Karen L. Bierman

Ph.D., University of Denver, 1981

Director,Child Study Center; and Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Program Areas: School-based Prevention Research

Contact Information

251 Moore


Phone: 814-863-7002
Fax Number: 814-863-7002

Web Sites

Department Web Page

Child Study Center

Recent Videos

Playing Well With Others (June 2010)

Penn State Outreach Multimedia Extra

Web   Video (YouTube)

Research Interests

Intervening in the developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders; promoting school readiness and reducing the socio-economic gap in student school attainment; promoting healthy social and emotional development through school-based prevention; the study of community partnerships and the diffusion of evidence-based programs; the interface of neuroscience and prevention

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Head Start (Head Start REDI––Research-based, Developmentally Informed)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Start Date: 2003
This project will evaluate the impact of infusing current Head Start programs with social-emotional support curricula (Preschool PATHS) and language and emergent literacy skill support curricula. A randomized trial will examine the impact on child school readiness at the end of Head Start and on adjustment and achievement in kindergarten and first grade.

Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program

U.S. Department of Education (K. Bierman, PI)

Start Date: 2009

The goal of the TIES program is to prepare educational scientists with expertise in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed at promoting literacy and social/emotional competence in children and youth.