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Giving employees more control over their work schedules may help curb sleep deficiency, according to health researchers.

Children obtain better and more age-appropriate sleep in the presence of household rules and regular sleep-wake routines, according to sleep researchers.

Christine Heim, professor of biobehavioral health, studies the neurobiological effects that childhood maltreatment has on the development of psychiatric disorders and physical health outcomes. Heim joined Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being last semester and conducts research focused on identifying mechanisms that mediate the effects of abuse on long-term health, which may lead to novel interventions.

You may think your e-reader is helping you get to sleep at night, but it might actually be harming your quality of sleep, according to researchers.

Two students in the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) gave presentations Nov. 17 at Penn State’s Engaged Scholarship Expo in the HUB-Robeson Center as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Students from BBH and IST will create and pitch ideas for health technology applications as part of this semester's mHealth Challenger to be held on Nov. 17.

A National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge Program grant to Donna Coffman, research associate professor in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and principal investigator at the Methodology Center, targets the development of big data methods for biobehavioral change and maintenance. This training grant is for more than $500,000 over three years.

A study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, which focuses on the relationship between positive events and inflammation, has been published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

Francisco Alejandro "Alex" Montiel-Ishino, a predoctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Biobehavioral Health, is a recipient of a 2014 Ford Fellowship by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, which provides three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a doctor of philosophy or doctor of science degree.

Penn State biology student Jennifer Dobson, ’16, has been accepted into the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program by The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), for her studies on the neurotoxicity of paraquat, a suspected risk factor for Parkinson's disease, with Neurobiology Professor Byron Jones, professor of biobehavioral health.