Karen Bierman is an Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Bierman’s research interests are focused on social and emotional learning, coordinated school-based family programs, early childhood to elementary transition, and technology-assisted intervention strategies. Specifically, she is interested in the potential of prevention programming to reduce social disparities in education attainment and mental health. Bierman is in charge of the Head Start REDI (Research-based, developmentally informed) prevention trial, funded by NICHD, which is evaluating the long-term benefits of evidence-based enrichments to Head Start classroom and home visiting programs.
Bierman has published four books and contributed to three published intervention manuals, and authored over 200 articles and chapters, and has served as an educational advisor to a number of organizations devoted to improving early education for disadvantaged children, including Head Start and Sesame Street.
from Slate Magazine March 26, 2020
“Because friendships play a bigger role in the lives of older children than preschoolers, older children are likely to suffer more during this time of social isolation,” Bierman wrote.
from The Daily Item March 18, 2020
While schools are shut down, what do you do with the kids at home? "It's very challenging for most parents," said Karen Linn Bierman, professor of child psychology, Penn State University, on Monday. "It's going to be a difficult time because parents are under a lot of stress. They are trying to figure out how they are managing work, they didn't anticipate this is in any way. It is a worrisome situation and that is bound to affect the child's emotions."