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July 29, 2011

Study on corporal punishment shows damage to kids' cognitive functions

CarlsonS-Pref.jpgA new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal indicates that children in schools that use corporal punishment perform worse in tasks involving executive functioning than those in schools relying on milder forms of discipline. Associate Professor Stephanie Carlson, one of the study's authors, followed 63 children in kindergarten or first grade at two West African private schools.

In one school, discipline in the form of beating with a stick, slapping of the head, and pinching was administered publicly and routinely for offenses ranging from forgetting a pencil to being disruptive in class. In the other school, children were disciplined for similar offenses with the use of time-outs and verbal reprimands. While overall performance on executive-functioning tasks--planning, abstract thinking, delayed gratification--was similar in the younger children from both schools, the 1st grade children in the non-punitive school scored significantly higher that those in the punitive school.

Carlson, from the Institute of Child Development, believes the research suggests that a harshly punitive environment may have long-term detrimental effects on kids' verbal intelligence and their executive functioning ability. She also thinks the findings have widespread relevance for education in the United States.

"In the U.S., 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, although more of them are now asking for parent permission to use it," she said. "With this new evidence that the practice might actually undermine children's cognitive skills needed for self-control and learning, parents and policymakers can be better informed."

The study is published in the journal Social Development. For more information, see the University news release.

July 8, 2011

Study links children's personalities to stress response

Dante CicchettiIn an article published in Development and Psychopathology, Dante Cicchetti, William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry in the Institute of Child Development, and researchers from the University of Rochester report that basic temperamental responses are linked to hormonal responses to stress. To understand the role of stress in children's reactions, Patrick Davies, Melissa Sturge-Apple, and Cicchetti focused on parental conflict in young families. "Doves"--children who respond timidly to unfamiliar situations--released higher levels of the hormone cortisol when faced with a simulated family conflict than did "hawks"--those who are bold in the face of new environments.

This high-and-low-cortisol reactivity provides different developmental advantages and disadvantages, the authors wrote. Heightened cortisol levels characteristic of the doves were related to lower attention problems but also put them at risk for developing anxiety and depression over time. By contrast, the lower cortisol levels for hawks in aggressive families were associated with lower anxiety problems; however, at the same time, these children were more prone to risky behavior, including attention and hyperactivity problems.

Read the complete University of Rochester release here.

June 10, 2011

Reynolds leads long-term study supporting importance of early childhood programs

Arthur ReynoldsHigh-quality early education has a strong, positive impact well into adulthood, according to research led by Institute of Child Development professor Arthur Reynolds. The study is the longest follow-up ever of an established large-scale early childhood program.

In "School-based Early Childhood Education and Age 28 Well-Being: Effects by Timing, Dosage, and Subgroups," published in the journal Science, Reynolds and his colleagues report on more than 1,400 individuals whose well-being has been tracked for as much as 25 years. Those who had participated in an early childhood program beginning at age 3 showed higher levels of educational attainment, socioeconomic status, job skills, and health insurance coverage as well as lower rates of substance abuse, felony arrest, and incarceration than those who received the usual early childhood services.

The research focused on participants in the Child-Parent Center Education Program, a publicly funded early childhood development program that begins in preschool and provides up to six years of service in the Chicago public schools. Through the Chicago Longitudinal Study, Reynolds and colleagues have studied the educational and social development of a same-age cohort of low-income, minority children (93 percent African American) who participated in this program.

It is one of the most extensive and comprehensive studies ever undertaken of young children's learning. Reynolds and colleagues have reported on the Chicago individuals starting in preschool, then annually through the school-age years, and periodically through early adulthood.

Reynolds, who is co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, led the study with Judy Temple, a professor in the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

See the University's home page feature story and the UMNews press release for more information. Also see the story in the National Institutes of Health Research Matters.

May 31, 2011

Ph.D candidate's research on relationships continues to attract media attention

Jessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that suggest how well couples move on after an argument is closely tied to how securely attached one or both partners were to their caregivers as an infant. The study has attracted continued media attention around the world, including most recently a story in the Boston Globe.

In their longitudinal study, the ICD researchers discovered that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. "A good partner in adulthood can limit the liabilities of the baggage people bring from their early experiences," said Salvatore.

May 19, 2011

Former ICD Postdoc Oriña and Colleagues Publish on Adult Romantic Relationships

Former ICD postdoc M. Minda Oriña (now an assistant professor at St. Olaf College), W. Andrew Collins, Jeffry A. Simpson, Jessica E. Salvatore, John S. Kim, and Katherine C. Haydon recently published a paper in the journal Psychological Science entitled "Developmental and Dyadic Perspectives on Commitment in Adult Romantic Relationships." The results from this work show that experiencing better parenting quality in toddlerhood and more sensitive and mutual conflict resolution with a best friend in adolescence predict becoming the "strong link" (i.e., more committed partner) in adult romantic relationships. The results also show that the discrepancy between adult partners' commitment levels predict the couples' affective behaviors toward one another, with a greater discrepancy predicting greater hostility.

May 11, 2011

Yussen awarded grant to study alternative teacher licensure

Steve YussenSteve Yussen, professor in the Institute of Child Development, has received a Faculty Interactive Research Program grant to assess the impact of alternative teacher licensure in Minnesota. The grant, from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), will allow Yussen and his colleagues to study the new Minnesota alternative teacher licensure provision during the first 18 months it is implemented in relation to several key intended outcomes.

Through the grant program, CURA encourages University faculty members to conduct research that involves a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities and that includes active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

May 3, 2011

Distinguished researcher named chair in urban and regional affairs

Ann MastenAnn Masten, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Institute of Child Development, was named the 2011-12 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. The resources provided by this appointment will allow Masten and her colleagues to initiate a new phase of community-based collaborative work focused on promoting school readiness and success among homeless and highly mobile children through interventions to build executive function skills, which are increasingly recognized as critical to educational success.

The overall goal of Masten's work is to build capacity and strategies for addressing the striking disparities that she and her colleagues have documented in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) related to poverty, homeless, and highly mobile status. For more information, see this press release.

April 29, 2011

Koenig honored with CEHD Early Career Excellence Award

Melissa KoenigMelissa Koenig, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Child Development, was selected as the 2011 recipient of the CEHD Early Career Excellence Award. The award was presented at the College Assembly and Recognition event held April 26, 2011. Congratulations, Melissa!

April 8, 2011

The establishment of an attachment research network in Latin America

José Causadias, doctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, and Alan Sroufe, professor emeritus at ICD, recently published a paper in Attachment and Human Development reporting the creation of an attachment network, Red Iberoamericana de Apego: RIA (Iberian-American Attachment Network), in Latin America and the proceedings of its meeting and conference in Panama in February 2010. RIA was established due to pressing need for expanded attachment research programs and attachment informed interventions in Latin America. The purpose of RIA is to promote human development and well being, informed by attachment theory, centering on research, and with implications for public policies, education, and intervention. Causadias and Sroufe also discuss the future goals and challenges of the new organization. Read the article online:

April 6, 2011

Cicchetti receives major award for scientific work in child development

Dante CicchettiDante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry in the Institute of Child Development, has received the Society for Research in Child Development award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development in recognition of his major lifetime contributions to the field of child development. He received his award officially at the SRCD Biennial Meeting on March 31, in Montreal, Canada.

