Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
December 2019
Dear HDFS community,

This month we celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty and students. What is extremely notable is the extent to which faculty and students collaborate together on research projects and publications. In HDFS mentorship of the next generation of scholars is clearly a priority!
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and may 2020 (!!) be your best year yet!
With all my best wishes,

Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS department chair
Faculty & Student Spotlights
Congratulations to HDFS associate professor Allison Karpyn and her team of students for an impressive number of publications in just one month!
Parent Perspectives on Family-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Congenital Heart Disease. Gramszlo C, Karpyn A, Demianczyk AC, Shillingford A, Riegel E, Kazak AE, Sood E. J Pediatr. 2019 Nov 12. pii: S0022-3476(19)31294-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.09.059. [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 31735417
Impact of Animal Characters at a Zoo Concession Stand on Healthy Food Sales.Karpyn A, Sawyer-Morris G , Grajeda S, Tilley K, Wolgast H.
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 Oct 25. pii: S1499-4046(19)31027-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.09.013. [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 31668735

Evaluation of a Supermarket Environmental Change Intervention: Findings from a Low-Fat Milk Couponing and Educational Marketing Pilot. Karpyn, A., Sawyer-Morris, G ., Weiss, S., Grajeda, S., LeVine, D., and Ohri-Vachaspati, Punam. (Accepted October 2019 for print in Feb, 2020). Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. 

Karpyn, A., Riser, D., Tracy, T., Wang, R. and Shen, Y. (October, 2019).The Changing Landscape of Food Deserts. UNSCN Nutrition, 44, 45-53.
HDFS assistant professor Valerie Earnshaw published the following articles with our students.
Earnshaw, V. A.,  Brousseau, N. M ., Watson, R. J., Maksut, J. L., Allen, A. M., & Eaton, L. A. (in press). Intersectional internalized stigma among Black gay and bisexual men: A longitudinal analysis spanning HIV/STI diagnosis.  Journal of Health Psychology
Daughtry, K. A.,  Earnshaw, V. A., Palkovitz, R. & Trask, B. (in press). You blind? What, you can’t see that?: The impact of colorblind attitude on young adults’ activist behavior against racial injustice and racism in the United States.  Journal of African American Studies. 
HDFS professor Martha Buell , along with several colleagues, was invited to contribute to a significant publication by Early Childhood publication Bank Street.

Building Bridges to Overcome Widening Gaps: Challenges in Addressing the Need for Professional Preparation of Infant-Toddler Practitioners in Higher Education
Jennifer A. Mortensen, Maryssa Kucskar Mitsch, Kalli Decker, Maria Fusaro, Sandra I. Plata-Potter, Holly Brophy-Herb, Claire D. Vallotton, and Martha J. Buell
HDFS professor Myae Han was invited to provide expert advice for the Genius of Play website (supported by The Toy Association). Her  article is titled
 ‘ Power of pretend play in language and literacy learning.

Myae's new co-edited book Play and Curriculum was released this month and promises to contribute in a significant manner to early childhood literature.
In November, HDFS department chair Bahira Sherif Trask was selected as the recipient of the 2019 NCFR Jan Trost award for “outstanding contributions to international family studies.”

Bahira was also selected as a Salzburg Global Fellow and participated in Session 630, Creating Educational and Workforce Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants.
Associate professor Ruth Fleury-Steiner in collaboration with colleagues, has published the following new book that draws on her research on court responses to intimate partner violence:

A major congratulations to HDFS assistant professor Stephanie Raible who was instrumental in 6 UD students, including one Human Services student, Danielle Fisher, being accepted to the  Clinton Global Initiative University Network .  This is a very high profile invitation which raises the profile of the University of Delaware and our community-based social entrepreneurship concentration. It includes being invited to participate in the 2020 CGI U Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland this coming April. 
HDFS MS student Imani Lawson was elected to serve as a board member for the Delaware Head Start Association (DHSA) and was invited to join the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) National Honor Society. 

Imani currently  serves families with young children in  Wilmington through  her assistantship with New Directions Early Head Start  (NDEHS).
Congratulations to HDFS professor Rob Palkovitz and HDFS doctoral candidate Laura Cutler, for their following publication in the Marriage & Family Review.

Cutler, L. & Palkovitz, R. (2019). Fathers’ shared book reading experiences: Common behaviors, frequency, predictive factors, and developmental outcomes. Marriage & Family Review. Available online.
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  • January 6th, Winter Session I Begins
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