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April 2020 Memo

Well, we've nearly made it to the end of the Spring 2020 semester. In this time of COVID-19-related uncertainty and stress, I hope this month's Prevention Science memo provides a sense of normality and puts a smile on your face. We tried to really highlight and celebrate the good stuff, including the fun ways we can continue to connect (over Zoom, of course)! As always, the memo includes program news and announcements, upcoming conferences & training opportunities, student and faculty celebrations, and resources & job announcements. Be sure to scroll all the way to see our faculty & student spotlights!

Picture: WSU Prevention Science Graduate Student Virtual Happy Hour
Picture credit: Alana Anderson

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Program News & Announcements
Prevention Science Program Updates. Please contact Britany Cooper with any questions about the following program updates. 
  • Colloquium: Link to the recording from our last few colloquium presentations of the semester are listed below. If you have topic/speaker ideas for Fall 2020, send them to Brittany!
    • Crafting the Job Application Panel
    • Alana AndersonSelf-regulation across the lifespan: Insights from boredom, babies, and brains
    • PSGSO (Not) Poster Session Data Blitz - I forgot to record this one, but click here for slides presented. Thanks to the students who presented!
      • Lexie Jackson: What are the relationships between body image, how we eat, and what we eat?
      • Faith Price: Marijuana use and American Indian/Alaska Native youth in Washington State
      • Jaymie Vandagriff: Effects of human animal interaction and psycheducational programming on college students' salivary cortisol reactivity to test anxiety
      • Shane McFarland: Steps towards exercise is medicine
      • Amanda McMahon: Promoting mindfulness in students with intellectual and developmental disabilities
      • Su Lee: Impacts of microaggression on mental and physical health in immigrant college students 
  • Welcome New Prevention Science Students! We are excited to welcome 10 new Prevention Science PhD students who will join us in Fall 2020. Click here for details and see below for student names and their faculty mentors.
    • Elizabeth Purser (Elizabeth Weybright)
    • Aubrey Milatz (Patricia Pendry)
    • Jordan Newburg (Brittany Cooper)
    • Autumn Decker (Raven Weaver)
    • Anaderi Iniguez (Elizabeth Weybright & Jane Lanigan)
    • Kimberly Klein (Matt Bumpus & Kathleen Rodgers)
    • Bryony Stokes (Mike McDonell)
    • Meenakshi Richardson (Sara Waters & Mike McDonell)
    • Morgan Parker Money (Susan Finley)
    • Michael Williams (Yoshie Sano)
  • Welcome New Prevention Science Faculty! 
    • Amanda Lamp, College of Medicine, Spokane: Dr. Lamps's research interests include fatigue and performance in aviation research, human equine interactions research, research on waking rest, and programs/courses involving tai chi and equine interactions for medical students and other populations.
    • Linda Eddy, College of Nursing, Vancouver: Dr. Eddy's research focuses on the effects of having chronic illnesses, physical or cognitive challenges, or mental and emotional health needs on family process and stability.  Her current work is leading a statewide initiative developing strategies to strengthen families caring for youth with complex mental health needs.
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Alana Anderson, with any questions.
  • PSGSO Writing Group: Graduate Student Writing Group: Summer writing group will be taking place on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm starting May 12th 2020. If you would like to join or for more information please email Kyle.
  • Virtual (Zoom) Happy Hours: All PS students are invited to join for Friday afternoon happy hour via Zoom. Don't feel like you need to "arrive" right at 4:30pm. Just pop in when you are free. Email Alana for details.
  • 2020-21 PSGSO Officers: PSGSO elections took place in March for the 2020-2021 PSGSO officers. Congratulations to the newly elected officers, and thank you to those who served over the past year.
    • President: Kyle Murphy
    • Vice President: Alana Anderson
    • Secretary: Amanda McMahon
    • Treasurer: Erica Doering
    • Membership and Outreach Chair: Kat Bruzios
    • Vancouver Representative: Lexie Jackson
    • Spokane Representative: Joey Chuang
Hot Off The Presses! Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty on these recent presentations, publications, and awards. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
  • Patricia Pendry and collegues (including two PS graduate students, Alexa Carr and Jaymie Vandagriff) recently published results from their randomized control trial of animal-assisted intervention for college students.
    • Pendry, P.; Carr, A.M.; Gee, N.R.; Vandagriff, J.L. Randomized Trial Examining Effects of Animal Assisted Intervention and Stress Related Symptoms on College Students’ Learning and Study Skills. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017, 1909.
  • Sara Waters received top billing in the WSU Insider for findings reported in a recent publication about impacts of parent stress on children. 
    • Waters, S. F., Karnilowicz, H. R., West, T. V., & Mendes, W. B. (2020). Keep it to yourself? Parent emotion suppression influences physiological linkage and interaction behavior. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Yoshie Sano and Cory Bolkan were also recently featured in the WSU Insider for their research on maternal depression in rural areas. 
