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April 2019 Memo

It's hard to believe we are at the end of another academic year. Below is your final memo for the semester. As always, you will also find program news and announcements, upcoming conferences & training opportunities, student celebrations, and resources & job announcements. New to the memo this semester is a "Tips & Tricks" section. This month we are sharing ideas for how to manage your email inbox. Also, be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see our student and faculty spotlights!

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Program News & Announcements
Prevention Science Program Updates. Please contact Britany Cooper with any questions about the following program updates.
  • Colloquium: If you have ideas for colloquium speakers and topics for the fall semester, please send them my way!
  • Faculty Steering Committee: Click here for the minutes to our March 8, 2019 meeting.
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Jaymie Vandagriff, with any questions.
  • Meet and Greet for New WSU Graduate Students is on August 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in CUB Sr. Ballroom. The Graduate School will host this event for everyone to meet and greet new graduate students who come to WSU this fall. Register now.
  • PSGSO Officer Elections: The PSGSO has held elections for the 2019-2020 school year. Here are the newly elected officials who will take office beginning April 30, 2019.
    • President: Alana Anderson
    • Vice President: Jaymie Vandagriff
    • Secretary: Kyle Murphy
    • Treasurer: Amanda McMahon
    • Membership and Outreach Chair: Faith Price
    • Vancouver Representative: Rachel Peterson
    • Spokane Representative: Vacant
    • We will be holding a special election for the First Year Representative in September, once our first-year students have had a chance to settle into the program. 
  • Hot Cocoa Social (Pullman campus): On Friday, April 26th we celebrated our lovely Human Development Administrative Manager, Lisa Clyde, with a hot cocoa social at Ensminger Pavillion. Students, faculty and staff contributed food, cocoa supplies, and stories exemplifying Lisa's unwavering positivity and support. Thank you Lisa for all that you do, and thank you everyone in attendance for your food, laughs and company. Below are some pictures from the festivities. See you all this Fall!
Hot Off The Presses! Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty on these recent publications and awards. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
  • Laura Hill won the Society for Prevention Research 2019 Friend of ECPN (Early Career Preventionists) Award in recognition of her support of early career activities, by helping ECPN as an organization; promoting training, and early career involvement in prevention efforts; and encouraging early career preventionists in their work. She will be presented the award at the SPR Annual Awards Presentation on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 5:45 pm to 6:25 pm at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. If you are going to the conference, please plan to attend! 
  • Anne Cox recently had two articles published, both of which included co-authorship from PS graduate student, Amanda McMahon, and one included fellow PS faculty, Sarah Ullrich-French
    • Cox, A. E., & McMahon, A. K. (2019). Exploring changes in mindfulness and body appreciation during yoga participation. Body Image29, 118-121.
    • Cox, A. E., Ullrich-French, S., Tylka, T. L., & McMahon, A. K. (2019). The roles of self-compassion, body surveillance, and body appreciation in predicting intrinsic motivation for physical activity: Cross-sectional associations, and prospective changes within a yoga context. Body image29, 110-117.
  • Sammy Perone and Masha Gartstein have their first co-authored article in press.
    • Perone, S., & Gartstein, M.A. (in press) Mapping cortical rhythms to infant behavioral tendencies via baseline EEG and parent-report. Developmental Psychobiology
  • The WSU Insider recently featured stories on projects led by Prevention Science faculty.
    • Real Talk with Parents Helps Students Avoid Freshman-Risks - this story featured work by Matt Bumpus, Laura Hill, and Brittany Cooper on the NIDA-funded First Years Away from Home Study, a randomized control trial assessing the efficacy of a handbook intervention for parents of first-year WSU students.
    • Netflix-featured WSU Lab Recruiting New Parents for Study - this story featured work by Masha Gartstein whose temperament research is looking for new parents in the Pullman/Moscow area to participate in a study investigating how parent‑child interactions influence the development of a baby’s brain and behaviors. Masha's research will also be featured in an upcoming Netflix documentary!
  • As a part of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Mapping Advances in Prevention Science (MAPS) Task Force on scaling-up evidence-based programs, Brittany Cooper, along with PS faculty, Laura Hill and Louise Parker, and PS student, Garrett Jenkins, produced a policy brief entitled: Prevention Works: A Call to Action for the Behavioral Health System. Below is a quote from the brief.
