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February 2019 Memo

Here is your (belated) February Prevention Science Memo. 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. This month we are sharing ideas for how manage references/citations. Also, be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see our student and alumni spotlights!

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Program News & Announcements
Prevention Science Program Updates. Please contact Britany Cooper with any questions about the following program updates.
  • Colloquium: Click here for this semester's schedule. Our next presentation will be on Friday, March 8th 9-10am in Pullman (CUE 114), Spokane (SPBS 204), and Vancouver (VMCB 205). Sabhanaz Rashid Diya, a fellow from the
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will discuss their fellowship program, grant making mechanisms, and focus areas. 
  • Faculty Steering Committee: Click here for the minutes to our January 11, 2019 meeting.
  • Graduate Student Annual Reviews: The Faculty Steering Committee will review the graduate students' annual review materials at the March 8th meeting. Brittany will send letters to students within the next month indicating whether they are making satisfactory progress. 
PS Prospective Students Visit. Thank you to all of the students and faculty that made our first ever prospective student visit a success! A very special thank you to Lisa Clyde for her help coordinating their travel. Click here for more information on these students. Below are a few pictures from the visit in Pullman. Another prospective student, Joseph Chuang will be joining us in Spokane on March 26 and Pullman on March 27. Please contact Brittany if you would like to meet with him on these days.
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: Proposed changes to the PSGSO constitution were officially approved by a two-thirds majority vote in February – thanks to everyone who voted! These changes include the addition of new leadership positions, including a First-Year Student representative and Campus representatives for Vancouver and Spokane. Campus representative positions will be incorporated in the election nominations survey to be sent in the first week of march, while First-Year representative nominations will take place in the early-to-mid Fall semester, after new students have been acquainted with the program. Keep your eyes peeled for the officer nomination survey! A link to the newly-approved constitution with officer descriptions is here
  • Prevention Science Poster Session: We are happy to announce a great turn out for abstract submissions! Information about next steps have been emailed to participants. We look forward to seeing you all at the poster session on the morning of March 29th! Here's a link to this year's poster submission abstracts. 
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.
  • Laura Hill has a paper in press as part of a special issue on Emerging Adulthood (which was edited by Michael Cleveland).
  • Sola Adesope had two papers recently published. 
    • Zhou, M., Adesope, O. O., Winne, P. H., & Nesbit, J.C. (2019). Relations of multivariate goal profiles to motivation, epistemic beliefs and achievement. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 31, 1-9.
    • Castro-Alonso, J. C., Wong, M., Adesope, O. O., Ayres, P., & Paas, F. (2019). Gender imbalance in instructional dynamic versus static visualizations: A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review.
  • Jane Lanigan and two Prevention Science students had an article recently accepted for publication entitled: Child Centered Nutrition Phrases Plus Repeated Exposure Increases Preschoolers’ Consumption of Healthful Foods, but Not Liking or Willingness to Try.
Science Pub in Pullman. Sip your favorite brew, while you learn a thing or two! Science Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal atmosphere. This Tuesday, March 5 6-7pm at Paradise Creek Brewery's downtown restaurant, our very own PS faculty, Kathleen Rodgers and Stacey Hust will share findings about how high school and young college students understand and navigate virginity, romantic relationships, sexual situations, and interpersonal violence from their book Scripting Adolescent Romance: Adolescents and Young Adults Talk about Romantic Relationships and Media's Sexual Scripts
WSU Tenture & Promotion. Congratulations to the following PS Faculty for receiving tenure and/or promotion!
  • Micheal Cleveland, granted tenure, Associate Professor, Human Development
  • Marcelo Diversi, promoted to Professor, Human Development
  • Jane Lanigan, promoted to Professor, Human Development
  • Olusola Adesope, promoted to Professor, Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology
  • Janessa Graves, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Tracy Klein, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, Nursing
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.
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.
Navigating the Labyrinth: Thesis and Dissertation Formatting. Daniel Vickoren from the Graduate School recently presented on this topic. Here is a link to the Prezi. Thanks for sharing, Crystal Lederhos Smith!
Program Coordinator Reminders. As you already know, Cerissa Harper is no longer the Prevention Science Program Coordinator. Her duties will be covered by Lisa Clyde and Brittany Cooper until the position is refilled. Please email us with any questions. 
  • Graduate School Paperwork: If you recently sent Cerissa an email (especially if it is related to Graduate School paperwork that needs to be proceeded), please resend the email to Lisa and Brittany.
  • Presentations in HD Pullman Conference Room: If you have an upcoming defense meeting scheduled in Johnson Tower 507, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure your presentation is loaded and set to go. The easiest method for loading your presentation is to bring your presentation on a thumb drive.  We can plug it into the dedicated computer and we have a virtual pointer that will allow you to click through your slides and point to specific items on the slide and all sites can see where you are pointing. The dedicated computer is also direct wired to the internet (not wireless) so if you have anything you need to load from the internet during your presentation, we will want to ensure you can do that easily. Email Lisa with any questions.
  • Important Graduate School Deadlines for Spring 2019 Graduates
    • Your completed Final Exam Scheduling form must be submitted to the Graduate School a minimum of 10 business days before your final exam date.
    • Submit your final draft thesis (master's degree) or dissertation (doctoral degree students) at least 10 business days before your final exam date.
    • Last date to take a Final Exam is Friday, April 19 to graduate spring 2019.
Tips & Tricks: How do you manage references/citations?
WSU Libraries has tutorials and recorded workshops on several common citation managers, including Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero

This blog post reviews the pros and cons of these and other citation managers. See below for some highlights.
  • Mendeley
    • Features: You can find out more on their website—it’s laid out pretty clearly.
    • Cons: Only exports bibliographies to Microsoft Word,, and LibreOffice.
  • EndNote
    • Features: A list of features can be found on their website.
    • Cons: Expensive! Although many academic institutions have partnerships with this program, so you may be able to get it for free, or at a more reasonable price. You can also try it out for free, for 30 days.
  • Zotero
    • Features: Again, they’re pretty good at selling themselves on their website.
    • Cons: They don’t really have a mobile version; however, this can be compensated for with other add-ons.

Next month's question will be: How do you locate relevant grants for your research? Please email Brittany with any of your tips & tricks for this topic.

Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
NIH Office of Disease Prevention Epidemiology Lecture. This lecture entitled, In Scientific Method We Don’t Just Trust: or Why Replication Has More Value Than Discovery, by Dr. John Ioannidis will explain the current challenges of balancing discovery and replication in science at large, describe different forms of replication, and explain why reproducibility is important. He will present the strengths and weaknesses of some proposed solutions for improving research practices toward making research more reproducible and useful. The lecture will be March 13, 2019 from 12-1pm PST. It is open to the public and registration is not required. If you are unable to attend in person, you may watch it live via NIH VideoCast.

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 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, March 4 10am-12pm - Human Subject Research and IRB. This session will address: ethical principles surrounding human subjects research, history on human subjects protection, federal regulations, consent requirements, subject recruitment, and the review process. Register here.
  • Wednesday, March 6 1-3pm - Stress Relief and Mindfullness. Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training and how to realistically incorporate these practices into your daily life as a graduate student. We will be discussing mindfulness in a variety of contexts, with ample time to practice different techniques to enhance your wellbeing. Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to sit comfortably and participate in some gentle movements. Register here.
  • Friday, March 20 1-3pm - How a University Works. At times, graduate students and post-docs can find themselves somewhat insulated from the greater university in which they work and study. As a result, they can experience challenges navigating the university bureaucracy when they encounter a problem or if they move on to permanent employment at another higher education institution.  This presentation and discussion with Provost Dan Bernardo will provide participants an inside look at how a university functions, its organization, and why things happen the way they do. Important policies and practices associated with the academic enterprise will be discussed.  In addition, the basic financial structure of a modern, comprehensive research university will be presented.   Participants are encouraged to bring their questions that will help them unlock internal university mysteries and also allow them to thrive at WSU and with their future higher education employer. Register here.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
It's been a very exciting month for Lexie Jackson - congrats on these awesome accomplishments!
  • A presentation proposal that she submitted with a fellow PhD student from the PrevSci program at the University of Oregon (who also has a background in nutrition) to the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo this October was accepted! The title of the presentation is "Promoting Prevention: Applying Prevention Science to Nutrition Interventions and Programs.”  
  • A presentation on "The Influence of Parent Perceived Health on Food Parenting Practices Used in Parents with Young Children” and a poster presentation on “Communication About Food and Nutrition within the Parent-Young Child Dyad” were accepted at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Prague this summer!
Jason Wheeler, recent PS PhD graduate, was offered and accepted a job at OMNI Research Institute in Denver, CO. Way to go, Jason! He said this about the new job: I will be researching in OMNIs Public and Behavioral Heath, and Adult and Juvenile Justice divisions. They do program evaluation, technical assistance and training, and adult learning work. They were really impressed with WSUs Prev Sci program and I think even more the mix of quant and qual experience I was able to get with the research assistantship at Murrow. They are also a 99% female employed company, so I think they were looking to diversify their team a bit- for times when they need to research gender segregated population programs (like adjudicated males).
Prevention Science Resources
A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. In response to a mandate from Congress, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a landmark consensus study on child poverty in the United States. This study includes analysis of the economic, health, and social costs of child poverty to our society, as well as the effectiveness of current anti-poverty programs--including international, federal, state, and local efforts--to reduce child poverty. Based on this analysis, the study committee will issue a set of evidence-based policy recommendations about how to cut the national child poverty rate in half within a decade. Concurrent with the release of this study, the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a partnership of over 20 national organizations, is launching a national campaign, End Child Poverty U.S., to garner collective action in calling upon the federal government to make child poverty a priority through setting a national target to cut our child poverty rate in half within 10 years.
Prevention Science Job Announcements

