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January 2019 Memo

Happy Spring 2019! We hope your semester is off to a great start. As always, you will 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. Each month, we will choose a different topic/question. This month we are sharing ideas for how to keep up with literature.

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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. Our next presentation will be on Friday, February 8th 9-10am in Pullman (CUE 114), Spokane (SPBS 204), and Vancouver (VMCB 205). Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker from WSU's College of Nursing will discuss "Substance Use During Pregnancy & Postpartum."
  • Faculty Steering Committee: Click here for the minutes to our December 7, 2018 meeting.
  • Graduate Student Annual Reviews: Students received an email with detailed instructions for how to complete their annual review materials, which are due by 5pm on Friday, February 22nd. Please email Brittany with questions.
  • Prospective Graduate Student Visit: We are in the process of reviewing applications for the 2019-2020 cohort of Prevention Science graduate students. This year we will be hosting a 2-day Pullman campus visit on February 28-March 1 for our top candidates. We are still working out the details, and will send them out as soon as we can, but for now, please “save the dates” for this event. Our goal is to make these prospective students feel welcome and give them a chance to get to know our PS students and faculty (across all three campuses and the multiple units). They will have individual meetings and also “meet and greet” group meetings with students and faculty (AMS will be arranged). For Pullman-based folks, please note that we will likely host a student and faculty happy hour/dinner on the evening of Thursday, February 28th. Stay tuned for details!
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Jaymie Vandagriff, with any questions.
  • PSGSO Constitution Edits: In preparation for the Spring 2019 officer elections in March, the PSGSO is examining the organization's constitution to ensure the policies and bylaws continue to meet the needs of Prevention Science students. Informed by ongoing conversations with PS students across campuses, the officers are drafting edits to the constitution to include representative positions for a) non-Pullman campuses and b) first-year PS students. Proposed changes will be sent to students soon for consideration before the new election cycle. All changes to the PS constitution require a two-thirds majority vote by PS students (all Prevention Science students are automatically considered members of the PSGSO), so we ask that students please stay tuned for the upcoming vote!
  • Spring 2019 Officer Elections: According to the current PSGSO constitution, a call for officer nominations will be sent in the first full week of March, so it is a great time to start thinking about your interest in becoming an officer! For a description of the officer positions and a full copy of the current constitution, visit our OrgSync page (link here). 
  • Spring 2019 Prevention Science Poster Session: Mark your calendars for the first Prevention Science poster session taking place on March 29th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the Pullman campus. The poster session is a great opportunity for students to practice their poster design and presentation skills as well as interact and network with other students and faculty members. More information to follow concerning abstract submissions. Participation is open to graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty members interested in sharing their work. 
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.
  • Michael Cleveland had two paper recently accepted for publication.
    • Cleveland, M. J., Testa, M., & Hone, L. S. E. (manuscript accepted for publication). Testing indirect links between heavy episodic drinking, sociosexuality and college men’s sexual aggression perpetration. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
    • Wiersma-Mosley, J. D.., Jozkowski, K. N., Willis, M., & Cleveland, M. J. (manuscript accepted for publication). Do party schools report higher rates of violence against women in their Clery data? A latent class analysis.
  • Tow Power has two new papers in press.
    • Power, T. G.,  Johnson, S. L., Beck, A. D., Martinez, A. D., & Hughes, S. O. (in press).  The Food Parenting Inventory: Factor structure, reliability, and validity in a low-income, Latina sample.  Appetite.
    • Wong, M., & Power, T. G. (in press).  Links between coping strategies and depressive symptoms among girls and boys during the transition to primary school.  Early Education and Development. 
  • Laura Hill also has two new papers in press (one with Prevention Science colleagues Louise Parker and Brittany Cooper).
    • Hill, L.G.  (in press) Expanding our horizons: Risk, protection, and intervention in emerging adulthood. Prevention Science, Special issue on emerging adulthood.
    • Hill, L.G., Cooper, B.R., & Parker, L.A. (in press). Qualitative comparative analysis: A mixed-method tool for complex implementation questions.  Journal of Primary Prevention.
Science of Free Time Study. Sammy Perone, Elizabeth Weybright, and Alana Anderson are launching a new study in Pullman to examine how adolescents feel about their free time, how free time is related to decision making, and how free time use is related to the brain. If you know a 12-17-year-old who might be interested in participating, please let them know. Click here for more details.
2019 SPR Cup Competition. If you are interested in joining WSU's Society for Prevention Research Cup team, please contact Shane McFarland. Click here for more details on the competition.
Graduate Research Awards. Three awards are available to support graduate research, the Edward Graff, Alberta Hill, and Margaret Hard. The application form, processes and details about the graduate student awards are attached. Graduate students in Prevention Science may apply who are: (1) WSU graduate students in one of the identified programs in good standing, (2) at least one semester into the graduate program identified (at time of application), and (3) requesting funds to assist in the completion of an advisor approved research project that is integral to the completion of their theses/dissertations.  Each of the awards has additional specific restrictions or requirements. Interested students should discuss the awards with their advisors before applying to ensure they meet the criteria. Applicants are encouraged to work collaboratively with their advisers to develop research proposals that describe projects integral to the completion of their theses/dissertations. Contact Debbie Handy at with questions. Applications are due by March 29 at 5pm. Click here for details.
AFW Graduate Student Awards. The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s male and female graduate students. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible. Nominations for the Harriett B. Rigas Award (for PhD candidates) and the AFW Founders' Award (for Master's students) will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 1, 2019. We encourage faculty to nominate their outstanding graduate students by submitting a nomination form and other supporting materials electronically from a WSU email in a single pdf to Erika Offerdahl ( .  For additional details regarding eligibility and descriptions of each award, please see this website.
Science Fair Volunteer Opportunity. The Franklin Elementary Science Fair is on Thursday, March 28 (mid-afternoon - exact times are TBA). Jessica Perone from the Center for Civic Engagement is looking for more science fair judges this year. This is a great opportunity for Pullman students to volunteer and share their wisdom. The judging is very fun and very informal. The 4th and 5th graders have their science fair projects on display in the gym, and the “scientist reviewers” look at each display and make leave some feedback/comments about the project on the card in front of the display. If you are interested in participating, please email Jessica Perone.
IRB Office Hour. The Human Research Protection Program will have an open office hour every Friday from 11:00AM to 12:00PM in Neill Hall 416 for faculty, staff, and students. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered about your research with human subjects before or during the application process.
Program Coordinator Reminders. Please email Cerissa with questions about the below.
  • Please remember to check your student accounts/program requirements carefully at least once per semester. For example, we had a few students discover that their Pullman-based fees weren’t waived just days before they got penalties for them.
  • Important Graduate School Deadlines
    • February 5th is the last day a student may drop a course without penalty. Graduate students wishing to drop a course must work with their Program Coordinator to drop a course.
Tips & Tricks: How do you keep up with scientific literature?
  • Sign-up for Table of Contents notification from relevant journals.
  • Look at Google Scholar "Recommended Articles" when you open the page in the browser, since they are based on your search history.
  • Follow the "Related Articles" link under good article citations that come up when you do a Google Scholar search.
  • Set up a Google Scholar citation profile and then set up citation alerts for your own articles.
  • If there are specific authors in your field who are crucial to your work, consider following them on Google Scholar. 
  • If there is a particular topic you would like to stay up to date with, simply conduct a search in Google Scholar and click on the “create alert” link in the left-hand column.
Thanks to Laura Hill and the following resources for these tips & tricks! Next month's question will be: How do you manage references? Please email Brittany with any of your tips & tricks for how to manage all of the references from this scientific literature!
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities

Talking with Pictures: Photovoice Course. This online professional development course from February 2-13, 2019 provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research. Upon completion, participants will have the knowledge, skills and tools to implement their Photovoice Plan. Photovoice is a participatory approach to communication that generates powerful data (photos, captions); engages clients, clinicians, and the public in identifying opportunities for change; and helps people to feel their ‘voices’ are heard.

AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) are pleased to issue a Call for Applications for the AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship in Middle Childhood Education and Development. This fellowship provides a two-year collaborative opportunity for early career scholars to participate in a research network focused on middle childhood education and development. This Fellowship begins at the upcoming SRCD Biennial Meeting (March 21-23) and continues at the AERA Annual Meeting (April 5-9). This joint effort will capitalize on the knowledge, skills, and research expertise of senior scholars across child development and education research. The application deadline is February 11. Please address any questions to or 202-238-3200.

Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute. The SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute is designed for teachers of developmental science courses at all levels who wish to develop strategies for engaging students, explore new ideas, update their knowledge base, and share ideas and perspectives with like-minded professionals. This is an all-day experience that takes place the day before the SRCD Biennial Meeting on March 20, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. Submissions to participate are due by November 1st and travel awards are available. Learn more here
Sport, Health, & Exercise Psychology Symposium. The 3rd British Columbia Sport, Health, & Exercise Psychology Symposium (BC-SHEPS) will be hosted by the Psychology of Sport, Physical Activity, and Health Collaborative (PSYPAC) in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on May 3rd and 4th, 2019. BC-SHEPS is a student-led conference for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that provides an opportunity to develop presentation skills, receive valuable feedback on research projects, and network with students and professors in the field of sport, health, and exercise psychology. Visit the BC-SHEPS website for more information about the conference, abstracts, and presentations. Abstract submissions will open February 1, 2019. The deadline to submit is March 22, 2019. 