HD 586 Special Topics: Adult Development & Aging. This course is open to students of all disciplines and will cover theory, research, and practice relevant to prevention and intervention sciences and programming aimed at improving the health and well-being of adults and families in later life, within the context of the larger social and policy environment. Please help us spread the word far and wide about this excellent course! Click here for a flyer summarizing the details.
  • Who is teaching this course? Drs. Raven Weaver and Cory Bolkan
  • When/where is the course offered? Fall 2019 Thursdays from 2:10 – 5:00pm; class is offered across all campuses via AMS and will be co-taught by faculty from the Pullman and Vancouver campuses.
  • How many credits? 3 credits
  • Why take this class? This course takes a lifespan approach to understanding adult development and will explore how early life experiences shape later life and discuss opportunities for prevention science throughout adulthood.
Ed Psych 521: Indigenous Epistemology & Methodology. This course will take place Fall 2019, Tuesdays from 12:10-3pm. This course will involve a study and application of Indigenous Epistemology & Methodology. It will emphasize the valuing of relationship that differs from Western views, and in doing so will involve an examination of the inherent power dynamic between researchers and those they study. Click here to learn more.
Land-Grant Symposium: How Can Land-Grant Universities Better Serve the Public. This WSU symposium is on Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and will focus on the future of the nation's land-grant universities. Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi will deliver the keynote address and lead a series of dialogues focused on the need for land-grants to evolve to maintain their relevancy and value to the public. Register HERE by April 30.
AmeriCorp Job at WSU's Center for Civic Engagement. STEM Literacy Project Coordinator will support the work of the Washington State University (WSU) Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) through the STEM Literacy: Worms to Widgets Project.  The primary function of this WACC AmeriCorps VISTA position will be to coordinate a campus and community-based project to strengthen opportunities for underrepresented youth to engage in STEM programming. This WACC AmeriCorps VISTA position will work to leverage campus-community partnerships to sustain opportunities for WSU students that provide STEM programming for rural youth. Click here for details. Please pass the information on to those who might be interested. Perhaps a recent HD undergraduate graduate? 
Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks - Facilitators Needed. Health Promotion in Cougar Health Services in Pullman is recruiting facilitators for the Booze, Sex, and Reality Check program, a mandatory substance abuse prevention program for incoming undergraduate WSU students under the age of 21. This is a great, temporary opportunity for training and experience in:
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Program facilitation
  • Substance abuse prevention
They are particularly interested in students with strong enough skills to be lead facilitators. The bulk of the training and work happens throughout July and the week before classes start in fall. Contact Bogdan Goncharuk with specific questions. More details are available here.
Volunteer Opportunity: Palouse Prairie Charter School Board. Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) is a publicly-funded charter school in Moscow, Idaho serving approximately 190 students between Kindergarten and 8th Grade. PPCS opened in 2009 with the mission, “…to engage the children and the community of the Palouse in a rigorous and collaborative education of the highest standards by fostering a spirit of inquiry, a persistence towards excellence, a responsibility for learning, and an ethic of service.” They are recruiting new board members and so this is a great opportunity if you live in Pullman/Moscow and are looking for a way to get more involved in the local community. Email Brittany Cooper (who is an outgoing board member) for more details.
Program Coordinator Reminders. As you already know, Cerissa Harper is no longer the Prevention Science Program Coordinator. Her duties are being covered by Lisa Clyde and Brittany Cooper until the position is refilled. Please email us with any questions. 
  • If a graduate student has been offered summer work, please notify Lisa to ensure that your positions are in place and will be funded appropriately.
Tips & Tricks: How do you manage your email inbox? 
There are so many different opinions and strategies out there on how to organize your email inbox, it can be difficult to know which is best. Here are just a few ideas for where to start.
  • How Academics Can Gain Control of their Inbox and their Time - this essay by Kerry Ann Rockquemore describes 3 of the most common limiting beliefs academics hold about e-mail, and the following 3 steps that can help you get to inbox zero!