March 17, 2011

Masten interviewed on talking to kids about Japan disaster

Ann MastenAnn Masten, professor in the Institute of Child Development, comments extensively in a Minneapolis Star Tribune parenting blog article on talking with children about the disaster in Japan. Masten, who studies resiliency in children following disasters and other adverse circumstances, provides useful information for parents in relation to helping children understand any disaster. Read the article here.

March 9, 2011

New study shows importance of parenting in homeless families

Janette-headshot.gifJanette Herbers, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Child Development, and her colleagues have published a study in the current issue of Early Education and Development on the importance of parent-child relationships for young children in homeless families. Results of the study demonstrate how positive parenting supports the development of cognitive and self-regulation skills, which enable children to succeed in kindergarten and first grade. Furthermore, positive parenting protects children against the negative impacts of poverty-related risk.

Children in the study who experienced higher risk and positive parenting showed academic functioning levels similar to those of children in the study with lower risk. However, children at higher levels of risk who experienced poor quality parenting showed less academic success. The study underscores the importance of incorporating parents and families into intervention efforts to improve the academic achievement of young homeless children.

Copies of the manuscript can be obtained by contacting Janette Herbers ( or accessed online.

Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Lafavor, T. L., Vrieze, D., Leibel, C., Obradovic, J., & Masten, A.S. (2011). Direct and indirect effects of parenting on academic functioning of young homeless children. Early Education and Development, 22(1), 77-104. doi: 10.1080/10409280903507261

Yussen honored as AERA Fellow

Steve YussenSteve Yussen, professor in the Institute of Child Development and former dean of the college, has been named as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The 2011 fellows will be inducted on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during AERA's 92nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The AERA Fellows Program was established by the AERA Council in 2007 to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the association's commitment to excellence in research, and to emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence in the field. The Class of 2011 Fellows is the third group to be inducted based on nomination by peers, selection by the Fellows Program Committee, and approval by council. It is the Association's expectation that Fellows will be visibly engaged in important AERA programs and activities and that they will serve as models and mentors to the next generation of scholars long into the future for the field.

February 25, 2011

Ph.D candidate's research on relationships attracts international media attention

Jessica SalvatoreJessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that suggest how well couples move on after an argument is closely tied to how securely attached one or both partners were to their caregivers as an infant. The study has attracted media attention around the world, including stories in Time, U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, and the United Kingdom's Daily Mail. Salvatore has also been interviewed about the research by media outlets in Ireland, South Korea, and Chile.

In their longitudinal study, the ICD researchers discovered that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. "This research," says Salvatore, "provides some of the first prospective evidence suggesting that individuals may be able to compensate for the vulnerabilities that their romantic partners carry with them from earlier in their development."

See the article in Psychological Science online.

Read the story on UMNews and listen to more about the study on this U of M Moment podcast:

February 15, 2011

Roisman featured on CEHD home page

Glenn Roisman, Institute of Child Development Ph.D. '02, is featured in a story on the CEHD home page that highlights his current research and accomplishments. Roisman is one of ICD's graduates who is making waves with research in the areas of parenting and relationships. Take a look at the story online.

February 4, 2011

Research shows that good romantic partners may compensate for attachment insecurity

Jessica SalvatoreJessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that show that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. This research provides some of the first prospective evidence that romantic partners may act as turning points for development. See the article online.

Read the story on UMNews and listen to more about the study on this U of M Moment podcast:

Ground-breaking research shows high economic returns from school-based early childhood education program

Arthur ReynoldsResearch by Arthur Reynolds, professor in the Institute of Child Development, indicates that for every $1 invested in a Chicago early childhood education program, nearly $11 is projected to return to society over the children's lifetimes -- equivalent to an 18 percent annual return on program investment.

For the analysis, Reynolds and other researchers evaluated the effectiveness of the Chicago Public Schools' federally funded Child Parent Centers established in 1967. Their work represents the first long-term economic analysis of an existing, large-scale early education program. Researchers surveyed study participants and their parents, and analyzed education, employment, public aid, criminal justice, substance use and child welfare records for the participants through to age 26.

Read the full story on the University News Service website. Also see the stories in USA Today and MinnPost.

January 27, 2011

Research shows link between better sleep in infancy, later increases in executive function

Stephanie CarlsonA new study published in Child Development by Stephanie Carlson, associate professor in the Institute of Child Development, and her colleagues suggests that infant sleep is related to later increases in executive function. Children who got a greater proportion of their sleep during the night at 12 and 18 months of age performed better on concurrent and later executive function tasks, particularly those involving impulse control. These relations held over and above relations with socioeconomic status, general cognitive ability, and prior executive function.

This research provides new insights about the role of sleep in brain and cognitive development in infancy, suggesting that adequate nighttime sleep in infancy may be essential to fostering the brain development necessary for growth in executive functioning. The research was highlighted in the NY Times Year in Ideas 2009. Visit the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience (DSCN) lab website to learn more about professor Carlson's research.

January 11, 2011

Research shows toddlers consider the source when learning words

Melissa KoenigMelissa Koenig, assistant professor at the Institute of Child Development, recently found that 24-month-olds are sensitive to a source's history of inaccuracy when learning new words. Infants treat prior inaccuracy as a feature of the source, as evidenced by their unsystematic responses to a second speaker who used words previously taught by the inaccurate speaker. The new word-object links also proved to be relatively fragile. This research contributes to an exciting and rapidly growing literature on children's selective learning in early childhood, and sheds new light on the social mechanisms supporting young children's language acquisition. These experiments were conducted in collaboration with Amanda Woodward at the University of Chicago and published in a recent issue of Developmental Psychology. Visit the Koenig Lab website to learn more about the research they are currently conducting.

December 13, 2010

Research suggests factors for preventing child abuse

Arthur ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds's research is having a significant impact on the development of programs for preventing child abuse, according to a recent story in Miller-McCune, a national online magazine that focuses on current academic research applied to pressing social concerns. The story, "A Cure for Child Abuse," describes how the Center for Study of Social Policy is using the work of Reynolds and others to investigate the roots of child abuse and help families build "protective factors" for prevention.

The ground-breaking research by Reynolds, from the Institute of Child Development, involves his longitudinal study for 30 years of children enrolled in the Chicago Child-Parent Centers, an innovative public school program for low-income children and their parents. In tracking the long-term effects of the program on the children's later academic success and adult outcomes, Reynolds has discovered that for every dollar invested in the program, more than seven dollars of economic return for society has resulted from reduced dropout rates, fewer special education needs, less strain on the juvenile justice system, and increased earnings capacity. But his study also discovered a 51 percent reduction in the rate of substantiated child abuse among participants, compared to a similar group not in the program.

"We weren't expecting originally that there would be big effects on the reduction of child maltreatment, but I guess it's not that surprising," says Reynolds in the article. He goes on to suggest that heavy parent involvement and the program's emphasis on developing a support network likely contributed to this positive outcome.