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.

Society for Prevention Research. Mark your calendars for the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 27th Annual Meeting that will be held in San Francisco, CA, May 28-31, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Applications for SPR Cup teams are due by February 11, 2019. Click here for details.
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. This year’s theme is “Prevention Science in a Big Data World.” Abstract submissions are due March 1st. 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.
  • Tuesday, January 29 10:30-12:30pm - You're a Teaching Assistant: Congratulations! Now What? This workshop will provide strategies to help with presenting information to students, classroom management, and fostering student engagement, retention, and success. Register here.
  • Thursday, February 7 12-3pm - Hacking the Academic Job Market. Dr. Kelsky will walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job seekers, and the ways you can prepare your record, applications, and interviews for the academic market. We’ll examine the four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate, the all-important 5-year plan, and the three keys to academic interviewing. Lunch provided. Register here.
  • Friday, February 8 9-11am - #MeTooPhD: Sexual Harassment in the Academy. In this presentation, Dr. Kelsky will discuss the range and scope of sexual harassment in academic settings, patterns of predation and silencing of victims, options for victims, and recommendations to institutions wishing to combat this scourge in the #MeTooPhD moment. Appetizers and beverages provided. Register here.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Faith Price was recently promoted to Director of Native American Student Services at WSU. Congratulations, Faith!

Stephanie Kuzara wanted to express kudos to Jaymie Vandagriff. She said, "I am TAing for Jaymie this semester and am so impressed by the degree of ease and enthusiasm she displays as an instructor in her second semester of teaching! I would love for her to receive recognition for her growth and achievements as a teacher. It's great to see someone who is so invested in helping undergraduates engage in their learning." So great to hear, Jaymie! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie.


On January 2nd Eleanor Dizon began her new position as an Assessment Specialist in the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) at WSU. In this role, she consults with undergraduate degree programs across the university to develop meaningful and sustainable assessment tools, and to use data to contribute to students' improvements in learning.  Almost a month into the position, she is loving the work and the extent to which she gets to put her prevention science skills to use. Consider checking out the ATL website ( for valuable resources related to teaching and assessment, and to learn more about Eleanor's new position see her bio here: Way to go, Eleanor!

Prevention Science Resources
Biracial Families: Crossing Boundaries, Blending Cultures, and Challenging Racial Ideologies. This book surveys the diverse experiences of biracial families, providing a full understanding of a growing and diversifying population. Authors examine the deep-rooted social contexts that inform the lifespan of interracial families, from dating and marriage through the stages of parenthood. Topics covered include race in America, racial socialization, blended and adoptive families, and racial identity
Substance Abuse Prevention in AI/AN Communities Webinar. The National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center is hosting a webinar on substance abuse prevention in AI/AN communities, including challenges and opportunities for intervention on January 30th from 10-11am PST. Register here
Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse Among Latino Community Webinar. The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center is hosting a webinar on prevention of prescription drug misuse among the Latino community on January 31st from 11am-12pm PST. Register here
State Laws Promoting SEL Report & Map. Child Trends, in partnership with the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and EMT Associates, Inc., recently completed an analysis of state statutes and regulations (enacted as of September 2017) aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model of school health. They found that most states already have policies that support components of SEL in schools. Such policies, though, are often limited in their vision of SEL and disconnected from other critical components of healthy school environments. Click here for details and to see an interactive map that shows the extent to which states have used policy to promote social-emotional learning in their health education standards.
Prevention Science Job Announcements

Associate Director of Prevention Science Graduate Programs, University of Oregon. Earned doctorate in Prevention Science or related discipline is required. Additional qualifications and job details can be found here.

