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December 2021 Memo

Greetings, PS Community,

Congratulations on completing what was one of the most unique semesters of them all!

There is quite a bit of exciting news and many opportunities in this PS Memo, the last of the semester.

I want to give a special thanks to Jolene Knight who helps put together the PS Memo and just about everything else program related. She has been a huge source of support for me as I've been learning about the program this semester.

I also want to recognize the PS Steering Committee for their dedicated work this semester. They are working hard to make the program the best for our current and future students and faculty. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are able to enjoy some down time before the spring semester.

All best,

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Program News & Announcements
Please contact Sammy Perone with any questions about the following announcements. 
  • Prevention Science Graduate Faculty Steering Committee: See below for links to past meeting minutes.
  • Let your voice be heard!
    • Professional Development Initiative requests your opinions about the the professional development workshops and opportunities you have received here at Washington State University. Your responses to this survey will help us better plan for the PDI events to serve your interest and career development. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes
  • SRCD's 2022 Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars. Grants of up to $7,500 are available on a competitive basis for research projects conducted by SRCD early career members who completed their doctoral degrees in the past five years. Click here for eligibility and submission requirements. Deadline: February 4, 2022
  • Awards available to support graduate research; Edward Graff, Alberta Hill and Margaret Hard. Up to $5000 in funding available. Application deadline February 25, 2022. Application and information here
  • Nominations for Graduate School Scholarships are open until January 29! Read about the scholarships here, and read about the nomination process here.
PSGSO News & Announcements
See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Erica Doering, with any questions

PSGSO recent event: Awesome gingerbread houses from PSGSO's virtual construction party!
Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty and students on these recent achievements. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
Publication alert! Amy Salazar's work; Evaluation of a brief foster parent/ case worker training to support relationship building skills and acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth in care accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Child Welfare. AND accepted manuscript; Social and emotional supports during college years: Associations with post-college economic and subjective well-being among alumni of foster care. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Go Amy!

Brian French (College of Education) published two recent articles with students; An Ecological Framework for Item Responding Within the Context of a Youth Risk and Needs Assessment. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 40, 64-72.; Applicability and Efficiency of a Computerized Adaptive Test for the Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students. Assessment,

Mike McDonell's (College of Medicine) latest accomplishments include co-editing a special issue in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, contributing to a podcast about cannabis and meth, listen here (*warning* contains offensive language), and grant awards with the Fletcher Group (develop a contingency management (CM) intervention that is specifically tailored for implementation in the recovery housing setting, with a particular focus on rural recovery housing settings) and Northwest Indian College (how cannabis impacts pain intensity and interference in a sample of n=350 patients seeking care at the Qwibil clinic). 

Raven Weaver co-authored an accepted paper along with former HD student Olivia Davis. Educational training for healthcare professionals about sexual health and behavior in late life: A scoping review. Sex Education.

Erica Austin was awarded an exciting grant to promote COVID-19 vaccines. Zena Edwards, Prevention Science graduate student will also participate as a member of the leadership team. The project will lead engagement efforts to reduce vaccine hesitancy in rural and underserved communities. Read more here.

Anne Cox (Kinesiology) presenting at a recent College of Education Research Conversation

Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
  • Faith Price and Brianna Hernandez both passed their preliminary exam! Congrats Faith and Brianna!!
  • Myah Houghten successfully defended her dissertation proposal. Way to go, Myah!
  • Alana Anderson along with Sammy Perone (Human Development) and Masha Gartstein (Psychology) recently had a paper accepted for publication by the Infant Behavior and Development journal; Context matters: Cortical rhythms in infants across baseline and play. Excellent work, Alana! 
  • Featured in the WSU Insider, Alexa Carr's study on pet separation anxiety. Alexa and co-author Patricia Pendry (Human Development) were published in Anthrozoos with the first known research investigating this kind of pet separation in humans. Well done!
  • Saturday, December 11th was commencement for graduates. Join us in congratulating Jaymie Vandagriff who was hooded during the ceremony! 
  • A special kudos to Aubrey Milatz for her excellent support during Dr Pendry's recent grant submission process. Awesome job stepping-up! A big thank-you also goes to Alexa Carr for her role in making sure this was submitted on time!
  • Jaymie Vandagriff,  Alexa Carr, and Stephanie Roeter along with Dr. Patricia Pendry had their Anthrozoos article published!  Effects of essential Animal Visitation Program (AVP) components on students' salivary α-Amylase and Amylase-to-Cortisol Ratios. Anthrozoös.
  • Lead author, Meena Richardson, along with Sara Waters, had a paper accepted. Congrats Meena!  A systematic review of trauma intervention adaptions for Indigenous caregivers and children: Insights and implications for reciprocal collaboration. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • Special thanks to Aubrey Milatz, Myah Houghten, Sara Spiers, & Kimberly Klein for presenting at the Annual Prevention Science Data Blitz! Great work!
Program Coordinator Reminders
Please email Jolene with questions about the below.

Graduate Student Tuition Payroll Deduction Plan
Grad Students on assistantship, don’t forget to sign up for Grad Payroll Deduction for the Spring Semester to cover residual tuition and mandatory fees! Signups start January 1, 2022. See this flyer.

Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
The Northwest Council on Family Relations (NWCFR), a regional affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), has planned a 2022 spring conference to be held virtually on April 28 & 29, 2022

PS Resources
Do you want to learn more about community-based participatory research (CBPR) -- a collaborative approach for improving health and equity? We invite you to apply for the CBPR Partnership Academy, a year-long, intensive training program in CBPR. Learn more about the program here. Applications for the 2022 cohort are due January 24, 2022.