December 9, 2010

Yonas Lab's 'face blindness' research featured on UMNews

Albert YonasUMNews is highlighting the work of Professor Al Yonas, Institute of Child Development, and the Yonas Lab in a story on prosopagnosia, or "face blindness". Titled "Facing a difficult condition," the story describes the lab's research on identifying children with the condition, which is a neurological disorder that inhibits the ability to remember faces. It occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the population.

Yonas and his research assistants have been developing a number of tests for face blindness since 2008, with the goal of making more people aware of face blindness. "A lot of people don't know they have this condition," Yonas says in the story. "They go through their life with the disability and they don't know anything is wrong." And often children are misdiagnosed with other cognitive disabilities.

"Children with developmental prosopagnosia really are facing a gigantic obstacle," says Sherryse Corrow, a doctoral student working in the lab. "You don't know your father from a different man, your mother from a different woman. So everyone is essentially a stranger."

See a video below, which features Yonas, Corrow, and research work in the lab:

November 11, 2010

Partnership publishes new book on impact of early childhood interventions

Arthur ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds, Institute of Child Development, is co-editor of a new publication on the cost-effectiveness and impact of early childhood interventions. The publication, released by the Human Capital Research Collaborative (HCRC), offers a multidisciplinary approach to improving interventions, practices, and policies to optimize success from childhood into adulthood. "Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration" is based on research presented at the 2007 conference of HCRC, a partnership of the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

"Our focus on human capital highlights the identification of effective and cost-effective programs for public policy as well as key elements of their benefits," said Reynolds, HCRC co-director.

During the October 2010 HCRC conference, experts focused more specifically on the impact of health on school readiness and later educational success. They explored the impact of nutrition, health disparities, parental mental health, interventions, and public policy on child development. Topics included preventing obesity in early childhood, how poverty in early childhood affects later health and well-being, the influence of nutrition on cognitive development, and the impact of the new health care law on children's health.

See the University news release and the HCRC website for more information on the 2010 conference and publications.

September 7, 2010

Ready for the classroom

Philip ZelazoStephanie CarlsonBefore a child can learn to their potential, he or she must be able to sit still, listen, and follow instructions. Those skills require executive function--the self-conscious exercise of will and self-control. Philip Zelazo and Stephanie Carlson, both faculty in the Institute of Child Development, each lead research into the cognitive development of executive function among young children. Their discoveries are helping identify which children might need extra support getting ready for the classroom and how executive function might be trained.

Find out more in "Ready, set, learn," found in the Summer 2010 issue of Connect.

August 24, 2010

Supporting adoptive families

Gunnar research.jpgMegan Gunnar, Regents Professor in the Institute of Child Development, is applying her path breaking research concerning stress and early childhood development to help families that adopt internationally. Her discoveries about the impact of a child's age at adoption and of institutional care help caregivers and educators give adoptees the support they need.

Read more about CEHD research and support for adoptive families in "A Successful Start," featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Connect.

August 4, 2010

Yonas Lab creates screening tests for 'face blindness'

Albert YonasIn a recent MinnPost article, Al Yonas, professor in the Institute of Child Development, describes his research on developing screening tests for children with "face blindness," a neurological disorder that makes kids unable to remember faces. Developmental prosopagnosia, the scientific name for the disorder, occurs in up to 2 percent of the population according to some estimates.

Yonas's lab and that of Harvard University psychologist Ken Nakayama recently received grants from the National Eye Institute to create screening tests for children with the disorder -- tests that may make it possible to diagnosis prosopagnosia at a very early age, when treatments might be most effective. Yonas is hoping to identify about 30 children who suffer from the disorder to work with them.

"The goal is to find these children and get them down here to establish that they're really suffering from the problem -- and then engage them in a training program," Yonas says in the article.

MPR: Gunnar interviewed on brain development issues for children in poverty

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, Regents Professor in the Institute of Child Development, talked with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) about why children born into poverty are at increased risk for toxic stress that can hinder brain development. When families live without housing, food, or stability, or where there is physical or emotional abuse, according to Gunnar, a bio-chemical reaction in a child's brain can delay development of the brain.

"The reason the stress chemicals don't come back down is the adults who help children regulate stress are not there or present, or they are themselves dysfunctional because they are experiencing toxic stress in their lives," Gunnar said in the MPR story.

Listen to a podcast of Gunnar's interview below:

June 11, 2010

Gower and Langworthy awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Amy Gower (advised by professor Nicki Crick) and Sara Langworthy (advised by associate professor Kathleen Thomas), Ph.D. candidates in the Institute of Child Development, have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the Graduate School for 2010-2011. This prestigious and highly competitive fellowship will support Amy and Sara in their research and dissertation preparation during the the 2010-11 academic year. Congratulations!

Research finds threats to family and self impact the developing physiology of homeless children

New community-University collaborative research found that homeless children with more negative experiences show different profiles of cortisol, a key hormone in physiological regulation, that may help explain health differences among children in poverty. The article by Institute of Child Development doctoral students J.J. Cutuli, Kristen Wiik, and Janette Herbers, and ICD faculty members Megan Gunnar and Ann Masten, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, involved 4 to 7 year olds living with their families in an emergency homeless shelter. Children who had experienced more threats and family disruptions showed higher levels of cortisol during the day and when asked to complete cognitive tasks. However, risks associated with having few physical resources were not related to cortisol. The study underscores the importance of families and psychosocial threats in the development of physiological systems that may contribute to disease.

May 20, 2010

Gunnar's research on stress in child care settings receives national attention

GunnarM-0000.jpgRecent research led by Regents Professor Megan Gunnar, Institute of Child Development, has attracted national media attention. Her study of preschoolers attending full-day, licensed child care showed that their levels of the stress hormone cortisol exceeded their cortisol levels when they were at home. The study, published in the journal Child Development, found children's cortisol levels highest in settings with intrusive or over-controlling care providers, where children were frequently moved between activities, had relatively little free play time, and spent long periods of time in structured activities led by the providers.

Researchers studied about 150 three-and four-year-olds in 110 different family child care homes, observing both the children's behavior and the behavior of their care providers. They sampled saliva to measure the children's cortisol levels.

"These findings indicate that the behavior of the care provider is associated with both how well children function at child care and how much their cortisol is elevated," said Gunnar. "They add to our understanding of how children process stressors in child care, highlighting differences between boys and girls in how they express being more physiologically stressed."

The University of Minnesota, Georgetown University, and the Oregon Social Learning Center collaborated on the study. See a sample of the media coverage at the UPI and Medical News Today Web sites.

May 17, 2010

Lingras awarded Corcoran Graduate Fellowship

Katie Lingras, doctoral student in the Institute of Child Development, has been awarded this year's Mary Corcoran Endowed Fellowship in Evaluation and Policy Studies. CEHD awarded a total of 15 student scholarships/fellowships this year from over 175 applications. Congratulations, Katie!

