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October & November 2019 Memo

See below for this month's program news and announcements, upcoming conferences & training opportunities, student celebrations, and resources & job announcements. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see our student and faculty 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: Links to the recording of the last three presentations are listed below. Our next presentation will be on Friday, November 22nd. WSU’s Award-Winning SPR Cup Team: Team Datum and HD 586 Graduate Students will present on Prevention Science Across the Lifespan.
  • Faculty Steering Committee: Click here for the minutes to our September 6, 2019 meeting.
  • Prevention Science Alumni: Check out the new section on the website featuring our PhD graduates and where they are now! 
  • Annual Prevention Science Data Blitz: The 3rd annual Prevention Science Data Blitz is scheduled for Friday, December 6. The blitz has been a great event for faculty and students to come together and learn about the exciting, innovative, and impactful work happening in our program. If you have new data, a new idea, a new grant, or any research or education related activity you would like to share in 5 minutes (1 slide), please email Sammy Perone to sign-up!
Prevention Science Graduate Student Organization. See below for a list of updates from the PSGSO. Contact PSGSO President, Alana Anderson, with any questions.
  • PSGSO First Year Representative Elections: The PSGSO recently elected their First Year representative - Kat Bruzios. Congrats, Kat! This position was created as a way to ensure that the First Years have a designated individual to speak on behalf of the new Prev Sci students. 
  • PSGSO Brown Bag Series: For our regularly-scheduled November brown bag on Wednesday, 11/13 from 3:30-4:30pm we will be joined by Dr. Mike McDonell, Associate Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at WSU and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UW. Feel free to bring your lunch and come with any questions you have for him! For Pullman folks, this will be held in Johnson Tower 712A; stay tuned for Zoom information via email.
Hot Off The Presses! Congratulations to Prevention Science graduate faculty on these recent presentations, publications, and awards. If I missed any, please email and let me know.
  • Raven Weaver recently presented at the Oregon Gerontological Association Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs, and Walk n’ Roll: Promoting Healthy Aging for All. Her session was titled “Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby: How to Get the Conversation Rollin’” The session was well attended and generated interesting discussion!  Next up, she will be attending and presenting several presentations at the Annual Gerontological Society of America Conference in Austin, TX with Cory Bolkan.
  • Marcelo Diversi was recently featured in WSU Insider for being awarded the 2019 Ethnography Division Best Book Award from the National Communication Association for his book: Betweener Autoethnographies (Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice)” which discusses living in between identities, cultures, and the everyday spaces between “us and them.”
  • Elizabeth Weybright and Mike McDonell were featured in the WSU Insider for their new SAMHSA-funded Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. The goal of the center is to provide rural communities with effective methods for combating the opioid epidemic. The multidisciplinary team will leverage WSU’s Extension system to provide training to rural communities to help them prevent and treat opioid addiction.
  • Tom Power published this paper with a former graduate student. Lelakowska, G., Kanya, M. J., Balassone, B. R., Savoree, S. L., Boddy, L. E., Power, T. G., & Bridgett, D. J. (2019).  Toddler’s impulsivity, inhibitory control, and maternal eating-related supervision in relation to toddler BMI: Direct and interactive effects.  Appetite, 142, 104343.
Collaboration Opportunity. Carol McFarland, WSU Farmers Network Outreach Coordinator, writes: I am working with Dr. Haiying Tao at WSU Farmers Network to provide continuing education for regional farmers, crop advisors, and conservation professionals. We are working to provide research-based topics to this audience from an applied perspective, and aim to support farmers in making management changes that improve soil health on their farms and throughout the region. We are currently working on a grant through Western SARE that specifically targets a “training of trainers” modality and I am reaching out to see if we may find potential collaborators interested in helping to increase the effectiveness of our educational delivery models.
Graduate Student Research Funding. 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 can be found here. Graduate students in Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles, Prevention Science, and Human Nutrition programs 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. Applications are due Friday, February 25. Email Debbie Handy for any questions.
Program Coordinator Reminders. Please email Jolene with questions about the below.
  • IRB Approval Forms: Please remember to submit your IRB exemption/approval emails along with your final exam scheduling forms. The Graduate School needs this documentation to proceed with scheduling/approving the exam form.  
  • Distributing Prelims Questions: Please note that the recommended procedure for distributing student's prelims questions is for the chair/primary advisor to email the 4 prelims questions to the student by 9am on the first day of the written exam period. This email should cc the rest of the student's committee as well as the Program Coordinator, Jolene Knight: 
Psych 523: Health Psychology. The graduate seminar for Health Psychology (Wednesdays from 9:10am-12) is being offered this Spring 2020. Click here for details. 
Donuts with the Dean. Dr. Lisa Gloss, Dean of the Graduate School, is hosting a time for graduate students to meet with her about any questions, comments or concerns they have. Come grab a donut and chat with Dr. Gloss in the GPSA Graduate Lounge in Terrell Library 4/35 on these dates:
  • Friday, 15 Nov, 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Monday, 18 Nov, 1:30 to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, 11 Dec, 11 am to 1 pm
Happy Belated Halloween! Some of the Human Development faculty/staff and PS graduate students in Pullman celebrated at a Halloween potluck.
Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities
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.
National Council on Family Relations Conference. Registration is open for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference on November 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme is Family Sustainability: Contextualizing Relationships Within Evolving Systems. Click here for details.
Excite to Dream Program. Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key, Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services and the founding Academic Affairs Director of Faculty Diversity and Retention at Old Dominion University has designed an innovative program, "Excite the Dream," to bring underrepresented faculty to the ODU campus for a two-day experience in which they will learn more about the campus and programs, as well as receive valuable feedback and coaching from faculty leaders as they prepare themselves for entry to the academic job market. There is no cost to those selected to participate in the program.  ODU will pay for all of travel and related costs! Here is an article written about the new program. The deadline for applications is December 1st.  Application information is available here.
SRCD 2020-2021 U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs. The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for the U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. There are two fellowship programs: federal and state. The fellowships provide researchers with immersive opportunities to (1) learn firsthand about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and (2) use their expertise to inform child and family public policies and programs that support diverse populations. Through these experiences, fellows also learn how to communicate with policymakers and formulate more informed questions for policy-relevant research. All fellowships will run from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. Applications are due January 3, 2020. 
GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for their annual fellowship based in Washington, D.C. Team members work alongside agency collaborators to apply behavioral insights, make concrete recommendations on how to improve government, and evaluate impact using administrative data.  One year fellowships begin in Fall 2020. The application deadline is December 15, 2019. View solicitation and apply here.
Prevention Science Student Celebrations & Kudos
We have not one, not two, but THREE new Prevention Science PhDs! A BIG congratulations to Dr. Guadalupe Ramos (who also happened to successfully defend her dissertation on her birthday - Happy belated birthday!), Dr. Jacky Hidalgo-Mendez, and Dr. Crystal Lederhos Smith

