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March 2019 Memo

Happy Spring! The 1st Annual Prevention Science Poster Session was a great way to end the week. Thank you to all of the faculty, graduate students, and undergrads who attended. See below for more pictures from the event.  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 find relevant grants for your research. Also, be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see our student and alumni spotlights!

Picture: Prevention Science Poster Session, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, Pullman
Picture credit: Scott Weybright

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Program News & Announcements
Prevention Science Program Updates. Please contact Britany Cooper with any questions about the following program updates.
  • Colloquium: Click here for this semester's schedule. Note: There will be no Colloquium on April 5th. Our final presentation for the semester will be on Friday, April 19th 9-10am in Pullman (CUE 114), Spokane (SPBS 204), and Vancouver (VMCB 205). Dr. Masha Gartstein from the Department of Psychology will present on "Temperament in Early Childhood: From Biological Underpinnings to Cross-Cultural Differences."
  • Faculty Steering Committee: Click here for the minutes to our February 8, 2019 meeting.
1st Annual PS Poster Session. The PSGSO was excited to reconnect colleagues from all campuses and stages of their degrees at the Prevention Science Poster session on Friday, March 29th. This showcase-style event featured 15 brilliant graduate and undergraduate student poster presentations, faculty mentor feedback, and catered snacks. We are grateful to the department of Human Development for sponsoring this event - with this support, we were able to support poster printing and travel to many students. Thanks to everyone who attended and made this event a huge success! An extra special thank you to Stephanie Kuzara, who lead the planning and coordination for the event, and to Dr. Yadi Olivera Guerrero, an alum of our program, for sharing about how her Prevention Science PhD prepared her for the current work she does with the Domestic Violence Housing First project. You can learn more below in our alumni spotlight.
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Jaymie Vandagriff, with any questions.
  • PSGSO Officer Elections: Officer elections for the 2019-2020 school year are currently underway: nominations were due March 23rd. Students who are nominated for one or more position(s) in the nomination survey will be approached to accept or decline their nominations for one or more positions. Stay tuned for an officer election survey in the last week of March! A quorum (50% +1) of active students will be needed to fill next year's positions. New officers will take office on April 30th. See our constitution for more details.
  • Hot Cocoa Social (Pullman campus): If you're around Pullman on April 26th, please join us for an upcoming hot cocoa social event at Ensminger Pavillion! More details will be sent soon.
  • Grad Student Panel in HD 200: If you are interested in being on the graduate student guest panel in Sammy Perone's HD_200 class. He is currently holding the lecture slot open for us to visit Wednesday, April 3rd (11:10pm-12pm in CUE 202). This is a great opportunity to provide undergraduates with your insights on graduate school, and we only have two confirmed students so far. Please let Jaymie know if you're interested and available in participating!
  • CAHNRS Graduate Student Appreciation Lunch. Rich Zach, the interim Associate Dean of CAHNRS, is hosting a Graduate Student Appreciation lunch next Wednesday, April 3rd from noon-1pm in Ensminger Pavilion in Pullman. He says, “We will provide food and beverages.  The point is just for grad students in our various units to have an opportunity to get together, enjoy some food, and talk.  There is no other agenda.” If there are groups of students in Spokane and Vancouver who would also like to get together on their campuses, he has offered to pay for that as well. Let Brittany know if there is any interest.
Hot Off The Presses! Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty on these recent publications and research grants. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
  • Jane Lanigan and two Prevention Science students had an article recently accepted for publication.
    • Lanigan, J. D., Bailey, R., Jackson, A., & Shea, V. (in press)  Child centered nutrition phrases plus repeated exposure increase preschoolers’ consumption of healthful foods, but not liking or willingness-to-try. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Tom Power and colleagues have two new papers in press/published.
    • Kamdar, N.; Hughes, S. O., Power,  T. G.,, & Hernandez, D. (in press)Indirect effects of food insecurity on body mass index through feeding style and dietary quality among low-income Hispanic preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
    • Power, T. G.,  Johnson, S. L., Beck, A. D., Martinez, A. D., & Hughes, S. O. (2019).  The Food Parenting Inventory: Factor structure, reliability, and validity in a low-income, Latina sample.  Appetite, 134, 111-119.
  • Amy Salazar and co-authors (including PS student, Rachel Peterson) had an article recently accepted.
    • Salazar, A. M., Haggerty, K. P., Barkan, S. E., Peterson, R., Furlong, M., Kim, E., Cole, J. J., & Colito, J. M. (in press). Supporting LGBTQ+ foster teens: Development of a relationship-focused, self-guided curriculum for foster families. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
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. 
  • Who is teaching this course? Drs. Raven Weaver and Cory Bolkan
  • When/where is the course offered? 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.
  • 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.
WSU's 2019 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture. This lecture, entitled “Live Long and Live Well: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Life,” will feature Tammy Bray, professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and dean emeritus for the Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The lecture will take place on Monday, April 8, at 4:00 p.m. in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VBRB), room 305 on the WSU Pullman campus. A reception will take place prior to the lecture from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. outside of VBRB 305. Find out more here.
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. 
  • Important Graduate School Deadlines for Spring 2019 Graduates
    • March 31 is the last day to apply for spring graduation with a $50 late fee (total $100). From April 1-19, the late fee will increase to $75 (total $125).
    • April 5 is the last day for you to submit an Exam Scheduling form (via portal by department) for an exam on April 19 (last day to take final exam). Your thesis or dissertation draft is due 2 weeks prior to your exam date.
    • April 19 is your last day to take a Final Exam to graduate spring 2019.
    • For more details, click here.
Tips & Tricks: How do you locate relevant grants for your research?
WSU's Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships offers many resources and services related to identifying funding sources for your research.
  • You can set up a customized funding searches using Pivot. There are also pre-sorted funding opportunities relevant for Prevention Science-related grants on Pivot that include: early career, postdoc awards, and health, behavioral, and biomedical science. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about the Pivot funding database.
  • ORAP also maintains a list of funding announcements here is the central website for federal research grant opportunities. lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and many others -- in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States. The CDC provides a step-by-step guide for how to sign-up for email alerts about specific grants listed on here.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research - The largest funder of biomedical research in the world, NIH funds research in just about every area that's remotely related to human health and disease. This page includes extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. NIH also has an advanced search page, which offers a wide range of search options. 

