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Research grants focus on preventing adverse childhood experiences, trauma

VCU faculty from the Wilder School and School of Social Work are studying way to better understand and prevent adverse childhood experiences and trauma through the health care, education and juvenile justice systems.
VCU faculty from the Wilder School and School of Social Work are studying way to better understand and prevent adverse childhood experiences and trauma through the health care, education and juvenile justice systems.

Sunny Shin, Ph.D., a social work and psychiatry associate professor, is the principal investigator of “Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Promoting Child and Family Wellness,” a two-year project funded at $210,000 by Families Forward Virginia, a nonprofit working to prevent child abuse, neglect and poverty.

Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., a professor of criminal justice and public policy at the Wilder School, and Kellie Carlyle, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicineare co-principal investigators for “Disrupting the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline for Girls in Virginia: A Multilevel Intervention.” The study is a continuation of the work of VCU’s Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation, or iCubed, on Disrupting Criminalization in Education. The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funded the three-year project at $425,000. 

Read the full VCU News article.