Evan Pugh Professor
Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies
Director of the Child Study Center
- Ph. D., University of Denver, 1981
Karen Bierman's research interests center on child social-emotional development and the design and evaluation of school- and community-based prevention programs that promote social-emotional learning, self-regulation, positive peer relations, and school success. Currently, Dr. Bierman directs the Head Start REDI (Research-based, developmentally informed) prevention trial, funded by NICHD, http://csc.psych.psu.edu/research/head-start-redi-project, which is evaluating the long-term benefits of evidence-based enrichments to Head Start classroom and home visiting programs. She also leads a related NICHD-funded study examining the impact of REDI delivered in child-care centers supported by on-line implementation supports. Dr. Bierman also directs two projects funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences, including the TIES (Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists) predoctoral training program, http://csc.psych.psu.edu/research/training-interdisciplinary-educational-scientists-ties-progam, and the Friendship Connections Project, testing the efficacy of school-based interventions for children with significant peer difficulties. She is particularly interested in the use of technology-assisted intervention supports for teachers, parents, and children. She is a member of the Conduct Problem Prevention Research Group (CPPRG) and directed the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track Project.
Bierman, K.L., Welsh, J., Heinrichs, B.S., Nix, R.L., & Mathis, E.T. (in press). Helping Head Start parents promote their children's kindergarten adjustment: The REDI parent program. Child Development.
Bierman, K.L. & Torres, M. (in press). Promoting the development of executive functions
through early education and prevention programs. In J. A. Griffin, L.S. Freund, & P.
McCardle (Eds.) Executive function in preschool age children: Integrating measurement,
neurodevelopment and translational research. Washington, D.C.: APA
Hall, C.M., & Bierman, K.L. (2015). Technology-assisted interventions for parents of young children: Emerging practices, current research, and future directions. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 33, 21-32.
Bierman, K.L., & Motamedi, M. (2015). Social-emotional programs for preschool children. In
J. Durlak, R. Weissberg, & T. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of Social and Emotional
Learning: Research and Practice. (pp. 135-150) New York, NY: Guilford, Press.
CPPRG. (2015). Impact of early intervention on psychopathology, crime, and well-being at age
25. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 59-70.
Bierman, K.L., Nix, R.L., Heinrichs, B.S., Domitrovich, C.E., Gest, S.D., Welsh, J.A., & Gill, S.
(2014). Effects of Head Start REDI on children's outcomes one year later in different kindergarten contexts. Child Development, 85, 140-159.
Bierman, K.L., & Sasser, T.R. (2014). Conduct Disorder. In M. Lewis & K. Rudolph (Eds.)
Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, 3rd edition (pp. 467-488) New York:
Bierman, K.L., Kalvin, C.B., & Heinrichs, B.S. (2014). Early childhood precursors and
adolescent sequelae of grade school peer rejection and victimization. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Boivin, M. & Bierman, K.L., (Eds.) (2014). Promoting school readiness and early learning:
The implications of developmental research for practice. New York: Guilford Press.
Bierman, K.L. (2004). Peer rejection: Developmental processes and intervention
strategies. New York: Guilford.
Child Study Center http://csc.psych.psu.edu/
TIES Predoctoral Training Program http://sites.psu.edu/ties/
REDI Program http://headstartredi.la.psu.edu/
Collaboration with Better Kid Care http://csc.psych.psu.edu/research/promoting-school-readiness-in-child-care-centers