At this symposium attendees learned about current Penn State research programs that tackle key themes in biobehavioral health. The objective of this meeting was to bring together an interdisciplinary network of PSU researchers working across the lifespan on development, mental health, substance use and abuse, and adversity issues. In doing so, the symposium offered those who would like to learn more about ways to include a translational neuroscience component in their research, the opportunity to hear from those who are currently doing just that.

To encourage networking, part of this meeting was spent on collaborative conversations in breakout sessions, in which participants discussed ways individual research programs might intersect on novel projects that include translational neuroscience components. By enabling these connections, we hope to lay the foundation for collaborative teams working at the cutting-edge of important biobehavioral areas. To facilitate innovative collaborators, project ideas generated by new groups formed through this meeting have the opportunity to apply for targeted pilot funding that will support potential and current translational neuroscience research. The following videos include the keynote speech from the Director of P-TRAN, Diana Fishbein, opening remarks from the Vice President for Research, Neil Sharkey, as well as four oral sessions including a panel discussion.

Oral Session I: Childhood Development

Moderated by Koraly Perez-Edgar, Professor of Psychology

Welcome & Introduction:

Dr. Emma Jane Rose, Research Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development and Associate Director, P-TRAN


Dr. Diana Fishbein, Director, P-TRAN


Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research



  • Lorah Dorn, Professor of Nursing

  • Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Director, Child Study Center

  • Kathleen Keller, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Oral Session II: The Impact of Adversity in Childhood

Moderated by Hannah Schreier, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health



  • Martha Wadsworth, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

  • Idan Shalev, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Oral Session III: Biological Factors in Mental Health Disorders

 Moderated by Jose Soto, Associate Professor of Psychology



  • Dara Babinski, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.

  • Michael Hallquist, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Kristina Neely, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Oral Session IV: Neurodevelopmental Factors in Substance Abuse

Moderated by Charles F. Geier, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies



  • H. Harrington (‘Bo’) Cleveland, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health

  • Thomas Gould, Head and Professor of Biobehavioral Health

  • Scott C. Bunce, Associate Professor of Psychiatry