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Alumnus Stephen Bagnato Named Alumni Fellow

College of Education alumnus Stephen J. Bagnato, Jr. was among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored Oct. 16 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Stephen Bagnato
Stephen Bagnato, Jr.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — College of Education alumnus Stephen J. Bagnato, Jr. was among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored Oct. 16 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Since the award was established in 1973, only approximately 700 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow out of more than 631,000 living alumni.

“The Alumni Fellow program showcases the significant contributions Penn Staters make to our nation and the world every day,” said Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. “Even more important, it provides our fellows the opportunity to share their experience and wisdom with students, faculty and staff, thus adding an extra dimension to Penn State’s academic programs.”

Bagnato is a developmental school psychologist and professor of psychology and pediatrics in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and School of Medicine.

He is perhaps best known in Pennsylvania for his longitudinal studies funded by the Heinz Endowments (1997-2009) into the effectiveness of high-quality early childhood intervention programs on more than 15,000 at-risk preschoolers in more than 60 school district-community partnerships for Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

He is also a member of the faculty of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bagnato was invited to become an inaugural member of the UNICEF Global Child Disability Assessment Initiative to compose a user’s manual for assessment of social-emotional competencies in children in low-resource countries. He has published more than 150 research studies and professional articles, as well as 11 books and assessment measures.

Bagnato received the Braintree Hospital Annual National Award for Outstanding Applied Brain Injury Research for his intervention efficacy research on preschool children with acquired and congenital brain injuries.

He was honored with the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award for his community-based consultation and research, and he received the 1995 Best Research Article Award from the American Psychological Association.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette placed Bagnato on its list of Top 48 Making a Difference in Education, and in 2008, he received the Penn State College of Education Excellence in Education Award.

— By Andy Elder (October 2014)