It is also useful to identify foundations who support research on your topic. Here are several that do work related to Prevention Science: William T Grant Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Once you've identified those organizations, you can usually sign-up for their email list to stay informed about their funding opportunities.

Next month's question will be: How do you maintain control over your email inbox? Please email Brittany with any of your tips & tricks for this topic.
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
Uof Idaho Invited Speaker - Is Academia an Olympic Sport? Pullman faculty and students might be interested in attending a talk by Dr. Katerina Bodovski, author of a viral Chronicle of Higher Education article on tenure track burnout. She will discuss work-life balance in academic at 1:30pm Friday, April 12 in room 111 of Renfrew Hall at the University of Idaho. Dr. Bodovski is Associate Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. She has distinguished herself in the realm of creating work/life balance in the face of escalating expectation on tenure track faculty members. You can email Julia Mahfouz for more information.
Navigating Difference Training. Navigating Difference is a national program that is being implemented in nine states at institutions of higher learning and public school systems. WSU Extension and PS faculty member, Louise Parker, is one of the developers and trainers. The training is based on the WSUE Cultural Competencies and is designed using key adult education theory and practice that create a safe and welcoming environment for all learners.  The learning activities respect and support individual learning styles, and the participants’ life experiences are viewed as an important source of knowledge. The intent of the program is to gain knowledge and skills that can be used when engaging in a new situation/culture, rather than focusing on specific cultural knowledge.This year's training will be May 14-16 in Seattle, WA. Click here to register.
How to Create Better Posters. Elizabeth Weybright shared this YouTube video about creating better research posters - it even has templates here. The creator says: Every field in science uses the same, old, wall-of-text poster design. If we can improve the knowledge transfer efficiency of that design even by a little bit, it could have massive ripple effects on all of science. 
Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants. The Early Care and Education Research Scholars grants support doctoral dissertation research addressing issues related to Head Start and child care. This support work that informs policy and practice decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, utilizes the most rigorous research methodology, and promotes mentor-student relationships that support students’ independent lines of research. The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” is available here. Letters of intent are due April 8th.
WSU Cougar Health Services. In the past year, 44% of WSU students felt so depressed it was difficult to function and 12% seriously considered suicide. We can all help support mental health in our campus community. Learn how to identify Cougs in crisis and connect them with support by signing up for a training at Cougar Health Services.
  • Mental Health First Aid: This eight hour training is offered free of charge to WSU students. Participants in this training learn about symptoms, crisis response, and active listening skills to support someone who is experiencing a mental health disorder. 
  • Campus Connect: This two hour suicide prevention training program is offered free of charge for WSU staff and students.
  • Click here for more details on both trainings.

