From Penn State News
Penn State researchers want to know if victims of child sexual abuse age faster than their counterparts.
Though the physiological effects of early life trauma receive considerable attention, many of these victims are not followed up on, and long-term outcomes are not always studied.
The stress of being the U.S. President can take a toll. Hair grays. Wrinkles deepen. By the time a four or eight-year term is complete, presidents often look significantly older than might be expected. In this case, the stress of running the United States has accelerated the perceived aging process. Similarly, for babies, complications before and shortly after birth can also speed up aging processes—and these effects, during a critical developmental period, can last a lifetime.
In October 2014, Japanese child welfare officials, academic researchers, and policy advocates visited the United States to learn how to leverage scientific findings to impact child welfare policy in Japan.
Jennie Noll, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of Research and Education for the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, was one of four national scholars to meet with the delegation during its tour. Members of the group hoped their visit would unveil new ways to combat rising childhood sexual abuse rates in Japan.
Jennie Noll (center) poses for a photo with Japanese delegates.
Save the Date
September 30-October 1, 2015
The Nittany Lion Inn – University Park, PA
Michael MacKenzie, an Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, will present a talk titled, “Exploring Transactional Processes in Applied Domains: From Harsh Parenting to Out-of-Home Care,” at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 in 127 Moore Building. Dr. MacKenzie is a faculty candidate for Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network’s cluster hire on child maltreatment.
Brian Allen, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State Hersey and Network Faculty Member, saw a need to bridge the gap between researchers and clinicians working with children who have experienced trauma.
Dr. Brian Allen is looking forward to building Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital’s TLC (Transforming the Lives of Children) Clinic from the ground up, relying on evidence-based practices as its foundation.