Chapin receives Congressional Citation

May 04, 2012

John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the 2012 United States House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus for work on behalf of victims of crime.

In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

Chapin recently coauthored “Optimistic bias about dating/relationship violence among teens” with Grace Coleman, executive director of Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh. The article appeared in The Journal of Youth Studies, an international journal devoted to a theoretical and empirical understanding of young people's experiences and life contexts.

Chapin, who joined the campus in 1998, has received a variety of on- and off-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2009. His research interests lie in social effects of media, popular music/popular culture, social networks, and the effectiveness of public health campaigns on adolescents.

He holds a doctorate in communication, information and library studies, from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University.

Chapin can be contacted at or 724-773-3877.


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Last Updated May 07, 2012