Four interdisciplinary research centers are core partners in the TIES program, providing trainees with outstanding opportunities for research involvement and participation in interdisciplinary communities of scholarship. These research centers provide a strong foundation for training TIES fellows.
The CYFC is a University-wide initiative that brings together more than 350 faculty, representing numerous disciplines to promote research, teaching, and outreach to address critical social issues facing children, youth, and families. The CYFC facilitates basic and applied interdisciplinary research by funding pilot studies, supporting graduate RAs, and providing faculty with course release time to engage in new research. To support this mission, the CYFC funds pilot studies, supports graduate research assistants, and provides faculty with course release time to engage in new research. In addition, the CYFC supports workshops and conferences. CYFC collaborative research includes over $20 million in external grants focused on research in schools. The CYFC is directed by Dr. Susan McHale who serves on the TIES executive committee.
Housed in the College of Health and Human Development and directed by TIES faculty Ed Smith, the PRC supports applied research on innovative models of preventive intervention; provides policy-relevant information on best-practices to federal, state, and local governments; and promotes dissemination of evidence-based practices. The PRC supports a wide variety of externally-funded research that provides fellows with outstanding opportunities for field research in schools. In addition, fellows can attend weekly seminars at the PRC, given by well-known educational research experts from around the world, as well as presentations by local PSU faculty and graduate students.
Child Study Center (CSC)
The CSC, directed by Karen Bierman in the Department of Psychology, is dedicated to promoting children’s development through basic and applied research, emphasizing translational research that uses developmental science to inform the design and evaluation of educational and preventive interventions. The CSC supports state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for observational and mixed methods data collection, and an active speaker series. It hosts a training institute that runs workshops on evidence-based programs, and also supports partnerships with local school districts and educational agencies. With the PRC, the CSC supports satellite data collection labs in Harrisburg and York, PA, allowing TIES fellows to conduct research in schools located in urban, demographically-diverse areas of the state.
Methodology Center (MC)
The MC, directed by TIES faculty Linda Collins is devoted to the advancement and dissemination of innovative methods for prevention program design and evaluation in areas of education, health, and mental health. The MC faculty are well-known, national and internationally, for their research in statistical methods for randomization, treatment of missing data, causal inference, optimizing adaptive designs, and other aspects of intervention methodology. The MC offers workshops with hands-on sessions in the computer lab, and an annual summer institute supported by a conference grant from NIDA. The MC also provides consulting and training in a large variety of popular statistical software packages.