Doctoral Coordinator for Communities That Care at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State.
Supervised by Prof Dr Mark Feinberg
Supervised by Prof Dr Mark Feinberg
Research Partnership Development
Strategic partnerships developed in past projects:
•The Malaysian Ministry of Education,
•School principals and counselors,
•The National Zoo,
•University’s Department of Psychology.
Human Participants Procedures
•Meetings and discussion with various internal and external parties concerned for necessary approvals.
•Completing necessary documentation for university Human Subjects approval in ensuring ethical research.
•Developing consent procedures and documents for government, school and individual participants.
Data Entry Preparation
•Data entry spreadsheet development
•Checklist for RAs
Steps in Data Management
•Data Collection & Storage
•Creating datasets in SPSS and SAS for analyses
•Data cleaning – e.g. addressing missing data
Applied Research Intervention Development
For example, in Mentoring Malaysia (MM), we developed the following:
•Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) learning activities
•Training modules for youth mentors in promoting Positive Youth Development
Training for RAs
Data Collection & Management
•Training of RAs for data collection – including how to manage large group participation sessions (e.g. classroom management of adolescents)
•Training of RAs for data entry
•Training of RAs for data checking
Data Collection Preparation
•Printing required copies for each set
•Serial coding (for tracking)
•Developing data collection guide for RAs that includes how to introduce the questionnaire and answers to possible questions or clarifications that participants may ask.
•Preparing survey bags for RAs with surveys, materials (e.g. pencils, erasers, sharpeners), rubber-bands.
•Feedback form for any incidences or challenges faced by RAs.
•Needs assessment, Literature Review & Research design
•Research on grant funding prospects
•Applications to key funders
•Discussions and meetings with key funders
•Agreement or contract with funders
• MS Suite
Level of Research
•Systems level (i.e., coalition functioning of key community leaders)
•Individual level (i.e., adolescents within secondary schools)
•Writing SAS codes for various types of analyses
•Psychometric analyses on items and scales
•Exploratory Factor Analysis
•Confirmatory Factor Analysis
•Structural Equation Modeling
•ANOVA & T-test
•Hierarchical Linear Regression
Presentations & Publications
•Making sense of research findings in the face of existing literature
•Determining and Formatting how to display results so as it provides useful information and is easy to understand
•Collaborating with methodologists / statisticians
•Generating Technical Reports for team members
•Presenting reports to key stakeholders such as UN and Government officials
•Submission of manuscript to professional conferences
•Submission of manuscript to peer-reviewed journals
•Presentation at conferences and meetings
Dr Brendan has been trained in the following:
HDFS536/PSY536 Research Methods in Developmental Processes
Methodological issues in research on varying stages of development across the individual life span.
HDFS519 Methods of Statistical Analysis in Human Development
An overview of basic statistical concepts, models, and methods for the analysis of development and change. In-depth study of linear regression with one or more predictors. Methods for estimating, and making inferences about, model parameters, and techniques for assessing model fit.
HDFS503 Human Development Intervention
A broad introduction to theory, methods and research in Prevention Science
HDFS508 Best Practices in Intervention
It covered interventions from the domains of prevention and treatment and discussed interventions designed to prevent or remedy a variety of behavioral and mental health problems and/or to build health and resilience across the lifespan. Integrating developmental theory, basic developmental processes, developmental psychopathology, clinical intervention and evaluation.
HDFS526/PSY526 Measurement in Human Development
Principles and methods for assessment of human developmental processes across the life span. This course was structured around four major topic areas: classical test theory; generalizability theory; item response theory; and factor analysis.
HDFS517 Multivariate Study of Change and Human Development
Models of development and change derived from empirical research utilizing multivariate research design and procedures.
A paper was developed as part of class requirement (unpublished). Latent Growth Curve Modeling using SEM to predict trajectory of adolescent depression from age 13 to age 15 using average family support across years and gender. Secondary data was obtained from the Colorado Adoption Project.
HDFS506 Program Evaluation
Design and evaluation of programs in a wide range of human services (e.g., health care, social services, education). It provided an introduction to theory and application of program evaluation, with focused attention to the details of how such work can be proposed and conducted.
Other at MA Level
Psychological Assessment, Test Administration