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Observations of Family Mealtime Routines

The purpose of this study is to gather information about what family mealtimes look like for families with children between the ages of 3 and 8. Families will be asked to video record their family mealtime, in addition to answer some questions and to complete some questionnaires, some about body image and dieting.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu or 717-948-6404
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At least one adult who is the caregiver of at least one child between age 3 and 8 (e.g., at least one parent-child dyad)
Adults age 18 and older
Children, ages 3-8
Individuals fluent in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-family members, as defined individually by each family
Caregivers who are under the age of 18
Individuals who are not fluent in English
Families without at least one child age 3 to 8
Children's Health, Food & Nutrition
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Altoona, PA
Carlisle, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hazleton, PA
Hershey, PA
Mont Alto, PA
Reading, PA
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Sharon, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA
York, PA

Families Being Supportive Together

This project studies the different ways that caregivers respond to their teens when teens ask for support. The study focuses on youth with and without a risk of developing depression and anxiety. We study how youth ask for help from their caregivers and how caregivers respond in their daily lives by observing family interactions at home. The ultimate goal of this study is to reveal how modern families support their teens and how communication among immediate family members can impact stress, mood, and mental health.
Sunny Bai at sub1164@psu.edu or 814-867-6488
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Family has youth between ages 12-15 yo
Parent and youth live together at least 5 days/week
Parent has an active driver's license
Family has car that they use regularly
Primary language spoken at home is English
Exclusion Criteria:
Youth or parent has current diagnosis of severe mental illness (ex: Bipolar, OCD, Alcohol/Substance use disorder, Eating disorder, Psychotic disorder)
Youth has developmental disability (Autism spectrum disorders)
Youth or parent has had a suicide attempt, or intensive care (inpatient, partial hospitalization, daily outpatient) care for emotional or behavior problems in the past 12-months
Other social (ex: homelessness) or medical conditions that make participation difficult
Children's Health, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

Health Apps to Mitigate COVID-19 Risk Survey

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone’s daily routine, our lives have changed drastically. The health of ourselves, families, friends, and communities is our biggest concern and finding a cure to this problem is still underway The purpose of this survey is to analyze how people are taking control of their health using various health applications forms.
Rafay Ahmad at rqa5302@psu.edu or 814-933-2861
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18 year(s) or older
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At least 18 years old or old
Exclusion Criteria:
Younger than 18 years old
COVID-19, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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COVID-19: Implications for Family Meals

The purpose of this study is to gather information about family meals, what they look like, and how they have changed over time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will complete a confidential online survey last approximately 10-15 minutes.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu or 717-948-6404
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Adults age 18 and older
Adults who live in a household with a child under the age of 18
Adult who are fluent in English
Individuals who can read and respond to written closed and open-ended survey questions electronically
Individuals who live in the United States
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals who do not reside in a household with a child under the age of 18
Individuals who are not fluent in English
Individuals with poor reading comprehension or are otherwise limited in their ability to read and respond to survey questions.
Individuals who do not currently live in the United States
Food & Nutrition
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Expanding Family Foundations to 2nd-Time Parenthood - Focus Group

This focus group study, funded by Penn State's Social Science Research Institute, brings together couples with preschool-aged firstborns who are pregnant with their 2nd child or who have given birth to their 2nd child within the last 12 months. Couples will be interviewed about how they worked together as a team (as coparents) to prepare their firstborn for the birth of the second child and to prepare themselves for 2nd-time parenthood.
Douglas Teti at dmt16@psu.edu or 814-863-9570
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1. Two-caregiver families, any race or ethnicity, with one or two children: a. One subgroup with one child < 6 years of age and pregnant with a 2nd child b. One subgroup with one child < 6 years of age and an infant between 1-to-12 months of age.
2. Each caregiver is over 18 years of age.
3. Caregivers are living together in the same household and are either married or living with a partner.
4. Families living independent of parents’ families of origin.
5. Both caregivers fluent in communicating in English.
Exclusion Criteria:
1. One or the other caregiver cannot understand or speak English
2. Caregivers are under 18 years of age.
3. Caregivers not living together
4. Caregivers not living independently of their families of origin
5. Single-parent families with no live-in partner.
Children's Health, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Carlisle, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hazleton, PA
Hershey, PA
Mont Alto, PA
Reading, PA
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Sharon, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA
York, PA

