Research and Projects

What is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)?

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community. MORE >>

Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence—the body keeps the score. That’s how Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading experts on developmental trauma, explains how our long-term health and happiness can be compromised by prior exposure to violence, emotional abuse, and other forms of traumatic stress. In his new book, Dr. van der Kolk explores how innovative treatments—ranging from meditation and neurofeedback to yoga, sports, and drama—offer new paths to healing and wellness. A psychiatrist and author of multiple books, his work and perspectives have been featured in The New York Times, on National Public Radio, and in many other media outlets.

Gabor Mate Addiction

Dr. Gabor Mate on the misunderstanding of trauma by society and the medical industry.

Dr. Gabor Mate Goes into detail about the Direct link between Childhood Trauma, Addiction and Recovery. The Medical Industry doesn’t know what to do.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.

Paediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for paediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Benjamin Perks

Benjamin Perks is the UNICEF Representative to Montenegro and United Nations Resident Coordinator and occasionally works for United Nations Staff College training on Human Rights Based Approach to Programming. He has served in numerous countries including Afghanistan, India, Georgia and Albania. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in Canterbury and a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Studies (History and Politics) from University of Hertfordshire and has recently completed a programme on Leadership and Education Reform at the Graduate School of Education at University of Harvard. Adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect as well as witnessing family violence, addiction or mental health episodes in the household. Firstly, new evidence on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences will be presented-to give a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Secondly, research will be presented which demonstrates a direct link between the level of adversity in childhood and worse outcomes in adulthood in health, addiction, imprisonment, education and life success and new evidence from the field of neuroscience which explains this link. Thirdly, ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity and support victims will be presented, including integrated child protection systems, better equipped education systems and breaking the public taboo on the theme.

Dr. Allison Jackson

Silence gives consent.

Choosing a story of silence raises our chances of mortality rates when ACEs are involved. ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. If silence is a killer, then why do we do nothing? How can community help? Dr. Allison Jackson is a Trauma Informed Care Specialist. She makes a compelling case for, “connection as a cure” to counter a lot of damage done by trauma. Dr. Allison Jackson, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Practitioner in Virginia, and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. Currently, Dr. Jackson is supporting the City in coordinating the first Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit ever offered in the State of Virginia. It is the hope that this Summit will further the knowledge and strategic planning of the City and surrounding communities in this most important public health issue. Dr. Jackson works independently as the CEO of Integration Solutions, providing trauma informed care consultation, education, and technical assistance to human service organizations interested in furthering their integration of trauma informed child and family service systems.

The Amazing Brain Series

By Linda Chamberlain

The Amazing Brain Series was developed by Linda Chamberlain and is owned by the Health Federation of Philadelphia. It has been reformatted for Prevent Child Abuse America with their permission. Hard copies of the Amazing Brain booklets may be purchased from the Health Federation of Philadelphia Multiplying Connections Store.

Amazing Brains Series: Apps for raising happy, healthy children.
Amazing Brain Series: What every parent needs to know.
Amazing Brain Series: Trauma and the Potential for Healing.

The Amazing Teen Brain. Dr Linda Chamberlain Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project: Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and advocate for health issues related to domestic violence, adverse childhood experiences, brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical information with diverse audiences and convey a message of hope and opportunity and provides insights about the brain’s vulnerability to trauma, also its incredible potential for healing and growth. She reminded us that as providers, caregivers, parents and caring adults we are the most important protective factor a child can have.