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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.


Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute and the Population Research Institute recently hosted the symposium, “Sleep across the Lifespan: Family Influences and Impact”, at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus to promote new research directions on sleep and how it affects human health and well-being.


Brady Lucas survived childhood cancer survivor twice and was a Four Diamonds child, which is how he first got involved with Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Now healthy and a student at Penn State's University Park campus, Lucas is giving back to THON through his fraternity and other outreach.


Four biobehavioral health students in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State have been hired as peer educators for AIDS Resource Alliance Inc. to educate college students about safe sex practices and serve as a liaison between the agency and campus.


The College of Health and Human Development has funded several projects and initiatives to faculty members and researchers, made possible through four endowments that support undergraduate education and outreach programs.


Thomas Gould, head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of genes in nicotine withdrawal.


The College of Health and Human Development recently honored a number of faculty members with the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding instruction and dedication to undergraduate education.