    • Step #1: Quick Triage. Try doing a quick triage several times a day in order to: 1) delete, 2) delegate or 3) put into an ongoing task list.
    • Step #2: Create Alternative Spaces for Communication. Try to get teams you lead to communicate via e-mail as minimally as possible.
    • Step #3: The Sunday Meeting. There’s no point in forwarding e-mails into a to-do list unless you have a weekly commitment to systematically sort and schedule your tasks. Hold a Sunday meeting as a way to sort all of the tasks embedded in your e-mails and plan the week in a way that’s aligned with your evaluation criteria. 
  • Managing Email in Academia & Getting Your Inbox Under Control - these blog posts describe other strategies and recommendations like:
    • Limit the amount of time spent on email per day
    • Don't check email first thing in the morning
    • Take action on every mail
    • Evaluate if you need to email about this
    • Unsubscribe from all crap
  • This article describes "The 5 Email Folders You'll Ever Need" - which include: 
    • Inbox: the inbox is a holding pen. Emails shouldn’t stay here any longer than it takes for you to file them into another folder. The exception to this rule is when you respond immediately and are waiting for an immediate response.
    • Today: Everything that requires a response today.
    • This Week: Everything that requires a response before the end of the week.
    • This Month/Quarter: – Everything that needs a longer-term response. Depending on your role, you many need a monthly folder. Others can operate on a quarterly basis.
    • FYI: Most items I receive are informational. If I think I may need to reference an email again, I’ll save it to this folder.
  • If you are an Outlook email user, here are 6 Outlook Email Hacks, and one additional one courtesy of Elizabeth Weybright: One trick I’ve found is that I can schedule emails to go out using the Delay Delivery option in Outlook. This way I can schedule reminders in advance to collaborators. I try to schedule these reminders at the conclusion of meeting with a collaborator so I don’t have to worry about it later. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
Advances in Moderation Analyses: An Introduction to Mixture Regression Webinar. Tomorrow, April 30 from 1-2pm PST this webinar describes mixture regression as a highly flexible method that can address moderation questions in your research — questions that previous standard methods cannot answer. Mixture regression allows you to examine whether the relationships between independent and dependent variables differ for latent classes. During this webinar, presenter W. Justin Dyer, Ph.D., will provide an accessible introduction to mixture regression and help you learn the theory and techniques needed to employ this important new method. A "hands on" portion of the webinar will utilize MPlus and STATA software. Register for this webinar here.
WSU Entrepreneurship Skills and Knowledge Accelerator (WESKA). Are you a WSU graduate student or postdoctoral associate who is curious about entrepreneurship? If you want to learn more, Dean Chip Hunter and Associate Professor Arvin Sahaym of the Carson College of Business, WSU, invite you to join the WSU Entrepreneurship Skills and Knowledge Accelerator. WESKA takes place Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 14 from 8am-5:45pm each day. This is not a sit-back and listen course. It is a full time, full commitment, non-credit immersion program with evening assignments and events. It is an exciting, dig deep, learning experience. Activities will include analyses, real-time work with ideas, role-plays, videos, group discussions, expert panels, anecdotes, lively social events, practice in financial and market assessment, and other tools. Session will be led by top WSU faculty in strategic entrepreneurship, finance, management and marketing; with guest presentation by campus, community and alumni experts in start-ups. To apply, click here.
Society for Research on Education Effectiveness (SREE) Summer Fellows Program. SREE, in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education's Data Impact Group, is pleased to be offering an exciting new program --the SREE Summer Fellows Program. Two SREE student members will have the opportunity to spend the summer working on a 'real world' research project - answering a question that the philanthropic community is asking to help inform their work. The application window for the initial fellow has closed, but a second application round will launch the first week of May.  Information will be sent about the opportunity via email to the SREE community and posted on the SREE website.
Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Conference. Mark your calendars for the 2019 SSEA Conference that will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 10-12, 2019. Click here for details.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Amanda McMahon successfully defended her Master's Thesis. Congratulations, Amanda!

