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May 2020 Memo

Congratulations for making it through another month of social distancing and working from home. This will be our final memo of the academic year. Happy summer! See below for program news and announcements, training opportunities, student and faculty celebrations, and resources & job announcements. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see our faculty & student 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: If you have topic/speaker ideas for Fall 2020, send them to Brittany. 
  • Fall 2020 New PS Student Orientation & All-Student Meeting: Brittany will be in touch to schedule these meetings, which typically take place during the week prior to the start of the fall semester. If you have questions or topic ideas, please email them to Brittany.
  • Fall 2020 All-PS Faculty Meeting: Brittany will be in touch to schedule this meeting, which typically takes place during the first few weeks of the fall semester. If you have questions or topic ideas, please email them to Brittany.
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Kyle Murphy, with any questions.
  • PSGSO Writing Group: Summer writing group takes place on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. If you would like to join or for more information please email Kyle. We encourage anyone who is interested in having some scheduled, supported work time among colleagues to join us.
  • Virtual (Zoom) Happy Hours: All PS students are invited to join for Friday afternoon happy hour via Zoom. Don't feel like you need to "arrive" right at 4:30pm. Just pop in when you are free. Email Alana for details.
  • Prevention Science Swag. PSGSO will use their granted funds from this last year to purchase prevention science merchandise for students in the near future. Kyle is currently working out details, but we have eyes set on some apparel with our prevention science logo, and we have discussed shared interests in stress balls, tumblers, etc.  He expects these details to be worked out by the end of May. Contact him for more details.
Hot Off The Presses! Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty on these recent achievements. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
  • Brian French has two new articles in press that are relevant to Prevention Science.
    • Alpizar, D., French, B. F., & Vo, T. (in press). Equivalence testing of a youth risk and needs assessment. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.
    • Patrick, H., Mantzicopoulos, P. Y., & French, B. F. (in press). The predictive validity of classroom observations: Do teachers' Framework for Teaching scores predict kindergarteners' achievement and motivation? American Educational Research Journal.
  • Masha Gartstein wrote this blog in Psychology Today about the importance of maternal well being and workplace equity, a very timely topic in the era of COVID-19.
  • Sola Adesope was recently invited to join the Africa Center of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education. The 12-member international scientific advisory board is composed of prolific scholars from around the world and is tasked with providing research direction for training the next generation of STEM education across Africa. Click here to learn more.
Program Coordinator Reminders. Please email Jolene with questions about the below.
  • Graduate School COVID-19 Policy Updates. Please check this website for the latest on how the Graduate School is adjusting their policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Best Practices & Guidelines for Zoom Defense Meetings. We put together this document to help PS faculty and students facilitate defense meetings via Zoom.
  • Graduate School Policy on Timeline Extensions. The Graduate School recently released this memo describing a Graduate School procedure to deal with time-to-degree deadlines in response to the difficulties resulting from COVID-19 and the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate in Washington. In short, the Graduate School will provide automatic extensions to students, depending on their status.The details of the plan are listed in the memo, and are applicable to students with current degree completion deadlines in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. As life in the time of COVID-19 unfolds, the Graduate School will revisit the plan and adjust as needed for students with later completion deadlines.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Connections Between Traditional and Causal Mediation Methods Webinar. As a part of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention Mind the Gap Webinar series, Dr. David MacKinnon will describe the connections between traditional mediation analysis and recently developed causal mediation analysis. Mediating variables have a long and important history in theoretical and applied research because they describe how and why two variables are related. One common example of applied mediation research is the study of the mediating processes that explain how a prevention/treatment program achieves its effects on an outcome variable. If the intervention’s active ingredients are identified, the intervention can be made more powerful and more efficient. Other applied mediation examples include identifying how a risk factor leads to disease and how early life experiences affect later development. The webinar will take place on June 18 11-12 PST. Click here to register.
Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program: Request for Applications - due July 15, 2020. The Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program is an effort which aims to both mentor early-career researchers in prevention science and increase the pool of possible reviewers. We invite emerging prevention scientists to apply to serve a two-year term as mentored reviewers for the journal Prevention Science. Candidates apply for the position, and as part of that application process, they identify and secure a commitment from a prevention science mentor to supervise their appointment to the review board for the two-year period. The candidate commits to providing up to 4 reviews each year; the mentor commits to co-authoring and co-reviewing to ensure high quality reviews. The candidate will serve as the reviewer of record in the online review system. Click here for details.
Part-time Fellowship with National Behavioral Health Extension Network. The Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute seeks a qualified individual to fill a fellowship position supporting the development of the National Behavioral Health Extension Network (NBH E-Net) from June 2020-December 2020. The NBH E-Net’s primary goal is to improve community prosperity and quality of life by increasing access to proven programs and services designed to enhance youth and family behavioral health and to prevent substance misuse. The Fellow will provide expertise of relevance to the development of network infrastructure and resources as part of the NBH E-Net Hub Organization, in collaboration with eXtension. Click here for details.
ICPSR Quantitative Summer Training Program -- now being offered virtually and at reduced rates! The ICPSR at University of Michigan provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. ICPSR Summer Program courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. The Summer Program's broad curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers. Click here to view this summer's schedule and see below for some mixed methods and qualitative research short courses being offered.
Over 50 Webinars and Dozens of Conference Sessions Free Through June 30. To support the professional activities of family researchers and practitioners during this unprecedented time, NCFR has opened access to digital content previously only available to NCFR members. Now through June 30, these on-demand webinars and past conference sessions are free to everyone through the NCFR website:
WSU Graduate Student Professional Development Initiative. The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is organized by the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and has received support through many partnerships and colleges across campus. This initiative provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success. The goal of PDI  is to ensure that all graduate and professional students have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to succeed both professionally and academically. Check out their website for a list of upcoming events.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Crystal Lederhos Smith (PS PhD alum) and Garrett Jenkins recently published a paper (with several other colleagues) in Behavioural Pharmacology entitled: Crossover Associations of Alcohol and Smoking, Craving and Biochemically Verified Alcohol and Nicotine Use in Heavy Drinking Smokers. Way to go, Crystal and Garrett!
Brianna Hernandez successfully defended her Master's Thesis entitled: Exploring Suicidality in African American Adolescents: The Role of Alcohol and Racism. Great job, Brianna!
Anaderi Iniguez (a recent HD undergraduate student and new, incoming 1st year PS student) would have been recognized with the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research award at the Society for Research in Human Development Conference, which was unfortunately cancelled this year. Anaderi worked with her faculty mentor Elizabeth Weybright to evaluate a 4-H nutrition education program. This is such a great recognition of Anaderi’s work! Well done!

