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A team of Penn State researchers is working with the National Park Service to measure and improve its impact on people’s health.


Researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State found that sleep quality and quantity at night is affected by that day’s stressors, and that -- in a cyclical effect -- sleep hours and quality affect daily stressors the next day. The findings, from two separate studies, may have implications for both individuals and families, especially families in which one or both parents work outside the home.


Researchers in the Penn State's Department of Biobehavioral Health studied 89 Latino farmworkers in Texas over the course of five months and found -- based both on their observations and on the perceptions of their subjects -- that Latino farmworkers regularly felt discriminated against, most often at the hands of the farm owner.


Fourteen Penn State faculty members have been honored with the title of "distinguished professor" in recognition of their academic contributions to the University.


The Global Health Minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.


The Global Health minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.


To provide support for those dealing with mental illness, students in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State and other majors worked together to create a concept for an app that encourages its users to seek mental health help in a safe and confidential way. The app was created as part of the 2016 mHealth Challenge during Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual event that encourages students to explore societal health issues and brainstorm mobile applications that could positively impact individuals’ health.


Researchers in the College of Health and Human Development and Nursing at Penn State have received funding to co-lead a five-year multisite study using mobile technology to better understand risk factors prior to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging is funding this research.


Sixteen faculty members representing various campuses, colleges, and General Education areas at Penn State, have been named General Education Faculty Fellows. The General Education Faculty Fellows Program is a new initiative of the recently created Office for General Education.


About 25 percent of Americans are residents of rural communities. Urban and suburban residents typically have access to public transportation, innovative medical care, and cutting-edge prevention programs; however, rural residents often do not have such resources.