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2015-2016 Child Study Center Speaker Series

The Child Study Center is proud to present a series of distinguished speakers on topics related to child and adolescent development. Each annual series begins with the Child Study Center's Lois Bloom lecture, featuring a nationally recognized scholar. For additional co-sponsored events, please see News and Events: Please check back periodically for updated information.


Upcoming Speakers:


Thursday, April 7, 2016
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Dr. Marc A. Zimmerman

Professor and former Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,
School of Public Health
Professor, Psychology and the Combined Program in Education and Psychology
University of Michigan

"Youth Empowerment Solutions: Theory, Research, and Practice"

Abstract: This presentation will discuss empowerment theory conceptualized as three integrated components: 1) feeling (intrapersonal); 2) thinking (interactional); and doing (behavioral). Empirical results supporting this conceptualization will be presented showing a measurement model of psychological empowerment comprises these three components in a sample of middle school students. Data are also presented showing how the measure of psychological empowerment is associated with less aggressive behavior and more prosocial engagement. Application of this model of psychological empowerment theory to an after school program designed to engage youth in community change will be described. Initial results of the program evaluation are presented.


Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Dr. Tracy Alloway

Associate Professor of Psychology
Master's Program Director
University of North Florida

(Title and Abstract forthcoming)


To see our upcoming Fall 2016 speakers, click here.


Speakers from earlier this year:


Tuesday, September 22, 2015
2015-2016 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture
4:15 p.m., The Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room

Dr. Laurence Steinberg

Distinguished University Professor
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology
Temple University

"Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence"

Abstract: Adolescence now lasts longer than ever, and the adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable. These new discoveries make this time of life crucial in determining a person’s ultimate success and happiness. In this lecture, Laurence Steinberg will discuss the teenage brain’s potential for change, the links between brain development and risk-taking in adolescence, the elongation of adolescence as a developmental stage, and the implications of each for how we parent, educate, and understand young people.


Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Dr. Daniel Messinger

Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Music Engineering
Cooper Fellow, University of Miami


"Emotions, Interaction, and Autism: Timing and Development"

Abstract: Can real-time social processes illuminate developmental achievements? A dynamic systems perspective, new measurement and modeling approaches are used to understand the expression of emotion and the development of social communication in infants at risk for autism and typically-developing infants.


Monday, October 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom

Penn State's 23rd Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

"Boys and Men in African American Families"


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

"Being Undocumented in the U.S. and the World: Integrating Developmental Science, Practice, and Policy"

Abstract: In this lecture I will present results from a multi-method longitudinal study of immigrant parents and their U.S.-born citizen children, as well as follow-up studies of low-income immigrant parents' access to human services. A research agenda for studying issues of unauthorized migration and child development in low- and middle-income countries will also be presented. Implications for future directions in immigration policy and research will be explored.

Dr. Yoshikawa is also presenting the BENNETT LECTURE

Thursday, October 29, 2015
4:00 p.m., 22 BBH Building/Ruth Pike Auditorium

"Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education in the Context of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals"

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