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Blake Colaianne

Caring and Compassion Fellow

115 Health and Human Development Building

Biography & Projects

Blake Colaianne is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, and is a Caring and Compassion Fellow with the Prevention Research Center. His research focuses on how a culture of belonging in high schools, as well as prevention and promotion programs that teach mindfulness and compassion skills, can support adolescent development. His advisor is Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Compassion and Caring, and professor of Human Development and Family Studies.

His commitment to creating caring school environments has given him the chance to work with school districts around Pennsylvania, teaching mindfulness and compassion workshops to students, teachers, and community members. Prior to graduate school, Blake was a high school science teacher for five years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Juniata College studying earth and space science and secondary education. He holds master’s degrees in Earth Science Education from Penn State University and Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University.

Recent Publications

Compassion and human development: Current approaches and future directions

Roeser, R., Colaianne, B., & Greenberg, M. (2018). Compassion and human development: Current approaches and future Directions. Research in Human Development, (15)3-4, 238-251. https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2018.1495002