    • Sano, Y., Bolkan, C., & Mammen, S. (2020). Maternal depression and family health context: tracking depression trajectories of rural, low-income mothers, Journal of Family Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2019.1709244
  • Tom Power, Jane Lanigan, Louise Parker and colleagues (including 5 current PS students/alums!) published two recent paper describing the effects of two different childhood obesity interventions.
    • Hughes, S. O., Power, T. G., Beck, A., Betz, D., Goodell, L. S., Hopwood, V., Jaramillo, J. A., Lanigan, J., Martinez, A. D., Micheli, N., Olivera, Y., Overath, I., Parker, L., Ramos, G., Thompson, Y. P., Johnson, S. L. (2020). Short-term effects of an obesity prevention program among low-income Hispanic families with preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52 (3), 224-239.
    • Hughes, S. O., Power, T., Baker, S. S., Barale, K. V., Lanigan, J. D., Parker, L. A., Garcia, K. S., Aragon, M. Catalina, & Micheli, N.  (2020). Pairing feeding content with a nutrition education program to evaluate online versus in-class delivery in the prevention of childhood obesity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52 (3), 314-325.
  • Erica Austin, Louise Parker, Tom Power, and colleagues (including PS PhD student, Zena Edwards) recently published findings from their media literacy-based nutrition program.
    • Austin, E. W., Austin, B., Kaiser, C. K., Edwards, Z., Parker, L., & Power, T. G. (in press). A media-based literacy nutrition program fosters parent-child food marketing discussions, improves home food environment, and youth consumption of fruits and vegetables. Childhood Obesity.
  • Elizabeth Weybright had a paper recently accepted to the Journal of Adolescence.
    • Beckmeyer, J. J. & Weybright, E. (accepted). Exploring the association between middle adolescent romantic activity and positive youth development. Journal of Adolescence.
  • Sammy Perone and PS PhD student, Alana Anderson, have an article in press at Cognitive Development.
    • Perone, S., Anderson, A.J.,& Youatt, E. A. (in press). Don’t forget your lunch: Age and individual differences in how children complete everyday tasks. Cognitive Development. 
  • Sara Waters and PS PhD student, Su Lee, received a WSUV mini-grant ($4000) for their study Stress in Asian Americans During COVID-19. It will be an adaptation of Su's dissertation (which looks at risk and protective factors for first- and second-generation immigrants) in which they focus on COVID related stressors among Asian Americans specifically.
  • Mike McDonell and colleagues have several recent publications.
    • Amiri S, Lutz R, McDonell MG, Roll JM, Amram O. Spatial access to opioid treatment program and alcohol and cannabis outlets: Analysis of missed doses of methadone during the first, second, and third 90 days of treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2020; 46 (1): 78-87. PMID: 31237791. PMCID: In Process.
    • Amiri S, Pham CD, Amram O, Alcover KC, Oluwoye O, Bravo L, Sixberry M, McDonell MG, Roll JM, Fresco A. Proximity to screening site, rurality, and neighborhood disadvantage: Treatment status among individuals with sexually-transmitted infections in Yakima County, Washington. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020; 17 (8): E2679. PMCID: In Process.
    • Oluwoye O, Reneau H, Stokes B, Daughtry R, Venuto E, Sunbury T, Hong G, Lucenko B, Stiles B, McPherson S, Kopelovich S, Monroe-DeVita M, McDonell MG. Preliminary evaluation of Washington State’s early intervention program for first-episode psychosis. Psychiatr Serv. 2020; 71(3): 228-235. PMID: 31847738. PMCID: In Process.
  • Amy Salazar and colleagues (including two PS graduate students) published a systematic literature review in Journal of Public Child Welfare.
    • Vanderwill, L. A., Salazar, A. M., Jenkins, G. J., De Larwelle, J. A., McMahon, A. K ., Day, A., & Haggerty, K. P. (in press). Systematic literature review of foster and adoptive caregiver factors for increasing placement stability and permanency. Journal of Public Child Welfare.
  • Elizabeth Weybright and colleagues (including PS PhD student, Erica Doering) had several conference presentations accepted.
    • Doering, E. & Weybright, E. (2020, May). The contribution of purpose in life to healthy development: Opportunities for intervention across the life span. Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC. (Conference canceled)
    • Doering, E., Weybright, E., Caldwell, L., & Perone, S. (2020, March). College student boredom: A prevention science intervention target for substance use? WSU Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA. (Conference canceled)
    • Price, F. & Weybright, E. (2020, March). Marijuana use and American Indian/Alaska Native Youth in Washington State. WSU Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA. (Conference canceled)
    • Anderson, A., Perone, S., & Weybright, E. (2020, March). Boredom and risky choices in adolescents and emerging adults: An event-related potential study. Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA. (Conference canceled)
  • Elizabeth Weybright & Mike McDonell are co-directors of the new Center for Rural Opioid Prevention Treatment and Recovery (CROP-TR). Check out their new website and Facebook page!
  • Raven Weaver (nominated by PS graduate student, Marie Gray) was awarded WSU's Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)  Award of Excellence for Advising. 
  • Jane Lanigan (nominated by PS graduate student, Lexie Jackson) and Janessa Graves were awarded WSU President Award for Leadership
  • Elizabeth Weybright was awarded the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Early Career Excellence Award.
  • Marcelo Diversi was awarded WSU Vancouver's Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence.  