Jacky Hidalgo-Mendez's thesis was also just published. Way to go, Jacky!

  • Hidalgo-Mendez, J., Power, T. G., Fisher, J. O. O’Connor, T. M., & Hughes, S. O. (2019).  Child weight status and accuracy of perceived child weight status as predictors of Latina mothers’ feeding practices and styles.  Appetite, 142, 104387
Cristina McAllister successfully defender her Master's thesis. Way to go, Cristina!
Myah Houghten recently presented at two conferences and successfully passed her prelims. Awesome job, Myah!
  • Houghten, M., 2019, Social and Emotional Adjustment of Trauma-Trained Staff: Results from a Retrospective Baseline Survey, Poster presented at inaugural Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Exchange, Chicago, IL.
  • Houghten, M., 2019, Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR): A Scalable Model to Address Population-level Impacts of ACEs, panel presentation at annual Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) conference, Seattle, WA.
Faith Price, PS student and WSU's Director of Native American Student Services, was pictured in the Daily Evergreen article about celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the Pullman campus. 
Prevention Science students, Brianna Hernandez, Marie Gray, Tricia Hughes, and Kyle Murphy presented a workshop entitled "Balancing Research Evidence with Community Fit to Identify an Evidence-based Program that Fits Just Right: The Goldilocks Approach" at the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima, WA as part of Brittany Cooper's Effective Prevention Science course. They did an excellent job and represented us well!
One of our recent graduates, Dr. Sam Kim was recently hired as a researcher at the National Institute of Dementia in Seoul, Korea. Her primary job is analyses of international dementia policies/laws and international relations. Her position works with renowned organizations such as Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of Korean dementia policies/laws. She reports she is very excited (and also nervous) about her first professional job! 
Prevention Science Resources
Prevention Science Special Issue on Modern Meta-Analytic Methods. Prevention Science invites submissions for a special issue on modern meta-analytic methods in prevention science (see here for details). For this special issue, they invite submissions of the following types: (1) Applied demonstrations of modern, advanced statistical meta-analysis methods that highlight the method’s utility and relevance to prevention topics; and (2) Completed meta-analyses based on a systematic review in the field of prevention that use one or more modern meta-analytic techniques for synthesizing evidence.
US Needs More Prevention Research Funding. A new paper from the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) reports that the level of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for prevention research on the leading risk factors and causes of death and disability in the United States falls well below the nation’s burden of disease attributable to those risk factors and causes. Some of the key findings of our portfolio analysis include:
  • Half of the NIH prevention research portfolio measured at least one leading risk factor or cause of death and disability in the United States.
  • Approximately one-third of NIH-supported prevention research measured a leading risk factor for death as an exposure or outcome. The top 10 risk factors for death are associated with more than half of the deaths in the United States.
  • Fewer than three in 10 prevention research projects supported by the NIH measured a leading cause of death as an exposure or outcome. More than seven out of every 10 Americans die from one of the 10 leading causes of death.
  • Overall, less than 10% of the NIH’s entire portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements—which includes basic, preclinical, clinical, and prevention research—focused on preventing the leading risk factors or causes of death and disability in the United States.
Policy Recommendations to Prevent or Mitigate Stressors on Farm Families. The latest NCFR policy brief, authored by Bonnie Braun, Ph.D., provides critical research on farm families and the unique challenges these families face because their business and their family life are so intertwined. The brief suggests recommendations for policymakers that would enhance a healthy farming population and alter agricultural policy to consider the unique needs of family farm life and business.
Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide. Suicide rates among 12 – 19-year olds have increased by a staggering 87 percent between 2007 and 2017 (the most recent available data) making suicide the second leading cause of death among adolescents. In 2017, 7.4 percent of high school students nationwide attempted suicide, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.  Nationwide, nearly 3,000 teens died by suicide in 2017. Trust for America's Health recently released a report that highlights dozens of evidence-based, cross-sector approaches that can improve adolescents’ life circumstances, protect them from harm and set them on healthy trajectories leading to their success in school and into adulthood.  The report provides a set of cross-sector recommendations to prevent adolescent substance misuse and suicide.
Prevention Science Job Announcements
Assistant Professor. Healthy Community and Behavioral Development, Penn State University. The strategic plan of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE) states that “Fostering healthy individuals and communities cuts across local and global levels, and requires knowledge of how processes of individual, community, and regional development interact.” To further strengthen scholarship in this area, the department seeks candidates for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a 65% research and 35% extension responsibility. This position is part of The Pennsylvania State University’s recently launched Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA);, which seeks colleagues whose research interests and expertise fit within the broad areas of pathways to addiction, criminal justice, and/or spillover effects of harmful substance use and abuse to families and communities. Click here for details.