Participation in Rural Settings to Engage in Communities (PARSEC): A program to increase community participation for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This is a longitudinal study that will examine the effectiveness of a program to increase community participation for adults with autism living in rural communities in Pennsylvania.
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18 year(s) or older
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Autism
Living in a rural community
English speaking
Able to self-report
High school graduate
Exclusion Criteria:
Inability to provide consent
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Barriers to Transgender Healthcare in Rural Communities

The purpose of this study is to comprehensively explore the barriers to healthcare among rural transgender or non-binary adults in rural Pennsylvania, using a convergent mixed-methods approach.
Oluwamuyiwa Adebayo at owa2@psu.edu or 814-867-4656
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Aged 18 years and older
Identify as transgender or non-binary or genderqueer
Fluent in English
Reside in Rural County in PA, OH, NY, MD, WV
Exclusion Criteria:
Younger than 18 years
Identify as cisgender
Men's Health, Prevention, Women's Health
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Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Living in Rural Communities: Pilot of Acceptability and Feasibility of Assessment of Community Participation using Smartphone Technology

This research study aims to test the acceptability and feasibility of passive data collection and ecological momentary assessments (EMA) using smartphone and wearable technologies by adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in rural areas.
Jayde Nagle at jnagle2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Between ages 18-40
Primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
English as a primary language
Ability to self-report, read & comprehend assessments written at a third grade reading level
Living in a rural county or non-urban municipality in Pennsylvania
Exclusion Criteria:
Non English speaking
Inability to provide consent and self-report
Residing in an urban area
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Developing a Recommendation System for Local Community Events

In this study, we investigate a recommender system for public, local events in Centre County, PA. Currently, there is no platform that aggregates all the events that take place in a community. The data is fragmented among many platforms and it can be difficult for people to find interesting things to do. Participants will interact with our software system and discuss their experiences through a survey and/or interview.
Tiffany Knearem at tak54@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Must be 18 years or older
Must be a University Park student or local resident of Centre County
Exclusion Criteria:
Persons under 18 years of age
Persons who do not live in Centre County, PA
Education
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State College, PA

One Penn State : Connecting a Learning Community of Geographically Diverse Students

The community of remote learners is on the rise. With the trends of application and skill based knowledge, more and more people are migrating to the learn while you work paradigm. People value flexibility and comfort increasingly. Penn State is one of the few Universities propagating the cause of spreading knowledge via all modalities. The 33,302 students spread across its 19 commonwealth campuses are further a testimony to the prevalent trends. It is important that all these students receive an integrated and cohesive student experience. This also covers the need for the students to feel a sense of social belongingness. The work will focus on bringing together the Penn State community to achieve the true essence of it’s chant WeAre!
Sanjana Gautam at sqg5699@psu.edu
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Must be 18 years of age or older
Must be a student of Penn State
Exclusion Criteria:
Most not be younger than 18 years of age
Education
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Dining with Diabetes in Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension's Dining with Diabetes program is an evidence-based community education program for people with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. The program teaches participants how to prevent or manage their disease by providing practical knowledge and strategies to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier living and reduction in the risk of complications. The overall goals and objectives of the program are as follows: Increasing knowledge of healthy food choices for families with or at risk for diabetes Promoting behavior changes by offering demonstrations and tasting of healthy food. Increasing knowledge of essential medical tests associated with diabetes management. Promoting physical activity as a component of diabetes control. Encouraging self-management and self-efficacy skill. Connecting participants to their healthcare providers for long-term follow-up. The program is designed to meet 4 consecutive weeks and then a 3 month follow-up. Classes consist of a nutrition lesson, physical activity, cooking demonstration and food tasting.
Mandel Smith at mjs52@psu.edu or 610-489-4315
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04080960
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Individulas with type 2 diabetes
individuals with pre-diabetes
individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
healthy family members/caretakers
healthy volunteers
Exclusion Criteria:
under the age of 18
Diabetes & Hormones
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Altoona, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Hazleton, PA
Reading, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA

Family Caregiver’s Perspectives on the Dyadic Experiences of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia.