May 14, 2010

ICD doctoral students honored in annual NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition

Congratulations to current ICD doctoral student Adrienne Banny and incoming fall 2010 doctoral student Julianna Sapienza for being awarded prestigious 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards, as well as to Cathy Hayakawa, Jamie Lawler, and Angela Narayan, current doctoral students who all received Honorable Mentions. This annual national competition is very tough, and both Fellowship awards and Honorable Mentions are a great testament to the outstanding quality of an applicant's work and ideas.

April 16, 2010

CEHD ranks among top 25 schools of education

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools U.S. News and World Report has released its annual rankings of graduate schools, ranking the University of MInnesota College of Education and Human Development No. 23 overall and No. 14 among all public professional schools of education. Four academic programs ranked among the top 10 in the country.

"I am proud of the research, teaching, and learning that we offer at the College of Education and Human Development, and we will be building on our strengths in the coming year," said Dean Jean K. Quam. "We are re-envisioning our teacher preparation programs for today's classroom through our Teacher Education Redesign Initiative. Through a planning process we call Vision 2020, we are also focusing on diversity, technology and innovation, and excellence in research as we strengthen our areas of excellence."

U.S. News calculates its rankings based on quality assessments from peer institutions and school superintendents nationwide; student selectivity; and faculty resources, which include student-faculty ratio and faculty awards; as well as support for research.

The programs that ranked in the top 10 within their discipline were: developmental psychology, No. 1; special education, No. 7; educational psychology, No. 9; counseling and student personnel psychology, No. 10.

April 13, 2010

Bordeleau receives 2010 Best DGS Assistant award

Danielle Bordeleau, associate director of graduate studies in the Institute of Child Development, has been named a recipient of the 2010 Best DGS Assistant award by the Graduate School. Each graduate program has a director of graduate studies (DGS), and each of their offices are staffed by a DGS assistant who is the center of activity and often the first line of contact for most communication between the graduate program and prospective and currently enrolled students, and the Graduate School. The day-to-day smooth functioning of the graduate program office depends greatly on the DGS assistant. The Graduate School established the Best DGS Assistant award program to recognize and reward the University's most outstanding DGS assistants. The award will be presented at a reception on Monday, April 19. Congratulations, Danielle!

The value of early childhood education

ReynoldsA-2005.jpgProfessor Arthur Reynolds, Institute of Child Development, is quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial on the importance of early childhood education programs in reducing the achievement gap between middle-class, majority-race children and poor, minority-race children. Reynolds was a featured presenter at a University-hosted forum on April 6 addressing Minnesota's future titled "A Workforce Prepared for the Global Economy."

April 7, 2010

ICD faculty Sroufe, Egeland featured in college magazine

Egeland-Sroufe for Web.jpgByron Egeland and Alan Sroufe have spent their careers studying the factors that influence how people function. Despite retiring this year--Egeland in January and Sroufe come May--they remain dedicated to research in child development.

As part of that commitment, they are continuing their landmark Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. The 35-year, world-renowned study has followed its research subjects from infancy through adulthood, examining social relationships, risk factors, and other significant influences on development.

At its core, the study examines how attachment between a parent and child develops and how this can affect long-term development. Among their findings: attachment influences dropout rates, academic achievement, and other key educational measures.

Read more about Egeland and Sroufe's work in the Winter/Spring '10 issue of Connect.

March 18, 2010

International exchange program hosts Ugandan soccer coaches

Flag_of_UgandaLike music and art, sports is a universal language. A unique opportunity for sports to bring people together across continents will take place in the Twin Cities from March 22-March 30, when four Ugandan soccer (football) coaches will travel to Minneapolis to work with partners from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College to learn advanced coach training and collaborate on a new coaching curriculum to take back to children and youth soccer players in Uganda.

The week-long coaching program is part of an exchange program through the International Sport Connection (ISC), a partnership of University of Minnesota educators in Kinesiology and the Institute of Child Development, a former Gopher soccer player, the Macalester College Men's Soccer head coach, and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA). Funded by an International Sports Programming Initiative grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the ISC will help Ugandan coaches prepare their young players for future responsibilities along with teaching soccer skills and promoting community development. The visiting Ugandan coaches will engage in a core training of coaching techniques and observation sessions held around the Twin Cities, led by Dr. Jens Omli, Institute of Child Development; Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, School of Kinesiology; Lisa Berg, former Gopher Soccer player; and Ian Barker, Men's Soccer head coach at Macalester College.

The coach-training program is modeled after a style of coaching that Dr. Omli, then a Kinesiology Ph.D. student, studied three years ago when he visited Uganda on an Eloise Jaeger Scholarship. He spent time with Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde and his Wolves Football Program in Kampala, Uganda, observing how Coach Stone mentored his players and taught them both life and soccer skills. Coach Stone has successfully used his methods with children from difficult backgrounds for the past 25 years. He sums up his philosophy this way: "Some of these boys will grow up and earn a living playing football, some will be painters, but all of them will be husbands. What kind of husbands will they be? That is what I am concerned with."

In May, the Minnesota educators will travel to Kampala, Uganda to collaborate with FUFA in educating 160 coaches in teaching, training, managing, and mentoring. These coaches will in turn pass along their new skills to at least seven coaches in their districts. The objective of the ISC program over the next two years is to train over 2,500 Ugandan soccer coaches, who will ultimately mentor over 50,000 young people in life skills while teaching them how to play and compete in soccer.

"We are using soccer to bring nations and communities together," Dr. Omli explained. "Why soccer? Because in East Africa, a soccer ball is a powerful magnate, which attracts children to a place where they can receive consistent contact with caring adult mentors. Why train coaches? Because as the leader of a soccer team, coaches have an opportunity to teach skills and strategies that will prepare children for future responsibilities that they will face, on and off of the field. And this is as true here in the Twin Cities as it is in Uganda."

March 15, 2010

Masten shares expertise on children's resilience in 'Ida's Story'

Ida's Story, a documentary about a remarkable family, Ida Sokoloff and her six siblings, who survived the Cossack invasion of the Ukraine in 1918 and spent two years on their own, will be shown at the Walker Art Center as part of Women with Vision 2010 film series. The film aims to explore the issue of how genocide happens and how we can make a difference by exploring the issue through the story of the Sokoloff children. The story is told by Ida, who was 8 at the time of the invasion and in her 90s when she was filmed. Among the experts included in the documentary to discuss the children's adaptation and survival is Ann Masten, professor in the Institute of Child Development, who participated in the filming as an expert on resilience.

Screening is Saturday, March 20, at 1:30 pm, and ticket information is available on the Walker website.

March 10, 2010

ICD undergraduate Hughes receives 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award

ICD undergraduate child psychology major Laura Hughes was selected as one of the recipients of the 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award. This annual award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. On behalf of the president, it is presented annually to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Laura and the other President's Student Leadership & Service Award winners will be honored at a banquet on Monday, May 3rd, in Coffman Memorial Union. Congratulations, Laura!