Michael Williams (a new, incoming 1st year PS student) contributed to one recently accepted publication and submitted a paper based on his previous thesis work. Congrats, Michael! 
  • Fortuna, KL, Ferron, J, Bianco, C, Santos, M, Williams, A, Williams, M, Mois, G, Pratt, S. [in press]. Loneliness and its Association with Health Behaviors in People with a Lived Experience of a Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Quarterly.
  • Williams, M, Fortuna KL, Myers A. [under review]. Social Media Use, Fear of Crime and Perceived Risk of Victimization among College Students Attending Non-Residential Campuses. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. 
Faith Price was featured on the WSU Native American Program's website for earning her Master's in Prevention Science. Click here to read the interview with her. Congrats again, Faith!
Prevention Science Resources
Opinion: We need a national prevention strategy for health and behavioral health problems. Dr. Jeffery Jenson from University of Denver wrote a recent editorial describing that, "The national response to the spread of COVID-19 illustrates a larger and more serious flaw in our nation’s approach to ensuring the well-being of children, youth and families — namely, the lack of a federal strategy to prevent health problems before they occur or become widely prevalent." Click here to read more.
SRCD Social Policy Report: What Policies Advance Infants and Toddlers? Evidence to Inform State and Federal Options. A variety of civic actors—government, associations, and local agencies—work to help parents advance the vitality of our youngest children. Empirical findings accumulating over the past half‐century identify benefits for infants and toddlers stemming from three policy models: paid leave for parents after a newborn arrives; regular pediatric assessments, including home visiting; and quality caregivers situated in homes or centers. Click here for more details.
Learning at home during COVID-19: 8 tips fact sheet for fostering children’s self-regulation and promoting creativity from the American Psychological Association.
Pathways to Civic Engagement Among Urban Youth of Color. Civic engagement among adolescents can increase community vitality, challenge injustices, and address social problems. However, these assets and opportunities are not equally available to all youth. The latest issue of Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development (Monographs), Pathways to Civic Engagement among Urban Youth of Color by Laura Wray-Lake and Laura S. Abrams, serves to broaden academic and public discourse about what civic engagement looks like and how it develops for urban youth of color who live in high‐poverty neighborhoods. Researchers provide policy and practice recommendations based on how urban youth of color define and experience civic engagement, community problems, and adult supports. Click here and watch the video below to learn more. There are also teaching-related resources on this topic here.
Authors Laura Wray-Lake and Laura Abrams discuss the goals and methods of the research they reported in monograph, Pathways to Civic Engagement Among Urban Youth of Color [Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 85(2)].
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Postdoctoral Researcher, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Social-Emotional Development Research Group (SED-RG) in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, directed by Dr. Chiaki Konishi, is currently seeking a competent Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) in research investigating social and emotional experiences and bullying at school and factors associated with them. This position will involve a diverse set of tasks, including overseeing quantitative and qualitative data collection and management, conducting data analyses, participating in preparing conference presentations and scientific manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed journals, and mentoring research assistants. The PDR will work closely with Dr. Chiaki Konishi, being offered both mentorship and independent research experiences. The PDR will also be provided with appropriate office space and resources required to complete the research. Time will also be provided for the PDR to continue to build and advance their own program of work. To find out more, email Dr. Chiaki Konishi at
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois. The Center is seeking to fill a post-doctoral position to commence as early as August 2020. Preference will be given to candidates with strong biostatistical and longitudinal modeling skills, and with expertise in the following areas: 1) early childhood nutrition, 2) prevention of childhood obesity, 3) family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life, and 4) longitudinal data analysis. Click here for more details.