Congratulations to the 2019 WSU SPR Cup Team! This year's team includes Shane McFarland, Kyle Murphy, Myah Houghten, Garrett Jenkins, and Marie Gray. They were assigned their data set a few weeks ago and submitted a proposal to the SPR Cup committee outlining their research aims and analytic plan. Based on that proposal, they were officially accepted to participate in the presentation at the SPR Conference in San Francisco. If you will be there, please plan to attend their presentation on Thursday, May 30 10:15-11:45am in Bayview B.
Jaymie Vandagriff wanted to give due credit and thanks to Stephanie Kuzara for her outstanding contributions as PSGSO Membership and Outreach Chair. She has been the creative and logistical powerhouse behind all of our events this year, planning and implementing them from start to finish with some help from the rest of us. She has a way of developing a creative vision and executing it to fruition in a way I aspire to. Stephanie, you are truly amazing, this year wouldn't have been the same without your leadership.

The manuscript based on Jaymie Vandagriff's master's thesis has been accepted for publication to the open access journal, AERA Open! Congrats to Jaymie and Patricia! Here is the citation: Pendry, P. & Vandagriff, J. L. (in press). Animal Visitation Program (AVP) reduces cortisol levels of university students: a Randomized Controlled Trial. AERA Open.

Crystal Lederhos Smith is co-author on a recently published article and several conference presentations. Way to go, Crystal!
  • Schwartz, C., Carollo, S., Hahn, L., Brinker, D., & Smith, C.L. (In Press) Interprofessional Student Learning: Perspectives gained from outreach in underserved communities in the Amazon region of Peru. Common Ground Research Network.
  • Burduli, E., McPherson, S., Mamey, M. R., Smith, C.L., & Roll, J. (March, 2019). Missing data methodologies for vulnerable populations: substance use disorder randomized clinical trials. Oral presentation, International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Paris, France.
  • Lovejoy, T.I., Smith, C.L., Dobscha S.K., Morasco, B.J., Meath, T.H.A., Demidenko, M.I., McPherson, S. (April, 2018) Changes in pain intensity following discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy. Paper presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. New Orleans, LA
  • Barbosa-Leiker, C., Gartstein, M., Burduli, E., Smith, C.L., Brooks, O., Mehta, R.P. & Orr, M. (April, 2019). Daily Cannabis Use During Pregnancy and Parenthood. Podium presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing’s 52nd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Lovejoy, T.I., Smith, C.L., Morasco, B., Dobscha, S.K., McPherson, S. (2019, June). Identifying predictors of pain intensity following discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy among patients with and without substance use disorders. To be presented at the College of Problems on Drug Dependence Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Dorrian, T., Smith, C.L., McPherson, S. (2019, April). Chicken or The Egg: A preliminary cross-sectional examination of the relationship between marijuana use and mental health issues among adolescents. Presented at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA.
This was announced in the last memo, but below is a picture of Alana Anderson presenting at WSU Showcase. Congrats again, Alana!
Several students presented at the WSU Vancouver Research Showcase on April 11th. See below for some great pictures from the event. Great work everyone!
  • Brianna Hernandez and Eunsaem Kim presented posters.
  • Rachel Peterson did a podium presentation.
  • Lexie Jackson presented a poster and did a podium presentation. She was awarded 1st place (out of all graduate students) for her poster!
Here is a picture of Lexie with Dr. Christine Portfors, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education at WSUV, who presented her award.
Prevention Science Resources
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) - Achievements of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. For a number of years, OBSSR has made available a fact sheet that lists some key accomplishments of health-related behavioral and social sciences research. That fact sheet, developed in 2013, is becoming dated and is a short list of only a few key accomplishments resulting from behavioral and social sciences research. The NIH behavioral and social sciences staff could generate an updated list, but they can generate a much more extensive and diverse list of accomplishments enlisting the help of the larger behavioral and social sciences research community. Plus, crowdsourcing input can also be used to help them identify the accomplishments that should be highlighted. They need your help.  Between now and midnight ET on July 31, 2019, they want everyone in the behavioral and social sciences research community to submit an accomplishment, add information to a submitted accomplishment, and/or vote on the ones that have had a substantial health impact and for which behavioral and social sciences research was critical to achieving. The website for submitting accomplishments is
WSU Spokane Library Resources. If you would like to view any of the Spokane Academic Library's 20-Minute Trainings, you can access the recordings here. Topics include:
  • PubMed Basics
  • PubMed for Advanced Users
  • Collecting Data with REDCap
  • Using Zotero to Manage References
  • Finding Datasets for Research
Creating Opportunity for Communities of Color Through Entrepreneurship. Stanford Social Innovation Review published a recent article describing how the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to succeed and thrive, leads them to intentionally pursue strategies to address the racial inequities that continually undermine child and family well-being. This commitment extends to their social (or mission or impact) investing: They seek to leverage their endowment for larger-scale impact. They, like several contributors in this series, see the value of entrepreneurship as a path to economic opportunity and wealth for communities of color—particularly in the South, where kids and families consistently fare worse than in other regions.
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Assistant Professor of Practice, Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Portland State University. The Child, Youth, and Family Studies program at Portland State University invites applications for one non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. Our program seeks applicants to teach in the CYFS program with a focus on family policy, family support, and professional practice with families and children/youth; professional development of Child, Youth, and Family Studies students; and interdisciplinary general education related to children, youth, and families. Various assignments for non-tenure track instructional and research faculty may include direct instruction, supporting scholarly activities, and service to the University, community, and profession. This is a 9-month 1.00 FTE appointment. Click here for details.
