Jennifer Maggs to give 2013 Pattishall Research Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Jennifer Maggs, professor of human development and family studies, will present the 2013 Pattishall Research Lecture. Her lecture, titled "Alcohol? What is it Good For?" will be given at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.

Maggs' research bridges the fields of lifespan developmental science and substance use. In particular, she focuses on understanding the short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol use, using measurement burst designs that include both daily diary and longitudinal data. This work broadly contributes to research on the causes and consequences of adolescent risk behaviors.

Maggs earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Ottawa in 1986 and a master's degree and doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of Victoria in 1990 and 1993, respectively. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 2004, she was an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Arizona. She has been a visiting scientist or professor at the University of Michigan, Universität Bielefeld in Germany, the University of Victoria and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Maggs has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the Journal of Research on Adolescence and Applied Developmental Science. She is the author or coauthor of more than 75 peer-reviewed papers and has given numerous talks around the world.

The Pattishall Research Lecture is delivered each year by the most recent recipient of the Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, which honors a senior faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions to the field across a major portion of his or her career. The award was established by the late Evan Pattishall, who served as dean of the former College of Human Development, and his wife, Helen.

Last Updated March 26, 2013