HD 560 Child Development Service Learning Project. Sammy Perone's fantastic HD 560 child development students created a social media timeline called "Play Home, Play Healthy" as part of a service learning class project. The community partners were local childcare facilities, who requested social media posts about child development to share with their parents. The students developed the project based on a book they read in class called Mind in the Making, which synthesizes child development research around seven essential life skills for health and well-being. Their social media timeline provides simple activities parents and children can do together to build these skills in the age of social distancing. Below are a few example posts.
Spring 2020 Courses. Below are a few courses our Prevention Science graduate students might be interested in taking. Please contact the instructors directly with questions.
  • HD 586 - Special Topics: Personal & Professional Development (Instructor: Robby Cooper, Wednesdays 2-3pm). This is an experiential course that focuses on the personal and professional development of the students enrolled in the class. Graduate school can be a difficult process to navigate, for both personal and professional reasons. The students in the course will be asked to actively engage in discussion and exercises that promote personal well-being, meaningful work, and progress in their graduate studies. The primary framework for promoting these areas of development will be derived from ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Training (known in clinical applications as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). This framework focuses on values identification, goal setting, committed action, and mindfulness practices (among other things) to create a fulfilling, meaningful personal and professional life. Click here for the draft syllabus.
  • KINES 513 - Advanced Psychology of Physical Activity (Instructor: Anne Cox, Mondays 3:10-6pm. Advanced exploration of foundational topics in sport and exercise psychology.
  • KINES 545 - Leadership Philosophy, Programming, and Marketing Physical Activity (Instructor: Tami Goetz, Tuesdays, 3:10-6pm). Planning, development, and assessment of recreation, physical activity, and sport based programming; implementation of health and physical activity marketing techniques with emphasis in leadership and practical application.
Being Latinx at WSU Study - Participants Needed. Seeking self-identifying Latina/o/x students enrolled at Washington State University, Pullman for the 2019-2020 academic year. Must be 18 years or older to participate. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of Latina/o/x students at WSU, challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they navigate attending a predominantly white institution in Eastern Washington. Click here for details.
Graduate Assistantship: Institutional Research and the Graduate School. Institutional Research and the Graduate School are seeking a graduate assistant for the upcoming fall term with funding though the 2020-2021 academic year. This is a training position to support activities related to student data reporting to external agencies, such as Federal agencies for grant reporting, NIH-NSF, and the Council of Graduate Schools. This position requires intermediate knowledge of and the ability to work with relational database and statistical software packages (e.g., Access, Business Objects, OBIEE, SAS, SPSS, SQL Server) and word-processing skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. The research assistant will report to the Assistant Director in Institutional Research and assist in analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. The research assistant will be a core member of the Institutional Research team and participate in staff meetings, planning sessions, etc. Please see position description for the detailed skills and competencies required. This is a half-time, (20 hours per week – average) position. Students must be attending graduate school and be enrolled in a doctoral program in good standing at WSU in the upcoming fall semester. We hope to find an individual who would be interested in continuing in this position for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.  If you are interested, please submit your cover letter and resume or CV to
Graduate Assistantship: Center for Civic Engagement. The CCE is currently hiring a Community Projects Coordinator GA that is responsible for developing, coordinating and managing one-time service-learning project opportunities for WSU students, student groups and faculty as well as campus and community partners. This complex and detail-oriented position involves scheduling over 400 service projects per semester, providing training and support to the Project Leader team, maintaining/coordinating CCE vehicles, and maintaining relationships with our campus and community partners. Click here for details. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and three references to Tiffanie Braun at
Program Coordinator Reminders. Please email Jolene with questions about the below.
  • Graduate School COVID-19 Policy Updates. Please check this website for the latest on how the Graduate School is adjusting their policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Best Practices & Guidelines for Zoom Defense Meetings. We put together this document to help PS faculty and students facilitate defense meetings via Zoom.
Coping with COVID-19: Tips, Tricks & Resources
Getting outside to enjoy nature -- in a socially distant, responsible kind of way -- is also important. Thank you Kelley Pascoe for these virtual "nature dosing" ideas as well!