Assistant Professor, Public Health Education University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The  Department of Public Health Education  at the University of North Carolina Greensboro invites candidates for two tenure track positions to begin in August 2020: An assistant professor position ( and an assistant / associate professor position ( 
Assistant Professor in Human Development and Human Services, Merrimack College, Florida. Merrimack College’s School of Education & Social Policy invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position, non-tenure track, in the Education and Community Studies Department to begin in the Spring of 2020. The Education and Community Studies Department houses both undergraduate and graduate programs. The position will be within the Human Development and Human Services (HDHS) Program, which serves a large population of undergraduate students. The faculty member hired in this position will have primary teaching and advising responsibilities for undergraduate HDHS courses. Details can be found here
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Montreal. A post-doctoral research fellowship based at University of Montreal (Canada) and Sainte Justine Hospital, is available within a multidisciplinary research group: The Research Group on Children’s Psychosocial Development (GRIP:  The aims are to study the individual and environmental factors associated with substance use disorders and comorbid psychopathology in early adulthood using 25 years of longitudinal data. The deadline for application is January 5th 2020. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact me directly at
Postdoctoral Associate, Intimate Partner Violence, Yale University. The Family Violence Research Lab, headed by Tami P. Sullivan, Ph.D., studies individual- and system-level factors that affect the wellbeing of victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), with specific attention to daily processes and micro-longitudinal designs. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable and can range from December 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020. To apply, please send a single PDF documenting the following to
  • Combined cover letter/research statement detailing previous research experience, interests, and career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three representative publications
  • Names and full contact information of three academic references familiar with the applicant’s research skills and experience (reference letters are not needed at this time).
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin. The Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin anticipates having an opening for an NICHD-funded postdoctoral position starting September 1, 2020. The position is for one year, with the potential for a one-year renewal. The PRC is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very productive, interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Most of the research at the PRC is concentrated in four overlapping thematic areas: Family Demography and Intergenerational Relationships; Education, Work, and Inequality; Population Health, and Reproductive Health. Applications are due January 6th. 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. 
Your Moment of Zen
Caitlin Kirby, a doctoral student at Michigan State University, tweeted: Successfully defended my PhD dissertation today! In the spirit of acknowledging & normalizing failure in the process, I defended in a skirt made of rejection letters from the course of my PhD. 
Student Spotlight
Gitanjali Shrestha 
Advisor: Laura Hill
Campus: Pullman (currently living in Kansas City, MO)

How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? Prevention Science is based on the philosophy that “prevention is better than cure” and my research focuses on preventing substance use.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Evaluation of prevention programs

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? I started working in the field of prevention when I joined the Department of Human Development at WSU in 2009 for my M.A. My first project as a Research Assistant was to produce evaluation reports for the SFP 10-14 program.

What TV show are you currently binge watching? Schitt’s Creek

What is the last movie you saw in the theaters? The 1931 American Spanish-language movie Drácula directed by George Melford. It was made simultaneously with the English-language version directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi. Both movies shared the same sets – the English version was shot during the day, and the Spanish version was shot during the night.

Faculty Spotlight
Anne Cox
Unit: Kinesiology 
Campus: Pullman
How would you describe Prevention Science in one sentence to your parents or grandparents? It is a field of study in which we identify the different things that impact well-being and then create and evaluate programs that will support well-being. For example, I might create a physical activity program for girls in 4th and 5th grade in order to increase their feelings of physical competence, decrease the importance of physical appearance and make it less likely that they will engage in dangerous dieting behaviors.

How would you describe your research interests in less than 5 words? Physical Activity and Well-Being

How long have you been working/studying in this field of study? Since 1998 when I began my master’s degree.

What is your favorite non-work activity for the current season (fall, winter, spring or summer)? Yoga

What TV show are you currently binge watching? The Great British Baking Show
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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