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Please join us in congratulating Applied Social Psychology faculty member, Dr. Lisa Bowleg, who learned last week that NIH has funded a 2-year administrative supplement to my NIDA-funded R01 study, Reducing Black Men's Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative Mental and Physical Health Outcomes: Intersectionality, Social-Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors. The goal of the administrative supplement is to increase the number of Black bisexual men participants and establish bisexual men as a distinct sexual minority position.

Clinical Psychology program faculty member, Dr. Jody Ganiban, was awarded a one year NOSI supplement for her work on "Investigating the Magnification of Psychosocial Adversities for Children in the Time of COVID-19".

Dr. Cecilia Liu, a postodoctoral fellow working  with Dr. Ganiban, successfully secured a 2-year NIH supplement for her work on "Identifying Dynamic Change Processes in Growth Trajectories from Infancy to Early Adolescence.”

Congrats to all on these funding successes!

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Chang Liu on a new publication in Child Development. The title is, "Child Effects on Parental Negativity: The Role of Heritable and Prenatal Factors" Clinical program faculty member, Dr. Jody Ganiban is a co-author. Congratulations!

Full reference and brief description below:
Liu, C., Ji, L., Chow, S.M., Kang, B., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (in press). Child Evocative Effects on Parental Negativity: The Role of Heritable and Prenatal Factors. Child Development.

Parenting is often considered to have a direct environmental impact on child development, with no clear acknowledgement of the role of the child. There have been exceptions to this unidirectional focus, with some advocating a focus on bidirectional influences between children and parents. For example, several studies report child effects on parental hostility during early childhood. It is still unclear, however, how children influence their parents’ behavior towards them. The current study examined two possible mechanisms, evocative gene-environment correlation and prenatal factors, in accounting for child effects on parental negativity. Participants included 561 children adopted at birth, and their adoptive parents and birth parents within a prospective longitudinal adoption study. Findings indicated child effects on parental negativity, such that toddlers’ negative reactivity at 18 months was positively associated with adoptive parents’ over-reactive and hostile parenting at 27 months. Furthermore, we found that child effects on parental negativity were partially due to heritable (e.g., birth mother internalizing problems and substance use) and prenatal factors (e.g., birth mother illicit drug use during pregnancy) that influence children’s negative reactivity at 18 months. The current study provides critical evidence for “child on parent” effects. It helps to clarify the mechanisms underlying child effects on parenting and provides new insight into the role of the child in shaping their own rearing environment.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced $157 million in grant awards to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents. The NIH funding includes grants to support and extend existing longitudinal studies of children and families that examine environmental influences on children’s health outcomes. Among the grant awards is $3.2 million in funding over a two-year period to a pediatric cohort led Jody Ganiban, professor of clinical psychology in the Columbian College, Jenae Neiderhiser, professor of psychology at Penn State, and Leslie Leve, professor and associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Oregon. This award includes the possibility of annual grant extensions through the life of the ECHO initiative.

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