Family members may play an important role in children’s and adults’ illness management, and a family approach to managing chronic illness may produce more effective, longer-term benefits for the patient. Lynn Martire, professor of human development and family studies, highlights dyadic intervention approaches for improving chronic illness management in this month’s issue of the American Psychologist.

Learn about the goals and motivation of lifelong Penn State volunteers Steve Wagman, president of the Penn State Alumni Association and a 1982 graduate of the College of Health and Human Development, and Randy Houston, Alumni Association vice president and a 1991 graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts, as they begin their new leadership roles within the Alumni Association.

An experiential learning program, offered by professors in HDFS and psychology, offers students an opportunity to travel to Cambodia during spring break 2018 to learn about and assist with school systems and gain valuable insight by observing educational settings very different than their own.

University leaders are renewing their plea to Penn Staters and others, asking them to urge Pennsylvania legislators to release the University's state funds. Without critical state funding, Penn State would be forced to make "dramatic cuts and raise tuition, perhaps even for the upcoming spring semester."

The 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the implications of technology use on relationships and family dynamics on Oct. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society and Penn State School of Hospitality Management will honor nine alumni during the 2017 Alumni Awards Reception in conjunction with the school’s annual Alumni in the Classroom event.

An expert in child development and psycholinguistics from the University of Sydney in Australia will visit Penn State in October. Her visit will include two public lectures on statistical regularities and statistical learning in reading and language acquisition.

Lisa Kitko, associate professor of nursing, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during the academy’s annual conference Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C.

Older adults who take physician-supplied sleep medications have an increased risk of falling — a major health concern for older adults. The costs for falls in the older adult population is estimated at $23.3 billion in the United States.

Promoting family well-being broadly through different perspectives and common challenges was the focus of Penn State’s sixth annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference, co-sponsored by Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Readiness, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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