Qualitative Analysis with ATLAS.ti 8 Mac Workshop. Two-day small-group workshop in Corvallis, OR. Six participants maximum. April 11 and 12, each day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Instructor: Dr. Ricardo B. Contreras. Click here for details.

FREE Workshop - Exploring and Analyzing Monitoring the Future Data. The University of Michigan ICPSR is sponsoring a free workshop on May 20-22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Monitoring the Future (MTF) project is a long-term epidemiologic and etiologic study of substance use among the nation’s youth and adults. Cross-sectional annual data are collected from surveys of nationally representative samples of high school seniors (since 1975) and 8th and 10th graders (since 1991). In all, approximately 50,000 students annually respond to approximately 100 drug use and demographic questions, as well as approximately 200 questions on subjects such as attitudes toward government, social institutions, race relations, changing gender roles, educational aspirations, occupational aims, and marital plans. The longitudinal panel study component collects data using biennial follow-up mail surveys with subsamples of about 2,450 respondents from each senior year class since 1976, spanning ages 19 to 30. This free workshop will introduce participants to the MTF cross-sectional data (public-use and restricted-use) and the restricted-use longitudinal panel data available from the ICPSR/NAHDAP archives. The workshop will cover the content of MTF public release and restricted-use data, study documentation, data management and analysis planning, and a variety of analytic techniques appropriate for data derived from a complex sample design. Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants. Apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal. Please upload the following documents with your application by April 5th.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing your previous experience with the MTF data, your research interests as related to the use of the MTF restricted-use data, and how attending this workshop will help meet your research or educational goals
Society for Prevention Research Conference. The SPR Conference is just around the corner! This year it is in San Francisco and the theme is Prevention Science in a Big Data World. Travel scholarship applications for minority and early career researchers are due TOMORROW, April 1st. Early bird registration is available until May 6th. PS students or faculty who are looking for roommates, let me know and we can try to coordinate. 
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.
WSU Graduate Student Professional Development Initiative. The Professional Development 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. Here are upcoming events. Click here for details.
  • Monday, April 1 9am-1pm - Writing Lock-in. Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting, accountability, writing habits, grammar, and structure in writing. Bring you laptop! Coffee, tea, and water will be available while you write. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Register here.
  • Friday, April 5 3:30-5pm - Balance of Work, Life, and Family. The panelists will share their life lessons and advice learned as they worked to integrate family and their careers as well as having fun. This session will discuss their best tips for maintaining work-life balance and setting boundaries between professional demands and family needs. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to interact and ask questions of the panelists. Register here.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Congrats to Rachel Peterson (and her advisor, Amy Salazar) on a recent acceptance to present at the 2019 Washington Passport to Careers State Conference in May. Amy says, "We will be doing presentations on how to support youth experiencing homelessness and/or foster care in pursuing their higher ed goals."

Jackelyn Hidalgo-Mendez and Crystal Lederhos Smith successfully defended their Dissertation Proposals last month. Way to go, Jacky and Crystal!