Spring time on the Palouse from Paradise Ridge in Moscow, ID. 
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
Research & Writing Internship with Childhood Trauma Learning Collaborative, Yale University. Seeking three graduate interns to assist the Center for Educational Improvement with the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative, a project with Yale University. Responsibilities include writing blog posts, interacting with school leaders, and providing background research in the areas of child development, education, and social emotional learning. Our work is focused on children's mental health, trauma, mindfulness, and our signature Heart Centered Learning®. Also, possibilities exist to assist with research on assessing school climate and conducting background research for textbooks,workbooks, and toolkits. The position is volunteer, with some limited opportunities for hourly payments. Ideal for graduate students in education, psychology, journalism, or communications. Interns average 10 hours a week for a time commitment of at least 6 months. Check out our website to learn more ( Experience with Word-Press is helpful, but not required. We provide mentoring, bylines, acknowledgements, CEUs and practicum credit. To apply, submit a short writing sample, a resume, and 3 references to  
ICPSR Quantitative Summer Training Program -- now being offered virtually and at reduced rates! The ICPSR at University of Michigan provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. ICPSR Summer Program courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. The Summer Program's broad curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers. Click here to view this summer's schedule and see below for some mixed methods and qualitative research short courses being offered.
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (May 20-22) Instructor: Shiri Noy, Denison University. Mixed methods research typically refers to research design and implementation that combines qualitative and quantitative data collection and/or analysis techniques. In the course we will interrogate the utility of mixed methods research in light of the limitations of any specific methodological tool and approach, and review the theory and practice of mixed methods research in the social sciences. We will focus on practical tools and challenges confronted across the stages of mixed methods research.
  • Process Tracing in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (May 27-29) Instructor: Derek Beach, Aarhus Universitet Process tracing is a research method designed to learn how things work in real-world cases. Increasingly used across the social sciences and in applied policy evaluation, process tracing involves unpacking a causal process in a case and tracing how it worked empirically, enabling strong within-case inferences about causal processes.
  • Mixed Methods Research: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Strategies (June 1-3). Instructor: Shiri Noy, Denison University. This course examines best practices, through the review of exemplars and discussion of theoretical approaches, in “mixing” methods and integrating qualitative and quantitative research. The course introduces students to the theory and practice of mixed methods research in the social sciences. In the course we will examine and evaluate specific applications of mixed methods research. Further, course participants are encouraged to bring ideas, drafts, and questions about their own mixed methods project including dissertations, prospectuses, funding proposals, or other plans for implementing this type of research.
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (June 1-3). Instructor: Ingo Rohlfing, University of Cologne. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method that has become part of the toolbox in disciplines such as political science, sociology, public administration and organization and management studies. QCA can be used to answer any research question if one is interested in analyzing patterns of necessity and sufficiency in a group of cases, ranging from a handful to many thousands. This course introduces participants to the principles and techniques of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) on a methodological and an applied dimension.
Longitudinal SEM: Applications with Individual and Family Level Data. Drs. Jeremy Yorgason, and Justin Dyer will host a "learn and do" summer workshop on longitudinal SEM on June 18 & 19, 2020.  An optional pre-workshop tutorial on Mplus will be held on June 17. Due to COVID-19, the workshops will now be administered through a Zoom virtual conference. Students will also now receive a $100 discount on each level of registration. Click here to learn more.
Over 50 Webinars and Dozens of Conference Sessions Free Through June 30. To support the professional activities of family researchers and practitioners during this unprecedented time, NCFR has opened access to digital content previously only available to NCFR members. Now through June 30, these on-demand webinars and past conference sessions are free to everyone through the NCFR website:
WSU Graduate Student Professional Development Initiative. The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is organized by the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and has received support through many partnerships and colleges across campus. This initiative provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success. The goal of PDI  is to ensure that all graduate and professional students have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to succeed both professionally and academically. Check out their website for a list of upcoming events.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Faith Price successfully defended her Master's Thesis and accepted a new job at Missoula Urban Indian Health Center as a community prevention coordinator. She says: I look forward to beginning a career in the prevention field in my home state with my family, even though I will miss my team at WSU and all of the colleagues I have worked with over the years. Fortunately, Faith is not leaving Prevention Science so we don't have to say goodbye just yet. Congrats on your accomplishments and best of luck with the new job, Faith!
