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 Manager

Catherine Jantzer
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies (1983)
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Pennsylvania State University

After working directly with young children as a Montessori teacher, Catherine returned to Penn State in 2002 to more closely study the details of child development through several Human Development and Psychology research projects. Temperament and emotion regulation are her strongest interests, especially as they relate to educational success. Her own children participated in several Penn State research projects and they are now also Penn State alumni. She’ll call your family to schedule your child’s 4-year and 5-year lab visits!

 

Research Support Assistant

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


Emilie worked as a paraprofessional for 2 summers and interned at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, CT this past summer. She intends to go back to school in order to obtain a Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical), and is interested in studying developmental disorders or pediatrics. She likes to ride horses in her spare time.

 

 

 

Graduate Students

Kameron Moding
B.A. Psychology (2010), Colorado College

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

Kameron is interested in temperament and the socioemotional development of infants and toddlers. She enjoys playing volleyball, golf, and flag football.

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

Mairin is interested in the influences of parenting and temperament on children's socioemotional development. She enjoys reading, baking, pop culture, and spending time with friends and family.

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

Junior 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.

 

Karli Breeden

Senior from York, PA, majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Karli is actively involved in THON, and is a tutor for student-athletes at the Penn State Morgan Center. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Payton Burke

Senior+ from Antioch, CA, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Payton is involved in THON, the Sign Language Organization, the Audiology Club and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. After she graduates, Payton plans to attend graduate school for Audiology.

 

Madelyne Falcone

Junior 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.

 

Meghan Gallagher

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

 

Bethany Gruskin

Junior 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

Sophomore 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.

 

Erik Hilborn

Senior from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in Biobehavioral Health. Erik's goal is to attend medical school after graduation. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Pre-Medical Society, and is also actively involved in THON.

 

Lauren Hyduchak

Senior from Grove City, PA, majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services and Human Development and Family Studies. Lauren is a Resident Assistant in East Halls and is involved with Life Link PSU and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After Penn State, she plans to move to the south and attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist for children with disabilities.

 

Adair McCabe

Junior 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

Junior 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.

 

 

Emily Pearlman

Senior from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in biobehavioral health and minoring in human development and family studies. Emily is an active member in the Penn State Outing Club and is involved in THON. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a physician assistant, possibly specializing in pediatrics.

 

Janee Perry

Senior from Columbia, SC, majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Janee is a member of the Penn State International Dance Ensemble, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, and is an EMT with Penn State EMS. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in the biological sciences and then attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Mariel Sakeld

Junior 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.

 

Jessica Spellman

Senior from River Vale, NJ, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. Jessica is a student-athlete at Penn State as a member of the Lionettes Dance Team. Jessica is involved with SAAB, Penn State Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute, and is an active THON volunteer. After graduation, Jessica plans to attend graduate school and hopes to work with school-aged children in counseling.

 

Taylor Strauss

Junior 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

Sophomore 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

2015

 

Michele Abramson

 

Michele is from Reading, PA and majored in Biology. Michele was the president of Penn State Hillel and was actively involved with THON. Michele is now pursuing a degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Melissa Montano

 

Melissa is from Freehold, NJ and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Special Education. Melissa was involved in the Sign Language Organization, Operation Smile, NSSLHA, Health and Human Development Honors Society, and THON. Melissa is now pursuing a master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University. She hopes to work with pre-school or school-age children and pursue her interests in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

 

Branten Page

 

Brant is from Horseheads, NY and majored in Science (Health Professions & Biological Sciences option). He was a member of the Penn State Lion Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-medical honor society), and was the THON chair of club wrestling. Brant is now pursuing a master's degree at Case Western Reserve University, and hopes to attend medical school in the future.

 

Kinza Salim

 

Kinza is from Harrisburg, PA and majored in Biology (Neuroscience option) with a minor in Art History. She enjoys painting, spending time with friends and family, and worked as a chemistry proctor on campus. Kinza hopes to attend medical school in the future.

 

Emily Spazante

 

Emily is from Wayne, NJ and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. Emily was involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and was actively involved in THON. Emily is now pursuing a master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University.

 

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