Alana Anderson and Stephanie Kuzara successfully defended their Master's Thesis. Congratulations to you both!

Several students (and faculty) presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference in Baltimore, MD. Great work everyone!
  • Anderson, A.J., Perone, S., Gartstein, M., Youatt, E. (2019, March). Infant Brain Rhythms in Parent-Infant Play. Poster presented at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Arlinghaus, K., Hernandez, D. Power, T. G., & Hughes, S. (March, 2019).  The association between maternal depressive symptomology and child dinner dietary qualityDifferences by race/ethnicity.  Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
  • Hidalgo, J., Power, T. G., Fisher, J., O’Connor, T., & Hughes, S. (March, 2019).  Factors predicting low-income, Latina mothers’ underestimation of preschool children’s weight status.  Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
  • Hopwood, V., Power, T. G., Hidalgo, J., Fisher, J., O’Connor, T., & Hughes, S. (March, 2019).  Maternal responsiveness and children’s hot and cold executive functions.  Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
  • Hughes, S., Power, T. G., & Hidalgo, J.  (2019). Obesity risk in Hispanic children: The impact of emotional overeating on child weight trajectories.  Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
  • Ramos, G., Power, T. G., Diaz Martinez, A., Parker, L., Olivera, Y., Lee, S., & Silva Garcia, K. (March, 2019).  Helping mothers help their children cope with stress: A program for Latina mothers.  Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
Also, congrats to all faculty and students who presented a Showcase and to those who mentored undergraduate students who presented at SURC. Here are pictures of two students mentored by Faith Price and Elizabeth Weybright. 
Prevention Science Resources
The National Council on Family Relations published two collections of original articles on Understanding Gun Violence from a Family Perspective. Several of these articles are free and open to the public. Further NCFR resource collections designed to help those affected to cope in the aftermath of a hate crime or other violent event include:
The William T. Grant Foundation recently published a new article focusing on how to build a more nuanced understanding of the use of evidence. The article encourages policymakers to think about the social side of evidence use by honoring different types of evidence, investing in the capacity and infrastructure required to use evidence, and prioritizing relationships and engagement.

Mathematica hosted an event focused on the need for cultural responsiveness in research. The panel discussed different ways researchers could ensure that evaluation and assessment practices are sensitive to the cultures of people who are most impacted by these practices. The increased focus on equity by researchers is driven in part by changing demographics and the increasing complexity of problems that researchers and communities are working to address.
Straight Talk on Evidence, an initiative of Arnold Ventures, recently released a blog post examining the recent evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The post focuses on how evaluations looking at the average effects of multiple program models have the potential to hide potential positive effects of individual program models. The post raises important questions about how the study ultimately reported information related to each of the individual program models studied.
The Forum for Youth Investment recently updated its compendium of resources focused on advancing the use of evidence-based practices (also called core or common components of evidence-based programs). The web-page highlights numerous examples of this approach as well as recent publications detailing each example's methodologies and use cases.
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Project Associate, WSU Spokane Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU). This person will be responsible for design and supervision, as well as direct delivery of activities related to planning, organizing and implementing activities addressing the public health consequences of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resulting trauma for our grant program scopes of work including assessment, program development and evaluation for community health, social services, and educational programs across multiple states. Click here for details. Applications must be submitted by April 14.
Research and Data Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse America, Chicago. The position of Research and Data Specialist supports data and research initiatives across Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and requires a high level of organization, independent work, and attention to detail and timelines.  A strong grasp of the research literature on the topic of child maltreatment is required as is a working knowledge of data analysis. The position of Research and Data Specialist reports directly to the Chief Research and Strategy Officer. See here for details.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Houston. The University of Houston HDFS program is hiring a clinical assistant professor. In our college, clinical means the person has a 4-4 teaching load. Click here for details. Here is a direct link to the application:

