Infant and Child Temperament Lab Team

 

Principal Investigator

Cynthia A. Stifter
Professor of Human Development and Psychology
Ph.D. Human Development, 1987, University of Maryland

Cindy's research interests focus on socio-emotional development in early childhood, specifically how temperament, its physiological bases, and the parenting environment each and together contributes to the development of mental and physical health.

 

 

Project Coordinator

Teri Crisafulli

Teri joins the B2BB project with more than 35 years of experience working on research projects involving infants, preschoolers, and early adolescents. Focuses of the studies ranged from the effects of child’s health on language development to the stressors faced by adolescents as they transitioned from elementary school to junior high. Teri enjoys spending time with her family and reading, especially mysteries. She will be in touch soon to schedule your child’s 4-year and 5-year lab visits!

 

 

Graduate Students

Penina Backer
B.S. Psychology (2009), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Penina is interested in the influences of temperament and family context on young children's healthy socioemotional development. She enjoys arts 'n crafts, music, and spending time with friends and family.

Katharine Grills
B.A. Psychology (2012), Kalamazoo College


Katie is interested in studying how temperament interacts with parent behaviors to influence early regulatory capacities and related health and behavioral outcomes. She enjoys reading, painting, running, and watching Netflix.

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

 

Lauren Arcuri

Senior from from Pittsburgh, PA and majoring in biology with a minor in psychological science. She enjoys playing soccer and doing puzzles in her free time. She is involved with THON, the pre-medical society, intramural sports, and global brigades. Post-graduation she plans to attend medical school to become a physician, possibly in pediatrics.

 

Madelyne Falcone

Senior from Bellefonte, PA, majoring in Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Maddy is a member of the Student Nutrition Association and is involved in THON. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and would like to pursue a career working with infants and children.

 

Bethany Gruskin

Senior from Nanuet, NY, majoring in Biobehavioral Health. Bethany is a secretary for the Penn State Athletic Bands and an Executive THON chair for the Red Cross Club on campus. Post-graduation, she plans to attend physician’s assistant school and eventually pursue a career as a physician's assistant.

 

Cate Keenan

Junior from North Potomac, MD, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development Family Studies. Cate is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and is actively involved in THON. Post-graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Adair McCabe

Senior from Roanoke, VA, majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Adair enjoys being a part of THON, attending football games, and playing soccer. She is also a teaching assistant for a biology lab and is actively involved in her sorority, Delta Zeta. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to pursue her dream career of being a Neonatologist.

 

Kirsten Nading

Senior from Butler, PA, majoring in Biology (Vertebrate Physiology option). Kirsten is an active participant in THON, volunteers for Science-U, and works as an EMT for the University Ambulance Services. Outside of academics, she enjoys spending her time with friends and going to the gym. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon.

 

 

Mariel Sakeld

Senior from Ocean City, NJ, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Health Policy and Administration. Mariel is a member of Penn State Global Medical Brigades and is also actively involved in THON. She loves to spend her time volunteering as well as going to Penn State football games. After graduation, her dreams include attending medical school in Florida and pursuing a career in maternal-fetal medicine.

 

Sabrina Scurry

Senior+ from Tinton Falls, NJ, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Sabrina enjoys being involved in THON and volunteering. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school to become a speech language pathologist.

 

Taylor Strauss

Senior from Bucks County, PA, double majoring in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Human Development and Family Studies. Taylor is a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi as well as the Health and Human Development Honors Society. After graduation, she hopes to have a career working with young children.

 

 

Lauren Thompson

Junior from Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Biobehavioral Health. At Penn State, she is a peer mentor in Blueprint and a Lecture Assistant for the Biology 110 course. Post-graduation she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.

 

Carly Weber

Senior+ from State College, PA double-majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Human Development and Family Studies. Carly is onthe executive board for both Sign Language Organization and the College of Heath and Human Development Student Council. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school out of state, and to one day use her passion for sign language and helping others to become a speech language pathologist or child life specialist and work with infants or children.

 

 

 

 

Recent Graduates and Staff

 

2016

Graduate Students

 

Kameron Moding

B.A. Psychology (2010), Colorado College

M.S. (2013), Ph.D. (2016), Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral fellow at University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Pediatrics, working with Dr. Susan Johnson.

 

Mairin Augustine

B.S. Psychology (2009), M.S. Psychology (2011), Lehigh University

Ph.D. (2016), Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Carolina Consortium on Human Development postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science (UNC Chapel Hill) and the University of North Carolina Greensboro Department of Human Development and Family Studies, working with Dr. Esther Leerkes.

 

Staff

 

Emilie Langlois
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology minor (2015), Pennsylvania State University


Graduate student in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Karli Breeden

 

Karli is from York, PA and majored in Biology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Karli was actively involved in THON and was a tutor for student-athletes at the Penn State Morgan Center. She is now attending medical school at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

 

Payton Burke

 

Payton is from Antioch, CA and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Payton was involved in THON, the Sign Language Organization, the Audiology Club and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She recently relocated to New Orleans and hopes to attend graduate school for Audiology.

 

Meghan Gallagher

 

Meghan is from Boardman, OH and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies. Meghan was involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, THON, The College of Health and Human Development Honors Society, and was a leader for The College of HHD's JumpStart program. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Erik Hilborn

 

Erik is from Pittsburgh, PA and majored in Biobehavioral Health. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Pre-Medical Society, and was also actively involved in THON. He is currently attending medical school.

 

Emily Pearlman

 

Emily is from Pittsburgh, PA and majored in biobehavioral health and with a minor in human development and family studies. Emily was an active member in the Penn State Outing Club and was involved in THON. She is now attending physician's assisant school at Lock Haven University.

 

Janee Perry

 

Janee is from Columbia, SC and majored in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Janee was a member of the Penn State International Dance Ensemble, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, and was an EMT with Penn State EMS. She is now attending graduate school at Georgia State University School of Public Health with plans to attend medical school in the future.

 

 

2015

 

Michele Abramson

Melissa Montano

Branten Page

Kinza Salim

Emily Spazante

 

2014

 

Courtney Cines

Chelsey Coudriet

Kelli Fasenmyer

Amanda Hess

Amanda Laughlin

Elizabeth Marlowe

Sarah Walters-Slezak


 

2013

 

Tyler Davis

Brooke McNeilly

Laura Meade

Daniel Pustay

Dilini Mudalige

Grace Shyu

Amanda Wylie

 

2012

 

Paige Carlton

Hamilton Horst

Amanda McKoy

Jessica Schneidman

Sarah Vander Veen