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2012 CCE Student Poster Event showcases summer research projects

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Helene Dillard making remarks at the poster event

September 24, 2012, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) hosted their annual student poster event. The fourth annual gathering showcased the work of the CCE Summer Interns. Attendees included Deans Alan Mathios of the College of Human Ecology (CHE) and Kathryn Boor of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), many CCE association executive directors and other CCE staff, faculty, donors, and family and friends of student presenters. CCE Director Helene Dillard made remarks, including appreciation to Connie Kan and the CALS and CHE CCE Associate Directors (Chris Watkins and Jennifer Tiffany, respectively).

Lydia Gill presenting on PROSPER

The twenty-one 2012 summer interns presented posters based on their summer work. Of those, three worked with BCTR faculty:

  • Ashley Jones worked with Rachel Dunifon on the project Parent Education in Tompkins County
  • Lydia Gill worked with John Eckenrode on the project The PROSPER Partnership Model in New York State: An Evidence-based Delivery System for Preventing Risky Behaviors in Youth, Promoting Positive Youth Development, and Strengthening Families in Schuyler and Livingston Counties
  • Robbie Neff worked with Stephen Hamilton on the project Research for Continuous Improvement of 4-H in Erie County and at the BCTR

Most of the presenting interns had attended the BCTR-hosted workshop on poster design, conducted by Mann Library's Camille Andrews on September 4, and part of the BCTR student workshop series.

The Cornell Chronicle recently posted a story on the CCE Summer Interns, highlighting the work of a number of CHE students. The article can be read here.

Full video of the presentations can be found here.

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CRPSIB group presents at International Society for the Study of Self-Injury annual meeting

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Whitlock, Purington, and Morgan

Janis Whitlock, Ph.D. (director), Amanda Purington (project coordinator), and Rebecca Morgan (undergraduate research assistant) of the BCTR's Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior (CRPSIB) attended and presented at the 7th annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) held at UNC Chapel Hill June 30-July 1. With over 90 attendees, this was the largest meeting of the group to date, with national and international researchers and clinicians attending and presenting, including attendees from Canada, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Britain.

Whitlock, Purington, and Morgan presented a poster of emerging findings from CRPSIB's recovery interview project, Theoretical Models of Recovery and Their Application to Recovery from Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, in which they described the development of a six-stage model of recovery from non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).

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BCTR presence at the Society for Research on Adolescence biennial meeting


The Society for Research on Adolescence held its biennial meeting in Vancouver on March 7th and the BCTR was well represented.

Stephen Hamilton organized and chaired two sessions: a paper symposium, Social Inventions in Different Countries to Improve the Transition to Adulthood with Mary Agnes Hamilton; Constance Flanagan; and Ana Lazzaretti & Silvia Koller; and a roundtable, Linking Research with the Practice of Youth Development with Mary Agnes Hamilton; Reed Larson; David DuBois; Nicole Yohalem.

Janis Whitlock moderated the roundtable, Ethical Considerations in Engaging Vulnerable Populations in Self-Harm Research. Janis also chaired the symposium, Adolescent Self-Harm across Culture and Context: Similarities and Differences in Risk and Protection and served as co-chair of the SRA sub-committee on Media and Communications.

Mary Agnes Hamilton presented the paper, Abriendo Caminos: Action Research to Strengthen Supports to Vulnerable Youth in Latin America.


Kimberly Kopko presenting

Rachel Dunifon and Kimberly Kopko presented the poster, Relationship Quality and Parenting among Grandparent Caregivers and Teens (view poster).

Deinera Exner-Cortens co-authored (with Jennifer Tiffany and John Eckenrode) and presented the poster, Longitudinal Associations Between Sexual Risk Reduction and Program Participation in a Sample of Urban Adolescents (view poster)Deinera also presented the poster Teen Dating Violence and Subsequent Health Outcomes in a National Sample of Youth, which was co-authored with John Eckenrode and Emily Rothman.

Additionally, with HD graduate student Rachel Sumner, Stephen Hamilton co-authored a poster, Are School-Related Jobs Better? (view poster); and Jennifer Tiffany co-authored the poster Access and Barriers to Resources that Support Parents as Sex Educators: Parent Focus Group Data on Family, Race/Ethnicity, and the Community with graduate student Nicole Ja.



CRPSIB at International Society for the Study of Self-Injury Annual Meeting

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The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults (CRPSIB) was well-represented at this year’s annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, with one presentation and three posters presented. The presentation, titled “Parent Experiences of Child Self-Injury: Key Processes and Events,” focused on preliminary findings from a current exploratory interview study in which self-injurious young people and their parent(s) are asked about recovery from self-injury and parental roles in the recovery processes. The poster titled “Reaching Out: The Role of Disclosure and Support in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Cessation” described analyses of qualitative and quantitative data regarding self-injury disclosure to and support from important others and the impact of these on a person’s ability to stop self-injuring. These data come from a large survey, administered to eight colleges across the country. Also pulling from this dataset, the poster “The Ethics of Self-Report Surveys: Assessing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Other Sensitive Topics” examined responses of survey participants regarding the experience of taking the survey itself. Finally, the poster “Validity and Reliability of the Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Assessment Tool (NSSI-AT): Why Use the NSSI-AT?” presented support for the use of the NSSI-AT, a survey tool developed by the authors. For more information on these presentations and other work of the CRPSIB, see the project’s publications webpage and the general website.

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