The purpose of this study is to understand family caregiver’s views and experience related to caring for older adult with acute/sudden confusion on top of dementia.
Priyanka Shrestha at pxs409@psu.edu or 410-841-9408
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18 year(s) or older
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Family caregiver of Age 18 years or older
Family caregiver of an older adult with diagnosed dementia
Family caregiver living together or in regular contact with the older adult
Family caregiver who takes care of an older adult hospitalized in the past year
Family caregiver who takes care of an older adult who experienced sudden or worsening confusion
Exclusion Criteria:
Age <18 years
Non-english speaking
Not living in United States
Education, Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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The effectiveness of a community-based steps challenge on cardiovascular health outcomes in previously sedentary adults

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of Blair County’s Active Living Steps Challenge on cardiovascular health in physically inactive adults participating in the intervention compared to a control group of adults also living in Blair county who are not participating in the Steps Challenge.
Nicole Gilbertson at nmg46@psu.edu or 814-949-5016
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Inclusion Criteria:
Males and Females
Ages 18-65 years old
Currently living and/or working in Blair County, Pennsylvania
Not currently participating in planned, structured physical activity at least 30 minutes at moderate intensity on at least 3 days/week for at least 3 months
Ability to walk for >10 minutes at a time
Exclusion Criteria:
Known cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes, or renal disease
Conditions associated with cognitive impairment or medical instability that puts the subject at risk
Signs or symptoms suggestive of cardiovascular, metabolic, or renal disease
Females currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Currently involved in a program to gain or lose weight
Heart & Vascular, Prevention
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Altoona, PA

Exploring Parental Influence in Youth Disability Sport Participation

We are conducting an online survey study for parents of children with disabilities that explores their perceptions of participation in disability sport within their communities.
Courtney Jasiulevicius at cmj5308@psu.edu or 813-846-4145
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18 year(s) or older
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has a child with a physical disability or sensory disability
has a child that is enrolled in a disability or adapted sport program
has a child between the ages of 10 and 17
Exclusion Criteria:
does not have a child with a physical or sensory disability
does not have a child with a disability between the ages of 10 and 17
does not have a child that plays a disability or adapted sport
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Understanding Information Needs and Challenges faced by International Spouses during Adjustment

The study examines ways in which technology can be designed to provide support and services to international spouses during their adjustment to a new host environment. In particular, we would like to investigate the needs of spouse’s communities, the challenges faced by this population during adjustment, and propose design implications for developing systems and services to improve their access to social services and to promote community development and civic engagement.
Jomara Binda at jmb89@psu.edu
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Inclusion Criteria:
Individuals who understand English
Individuals who hold a dependent (F-2/J-2) visa status
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-English speakers
Age under 18
Non-dependents (F-2/J-2) visa status
Anyone who cannot consent to participate in this study
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State College, PA

Coparenting, Infant Sleep, and Infant Development: An Intervention Study

This application proposes a randomized clinical trial (RCT) to evaluate the effects of a sleep-enhanced adaptation of an evidence-based transition-to-parenting coparenting intervention program [Family Foundations - FF). The study has three arms. In one arm, families will experience FF as originally formulated; in the second, families will receive an adapted FF that emphasizes coparenting in infant sleep contexts; the third arm will serve as controls. Assessments of coparenting and parenting in infant sleep contexts, parental adjustment to infant sleep behavior, choices about sleep arrangements, infant and parent sleep quality, and infant socio-emotional functioning, will serve as outcomes.
Morgan Loeffler at FF@psu.edu or 717-695-7050
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT03187561
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Parents must live together
Parents must be expecting their first baby together
We must start working with the couple before the baby is born
Parents must be 18 years or older
Families who can speak and understand English
Exclusion Criteria:
Single-parent families
Families with more than one-child
Familes who cannot speak or understand English
Families in which one parent is under the age of 18
Pregnancy & Infertility, Sleep Management, Women's Health
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Carlisle, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA

Site for Strong Foundations: Intervening to Promote Co-Parenting in Expectant Parents and Healthy Child Development.

Our goal is to examine the efficacy of Strong Family Foundations parenting classes in reducing couple conflict, promoting co-parenting quality, parental sensitivity, and child development outcomes within families. We hope to enroll 220 couples in our parenting program. Participants will participate in parenting classes before and after the birth of their child, and research assessments 6 and 12 months postpartum.
Jenna Sassaman at jnk5173@psu.edu or 814-865-6902
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04441307
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Inclusion Criteria:
Pregnant/Expecting Couples
First time parents
18 years of age or above
English speaking
Both parents living together
Exclusion Criteria:
Below 18 years of age
Not pregnant with first child
Parents not living together
Children's Health, Pregnancy & Infertility, Women's Health
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Invisible Sojourners: Second Language Socialization Among International Spouses

This study will examine how international spouses improve their English ability and form connections with the local community. Participants will be interviewed to learn about their experiences. Social events that are found to be positive will be recorded so that the interactions in that space can be analyzed to determine how they help international spouses.
Jade Sandbulte at jfs5644@psu.edu
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Inclusion Criteria:
Traveled to the U.S. with a spouse who was enrolled at Penn State
Understands spoken English
Exclusion Criteria:
Is not a student at Penn State OR was not a student when you first arrived
Education, Language & Linguistics
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State College, PA

Biologic and Environmental Impacts on Neurodevelopment and Growth (BEING)

Examine associations between biologic factors (genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, metabolomic) and environmental factors (family psychosocial dynamics, environmental allergens, diet, microbiome) in developing children, and their relationship with health and disease over the lifespan.
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Child participant under 18 years old
Fluent in spoken/written English
Parent or legal guardian 18+ years old
Child ages: 5-50 days old, 2 years old, 5-7 years old, and 12-14 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Wards of the state
Non-english speaking
Parent or legal guardian with decisional impairment
Children's Health
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Using Serious Game Technology to Improve Social Skills in Autism

The goal of this study is to help ASD adolescents improve social skills during face-to-face interactions. We have designed an immersive computer game to help them learn these skills in a fun way. Adolescents play the game at home 3 times a week for 3 months on a computer that we give you. In order to see how well the game is working to teach them, we have to test it against another game that is similar but teaches other skills. We measure your adolescent’s attention in the lab through computer games and by measuring their eye movements. We invite you to answer questions about their social behavior. We are flexible in how we work with families to accommodate busy schedules (e.g., weekend appointments). Families come to Penn State for three visits. We pay for all travel expenses (mileage, toll, hotel). Families are also compensated up to $450 for their time.
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu or 814-204-2272
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Younger than 18 years old
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NCT03690661
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10-18 years old
autism spectrum disorder
corrected vision and hearing at normal levels
can speak in full sentences
stable internet connection in the home
Exclusion Criteria:
active seizure disorder in last 2 years
non-native English speaker
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS)

This study will examine various factors within the home of children adopted from the child welfare system between the ages of 4 and 10 that may impact their development. At the current time, there are two planned home visits, each 1-year apart. The children and parents will not be required to travel for sessions as all visits will occur in the home. This research will help understand the factors that impact the development of children adopted from the child welfare system and how we may better serve these children and their families.
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Child age between 4 and 10
Child legally adopted by the caregiver
The same caregiver will participate in each of 2 in-home assessment sessions
Exclusion Criteria:
Child diagnosed with intellectual disability
A legally adoptive caregiver is a biological relative of the child
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Carlisle, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hazleton, PA
Hershey, PA
Mont Alto, PA
Reading, PA
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Sharon, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA
York, PA

