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Current Projects

A-n-T: Attention and Temperament in Infancy

The A-n-T: Attention and Temperament in Infancy study examines the way attention may be linked to temperament and emotional behavior from the first years of life.

Perez-Edgar and Buss, PIs
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health


The BRAVE project is a community-based participatory research project designed to (1) determine the factors associated with increases in anxiety symptoms for preschool and young school-aged children in Harrisburg; and (2) to develop and test a preventive intervention to reduce these symptoms and positive outcomes as children transition to school.

Buss, Teti, Woodhouse, Witherspoon & Bierman, PIs
Funder: Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute

Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Program

Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) is a new coping and empowerment intervention for preadolescent children who face significant chronic stress.

Wadsworth, PI
Funder: PSU Africana Research Center

Caregiving, Attachment and Regulation of Emotions (CARE)

The purpose of the CARE Study is to examine maternal caregiving and the development of infants’ attachment, emotion regulation, patterns of stress reactivity, and mental health in the first year of life; as well as to better understand factors linked to maternal caregiving.

Woodhouse & Buss, PIs
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


The Places/Lugares project is a study that examines how place (i.e., inside and outside of the residential neighborhood) and culture impact parental monitoring (as well as other parenting behaviors) as well as shape the link between parenting practices and youth behaviors among Latino families. All aspects of the project are provided in English or Spanish.

Witherspoon & Bamaca, Co-PIs
Stephen Matthews (Investigator)
Funder: National Council on Family Relations (NCR) Innovation Grant

Preventing Internalizing in Preadolescents Exposed to Chronic Stress

This project is a prevention program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress.
Martha Wadsworth, PI
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Talk, Touch, and Listen

The Talk, Touch, and Listen study uses a university/community partnership approach to deliver an 8-week parent support group called Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair. This program promotes positive interaction during the everyday routine of combing hair to strengthen parent-infant and toddler attachment relationships.

Woodhouse, Lewis & Witherspoon, PIs
Lehigh University

Thinking About Positives (TAP)

The goal of this project is to test the feasibility of a mobile stress-reduction app (iPod/iPhone) in adolescents who have elevated anxiety/stress symptoms and/or who are exposed to community-level stressors.

Dennis and Buss, PIs
Funder: Frontiers of Innovation Grant, The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

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