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA)…
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Gatzke-Kopp's research featured in publications

Dec 18, 2018

SSRI co-funded faculty member Lisa Gatzke-Kopp's research into second- and third-hand smoke and its effects on infants and toddlers was recently featured in the The Philadelphia Inquirier and republished in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work was also feature in Consumer Affairs.

Wilkinson receives leadership in outreach award

Nov 14, 2018

SSRI co-fund Krista Wilkinson was recently received the Leadership in Outreach Scholarship Award at the College of Health and Human Development's 2018 Faculty and Staff Awards, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society. Wilkinson has been a faculty member in the…

Morgan featured in “New Yorker”

Oct 11, 2018

SSRI co-fund and CEDR director Paul Morgan’s research has been featured in the “New Yorker’s” article, “Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System.” Morgan’s research focuses on the underrepresentation of children of color in special education. He argues that environmental factors like…

People with autism may not have trouble focusing on people in photos

Aug 16, 2018

While people with autism may avoid eye contact in one-on-one conversations, they may not avoid looking at people in photos, according to Penn State researchers. Krista Wilkinson, professor of communication sciences and disorders and SSRI faculty co-fund, said previously it was thought that people…

Youth who age out of foster care show higher educational attainment

Jul 25, 2018

Children in foster care often suffer detrimental effects that can carry over into adulthood and infect future relationships. However, new Penn State research indicates youth who age out of foster care attain higher educational achievement than those who exit foster care and are reunited with their…

Four faculty join Social Science Research Institute

Jul 3, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) recently announced four new co-funded faculty members who will join the institute in the 2018-19 academic year: Maithreyi Gopalan, Alexis Santos, Kenneth Shores, and Ericka Weathers. Maithreyi Gopalan, assistant professor of education in the…

Schafft elected Rural Sociology Society president

May 10, 2018

SSRI co-fund Kai Schafft has been elected president-elect of the Rural Sociology Society (RSS) for the upcoming year. The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application and dissemination of sociological knowledge. It seeks to enhance the quality of rural…

Co-fund Miyamoto, Smeal students team up to address business challenges for SAFE-T Center

May 9, 2018

When the Penn State College of Nursing launched the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center in 2016, it envisioned a solution to enhance access to compassionate sexual assault care in underserved communities. What they still needed: a plan to sustain the center’s operations…

SSRI co-fund Jennifer Frank among those who serve students across University

Apr 30, 2018

At any university, it is common to see faculty and staff working with students. After all, it is part of most job descriptions. But oftentimes, faculty and staff go above and beyond their job descriptions in what they do for students. In the College of Education, more than a dozen faculty and staff…