Data Analyst, Early Childhood School Readiness, Duke University. Professor Kenneth Dodge at the Sanford School of Public Policy seeks a database analyst to join him in working on a new NIH grant entitled “Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts.” The aim of the proposal is to understand whether, for whom, and how the effects of successful early childhood school readiness interventions are sustained across a child’s development. This position is funded by the NIH and is subject to NIH’s approval for future year funding. Occupational Summary This position is intended to be a five-year appointment, covering the entire period of award for this grant. The database analyst, under the supervision of the Project Coordinator for this grant, will work closely with colleagues from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP). The Center, established in 1999 under the leadership of Dodge, pursues science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. Click here for details. 
Post Doctoral Research Associate in Family Resilience, University of Illinois. The Family Resiliency Center is seeking to fill a post-doctoral position to commence as early as August 2019. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas: 1) early childhood nutrition, 2) prevention of childhood obesity, 3) family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life, and 4) longitudinal data analysis. The Family Resiliency Center is an interdisciplinary research and outreach unit dedicated to advancing knowledge and practices that strengthen families' abilities to meet life's challenges and thrive.Faculty are working on projects related to the prevention ofchildhood obesity, biological and environmental contributions to early dietary practices, prediction of weight trajectories over the first five years of life. The Center includes state-of-the-art family observation facilities and a child development laboratory. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae and cover letter in PDF format and names and contact information forthree references at Questions regarding the positions should be directed to Barbara H.Fiese, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Family Resiliency Center,
Out Program Manager at Human Development and Relationships Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The University of Wisconsin- Madison division of Extension seeks an innovative and community- focused, asset-based leader for the position of Family Engagement and Relationships Outreach Program Manager within the Human Development and Relationships (HDR) Institute. The Human Development and Relationships Institute facilitates and develops research-based educational processes and programs in Wisconsin for individuals, families, and communities. The Outreach Program Manager will be responsible for supporting the programmatic, professional development, and budget management needs of nationally recognized, innovative and creative county educators distributed among 72 counties within the state of Wisconsin. Primary programmatic areas will include education, research, and collaborative initiatives that are aligned with fatherhood, family strengthening, relationship building, parenting, co-parenting, cognitive development of children of incarcerated parents, kinship care, and caregivers of aging family members. Click here for details.
Research Associate on Large-Scale Implementation Trial, University of Pittsburgh. This Research Associate/Project Coordinator position will serve as a project coordinator in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Shaw of the department of Psychology. The individual will be in charge of day-to-day operations for the Toddler/Preschool Cohort of The Pittsburgh Study, a large-scale implementation project testing the efficacy of a tiered model of preventive interventions, following annual screenings and using specific interventions tailored to families’ specific strengths and challenges (e.g., Video Interaction Project, Family Check-Up). The study will recruit 2,500-3,000 families over the course of two years from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, over-sampling children at risk for health disparities. Responsibilities will include working with interdisciplinary staff associated with The Pittsburgh Study, which includes multiple age cohorts ranging from the prenatal period to early adolescence, and supervision of 15-20 staff members, (i.e., interventionists, research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students). The Project Coordinator also will be responsible for the organization and supervision of data collection and data management, staff training, execution of data analysis, and preparation of presentations and manuscripts for publication. She/he will have sufficient time to pursue her/his own research using data from the current data set and other ongoing studies in the lab. Ph.D. in developmental or clinical psychology or early education preferred, with strong training in quantitative methods. Ideally the candidate would have 3-5 years of previous experience in coordinating large-scale research projects involving children and their families or equivalent combination of education and experience. Interested candidates should send a statement of research interests, a CV, and three letters of reference to Daniel Shaw at Starting date is flexible but could begin as early as May or June, 2019.
Youth Development Specialist, Washington State University.  The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership, vision, educational programming, planning, development, implementation, reporting, and direction for the Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties 4-H Youth Development Program in collaboration with staff, volunteers, youth, partners, and the community. This tenure-track position will provide multi-cultural Extension programs. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with diverse populations and who are bilingual in English/Spanish. Click here for details.
Prevention Research Job Opportunities. Visit the Society for Prevention Research website for a regularly updated list of prevention-related job opportunities. 
Human Development and Family Studies Job Opportunities. Visit the National Council on Family Relations website for a regularly updated list of HD-related job opportunities. 
Student Spotlight
Jacky Hidalgo
Advisor: Tom Power
Campus: Pullman

