Elaine S. Barry, B.S., B.S., M.A., Ph.D. (University of Houston)
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Office: 206 T Eberly Building
Dr. Elaine Barry is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. She joined the faculty in 2001 with a specialization in the cognitive development of children. Her current research interests include understanding the learning and memory processes of children, especially the development of implicit and explicit forms of memory. A long-term goal is to facilitate applications of these knowledge areas to the fields of child care and education. Dr. Barry is also interested in the relationship of implicit memory to depression and the role of implicit memory in understanding the structure of the mind. Dr. Barry has published her work in several psychological journals and presented her work at national conferences.
Dr. Barry has received two teaching awards, most recently Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. Some of the courses Dr. Barry teaches are Infant and Child Development, Adolescent Development, Advanced Child Development, Developmental Transition to Adulthood, Lifespan Development, and Adult-Child Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Houston, and is a member of several national organizations and associations relating to children's cognitive and psychological development where she regularly presents her research. In addition, she is a member of the Fayette County Community Engagement Group, a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through high quality child care. She is also on Healthy Start’s Peri-Natal Task Force for the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
John Rapano, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Coordinator of Human Development and Family Studies
Office: 206 P Eberly Building
Dr. John Rapano is the Coordinator of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at the Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Administration and Leadership Studies in Human Services Program. He has been involved in a variety of roles in community development, childcare, mental health, and aging.
Dr. Rapano currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fayette County Human Service Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fayette County Community Health Improvement Partnership, and serves on the Fayette County Early Care and Education Community Engagement Group and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging.
His research interests include action research, human service collaboration, early care and education program policy, and long-term care. He was the principal researcher on the 2004 "A study of social conditions in Fayette County".
Jo Ann Jankoski, B.S.W., M.S., M.S.W., Ed.D. (Duquesne University)
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Office: 206 R Eberly Building
Dr. Jo Ann Jankoski holds a doctorate from Duquesne University in Counselor Education and Supervision and two masters degrees—an M.S.W. from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State Fayette The Eberly Campus. She has a successful private practice in which she specializes in individual, couple, and family therapy, particularly in trauma-related areas. Jo has over 25 years in public mental health which time she has held a variety of positions within the field. For the last eight years, Dr. Jankoski has served as a trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Competency-Based Training and Certification Program.
Dr. Jo's research interest includes vicarious trauma, poverty, diversity and rural mental health.
Gina Jones, B.S., M.P.A., M.S.W. (University of Pittsburgh)
Instructor / Career Services and Internship Center Coordinator
Office: 108 B Eberly Building
Gina Jones, M.P.A., M.S.W. is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Social Work. While there, she was awarded the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship. She is an alumni of the HD FS Baccalaureate Program here at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. During her undergraduate education, she was awarded the Rose Cologne Citizenship Award, the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, and was the first individual student to receive the Penn Stater of Quarter at the campus.
Ms. Jones co-organized People Encouraging A Community Effort (P.E.A.C.E.), a non-profit community task force dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and inspiring the citizens of Uniontown. Through speaking tours, mediation programs, summer rallies, voter registrations, and scholarships, P.E.A.C.E. motivates citizens to challenge personal prejudices and cultural boundaries for ideal social change. She is also actively involved as member of the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Board of Directors, the Fayette County Mom’s Shower Planning Committee, the School of Social Work Board of Advisors at California University of Pennsylvania, and the East End Concerned Citizens Group Executive Committee.
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