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Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies, co-chaired a taskforce of leading experts in prevention science, public finance and economics with the goal of identifying best practices to understand the economic impact of investments in prevention. The taskforce came up with standards based on their research, which was released by the Society for Prevention Research.


Coming on the heels of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a disaster emergency, Penn State recently held its first University-wide summit on the opioid epidemic.


A group of Penn State researchers is developing a system — WearIT — utilizing wearable devices as tools to help individuals battle addiction. WearIT is a scientific framework that uses a wearable device — such as a Fitbit or Apple watch — along with a smartphone and a web server to detect indicators of stress and/or anxiety in the person wearing the device.


Healthy relationships with parents are crucial for adolescents, according to Penn State researchers. They found that rejection from fathers may lead to increased social anxiety in their children.


With more than 80 percent of the economy and 70 percent of jobs in the United States attributed to the service sector, the new Service Enterprise Engineering Minor at Penn State will answer a critical need for operational expertise in health care and human service fields.


Most attempts to stop smoking are unsuccessful in the long term, even with smoking cessation methods such as nicotine replacement therapy. Penn State researchers are looking at how reward processing and working memory may determine why smokers choose to smoke again after trying to quit.


Most attempts to stop smoking are unsuccessful in the long term, even with smoking cessation methods such as nicotine replacement therapy. Penn State researchers are looking at how reward processing and working memory may determine why smokers choose to smoke again after trying to quit.


Lesley Ross, associate professor of human development and family studies, and colleagues found that a particular kind of computerized cognitive training program reduced the risk of dementia among older adults across a ten-year period.


The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its 2017 Faculty and Staff Awards. A reception honoring the awardees was held Nov. 15 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building at Penn State University Park.


In a study of adolescent boys and girls, neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Penn State University have found a sex difference in a gene linked to substance use disorders.


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