2018 Child Endangerment Report

Colleen is co-Founder, Vice President and Board Member of Dustin’s Place, a summer camp for children, created in honor of her son. She is former Commissioner of Sponsor Relations for the Special Olympics World Games and was inducted into the Special Olympics Shriver Society. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource and Development in New York and former Vice President of Programs for American Society of Training and Development in Connecticut. Robert Turrisi, Ph.D., Professor of Biobehavioral Health, The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Penn State University Dr. Rob Turrisi is currently a professor at Penn State University with a joint appointment in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and the Prevention Research Center. His research examines the psychological theories of behavioral decision-making and how these relate to: (1) adolescent and young adult health, (2) family relationships and (3) efficacious brief interventions to prevent high-risk behaviors. Dr. Turrisi has been a principal investigator (PI) and a Co-I on funded projects for over 30 years, examining the etiology and prevention of substance use and negative consequences associated with substance abuse. He has conducted large-scale longitudinal studies with clinical and nonclinical samples; examined Latino and Hispanic populations to try to reduce health disparities; developed and evaluated brief in-person, parent-based and workbook/e-version intervention approaches in randomized control trials; and conducted multi-site, multi-modal intervention clinical trials. He has published extensively and has international expertise in statistical methods. He has authored books and papers, served as a consultant and taught graduate level courses and workshops on multivariate variable and person- centered data analytic methods, structural modeling, latent modeling, moderation, and event and ecological momentary analysis. In 2015, Dr. Turrisi received the Pennsylvania State University Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Research. In 2012, he received the Society for Prevention Research, The Prevention Science Award and the Ralph Hingson Prevention Scientist Researcher of the Year Award from MADD. In 2009, he received the Pennsylvania State University Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award for the College of Health and Human Development, and in 2001-2002, he was named the Boise State University Foundation Scholars Award for Research/Creative Activity “University Researcher of the Year.” Dr. Turrisi received his Ph.D. in social psychology (with an emphasis in decision-making and quantitative methods) from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1988, and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rhode Island College in 1983.


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