Lexie Jackson had several conference presentations accepted (including one where she was supposed to present in New Zealand) and successfully defended her Dissertation Proposal (see picture below). Way to go, Lexie!
  • Jackson A., Cahn, A., Lanigan, J. Do nutrition professionals have the tools to implement and evaluate effective nutrition programs? Poster presentation at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference. Originally in Auckland, NZ (June, 2020), rescheduled to virtual.
Karina Silva Garcia successfully defended her Dissertation. See the student spotlight to hear more about what she will be doing next. Congratulations, Dr.Silva Garcia! 
Prevention Science Resources
Living Well Through Crisis. The novel coronavirus has us, as a society and as individuals, asking ourselves some difficult questions. How will we survive this? What are we willing to sacrifice? What comes next? Karl Pillemers findings from interviews with elders has some insight.
Developing Survey Measures to Evaluate Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs. A new brief gives evaluators of teen pregnancy prevention programs survey items and outcome measures to consider when assessing the impact of their programs. Program evaluations can help implementers ensure that their programs are effective and achieve the desired results.
What is Translational Research? This new video from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University explains the basic process and why it's such a vital tool to transform the way we do research, create and implement policy and devise and enact community programs.
What exactly is translational research (TR)? While the specifics of how translational research is implemented can vary widely, this short video explains some basic principles and purposes of TR.
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Drexel University. This post-doctoral research fellow will work in collaboration with Dr. Waite who specializes in behavioral health and conducts research to improve health and health care of individuals, families and community members in underserved populations with a goal of translating research findings into clinical practice and have policy implications. Research will primarily be centered within a transdisciplinary clinical community-based trauma-informed setting. Click here for details.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Development, University of Alberta. The Adolescent Development Lab at University of Alberta, led by Dr. Yao Zheng, is looking for one full-time postdoctoral fellow. The starting date is September 2020 or January 2021 but negotiable. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year depending on performance, and up to a third year depending on performance and grant funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will help coordinate research projects that investigate adolescents’ and young adults’ daily experiences and well-being. Primary responsibilities include overseeing project progress, conducting data analysis, preparing for conference presentations and scientific manuscript writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and supervising research assistants.For more information, please visit the Adolescent Development Lab website at, or contact Dr. Zheng (
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Maltreatment, Penn State University. Penn State University’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is now accepting applications for our 2-year NICHD-funded T32 post-doctoral fellowship in child maltreatment science. The training will allow fellows to specialize in several training tracks including a) Biological Embedding, b) Developmental Processes, c) Prevention and Treatment, and d) Policy and Administrative Data Systems. This training is one of the few opportunities for new scholars to develop expertise across the wide spectrum of child maltreatment science. Start date for fellowship is flexible (ideally early July, 2020). Interested applicants should send an email with their curriculum vitae, a 5-page double-spaced statement of interest that includes their previous experience, career goals, a primary training track and preferred primary mentor, secondary training track(s) and several secondary track preferred mentors (see website), a writing sample, and two letters of recommendations by JUNE 1, 2020 to Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP, Penn State University, Department of Psychology For more information on mentors, training tracks, and requirements – please follow the link below. 
Research Scientist & Associate, Early Childhood Development, New York University. NYU's Global TIES for Children - Early Childhood Development in Emergency & Conflict (ECDEC) team is currently looking for a Research Scientist and a Research Associate to contribute to their work developing, providing, and evaluating services and mass media for young children in refugee families in Bangladesh and the Middle East. Application deadline is June 30, 2020
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
Karina Silva Garcia
Advisor: Louise Parker/Tom Power
Campus: Spokane

