Hostetler-Michelle

Michelle Hostetler

Research Associate

310A BBH Building
814-865-7375
mxh14@psu.edu

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Biography

Michelle Hostetler has been a prevention scientist for 30 years, with a focus on family relationships and parenting. Some of Michelle’s key projects are Family Foundations, Siblings are Special and Promoting Healthy Development in Early Head Start. She initially began her career in prevention research because she has always believed that preventing problems is more effective than solving ones already developed.

Michelle’s favorite part about the Center is the opportunity to collaborate with so many compassionate, talented people while working to improve the lives of children and families. Michelle received both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies. As a Penn State alumna, Michelle is an avid football fan, and enjoys watching both the Penn State team and the Steelers during football season. 

Current Projects

Perinatal Intervention and Long-Term Outcomes

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Promoting Self-Regulation Skills and Healthy Eating Habits in Head Start

This five-year grant, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, involves a res earch team from the University of Wisconsin and Penn State working with Early Head Start programs in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to improve: (1) parents’ sensitive scaffolding of toddlers’ learning, (2) toddlers’ self-regulation skills, such as waiting patiently, and (3) healthy eating habits. The ultimate goal of this prevention program is to enhance school readiness and physical health among children living in poverty.
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Recent Publications

Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 751-764. doi: 13894986

Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Roettger, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Sakuma, K. L., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), 56-65. doi: 10927875