Research Scientist in Life Course Intervention, University of California, LA. The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities is pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced investigator to play a lead role in a new MCHB-funded research network focused on identifying innovative ways of improving life course trajectories for women and children. Under the supervision of Principal Investigator Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, the Research Scientist will help build and operate a multisite infrastructure that cultivates and leverages the collective intelligence of the growing life course intervention research community by: 1) Overseeing the development and operation of collaborating research entities comprised of some of the country’s most innovative and important investigators, and 2) Leading the incubation of planned and emergent studies that are grounded in the life course health sciences and that address one or more of the priorities identified in the Life Course Intervention Research Agenda (LCIRA) to be developed during the project’s first year. The position offers the right candidate a substantial career building opportunity to work with leading experts on the design and implementation of a wide variety of pathbreaking studies, to produce multiple peer-reviewed publications, to potentially pursue his or her own research, and to substantially improve the health development of vulnerable populations. A faculty position is also a possibility. Click here for details.
Assistant Professor of Family Studies, Child, and Youth Development, Penn State University. This is a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a 65% extension and 35% research responsibility. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized applied research program related to family studies, child, and youth development and related behaviors. The successful candidate will be expected to work in multi-disciplinary teams and secure external funding. The research activities are expected to support a strong focus on extension and outreach in the same area. The tenure home of the position is the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; however, the position is aligned with Penn State Extension’s professional development program for early care and education and youth development professionals, Better Kid Care. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with BKC staff, provide programmatic support based on his or her research expertise, evaluate outcomes of BKC programming, and conduct applied research in support of its mission. Click here for details.
Social and Behavioral Scientist Administrator, National Institutes of Health. The NIH is seeking applicants for social and behavioral scientist administrators (SBSA) to fill Program Officer and Scientific Review Officer positions. Additional information and links to the announcements are available below. The announcements will close on Thursday, January 31, 2019. An SBSA Program Officer will provide advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects in an assigned area. An SBSA Scientific Review Officer will initiate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research projects and programs. These positions are located within multiple Institutes/Centers or the Office of the Director. While not required, a post-baccalaureate degree (Ph.D.) or advanced training in an academic field related to the social or behavioral sciences is preferred. Please see the "Qualifications" sections at the links below for position requirements. Click here for details. 
Congressional Policy Scholar, Washington, DC. The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) invites applications from early career scholars interested in supporting the translation of scientific evidence to policymakers. This exciting opportunity to engage in evidence-based policymaking efforts includes implementation of a novel model for training researchers to more effectively work with Congressional Offices—known as the Research-to-Policy Collaboration model ( Successful candidates will show enthusiasm and commitment to accelerating the translation of science to policy. The Scholar will receive training in implementing the model, working directly with Congressional Offices to understand their need for scientific evidence and leading rapid response research teams to translate research to policy. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position begins in Spring 2019. Contact Taylor Scott with questions.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Denver. Drs. Elysia Davis and Benjamin Hankin, at Departments of Psychology at the University of Denver and the University of Illinois, respectively, invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position, for grant funding for a 5-year NIMH R01. Title of the R01 is: Reducing Fetal Exposure to Maternal Depression to Improve Infant Risk Mechanisms. Fellows may be funded and supported for up to 3 years, pending performance and grant support. Position is located at the University of Denver and involves close collaboration with both PIs. We seek applicants whose research interests and clinical research experience will contribute to the aims of the project. In this project, we will provide Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) to pregnant women who have elevated levels of depressive symptoms, including potential depression diagnosis and other psychopathologies, as part of a randomized clinical trial methodology, to examine the primary aims of whether reducing depression during pregnancy can affect infant risk mechanisms hypothesized to confer risk to later psychopathology in infants and children. Project aims focus on NIMH RDoC constructs including negative valence systems and cognitive control, with multiple methods and measures to assess these constructs across units of analysis, including MRI, eye tracking, EEG, behavioral observation, and physiology, in babies and infants. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Feb. 5, 2019. Click here for details.
Data Analyst, University of Minnesota's Institute for Translational Research. The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) has an opening for a data analyst position to support multiple existing research projects in data management, data analysis, and dissemination of research results. The position involves analysis of large complex data from the U.S. national Monitoring the Future (MTF) project. Funded research projects, led by Dr. Megan Patrick, include studies to examine dynamic associations between predictors and consequences of substance use among young adults and to examine stable and situational time-varying predictors of high-intensity drinking among adolescents and young adults. The Data Analyst will be responsible for leading plans for empirical data analysis in collaboration with Dr. Patrick and other members of the project team. 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
Lexie Jackson
Advisor: Jane Lanigan
Campus: Vancouver

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? My dad asked me last week if my degree was in “preventing science”, so hopefully I’ve figured out the answer to this question. Prevention science includes using a systematic approach to understand human behavior and prevent disease/disorders.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Parent health cognitions and child feeding

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? Formally, I’ve been studying prevention science since starting the program in 2016. Informally, I’ve been interested in preventing disease and promoting health since I started working as a dietitian about 10 years ago. 

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? My husband and I love to go downhill skiing in the winter. Between the fresh, crisp air and being able to explore the mountains, it is my favorite way to relax.

What TV show are you currently binge watching? I’m currently watching The Marvelous Miss Maisel. It is full of what we call paddington moments, which are full of uncomfortable, anxiety inciting moments where you almost can’t bear to watch because you see the mishap about to happen, yet can’t turn away. 

Faculty Spotlight
Olusola Adesope

Unit: Educational Psychology
Campus: Pullman
How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science is the study of (risk and protective) factors that hinder and promote human development across the lifespan.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Evidence-Based Practices in STEM

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I have been working in this field of study over the last 15 years.

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? I enjoy watching soccer matches in the English premier league.

What is the last movie you saw in the theaters? A Christmas Tree Miracle.
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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