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science focuses on preventing and reducing public health issues. The goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities.

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I have been working/studying in this field since 2014. As an undergraduate student, I conducted research as part of the McNair program (Dr. Thomas Power was my mentor). My project examined the relationship between low- income Latina mothers’ autonomy promoting serving practices and children’s appetite regulation. As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to be involved in research projects that focused on how parents influenced their children’s physical (i.e., childhood obesity) and emotional health, particularly in low-income and underserved communities. And soon as a postdoc at CalPoly, I will continue focusing on childhood obesity prevention research. Super excited!

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? My favorite non-work activities are traveling and reading for fun. Regarding the season, I prefer summer. I enjoy running, hiking, and dancing.

What TV show are you currently binge watching? After my defense, I found myself binge-watching ALL DAY “Money Heist” it’s so good!

Faculty Spotlight
Louise Parker
Unit: Human Development
Location: Seattle

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science is an approach to maximizing personal, family and community health by reducing risks and enhancing strengths before problems become crises.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Implementation & dissemination for real-world relevance

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I’ve been working in community-based prevention for over 35 years, although I only found the right label for what I have been trying to do for my whole career when Laura Hill introduced me to the field of prevention science. Although my academic background is in human development, discovering prevention science was a better fit for describing the work I’ve done through Extension in program development, implementation and evaluation for many years.

What song was playing at your high school prom? The Long and Winding Road by the Beatles was actually the theme song for my prom…and the Beatles were the first band I ever saw live (yes, I am that old!)

What TV show are you currently binge watching? This is a hard choice because my pandemic viewing has precipitated binge watching multiple shows at the same time. But I will mention only two:  the latest season of Ozark and the new season of Killing Eve…both a good combination of dark but occasionally funny (in kind of a dark way!)

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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