February 22, 2010

Gunnar discusses the effects of stress on infant brain development on "Good Enough Moms" show

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development (ICD), was the featured guest on Good Enough MomsTM, a weekly talk show hosted by Marti Erickson, PhD, a former Adjunct Professor in ICD who retired from the U of M in 2008, and her daughter, Erin Erickson, MPH. Megan discussed the effects of stress on the brain development of infants and young children and the importance of sensitive, responsive relationships with parents and other caregivers as a buffer against stress. A podcast of the show will be available beginning February 22 at Good Enough MomsTM is distributed through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and the nonprofit Working Family Resource Center.

February 19, 2010

On a roll: programming for soccer coaches in Uganda

JensOmli.jpgJens Omli, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, is building on the understanding of sports psychology he gained during his doctoral program in kinesiology and his understanding of child development gained as a postdoctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, to coordinate the training of more than 2,000 soccer coaches in Uganda.

The International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program that Omli and Kinesiology associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, developed, has received a two-year $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in support of international diplomacy and outreach.

Omli, who is mentored by professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick, will be working with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to promote a style of coaching already successfully used by Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde with his Wolves Football Program that serves young players who have grown up on the streets in Kampala, Uganda.

When Omli first traveled on a project to Uganda three years ago on a Eloise Jaegger Scholarship, he spent time with the Wolves and observed first-hand the way Kymbadde mentored players and taught them both life and soccer skills. The training Omli developed is modeled after what Kymbadde has done with his teams of players over the past 25 years. Omli will travel to Uganda this summer along with Wiese-Bjornstal and Stacy Ingraham, coordinator of the coaching program in the School of Kinesiology, to launch the coach-training program.

Omli says in Uganda organizations often fail, but good ideas spread like wildfire. He is confident the ideas promoted in the training will take hold in Uganda and hopes that the network of coaches can be expanded to neighboring African countries and urban areas within the United States.

Benish appointed to University of St. Thomas alumni association board of directors

Amy Benish, associate director of undergraduate studies at the Institute of Child Development, was appointed to the University of St. Thomas alumni association board of directors, and will begin her term on March 6, 2010. Amy completed her bachelor's degree at St. Thomas in 1999. Congratulations, Amy!

February 12, 2010

Longfellow neighborhood award nominee on staff

On January 29, ICD staff member Eric Hart's book The Neighborhood by the Falls was nominated for 2010 Minneapolis 9th Ward Neighborhood Project of the Year. He received a certificate of appreciation for his work on producing the book, which was published by the Longfellow Community Council. More on the book can be found at:

February 11, 2010

Zelazo named associate editor of Child Development Perspectives

Philip ZelazoPhilip Zelazo, professor in the Institute of Child Development, was recently named associate editor of Child Development Perspectives, the journal of the Society for Research in Child Development. The journal's mission is to provide accessible, synthetic reports that summarize emerging trends or conclusions within various domains of developmental research and to encourage multidisciplinary and international dialogue on a variety of topics in the developmental sciences.

Doctoral student publishes on attachment in children of incarcerated parents

ICD doctoral student Rebecca Shlafer is first author on a paper examining children's close relationships in the context of a mentoring program targeting children with incarcerated parents. She and her co-author examined children's relationships with caregivers and mentors, and their behavioral outcomes in the context of the program.

Shlafer, R. & Poehlmann, J. Children of incarcerated parents: Attachment relationships and behavioral outcomes. Special issue on children with incarcerated parents in. In press, Attachment and Human Development.

February 10, 2010

Child development alumna selected as Zero to Three 21st Century Fellow

Maria KroupinaMaria Kroupina, Institute of Child Development Ph.D. and currently clinical research coordinator for the International Adoption Clinic in pediatrics at the U, was selected to participate in the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. During the two-year fellowship, Kroupina will work to design a mental health program for adopted infants and toddlers, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary clinic theme already in place. Kroupina's aim is to put in place additional mechanisms for early identification of high-risk children at the time of their initial medical evaluation and to pilot a research-based intervention program in a clinical setting.

Child development faculty receive grant from the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

Stephanie CarlsonMichael GeorgieffStephanie Carlson, associate professor in the Institute of Child Development, Michael Georgieff, professor in pediatrics and the Institute of Child Development and director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Ellen Demerath, associate professor in the School of Public Health, and Danielle Beck, assistant professor at Simpson University, have been awarded a grant from the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. They will be examining how mothers perceive their babies' hunger and satiety and how that might influence child growth and weight status, especially in early childhood. Because the largest increases in obesity over the last 30 years have occurred in children, the research team aims to understand how parents' attributes and attitudes are passed on.

February 8, 2010

First annual meeting of the Ibero-American Network on Attachment to be held February 25-28 in Panama

The first annual meeting of the Ibero-American Network on Attachment (Red Iberoamericana de Apego [RIA]) will be held February 25-28, 2010, in Panama City, Panama. More than twenty researchers and clinicians from nine countries will be presenting at lectures, panel discussions and workshops addressing advances in attachment theory and techniques of assessment and intervention. Alan Sroufe, PhD, professor at the Institute of Child Development, Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, director of Harris Programs at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), and Jose Causadias, doctoral student in the Institute of Child Development, will all be presenting at the meeting. The Institute of Child Development is proud to be involved in this first-ever meeting of RIA. More information and registration can be found at:

February 6, 2010

Study shows that early abuse is tied to higher rates of depression in children

Megan GunnarDante CicchettiDante Cicchetti, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development and the department of psychiatry, and Megan Gunnar, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development, have published findings in the January/February issue of Child Development from a new study conducted in conjunction with the University of Rochester and Mt. Hope Family Center. The study examined 500 low-income children ages 7 to 13, about half of whom had been abused and/or neglected. High levels of depression were found in children who were abused in the first five years of their lives, and more importantly, it was found that the body's biological systems for adapting to stress had been compromised. The research suggests that early abuse is more damaging as the brain and body are rapidly developing and children are more dependent on caregivers for protection. The results of this study strongly underscore the need for early interventions for children who have been abused.

Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F.A., Gunnar, M.R., and Toth, S.L. (2010). The differential impacts of early physical and sexual abuse and internalizing problems on daytime cortisol rhythm in school-aged children. Child Development, 81, (1).

February 2, 2010

Masten discusses happiness and resilience in PBS series "This Emotional Life"

Ann MastenAnn Masten, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development, was recently involved in part three of the PBS series "This Emotional Life" where she discussed happiness and resilience. She has also posted two blog articles on the PBS website as part of this project: Ordinary Magic and Resilience in Late Bloomers.

February 1, 2010

ICD doctoral student White elected to board of Cognitive Development Society

Rachel WhiteICD doctoral student Rachel White was elected to the board of the Cognitive Development Society as one of the Student Board Members for 2009-2011. Rachel's research focuses on the development of imagination, creativity, and pretend play. Congratulations, Rachel!

January 29, 2010

Child development research featured on University site

attachment.jpgSince 1975, professors Byron Egeland and Alan Sroufe have traced the importance of childhood attachment. Their field-defining research, conducted along with professor Andrew Collins, is featured on the University of Minnesota home page.

Sroufe and Egeland have followed the same group of subjects for 35 years, from childhood through their adult family relationships. Now, Collins is researching how early attachments affect adult social relationships.