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.
CDC Evaluation Fellowship, Atlanta GA. The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program invites early career professionals (no more than 5 years post grad degree) to apply. Fellows live in Atlanta for two years and work in host programs (e.g., National Asthma Control Program, Center for Global Health). They receive a stipend, health insurance supplement, and a $5K professional development fund each year. Applications are due 4/8/19, 1:00 p.m. EST. Click here for more details.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Education. Seeking postdoctoral scholar/project manager to work with PI’s Dr. Stephanie Reich (UCI) and Dr. Natasha Cabrera (University of Maryland) on a 5-year NICHD funded family intervention targeting low-income, 2-parent families in Southern California and Washington DC. A background in infant/child behavioral development is highly desirable. Experience with project management and intervention science methods are appreciated as well as training in data management and statistics. Moreover, as this project involves English and Spanish speaking families, fluency in Spanish is required. Click here for details.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University. Professor Kenneth Dodge at the Sanford School of Public Policy seeks a postdoctoral research scientist to join him in conducting studies of the early development and prevention of violent behavior. These studies are funded by federal research grants. This position is ideal for a recent Ph.D. launching a research career in the social sciences. 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
Katy Pietz
Advisor: Janessa Graves
Campus: Pullman

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Evaluation and dissemination of prevention based programming

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Sports related concussion prevention

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? My background is in athletic training, which focuses heavily in the prevention of physically active based injuries and illnesses, so really since high school!  (Athletic Training is one of only a few healthcare professionals who focus mostly on prevention)

What TV show are you currently binge watching?  This is Us

What is the last movie you saw in the theatres?  Green Book!

Alumni Spotlight
Yadi Olivera Guerrero, Ph.D.

Year Graduated: 2017
Current Position: Regional Study Coordinator
What do you do in your current job? I currently coordinate the Domestic Violence Housing First Yakima Study data collection. My tasks include conducting detailed interviews with domestic violence survivors, training and supervising study interviewers, relationship development with the three domestic violence site agencies, providing weekly and monthly data reports for each agency within my region, and collaborating with Michigan State University colleagues towards publication.

How did WSU’s Prevention Science program prepare you for that job? I remember the many discussions we often had in class about community research and how difficult it can be for researchers to accommodate to stakeholder’s expectations of the study. With my experience working in Dr. Thomas Power’s lab and my classes, I felt more prepared than some of my colleagues when it came to navigating these “real world research issues.” The Prevention Science program provided me with a strong knowledge of research methodology. Even though I did not have a domestic violence educational background, my preventions science research background helped me quickly become knowledgeable about the gaps in the literature as well as the risk and protective factors associated with domestic violence. I am now fortunate enough to be part of a potentially policy-changing study where domestic violence agencies nationwide can improve their services and meet domestic violence survivors needs.

What words of wisdom do you have for our students? I think one of my “protective factors” of surviving the rigor of graduate school was that I had an amazing advisor, Dr. Thomas Power. I was very fortunate to have had my academic advisor and research assistantship advisor be the same person. Coming into the program I made him aware of my educational and professional career goals and he guided me towards those opportunities. The hands-on experience I received in being in his lab gave me every advantage when it came to applying to research-based jobs. Publishing was important, but my priority was to be involved in program development, data collection, and data analysis. Although I would often become overwhelmed with my different academic and work responsibilities, my amazing relationship with my advisor allowed me to be able to communicate these struggles with him and modify what I was doing in order to meet my educational and professional goals. All in all, when it comes to choosing an advisor(s) make sure it is a good fit and communication is strong because this can truly make or break your ability to meet those important milestones in the program.  

What do you wish you would have known that you do now about working in the “real world”? Don’t take things personally! It can sometimes feel like some none-research people think you are doing certain things because you are a control freak, and it is going to take strong interpersonal skills to build a solid relationship with these stakeholders. I had to learn really quick that this had nothing to do with me personally, but simply how I was explaining the methodology.  Part of my job is explaining the research methodology to the different domestic violence agencies, and how their role impacts the results (i.e. recruitment, filling out advocate surveys, or just turning in study forms). I have had to be careful about how I approach certain topics to avoid damaging relationships with the agencies and help them understand the big picture when it comes to the study. When I learned to put it in terms of money, agency services, and policy change people are more willing to get on board. 
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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