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? To prevent/reduce negative health outcomes, we focus on specific things—  like risk and/or protective factors—  to better understand relationships/effects, so that this information can be used by programs at different levels (individual to nation-wide).

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Disordered eating behavior and attitudes

Where do you think you’ll be or hope you’ll be in five years, personally or professionally? I am incredibly grateful for the programs and individuals who have helped me get to where I am today. In 5 years, I hope to be utilizing my prevention science background to work with community programs who offer resources and opportunities for their community members and help them thrive. I hope to be part of an empowering and diverse team, while still possibly doing research that’ll contribute back to the prevention science feedback loop 😊

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? Right now, I’ve been enjoying taking care of my mom. Seeing her genuinely smile gives me an incredibly intense sense of happiness.

What is the last movie you saw in the theaters? On International Women's Day…my older sister, baby sister, and nephew went to watch “Isn't It Romantic“. 

Faculty Spotlight
Raven Weaver
Unit: Human Development
Campus: Pullman
How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science emphasizes lifelong development and examines risk and protective factors to promote health and wellbeing, across the life course. 

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Service use among older adults

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? This is my second year at WSU, but I have been paving my path in gerontology since undergrad, when I wanted to go into aging policy. Now, my research centers around availability and adequacy of services and supports for vulnerable populations (e.g., rural populations) and near-risk populations at the cusp of needing more help to address ongoing care needs. My goal is to translate research findings into clear implications for policy modification to better serve aging individuals and families.   

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? I am so ready for tulips and daffodils to pop up, which signals it’s time to work on beautifying my yard. When I moved, my backyard was like a jungle of rose bushes, so it’s a work in constant progress! Also, the cooler weather is perfect for tennis and biking. I am definitely looking forward to spending time outside!

What TV show are you currently binge watching? I just re-watched Friends. Grace and Frankie, a Netflix original series, recently released another season – this is such a great show about friendship and relationships! I highly recommend it!
Find out more about the Washington State University Prevention Science PhD Program here .
Email Brittany Cooper at with any questions or comments. 

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