EIC Podcast on childcare during the pademic with Karen Grimm-Thomas and Philip Sirinides now available

Apr 19, 2021

This month, the Evidence-to-Impact Podcast returns to the Pandemic Perspective series and explore the state of the childcare system in Pennsylvania during the pandemic. We discuss the challenges and opportunities to funding, access, and quality for the childcare system.
We spoke to Karen Grimm-…

COVID-19 pandemic may have increased mental health issues within families

Apr 14, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning.
The study — led by Penn State…

What do I need to know about the J&J COVID-19 vaccine?

Apr 14, 2021

The FDA has paused use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine after six people—out of the almost 7 million people who so far have received the vaccine—developed a rare blood clotting disorder. Experts do not yet know if the J&J vaccine is responsible for the blood clots, so even though six events in…

Penn State faculty offer tips on avoiding burnout amid pandemic

Apr 7, 2021

As employees and students of Penn State face the uncertain circumstances of the pandemic, University faculty offer advice on how to avoid burnout or, if you are already feeling sapped of energy and interest -- how to recover.
According to the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational…

Data4Action Project Update

Mar 16, 2021

As the Centre County COVID-19 Data4Action Research Project moves into phase three, the next round of clinic visits and surveys for the student participants is underway as of April 1, 2021 - please watch for emails with the information.  For the community resident participants, scheduling will begin…

COVID-19 Case Rates in Rural & Urban PA

Mar 11, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States, much of the discussion and attention centered on urban epicenters with rapid spread due to the high population density. While rural areas are less populous, other characteristics of rural America make those individuals living there…

When COVID-19 hits home: Understanding the fight with fear

Feb 24, 2021

When the first U.S. case of COVID-19 due to community spread was diagnosed in late February 2020, it set off a rapid series of events. As cases surged, many states issued stay-at-home orders, and schools and childcare centers shut down. With such rapid, widespread disruption, it’s no wonder that…

Data4Action Project featured in HHD magazine

Feb 16, 2021

Penn State's College of Health and Human Development features the Data 4 Action project in the latest edition of its annual magazine. SSRI, along with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Clinical and Translational Science Institute, are providing support for the project. Read the article…

New online course engages middle, high-school students in ‘The Science of COVID-19’

Feb 12, 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting so many aspects of their lives, it is perhaps more important than ever for middle- and high-school students to understand how scientific knowledge is created and how this knowledge is translated into policy. A new and freely available online course created…

Data 4 Action Project Update

Feb 12, 2021

The Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Research Project is continuing to study the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Centre County. After adult community members took an online survey about the impacts of the pandemic , they were presented with an opportunity to take part in follow-up…

Podcast’s new series explains impact of COVID-19 to our society and institutions

Feb 4, 2021

The Evidence-to-Impact Podcast, from Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, asks the question: How can academia and government work together to tackle our country’s biggest problems?
In its newest series, aptly titled “The Pandemic Perspective,” the Evidence-to-Impact Podcast aims to bring…

Impacts of the pandemic on school reopening plans

Jan 13, 2021

In 2020, as school boards around the country weighed the public health and education concerns brought on by COVID-19, districts developed vastly different reopening plans for the fall.
In this post, Penn State researchers Erica Frankenberg and Katharine Dulaney discuss comparing the proposed…

Students join research team examining the Covid-19 pandemic in Centre County

Jan 8, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of daily life with implications including social, psychological and economic well-being and education achievement. 
The Data 4 Action Research Project aims to better understand such spillover impacts of COVID-19 in Centre County by assessing…

Impacts of the pandemic teen anxiety

Jan 3, 2021

The anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented emotional challenge. Adolescence is a period of drastic emotional, social, and cognitive development, making this age group particularly vulnerable to the short- and long-term impact of the…

EIC Podcast on examining the delivery of special education services during COVID-19

Dec 13, 2020

The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Podcast is offering a new series called The Pandemic Perspective, where we examine how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months.
For the…

Institute of State and Regional Affairs looks at COVID-19 senior isolation risk

Dec 10, 2020

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) at Penn State Harrisburg has released new data, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Population Network, examining the impact of social isolation in the senior…

Impacts of the coronavirus on social support and mental health

Oct 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented source of stress for today’s college students. In addition to the physical health threat COVID-19 poses to students and their loved ones, the psychological impact of the pandemic has been profound, with stress, anxiety, and depressive…

Reflections from Living in Sweden during COVID-19

Sep 30, 2020

Read about Lara Fowler, senior lecturer in the School of International Affairs in Penn State Law, and her family’s experiences living in Sweden as visiting scholars during the pandemic. In the first post, Fowler describes the unique dynamics of Sweden, including its health care system, citizens’…

Impacts of the coronavirus on child care facilities

Sep 10, 2020

The operational and financial impacts of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania child care providers and staff have been significant. Most child care programs closed, at least temporarily, in the initial weeks of the pandemic, eliminating income even while costs continued to accrue. Throughout the closure,…

Covid-19 & the Classroom: Back to School in a Pandemic

Aug 31, 2020

As schools reopen (and don't reopen) for the fall, we're gathering a group of education experts for an #AskReuters Twitter chat. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. ET.


Data 4 Action Project continues with community survey, antibody testing

Aug 28, 2020

A research project is allowing Centre County residents to share their pandemic experiences and participate in decision-making as the region moves forward.
Penn State's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and the Clinical and Translational Science…

New online event series brings virtual conversations to the Penn State community

Aug 4, 2020

A new virtual event series launched earlier this year by the College of Health and Human Development has become a hub of activity for interactive engagement among friends and alumni of the Penn State community. The “HHD On Location: Home Edition” events, which feature discussions between an…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on serving the community

Jun 1, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic while serving their community ­– using Centre County as an example. Situated near Penn State’s University Park campus, Centre Helps provides two core services: a 24/7 emotional support and suicide…

Connell to research impact of social distancing

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 research to evaluate impact of public health responses to pandemic on children
Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, has been funded by the Social Science Research Institute and …

COVID-19 Data 4 Action Project will help inform local decision-making

May 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to Centre County, impacting every aspect of our daily lives and economic well-being. A new project will give a voice to community members, allowing them to share their experiences and impact decision-making as the region moves…