Prevention Science Curriculum Infusion Tools: As a part of the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center, we have developed an Introduction to Prevention Science Curriculum Infusion Package (CIP), which provides the following tools that can be flexibly used and “infused” into your existing curriculum or courses. Most of the materials are aimed at an undergraduate audience, but may also be helpful in graduate coursework. You can download the CIP tools via this Google Drive folder:; Check out this video that provides a brief introduction to each of the CIP tools. 

Finding a healthcare provider can be difficult at any WSU location. For those in extension positions or seeking care off campus, there is a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of finding a local provider that works with your graduate student insurance

Prevention Science Job Announcements

The Department of Human Development at Washington State University is hiring four positions. Three are career track, including (1) lifespan development and/or family relations, (1) early childhood education, and (3) to oversee the Human Development Internship Program. You can learn more here. The other position is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in early childhood development. You can learn more here.

The IMPACT (IMproving Prevention through ACTion) Research Lab at Washington State University in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources (CAHNRS) has an immediate opening for a Social Science Data Analyst. This position will include a broad range of responsibilities in data management, analysis, and reporting. The successful candidate will oversee project data operations (advising on new projects; monitoring, cleaning, analyzing and archiving several large and diverse data sets; interpreting findings; preparing publications and presentations; etc.) on multiple short- and long-term projects. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and collaborative group of prevention researchers, research coordinators, and graduate and undergraduate students. This position is located in Pullman, Washington but we are open to remote work. Remote work opportunities will be discussed at the interview stage. Read more details here.

The Department of Kinesiology at Washington State University is hiring a non-tenure track/career track assistant professor who would be primarily teaching in our undergraduate program. Candidates with a masters or Ph.D. can apply here.

The University of Washington has openings for postdoctoral fellows in the Psychology Training in Alcohol Research (PTAR) fellowship. These are two-year appointments, commencing no earlier than July 1st and no later than December 31st of each year, within the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors in partnership with multiple UW departments. This fellowship has been funded continuously by NIAAA since 1985 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Larimer). Deadline for applications is January 10, 2022. Click here for more information. 

The University of Colorado Denver is accepting applications for a full time Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the development of a Fellow who wishes to become an independent investigator in the field of child maltreatment and/or child welfare

Elson S Floyd College of Medicine: Four open positions. We are flexible with start dates and part time to full time for folks who will be transitioning in the coming months after graduation. Primary work location would be our research clinic in downtown Spokane, WA (mostly Phase I/II medication/technology/behavioral trials) and the WSU medicine campus in Spokane, WA. Psychology biology, neuroscience human development, prevention science, and related backgrounds; all applicable
Two scientific assistant positions. 
Two research coordinator positions: Research Study Coord 1  Research Study Coord 2

The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the University of Washington is seeking Research Scientists to work on grant projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. SDRG has renewed its focus on reducing health disparities related to prevention and positive youth outcomes. Two of our projects are evaluations of prevention programs and candidates interested in developing or applying their skills in program evaluation are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please contact Marina Epstein or Jennifer Bailey.

Health Care Authority job openings:

The Research Institute for Implementation Science in Education (RIISE) is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 two-year fellowship opportunity. The new cohort will be notified in mid-March, with a 4.5 day in-person meeting in Seattle, June 6-10, 2022. Deadline for Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort: January 7th, 2022. For more information and details about applying,

Dr. McDonell is currently hiring for several positions through the Promoting Research Initiatives in Substance Use and Mental Health (PRISM) Collaborative ( These appointments are either located in Seattle or are hybrid/remote. Posted: RC1 Seattle—Clinical trial of contingency management for people with co-occurring disorders. Research Study Coordinator I

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Latinx Health Disparities at the University of Texas- Austin. Join a NIH-funded randomized controlled trial testing the effects of a family-based coping skills intervention for Latinx families of children with asthma. This position is in the Pediatric Coping and Language (PCL) Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information and to apply for this position, please send a CV, cover letter, and names of three references to Dr. Rodríguez at:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Use Prevention and Methodology, NIDA T32, Penn State University The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program at The Pennsylvania State University seeks Postdoctoral Fellows focused on substance use and addiction. PAMT is an interdisciplinary program at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (, College of Health and Human Development. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse through a T32 award, PAMT ( cross-trains prevention scientists to apply cutting-edge methods to emerging critical research needs in the prevention of substance use and addiction. For more information visit the application portal

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Implementation and outcomes of domestic violence restraining order firearm restrictions at Michigan State University. More information here.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for its prestigious U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2022-23 academic year. Learn more about the Federal Policy and Fellowship and APPLY

Multiple tenure track faculty positions in health equity research: Drexel University, Faculty Institutional Research for Sustainable Transformation. The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) and College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) invite applications from early-career investigators for up to 12 tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, as part of the inaugural NIH-funded Drexel FIRST program. For more information and to apply: Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology at LaFayette College tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2022. Area of specialization is open, but the candidate must have expertise in quantitative methods, measurement validation, and/or computational modeling of behavior. Applications are especially welcome from those who study dimensions of difference and/or remediating inequalities. To apply, click here.

Penn State Child Maltreatment Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: January 14, 2022
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) Biology and Health, 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.

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. 
Find out more about the Washington State University Prevention Science PhD Program here .
Email Sammy Perone at with any questions or comments. 

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