Development, Risk & Resilience Lab

Welcome to the Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab.  The lab is directed by Dr. Rina Das Eiden, Professor, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University. We are trying to understand when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories among families who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues (e.g., mental health symptoms; caregiving unpredictability). We are interested in how prenatal and early adversities shape the development of children’s self-regulation; how these associations may be mediated or moderated by parenting quality; and in applying this understanding to prevention. We are also working to understand protective factors that promote resilience in children in the face of early adversities.

Our research is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Please see the current projects page for details about ongoing research projects.

Dr. Eiden is accepting graduate students for Fall, 2020.  Please contact Dr. Eiden at if you are an undergraduate or graduate student who would like to join the lab.

There is also a position opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Lab Manager – see announcement below.  

Job Number: 91663
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Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Department: Psychology
Sup Org: College of the Liberal Arts
Campus Location: UP
Number of Jobs: 1
Announce Start Date: 10/28/2019
Closing End Date: 12/31/2099
Student, Graduate and Postdoctoral Announcement:
The laboratory of Rina Das Eiden (Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral position. The key aim of our research is to understand risk and resilience processes among children of substance using parents and early intervention with this population. Research conducted in our lab use an interdisciplinary approach with multi-method assessments of most key constructs, integrating theory and research from substance abuse and developmental science literatures. We are in the process of building new research infrastructure and collaborations at Penn State, with majority of data collection for ongoing projects occurring in Buffalo, NY. A PhD is required at time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in developmental or child clinical psychology or a related field, a background that includes significant statistical analytic experience, a record of publications, and an interest in understanding risk and resilience processes among children of substance using parents and/or early intervention. We are also looking for an applicant with an interest in helping to build a coalition for research and preventive interventions with children of substance using parents and obtaining pilot data to support larger grant applications.

Initially, the role would be equally split between working on the Maternal and Child Health Study (MCHS) with data collected from birth to adolescence and coordinating pilot projects with pregnant substance users in Pennsylvania. The overall goal of MCHS is to examine reactive and proactive aggression pathways to violence, victimization, and substance use in a substance exposed sample of children recruited at birth and followed into adolescence. In the second year, there will be greater time devoted to completing pilot data collection and collaborating on external grant submissions. There will be ample opportunity to pursue your own research using data collected across three longitudinal cohorts of substance exposed children and families.

Job Number: 92167
Official Job Title: Human Research Technologist 2 (Lab Manager/Project Coordinator)
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Title to Display on Job Website: Human Research Technologist 2
Department: Psychology
Sup Org: College of the Liberal Arts
Campus Location: UP
Appointment Type: FT1
Job Code: RERS – 02
Level: 02
Number of Jobs: 1
Announce Start Date: 11/21/2019
Announce End Date: ** Open Until Filled **
Typical Job Duties:
The Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab at The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Psychology, in the College of the Liberal Arts, directed by Dr. Rina D. Eiden, Professor of Psychology is seeking a Lab Manager/Project Coordinator. Work duties may include the following: Recruit and schedule subjects/participants for lab visits. Maintain subject/participant database, organize lab materials, conduct data collection, monitor incoming data for accuracy. Troubleshoot for technical problems and maintain the integrity of the project protocol and monitor the safety and confidentiality of the project and its subjects/participants. Responsibilities will assist with Institutional Review Board amendments, continuations, and renewals. Ensure all lab personnel have appropriate training for work with human subjects. Manage project finances including purchases of supplies and lab materials; reconcile receipts and purchases; submit subject/participant payment forms and travel reimbursement. Individual will train others to collect, enter, score and interpret observational protocols and prepare reports summarizing data gatherings; meet with appropriate individuals to discuss data and insure consistent interpretation or results. Supervise undergraduate research assistants, medical students, and/or part-time staff. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
Typical Education and Experience Requirements:
Typically requires an Associate’s degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Additional Preferred Education, Experience, or Certifications:
A Bachelor’s degree and experience working with children and families, pregnant women and infants preferred.
Announcement Begin Date: 11/21/2019
Announcement End Date: ** Open Until Filled **
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