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing a Storytelling Intervention among African Americans with Hypertension: A Pilot Study

Personal narratives or storytelling is an approach that has been used to promote healthy behaviors among people with diabetes, breast cancer, and high blood pressure. There is a need for low-cost, culturally-tailored interventions that promote healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes in the African American community. The objective of this project is to develop a storytelling intervention for African Americans with high blood pressure. Participants will be filmed sharing their experiences living with high blood pressure, and the videos will be shared with other African Americans with high blood pressure. We are recruiting 6-8 African American adults with high blood pressure, age 18-80, that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are taking medications to manage high blood pressure.
Yendelela Cuffee at ycuffee@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-7178
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Diagnosis of hypertension
Prescribed anti-hypertensive medication
Age greater than or equal to 18 years
African American
Exclusion Criteria:
Pregnancy
Unable to speak or read English
Mental status precluding ability to provide informed consent
Heart & Vascular
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Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA

Data4Action: Phase 2

This study is being done by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University. The goal of this research is to measure the level of Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) exposure and the social, economic, and behavioral implications of the pandemic in the Centre County and PSU student community. Approximately 2000 residents of Centre County and approximately 1000 PSU students (up to a maximum of 1500) will take part in this research study. We will measure the level of Coronavirus exposure in the region and its changes over time through collection of small blood, saliva, and hair samples 4 times over one year from participants. We will also measure changes in employment, education, social relationships, and well-being over time (as the pandemic evolves) using participant surveys. Participants receive results that indicate whether they may have had Coronavirus in the past, but results will not indicate whether they have a current, active infection.
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At least 18 years of age.
Currently living in Centre County, PA.
Expecting to continue living in Centre County, PA through at least April (students) or June (community) of 2021.
Capable of providing your own Informed Consent.
Fluent in the English language.
Exclusion Criteria:
If you have any symptoms of acute infection, you will be excluded from in-person visits until 14 days after presenting symptoms but may still be eligible for the survey portion of the research.
Individuals unable to tolerate wearing a mask (up to 60mins) may only be eligible for the survey portion of the research.
Pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant in the next 12mos may only be eligible for the survey portion of the research.
Not at least 18 years of age.
Not living in Centre County, PA.
Infectious Diseases & Immune System, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Stress-HD: Short-term Temporal Dynamics of Responses to Everyday Stressors through High Density EMA

Our research team in the Stress, Health, and Daily Experiences Lab in the Department of Biobehavioral Health is seeking participants for a research study to better understand how people experience stress in everyday life. We are recruiting adults (aged 35-65) from State College and surrounding communities who are healthy and free of physical limitations, and able and willing to use a smartphone to complete surveys throughout the day. Participation involves: - A four-day commitment with two remote video-conference sessions - Wearing a physiological sensor, and activity and sleep monitors - Answering brief surveys on a smartphone throughout the day Study participants can receive up to $100 compensation for their time and a chance to enter into a raffle drawing for a $200 gift card. If you are interested in learning more about this study or would like to find out if you are eligible, please contact our study team at (814) 865-9473 or email acw5416@psu.edu.
Ann White at acw5416@psu.edu or 814-865-9473
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Adults between the ages of 35-65
Live in State College or the surrounding communities and willing to participate in remote videoconference study sessions
Healthy and free of physical limitations
Able and willing to use a smartphone to complete surveys
Exclusion Criteria:
Under the age of 35 or above the age of 65
Employment that requires shift work
Inability to answer smartphone survey messages received throughout the day due to work and/or familial obligations
Men's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Study