The article includes insights on how a responsive caregiver can influence confidence, social relationships--even IQ--for a lifetime.

December 9, 2009

New study published on asthma rate in early school-age homeless children and behavior differences

The January issue of Pediatrics will contain a study documenting high rates of asthma among 4 to 7 year old children in families experiencing homelessness. The study finds an asthma rate of 27.9%, about three times the national and state averages. This figure is in line with other research that finds high rates of asthma among low-income children living in urban areas. Also, children with asthma had been hospitalized more often, showed higher levels of inattention/hyperactivity and behavior problems, and evidenced lower levels of academic functioning in the early school years. This project is the product of a multidisciplinary collaboration between members of the Institute of Child Development, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. Copies of the manuscript can be obtained by contacting J. J. Cutuli ( or accessed online through Pediatrics eFirst Pages (

Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Rinaldi, M., Masten, A. S., & Oberg, C. N., "Asthma and behavior in homeless 4- to 7-year-olds," Pediatrics, published online: December 7, 2009 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-0103)

December 3, 2009

Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

Read the press release

October 23, 2009

Yonas Lab featured in video on infant perception

Albert YonasSherryse CorrowAlbert Yonas, Ph.D. professor in the Institute of Child Development, and graduate student Sherryse Corrow are featured in an exciting new video produced by University Relations highlighting their research on babies and visual perception. You can view the video on the University's YouTube channel, or follow the link to continue reading below.

October 16, 2009

Gunnar gives talk on post-institutionalized children at Children's Hospital, St. Paul

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, Regents professor in the Institute of Child Development, will give a talk at the 19th annual Practical Pediatrics conference held by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on September 24th, 2009. Her talk will be on the development of children adopted after spending long periods of time in orphanages and other institutions.

October 2, 2009

CEED Projects Move to the Northside

Next week, CEED's Five Hundred Under Five and CRTiEC (Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood) become residents of the University's newest site, the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) at Plymouth and Penn Avenues North in Minneapolis. We invite you to join with us in celebrating the launch of UROC and CEED satellite office there. Please come to the opening of our newly renovated building in North Minneapolis and connect with neighbors and supporters as we come together to create a shared future for our vital urban community. Building tours, art exhibit, performances, speakers, refreshments! Bring friends and relatives and spread the word! All are welcome!

2:00-5:00 pm, Saturday, October 31, 2009
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
RSVP to or 612-626-UROC

October 1, 2009

Sroufe interviewed for WCCO about the importance of early years in a child's development

L. Alan SroufeAlan Sroufe, Ph.D., professor in the Institute of Child Development, was recently interviewed for WCCO's news article and video entitled "Why First 3 Years of Life are Very Important." Sroufe, an expert on attachment in children, discusses how caregiving during the first few years of a child's life can impact their future success. Read more at the WCCO website, or view the video.

Gunnar gives presentation at European Brain and Behavior Society Meeting in Greece

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, Regents professor in the Institute of Child Development, presented at the Stress Satellite Symposium of the 41st European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS) Meeting in Rhodes, Greece, on September 14th, 2009. Her presentation was on "Regulation of the HPA-axis in children: sensitivity to responsive parental care."

September 16, 2009

ICD alumnus names chair at University of Michigan in honor of ICD mentor

Henry Wellman, Ph.D., (ICD 1975) professor in psychology and research professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan, was recently named a Collegiate Professor. As part of this distinctive award, the recipient names their "chair" in honor of someone who was important to them in their field, and Wellman chose Harold W. Stevenson, PhD, professor and director of ICD from 1959-1971 and professor at the University of Michigan thereafter, and someone Dr. Wellman describes as a "mentor, friend, and foundation" for his career.

Omli to give presentation at Association for Applied Sport Psychology conference

Jens Omli, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, will be presenting a paper titled "The Emotional Experience of Youth Sport Parenting" at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference on September 18th. The paper was co-authored with Nicole LaVoi, PhD, Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, and recent Kinesiology graduates Sarah Hammon and Erin Morris.

September 14, 2009

ICD at the State Fair!

On Monday, September 7th, members of the Institute of Child Development staffed a booth for the ICD Participant Pool (IPP) at the Minnesota State Fair, and it was a smashing success! Albert Yonas, PhD, professor, and Stephanie Carlson, PhD, associate professor, had stage time during which they presented testing tasks they typically use in their research labs. The IPP registered 237 children, mostly preschool and early school-age. Booth staffers handed out 500 puzzles and 500 rattles with contact information on them, and lots of people took registration cards to mail back. They also were able to tell people about the brand-new online enrollment form and are already receiving responses that indicated they heard about the IPP at the state fair!

Carlson presentation featured as "Highlight of the APA Conference" in About Kids Health

Stephanie CarlsonStephanie Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Institute of Child Development, gave an invited address entitled "Executive Function: Normative Development and Individual Differences" at the 2009 annual American Psychological Association convention in Toronto, Canada. Her presentation was selected as a "Highlight of the APA Conference" and featured online in About Kids Health, an online news and information outlet for of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

September 11, 2009

Wiese-Bjornstal, Omli awarded $212,000 grant from State Department

UgandaDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, and Jens Omli, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development and former advisee of Wiese-Bjornstal, have been awarded a $212,000 grant over two years from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The grant will implement the International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program in collaboration with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations. Wiese-Bjornstal and Omli will travel to Uganda January 2010 and 2011 with a delegation of U.S. coaches. They will host a delegation of Ugandan coaches, who will travel to Minnesota for advanced training this October, and again in October 2010.

September 4, 2009

In Memoriam: Xiaojia Ge

Xiaojia GeXiaojia Ge, professor of the Institute of Child Development, best known for his seminal findings of puberty onset on adolescent developmental outcomes, passed away on August 26, 2009. Ge joined ICD in the fall of 2006. He was an exceptional scholar and a dedicated educator. He was a wonderful addition to Child Development and he will be missed by all who knew him. We extend our sympathy to the family of Jenny Li, his wife, who works in Financial Services in the CEHD Dean's Office.

The Star Tribune obituary is available at

A memorial service dedicated to the celebration of his life and our love for him will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Coffman Theatre, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue, SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55455.

June 18, 2009

Gewirtz receives Rising Star award

Abi Gewirtz Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., assistant professor in Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development, has received the Rising Star award for 2008-2009 from the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle. This award is given to a pre-tenure female faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in an academic area as shown by research, teaching and service. Congratulations, Abi!

June 16, 2009

Yussen named Educational Research editor; Dillon, Harwell named associate editors

YussenS-2002.jpgFormer CEHD Dean Steve Yussen, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Institute of Child Development, has been named editor of AERA's flagship journal, Educational Researcher. Deborah Dillon, Guy Bond Chair in Reading in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and educational psychology professor Michael Harwell join Yussen as associate editors.

Yussen brings more than 35 years of scholarly experience to this new endeavor. In the past he has served as associate editor of Child Development and the Journal of Educational Psychology, as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals, and as an editorial advisory board member. His own research, which centers on cognitive development, instructional psychology, memory, learning, and reading comprehension in school-age children, has been widely published.

The American Educational Research Association publishes Educational Researcher nine times each year for its members. The peer-reviewed journal features scholarly articles, reviews, analyses, and commentary of importance to the broad community of education researchers.

James Hearn, of the University of Georgia, will join the University of Minnesota faculty as an associate editor.

The full text of AERA's announcement is available here.

May 21, 2009

ICD Doctoral Students honored in annual NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition

Congratulations to ICD doctoral students Amy Monn and Laura Supkoff who have been awarded prestigious 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards, as well as to Rachel White and Cathy Hayakawa who received Honorable Mentions. This annual national competition is very tough, and both Fellowship awards and Honorable Mentions are a great testament to the outstanding quality of an applicant's work and ideas.

May 7, 2009

Markant awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Julie Markant, Ph.D. candidate in Child Psychology, has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School for 2009-2010. These Fellowships are awarded each year to a select number of students in their final year of study to enable them to devote full-time effort to dissertation research and writing.

Julie is focusing her studies on how learning and attention develop in infants through interaction with the world around them, despite the overwhelming amount of incoming stimuli. Katie Thomas is her adviser.

Congratulations, Julie!

Cicchetti to give plenary presentation at 2009 APA convention

Dante Cicchetti Dante Cicchetti will give a plenary presentation entitled "Developmental Psychopathology in Action" at the 2009 American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Ontario, August 6-9.

April 29, 2009

Hart publishes book on Longfellow neighborhood

ICD staff member Eric Hart is the lead author of the newly released book, "The Neighborhood by the Falls: A Look Back at Life in Longfellow." Published by the Longfellow Community Council, this richly illustrated book is a history of the south Minneapolis neighborhood where he lives and shines new light on the people, places, and events contributing to the neighborhood's long history. Contact Eric if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book.

April 27, 2009

ICD Ranked #1 in Developmental Psychology

The 2009 US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings are out, and ICD has regained the number one spot in Developmental Psychology. Congratulations, ICD! See the rankings here.

February 23, 2009

Weinberg receives Swain Campus Recognition Award

Richard Weinberg Richard A. Weinberg, Ph.D., professor in the Institute of Child Development, was presented with the Tom H. Swain Campus Recognition Award at the University of Minnesota's 20th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony on February 16th. The award was in recognition of his nine years of going above and beyond the call of duty in his role as Faculty Athletics Representative.

February 16, 2009

Gunnar and Sroufe receive major SRCD award

Megan Gunnar L. Alan Sroufe Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D., and L. Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., professors in the Institute of Child Development, have each received the Society for Research in Child Development award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development in recognition of their major contributions to the field of child development. They will officially receive their awards at the upcoming Presidential Plenary session on Friday, April 3rd at the biennial meeting of SRCD in Denver.

February 5, 2009

Masten elected President of the Society for Research in Child Development

Ann S. MastenAnn S. Masten, Ph.D., professor in the Institute of Child Development, has been elected President of the Society for Research in Child Development, which is the leading international organization in developmental science. She will take office as President-Elect at the biennial meeting in Denver in April 2009 and serve as president for a two-year term beginning at the subsequent meeting in Montreal in 2011.

December 3, 2008

Masten comments on White House kids

MastenA-2008.jpgProfessor Ann Masten (Institute of Child Development) is quoted in an article on the pros and cons of raising young children in the White House.

The Perils and Perks of Raising Children in the White House
Wall Street Journal (N.Y.) Nov. 26, 2008

September 23, 2008

Zelazo and Carlson study in the news

A recent news article discusses research by Professor Philip Zelazo and Associate Professor Stephanie Carlson (Institute on Child Development) studying the development of executive function in children.

U study teaching kids to retrain thoughts
Star Tribune (Minn.) Sept. 22, 2008

August 12, 2008

Cicchetti to receive APA mentorship award

CicchettiD-Pref[1].jpgProfessor Dante Cicchetti (Institute of Child Development) will receive the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 7 2008 Mentorship Award on Saturday, August 16, at the APA convention in Boston, Massachusetts. The Developmental Psychology Mentorship Award honors individuals who have contributed to developmental psychology through the education and training of the next generation of research leaders in developmental psychology.

Congratulations Dante!

August 4, 2008

UTD models center on ICD

The new Center for Children and Families at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is partially modeled on our own Institute of Child Development.

New UTD center aims to help children grow
Dallas Morning News (Tex.) August 3, 2008

June 25, 2008

Reynolds in article on ECRC

ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds (Institute of Child Development) was mentioned in a recent article on a conference sponsored by the Early Childhood Research Collaborative (ECRC). ECRC is a partnership between the Center for Early Education and Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Arthur is co-director of the collaborative.

Laying the foundation
The Region (Minn.) June 2008

June 10, 2008

Crick recommends book for 2008 U Reads program

CrickThe Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish

Recommended by Professor Nicki R. Crick, Institute of Child Development

“I chose this book because it portrays the power of women’s friendships to heal, support, and transform lives. As a researcher who studies the dark side of some female relationships, it is wonderful to be reminded of the positive nurturing side. I hope that this book inspires you as much as it did me."

Read more U Reads recommendations.

June 6, 2008

Reynolds and CLS featured in EdWeek

ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds (Institute of Child Development) and his work on the Chicago Longitudinal Study were featured in a recent Education Week article.

Long-term economic payoff seen from early-childhood education
Education Week (Md.) June 5, 2008

June 3, 2008

All about child care: What parents need to know

Here's a can't-miss video on child care, created by the College's Office of Academic and Information Technology Services and student/instructor Jessica Pleuss (ICD).

May 28, 2008

Weinberg, Kane to discuss kids' sports involvement

KaneWeinbergRich Weinberg, Distinguished University Teaching Professor of child psychology in the Institute of Child Development and Director, Center for Early Education and Development, and Mary Jo Kane, Professor and Chair, School of Kinesiology, and Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, will be on the "Good Enough Moms" (GEMS) radio show on FM 107, Sunday, June 1. The radio show will feature Weinberg and Kane talking about children's involvement in sport. A story on GEMS, a show that explores the many facets of motherhood in today's world, can be found at UMNNews.

May 27, 2008

ICD faculty receive IARR book award

Professors Byron Egeland, W. Andrew Collins, and L. Alan Sroufe, all in the Institute of Child Development, will receive the Book Award from the International Association for Relational Research (IARR) for their publication, The Development of the Person. The award will be presented at the 2008 IARR Conference in July.

Collins receives IARR award

CollinsA-2004[1].jpgProfessor W. Andrew Collins in the Institute of Child Development has received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). He was nominated by current and former students and colleagues in the doctoral minor program in Interpersonal Relationships Research. IARR seeks to stimulate and support the scientific study of personal relationships and encourage cooperation among social scientists worldwide. The award will be presented at the 2008 biennial conference, to be held in Providence, RI, July 17-20.

Crick receives grant for Uganda partnership

Professor Nicki Crick, director of the Institute of Child Development, has received a Research Circle Grant from the University's Office of International Programs to support her work in Uganda. The project, entitled the Acholi Partnership Initiative, is a collaboration with several College faculty, staff, graduate students, and colleagues from Gulu University in northern Uganda.

April 23, 2008

Omli receives NIMH traineeship

Jens OmliJens Omli, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, has been offered a two-year NIMH traineeship at the Institute of Child Development. He will be working with Professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick to acquire new research skills, including measurement of HPA-axis functioning, which will allow him to investigate the influence of angry parent behavior on emotional outcomes in youth sport participants.

Congratulations, Jens!

April 7, 2008

Carlson receives honorary doctorate

CarlsonS-0000[1].jpgStephanie Carlson, associate professor in the Institute of Child Development, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Washington in recognition of her service on the faculty there, prior to joining the University of Minnesota.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

April 2, 2008

ICD faculty researching homeless/highly mobile students

The Institute of Child Development was mentioned in an article on homeless and highly mobile students in area schools. ICD faculty members are helping local social workers build a database comparing homeless and highly mobile students with children who are very low-income but continually housed. They hope to identify factors that make children academically resilient, as well as promising interventions.

Many schools face major 'hidden' problem--helping homeless students succeed

MinnPost (Minn.) March 31, 2008

March 26, 2008

Zelazo: Improving working memory may aid self-control

Philip Zelazo, a professor in the Insitute of Child Development, comments on the connection between working memory and self-control in an article on self-control and children.

Self-control? It's child's play
Chicago Tribune (Ill.) March 25, 2008

Self-control? It's child's play: Some classic games help limit anti-social behavior
Sun Journal (ME) July 20, 2008

March 5, 2008

Alumna Elieff named Teacher of the Year

Psi Chi (University of Illinois chapter) has named CEHD alum Professor Chryle Elieff its Teacher of the Year. Elieff received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development. As a member of the developmental division at the University of Illinois, she teaches courses on infant psychology and adolescent development. Elieff will be honored during a ceremony on Sunday, April 27.

January 18, 2008

Kids playact to learn, says Collins

CollinsA-2004[1].jpgProfessor Andrew Collins in the Institute of Child Development comments on childhood playacting in an article on child and adolescent social development.

Young Love
Time Magazine (N.Y.) Jan. 17, 2008

January 4, 2008

Radke-Yarrow featured in NYT Magazine article

Alumna Dr. Marian Radke-Yarrow (Ph.D. '44) and her research on depression and parenting were featured in a recent New York Times Magazine article. Radke-Yarrow passed away this past year.

The anthropological psychologist
New York Times Magazine (N.Y.) Dec. 30, 2007

December 21, 2007

Zelazo discusses mindfulness meditation research

ZelazoP-2007[2].jpgProfessor Phil Zelazo (Institute of Child Development) discusses his recently published research on the positive effects of mindfulness mediation.

Shedding stress and anxiety through meditation

University of Minnesota Moment (Minn.) Dec. 20, 2007

Article mentions Reynolds's preschool research

ReynoldsA-2005[1].jpgRecent research on preschool intervention by Professor Arthur Reynolds (Institute of Child Development) was mentioned in an article on a Chicago Public Schools preschool program.

Study shows CPS preschool program engenders success
WMAQ-TV (Ill.) Dec. 20, 2007

December 11, 2007

Zelazo: Recent publication

Zelazo-0000[1].jpgProfessor Philip Zelazo in the Institute of Child Development recently published the following article.

Ortner, C.N.M., Kilner, S.J., & Zelazo, P.D. (2007). Mindfulness meditation and reduced emotional interference on a cognitive task. Motivation and Emotion, 21(4), pages 271-283.

November 13, 2007

Reynolds' childhood intervention research mentioned in Strib

Arthur Reynolds.jpgProfessor Arthur Reynolds (ICD) and his reasearch on the positive effects of early childhood intervention were mentioned in a Star Tribune article on a recent forum to discuss early education funding.

"Invest early to get more kids in college, experts say"
Star Tribune (Minn.) November 12, 2007

September 19, 2007

Spading wins second Buuck scholarship

Corrine Spading, an undergraduate in the Institute of Child Development, was one of five University students recently awarded a Robert and Gail Buuck Scholarship. The scholarship provides access to higher education, opportunities for enhancing or supporting learning, and support for self-advocacy and leadership to students with disabilities.

This is the second time Corrine has won this scholarship. She's currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in child psychology, and her career goal is to become a child life specialist working between doctors and young patients to promote the best experience possible. This coming semester she will be studying abroad in the Mediterranean.

Congratulations, Corrine!

September 4, 2007

Xiaojia Ge comments on Fox's Kid Nation

Xiaojia Ge, a faculty member within the Institute of Child Development, comments in a recent Star Tribune article on the possible emotional ramifications for the child stars of Kid Nation, a new Fox reality television show.

August 15, 2007

Collins notes connection between infant and adult relationships

Professor Andrew Collins (ICD) is the lead author on a recent research project that identifies a connection between how safe and secure young adults felt in romantic relationships and the level of attachment to their caregivers as babies. You can read a brief article about the research that recently appeared in the Dallas Morning News.

August 7, 2007

Reynolds and Temple report on benefits of childhood intervention

Arthur Reynolds.jpgProfessor Arthur Reynolds (ICD) and Associate Professor Judy Temple (Applied Economics) report that comprehensive school-based intervention programs affect health and well-being in this UMNews news release.

UPDATES: Arthur and Judy's research was the subject of a recent Star Tribune editorial praising preschool education.

Another article mentioning this research in today's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

July 13, 2007

Funds from NIMH for Gunnar

Professor Megan Gunnar in the Institute of Child Development was recently awarded $209,759 by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to complete a project on child developmental psychopathology. The project began this month and is scheduled to end in June 2008.

NIH Funds for Collins

AndrewCollins.jpgProfessor Andrew Collins in the Institute of Child Development was recently awarded $630,375 by National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Collins' project is entitled "The Developmental Construction of Adult Competence." The project began in June 2007 and is scheduled to end in May 2008.

Cicchetti awarded $100K by Hennepin County

Dante Cicchetti, professor in the Institute on Child Development, was recently awarded $100,000 by Hennepin County to complete a redesign of their mental health services programs. The project began in February 2007 and is scheduled to end in January 2008.

June 27, 2007

Third APSAC award for Cicchetti

Professor Dante Cicchetti received the 2007 Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. This is the third time since its inception in 1993 that Cicchetti has received this award.

May 23, 2007

Erickson keynotes in Jersey and Germany

Marti Erickson, director of the Harris Programs in the Center for Early Education and Development, presented a keynote address in Newark, New Jersey at the Building Family Success in New Jersey conference (with Byron Egeland of the Institute of Child Development). Marti was also the visiting scholar and keynote presenter for the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents, and delivered the keynote address at the Family Support and Intervention Conference in Potsdam, Germany.

Cicchetti wins APA award

CicchettiD-Pref.jpgDante Cicchetti, professor in the Institute of Child Development and Department of Psychiatry, has won a Mentor Award in Developmental Psychology from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes individuals who have had substantial impact on the field of developmental psychology by their mentoring of young scholars.