CCHD Consortium

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to announce the theme for the Carolina Consortium on Human Development series for Fall 2022. This virtual consortium series is titled :

Trauma in the Lives of Children and Youth: Current research directions across diverse disciplines, contexts, and methodologies

The organizing committee for this semester includes Dr. Bharathi Zvara, Cathi Propper, Ayse Belger, Ron Seifer, Melissa Lippold, Shannon Chaplo, Betsy Bledsoe, Dorothy Espelage, Shauna Cooper, and Kate Nooner.

Childhood trauma is a well-established risk factor for a range of developmental, mental, and physical health consequences. Developmental literature documents delays in or deficits of multisystem achievements in behavioral, cognitive and emotional regulation and in important arenas such as education, work, and social relationships over the lifespan. Over the past few decades there has been tremendous progress in understanding the long reaching effects of childhood trauma. However, the mechanisms underlying the association between trauma and health and development across the lifespan remain unclear. During this semester, we will explore theoretical models and research designs across relevant disciplines and discuss how the integration of cross-disciplinary methodologies and measures may yield more robust study designs to inform interventions. Recent advances into the neural and biological processes associated with trauma underscore the need for interdisciplinary collaboration to understand the complexity of childhood trauma. We will examine the role of context, culture and systemic social structures and inequities shape risk and protective factors among children, youth, and families.

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Past consortium video recording can be viewed here.  View recorded presentations.

Fall 2022 Speaker Schedule

Date Speaker
August 22 Ilana Berman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Addressing the Impact of Adversity across the Lifespan: Understanding Mechanisms & Interventions
August 29 Anka Roberto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Integration of a family centered, developmentally grounded EMDR approach for children, adolescents, and their caregivers.
September 12 Betsy Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Community Based Participatory Research Partnerships to Support Maternal and Child Wellbeing in Diverse Rural Communities: Lessons Learned in Early Partnership.
September 19 Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP
Department of Psychiatry, UNC-CH, School of Medicine
Protecting Children by Strengthening Families: The Impact of Parenting Programs on Mitigating Childhood Adversity and Poverty.
October 3 Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Threat, racialization, and uncertainty: How a hostile immigration climate can affect well-being in Latinx children, parents and schools.
October 17 Kierra Sattler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UNC-Greensboro
Risk and Resilience in the Context of Child Neglect: Examining the Differential Impact of Protective Factors
October 24 Kristin Bernard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University
November 7 Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Columbia University
Development of Emotion Regulation Neurobiology & Parental Care.
November 16 Phil Fisher, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Education
Stanford University
Cairns Capstone Lecture
November 21 Elizabeth Handley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester


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