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Southern California. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join NIA/NIH-funded research projects of two new longitudinal studies of aging, The Project Talent Aging Study (PTAS) and the Project Talent Twin and Sibling (PTTS) Study (see  Each of these studies fielded recent late-life follow-up assessments of a large cohort of adolescents that began in 1960.  Key aims of PTAS and PTTS are the study of early life family and environmental influences, individual factors (e.g., personality, social, cognitive ability), and genetics in predicting adult socioeconomic and psychosocial characteristics, and later life cognitive and physical health.  The PTAS and PTTS research team is comprised of researchers at the University of Southern California, Chapman University, Columbia University, the American Institutes of Research, and other universities across the U.S.; the postdoctoral researcher would be mentored by investigators at the University of Southern California and Chapman University in Southern California. Click here for details.

Post-doctoral Fellowship, North Carolina State University. This position involves contributing to two multi-site collaborative longitudinal studies of STEM outcomes for adolescents. One study involves longitudinal evaluation of outcomes of youth educator programs in informal science learning sites (museums, zoos and aquariums) funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. This project has 3 years of data already, with data collection ongoing including assessing outcomes for youth educators as well as the visitors with whom they interact. The second study which is just beginning involves identifying factors that foster inclusive STEM formal classroom environments for high school students. This project is just beginning and involves cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data collection as well as qualitative interviews. In later years, this project will also involve intervention development and testing. Click here for details.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Maltreatment, Penn State University. Penn State University’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is now accepting applications for our 2-year NICHD-funded T32 post-doctoral fellowship in child maltreatment science. The training will allow fellows to specialize in several training tracks including a) Biological Embedding, b) Developmental Processes, c) Prevention and Treatment, and d) Policy and Administrative Data Systems. This training is one of the few opportunities for new scholars to develop expertise across the wide spectrum of child maltreatment science. Start date for fellowship is flexible (ideally early July, 2020). Interested applicants should send an email with their curriculum vitae, a 5-page double-spaced statement of interest that includes their previous experience, career goals, a primary training track and preferred primary mentor, secondary training track(s) and several secondary track preferred mentors (see website), a writing sample, and two letters of recommendations by JUNE 1, 2020 to Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP, Penn State University, Department of Psychology For more information on mentors, training tracks, and requirements – please follow the link below. 
Research Specialist, Early Social Development and Intervention, University of South Carolina. The Early Social Development & Intervention (ESDI) Lab at the University of South Carolina is looking for a fulltime Research Specialist to assist with exciting NIH-funded research on early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using behavioral and eye-tracking experiments with infants, toddlers, and parents, research focuses on how early attention and motor systems influence the emergence of social communication and ASD red flags. The research specialist will work closely with the principal investigator, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate students on two longitudinal studies that follow infants from birth to two years of age. Responsibilities will include: participant recruitment, data collection and administration of experimental procedures (electrocardiogram, eye tracking, and behavioral  measures), administration of behavioral assessments, electrocardiogram and eye tracking data post-processing, data entry, data analysis, and dissemination of research findings. Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field, strong interpersonal skills, and research experience with toddlers and children with and without developmental disabilities. Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to the ESDI Lab at
Research Scientist & Associate, Early Childhood Development, New York University. NYU's Global TIES for Children - Early Childhood Development in Emergency & Conflict (ECDEC) team is currently looking for a Research Scientist and a Research Associate to contribute to their work developing, providing, and evaluating services and mass media for young children in refugee families in Bangladesh and the Middle East. Application deadline is June 30, 2020
Prevention Research Job Opportunities. Visit the Society for Prevention Research website for a regularly updated list of prevention-related job opportunities. 
Human Development and Family Studies Job Opportunities. Visit the National Council on Family Relations website for a regularly updated list of HD-related job opportunities. 
Program News & Announcements
Coping with COVID-19: Tips, Tricks & Resources
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
Prevention Science Resources
What exactly is translational research (TR)? While the specifics of how translational research is implemented can vary widely, this short video explains some basic principles and purposes of TR.
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Student Spotlight
Brianna Hernandez
Advisors: Elizabeth Soliday and Michael Cleveland
Campus: Vancouver

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Using science to figure out and/or prevent a behavior or event that may lead to a problem or dysfunction.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Prevention of adolescent substance abuse.

Where do you think you’ll be or hope you’ll be in five years, personally or professionally? In five years I will be enjoying all that I have worked so hard for such as a rewarding career and traveling with my loving family.

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? Currently, I am enjoying redecorating my home for summer. I cannot wait until HomeGoods reopens!

What TV show are you currently binge watching? The shows I am binge watching are Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon and Survivor: Winners at War (season 40).

Student Spotlight
Faculty Spotlight
Amanda Lamp
Unit: College of Medicine
Location: Spokane

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Evidence-based prevention and health (and safety in my field of aviation) promotion.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Sleep, performance, human-equine interactions.

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I have had the great fortunate to have worked in sleep and performance research with the preeminent Dr. Belenky for 8 years as United Airlines scientific consultants, which included my graduate years. Although I have not been studying human-equine interactions too long, this research combines my neuroscience and prevention science background with my equine (36 years of it!) and therapeutic horsemanship experience.

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? Our family enjoys tennis; I love riding and teaching dressage (horse) lessons whenever I have a spare moment; and pretty much anything active and outdoors. Although I am not doing it now, I also love Kung Fu and Tai Chi in any season. If it’s winter (not the current season), we enjoy skiing/snowboarding.

Do you have pets? If so, what are they and what are their names? Our pets are more like my daughter’s sisters; they are Sage, our 5 year old Shnoodle (dog), and Bells, our 7 year old Dutch Warmblood (horse). Sage loves swimming in the ocean and long walks on the beach. Bells loves anything interesting and will follow you anywhere, including into a house if you aren’t careful (she’s more like a big dog).

Faculty Spotlight
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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