Associate Director of Prevention Science Graduate Programs, University of Oregon. Earned doctorate in Prevention Science or related discipline is required. Applications begin to be reviewed on March 1. Additional qualifications and job details can be found here.

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
Eunsaem Kim
Advisor: Cory Bolkan
Campus: Vancouver

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science is a study that focuses on quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Well-being in people with dementia.

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I have studied Human Development, in particular Gerontology, at WSU since 2008. I got my bachelor’s and master’s degree at WSU and hope to earn a Ph.D. degree in Prevention Science this year!

Do you have pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? I have a dog. His name is Poongchul, a 5-year-old cocker spaniel. 

What TV show are you currently binge watching? Recently, I watched “Kingdom” on Netflix. If you are a big fan of Zombie films and Asian historical dramas (what a bizarre combination!), you should watch this.

Alumni Spotlight
Amanda Lamp, Ph.D.

Year Graduated: 2018
Current Position: Scientific Manager
What do you do in your current job? In my current job, I am the Scientific Manager for our team of six and a Sleep Science Consultant to United Airlines. Our team is the  Occupational Sleep Medicine Group in the Sleep and Performance Research Center and Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine here at Washington State University, but in Spokane.

How did WSU’s Prevention Science program prepare you for that job? The PS program enhanced my understanding of prevention work (we prevent fatigue and sleepiness, as well as performance degradation in commercial airline pilots and are moving into preventative health work for pilots as well), honed my critical thinking skills, and helped me develop the ability to write and publish rigorous papers.

What words of wisdom do you have for our students? Probably the biggest one is that I feel choosing the three paper dissertation option was a very good decision as now two of my three publication-ready dissertation papers are published and I am preparing the submission of the third currently. Then you have your name on papers as the first author and can make a real impact in your field since most authors won’t cite dissertation papers and they get forgotten. And I guess broadly, try to always have a direct application of the work you perform in school in mind – like pick topics that truly interest you and you can build on later in your career (or even just later in your coursework). This is important and savvy in my opinion.

What do you miss most and least about being a graduate student? I enjoyed studying with and interacting one-on-one with the other Spokane-based students (and Zena!) so I miss that. Least, deadlines and prelims when I had a full time job in our lab and it was impossible to coordinate so everything wasn’t happening at once (when United Airlines called and said they needed something immediately and I had prelims under a time pressure, I couldn’t put either on hold). But I don’t think this is a situation most graduate students will find themselves in so the key thing is to be organized and not procrastinate. Luckily, I am not a procrastinator. It’s just not worth it for the stress, I’d rather do the work first and relax second. That’s what kept me moving forward with multiple major obligations in graduate school.

What do you wish you would have known that you do now about working in the “real world”? Since I have always been contract funded, it would have been nice to have sought out the grant writing workshops in graduate school as now I am emerging into a second field of study, human equine interaction research, and it has become necessary to write grant applications and teach myself as I do them. Since I was already working for one of the biggest commercial airline companies in the US through my graduate years, I had a good dose of the real world but it’s nice to be on the other side of the degree, and have the credentials that demonstrate you know what you are doing, that you’ve been “vetted” and are a known quantity and an expert at what you do. 

As an aside, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually really enjoyed my dissertation defense. My committee knew the hard work I had put in and they treated me as an expert and fellow scientist. So, just prepare well, know your stuff, and don’t stress about the dissertation presentation. Just go show off what you know!

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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