Symposium: PRC Researchers Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 1)

PRC researchers will discuss their research projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tuesday November 17, 2020 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Zoom URL: https://psu.zoom.us/j/344754344

Family Vulnerability and Disruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Child Adjustment

Presenter: Gregory M. Fosco, PRC Associate Director and Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Co-Authors: Carlie J. Sloan, Shichen Fang, Mark E. Feinberg

 To understand child emotional and behavioral health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic, we look at data from 204 families from before and during COVID-19 onset in the US to examine pre-existing indications of vulnerability and the impact of disruption to family relationship quality, routines, and parenting quality in relation to children's adjustment.

Early Family Prevention Programming Provides Long-term Benefits for Parents and Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenter: Mark Feinberg, PRC Research Professor

Co-Authors: Jacqueline Mogle, Jin-Kyung Lee, Samantha L. Tornello, Michelle L. Hostetler, Joseph A. Cifelli, Emily Hotez, Sunhye Bai

In the context of long-term follow-up of outcomes in a randomized trial, we first assessed the magnitude of declines in parent/child well-being one to three years before the pandemic to well-being assessed during the first two months of the pandemic. We then examined whether random assignment to the Family Foundations program eight years before was associated with families' resilience in the face of the acute stress of the early pandemic period. 

Testing Science Communication Strategies among Legislators in the Era of COVID-19

Presenter: Taylor Scott, PRC Assistant Research Professor; Co-Director, Research-to-Policy Collaboration 

Building on the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, this effort has sought to complement interactive approaches to supporting legislative use of research evidence by disseminating timely research to thousands of state and federal legislative offices. This has allowed us to investigate strategies for improving the reach of scientific messages among legislative audiences through rapid-cycle trials, as well as improve the reach with personalization, problem-framing, grassroots distribution, and other strategies.