by Claire Miller
Karen Bierman, distinguished professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, will discuss peer relations, disruptive behavior problems and intervention programs with College of Education students, faculty and staff on Oct. 19 as part of the college’s Research Wednesdays Speaker Series.
Bierman directs the Head Start-REDI project, a field trial evaluating the impact of research-based emergent literacy and social-emotional skill training on student school readiness, when delivered in the context of Head Start programs. She also directs the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track Program, a multisite program addressing the early identification and prevention of conduct problems. She co-directs the Forming Outreach Community University Systems for engagement (FOCUS) project, which utilizes university-community collaborations to promote school readiness by designing, implementing and evaluating parent outreach and support programs.
The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030 (30 Pryor St., Atlanta). Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Bierman and the Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, visit http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm.