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Karen Bierman

Karen Bierman

Evan Pugh Professor

Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies

Director of the Child Study Center

251 Moore Building
Email:
Office Phone: (814) 865-3879

Education:

  1. Ph. D., University of Denver, 1981

Biography:

Karen Bierman's Vita

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

Loughlin-Presnal, J.E., & Bierman, K.L. (in press). How do parent expectations promote child academic achievement in early elementary school? A test of three mediators. Developmental Psychology.

Sasser, T.R., Bierman, K.L., Heinrichs, B., & Nix, R.L. (in press). Preschool intervention can promote sustained growth in the executive function skills of children exhibiting early deficits. Psychological Science.

Bierman, K.L., Greenberg, M.T., Coie, J.D., Dodge, K.A., Lochman, J.E., & McMahon, R.J. (2017). Social and emotional skills training for children: The Fast Track Friendship Group Manual. New York: Guilford Press.

Bierman, K.L., Heinrichs, B.S., Welsh, J.A., Nix, R.L., & Gest, S.D. (2017). Enriching preschool classrooms and home visits with evidence-based programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 129-137.

Bierman, K.L. & Torres, M. (2016). 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

Nix, R.L., Bierman, K.L., Heinrichs, B.S., Gest, S.D., Welsh, J.A., & Domitrovich, C.E. (2016). The randomized-controlled trial of Head Start REDI: Sustained effects on developmental trajectories of social-emotional functioning.  Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 84, 310-322. 

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.

Bierman, K.L., Welsh, J., Heinrichs, B.S., Nix, R.L., & Mathis, E.T. (2015). Helping Head Start parents promote their children's kindergarten adjustment: The REDI parent program. Child Development, 86, 1877-1891.

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.

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

Project Websites

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

Friendship Connections Program  http://csc.psych.psu.edu/research/intervening-with-children-experiencing-serious-peer-difficulties-the-friendship-connections-program-fcp

 

Research Interests:

Clinical (Adult and Child):
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