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the extent of COVID-19 risk and perceived risk among Centre County residents and students, and how those risks evolve from the time isolation guidelines were implemented through a return to normal functioning. Participants in this research will complete an electronic survey with questions about their demographic, about their exposure to COVID-19, and about how COVID-19 has affected their health and work/education. Data from this research will be used to inform Centre County planning authorities and the Pennsylvania State University about the needs of communities, including needs for information dissemination and for potentially actionable, local interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan McHale at src-ssri@psu.edu
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At least 18 years of age.
Currently living in Centre County, PA.
Expect to continue living in Centre County, PA (through at least Sept 2020)
Capable of providing your own informed consent.
Exclusion Criteria:
No additional exclusion criteria beyond those required for inclusion.
Infectious Diseases & Immune System, Men's Health, Women's Health
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Pilot Study to Assess Medication Adherence, Health Literacy, and Technological Literacy among African Americans and Latinos with Hypertension

This pilot study aims explore the health literacy and medication adherence found among African Americans and Latinos with hypertension receiving care at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg PA. We also aim to determine the feasibility of the iPad or smartphone as a tool for accessing health related information among African American and Latino patients with hypertension receiving care at clinics at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg PA. The expected outcomes of this project are to obtain a better understand of the literacy levels and adherence behaviors of African Americans and Latinos in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The findings from this study will provide valuable insights into the health management behaviors of this community and determine if there is a need to develop a mobile health application for the management of hypertension.
Yendelela Cuffee at ycuffee@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-2044
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Diagnosed with high blood pressure
Prescribed medication for high blood pressure
African American/Black (Hispanic or Non-Hispanic) or White (Hispanic)
21 years and older
Able to speak and read English
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to provide consent to participate in the study
Heart & Vascular, Diabetes & Hormones
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Hershey, PA

Brain Mechanisms of Overeating in Children

Reducing intake from large portions is of critical importance to preventing obesity. People consistently eat more when they are served larger portions, a phenomenon known as the portion size effect. The mechanisms of the portion size effect are not well understood, and investigating the underlying neurobiology that drives this phenomenon may inform the development of more effective obesity prevention programs. The proposed research will follow healthy weight children who vary by family risk for obesity to identify the neurobiological and appetitive traits that are implicated in overeating and weight gain during the critical pre-adolescent period. We expect results to confirm the hypothesis that reduced function of brain inhibitory pathways and increased activity in brain reward pathways in response to portion size cues contributes to excess intake with large portions and greater weight gain over time, particularly in children who have higher risk for obesity. The proposed studies will characterize the relationship between brain response to portion size and eating behavior and will allow us to determine whether brain and behavioral responses predict body fat gain during pre-adolescence. These studies will contribute essential information to our understanding of the pathways implicated in overeating and obesity and will facilitate the characterization of “at risk” phenotypes that can be targeted by prevention programs.
Kara Hickok at kih5334@psu.edu or 814-865-5169
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Younger than 18 years old
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NCT03341247
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The child must be age 7-8 when the first study visit is completed
The child must not have any food allergies to foods used in the study, learning disabilities, psychological diagnoses, red/green color blindness, or claustrophobia.
The child must not be taking any medications known to influence cognitive function, taste, appetite or blood flow
The child's BMI must be below the 90th percentile at the first visit
The biological mother and father must have a BMI between 18.5-25 kg/m2 (low-risk group) or greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 for mothers and greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 for fathers (high-risk group) and 1 parent must attend all visits.
Exclusion Criteria:
Children will be excluded if they are not within the age requirements (< than 7 years old or > than 8 years-old at the first visit).
Children will be excluded if they have any food allergies, learning disabilities, psychological diagnoses, red/green color blindness, or claustrophobia
Children will be excluded if they are taking cold or allergy medication, or other medications known to influence cognitive function, taste, appetite, or blood flow
Children will be excluded if their BMI is above the 90th percentile at the first visit
Families will be excluded if the biological mother or father do not fit the BMI requirements
Food & Nutrition, Prevention, Neurology
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State College, PA