The listings here will be expanded upon and updated on a regular basis. Resources selected for this page are intended to: (a) facilitate new collaborations between basic researchers and intervention/implementation investigators; (b) increase awareness of neuro-prevention research and its applicability in communities; (c) craft the science in an accessible way for policymakers.
New and particularly germane publications are included here and updated regularly. Additional literature on a variety of topics relevant to this line of research can be found below by clicking “View more”.
Garbarino, J.. (2022). The War-Zone Mentality — Mental Health Effects of Gun Violence in U.S. Children and Adolescents. New England Journal of Medicine.https://doi.org/10.1056/nejmp2209422
Thomson, D., Ryberg, R., Harper, K., Fuller, J., Paschall, K., Franklin, J., & Guzman, L. (2022). Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty. Child Trends.https://doi.org/10.56417/1555c6123
Slopen N, Heard-Garris N. 2022. Structural racism and pediatric health—a call for research to confront the origins of racial disparities in health. JAMA Pediatr. 176(1):13–15.https://doi.org/10.1001/ jamapediatrics.2021.3594
Dreyer BP. Cash Transfers and Reducing Child Poverty in the US. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Aug 22. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35994271.doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.2951
Trauma-informed care and path to reducing gun violence
August 1, 2022, AAP News
AAP President Moira A. Szilagyi, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Copeland WE, Tong G, Gaydosh L, Hill SN, Godwin J, Shanahan L, Costello EJ. Long-term Outcomes of Childhood Family Income Supplements on Adult Functioning. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Aug 22:e222946.Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35994270; PMCID: PMC9396462.doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.2946
van den Oord, C.L.J.D., Copeland, W.E., Zhao, M. et al. DNA methylation signatures of childhood trauma predict psychiatric disorders and other adverse outcomes 17 years after exposure. Mol Psychiatry (2022).https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-022-01597-5
Long, EC, Scott, JT, Craig, LE, Prendergast, S, Pugel, J, Crowley, DM. How substance use prevention research gets used in United States federal policy. Addiction. 2022; 117: 2235–2241.https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15874
Blanco C, Kato EU, Aklin WM, Tong ST, Bierman A, Meyers D, Volkow ND. Research to Move Policy – Using Evidence to Advance Health Equity for Substance Use Disorders. N Engl J Med. 2022 Jun 16;386(24):2253-2255. Epub 2022 Jun 11. PMID: 35687034.https://doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2202740.
Kovski NL, Hill HD, Mooney SJ, et al. Short-Term Effects of Tax Credits on Rates of Child Maltreatment Reports in the United States. Pediatrics 2022;150(1):e2021054939https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-054939
Yaun JA, Rogers LW, Marshall A, McCullers JA, Madubuonwu S. Whole Child Well-Child Visits: Implementing ACEs and SDOH Screenings in Primary Care. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2022 May 1:99228221093279. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35499122.https://doi.org/ 10.1177/00099228221093279
Opinion | We Pay to Keep the Old Out of Poverty. Why Won’t We Do the Same for the Young? – The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/07/opinion/sunday/child-tax-credit-social-security.html
Strategies for Preventing Opioid Use Disorders in North Carolina Communities: Executive Summaryhttps://frontier.fpg.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/NC-Brief-EBPs-and-Infrastructure-Supports.docx
Triplett RL, Lean RE, Parikh A, et al. Association of Prenatal Exposure to Early-Life Adversity With Neonatal Brain Volumes at Birth. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e227045.https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.7045
Brito, N.H., Werchan, D., Brandes‐Aitken, A., Yoshikawa, H., Greaves, A., Zhang, M., 2022. Paid maternal leave is associated with infant brain function at 3 months of age. Child Development.https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13765
Troller-Renfree, S. V., Costanzo, M. A., Duncan, G. J., Magnuson, K., Gennetian, L. A., Yoshikawa, H., Halpern-Meekin, S., et al. (2022). The impact of a poverty reduction intervention on infant brain activity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2022 Feb 01.https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2115649119
Build Back Better by Advancing Better Health, Equity, Family Well-Being, and Economic Recovery – Center for American Progress. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2022.https://www.americanprogress.org/article/build-back-better-advancing-better-health-equity-family-well-economic-recovery/
Re-Envisioning Early Childhood Policy and Practice in a World of Striking Inequality and Uncertainty – Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (n.d.). . Retrieved January 28, 2022.https://developingchild.harvard.edu/re-envisioning-ECD/
Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Social Determinants of Health: What Are Communities Doing? | Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2022.https://www.opioid-resource-connector.org/resources/addressing-opioid-crisis-through-social-determinants-of-health-what-are-communities-doing
Krumholz HM, Massey DS, Dorsey KB. Racism as a leading cause of death in the United States. BMJ. 2022 Jan 25;376:o213.https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o213
Bethell CD, Garner AS, Gombojav N, Blackwell C, Heller L, Mendelson T. Social and Relational Health Risks and Common Mental Health Problems Among US Children: The Mitigating Role of Family Resilience and Connection to Promote Positive Socioemotional and School-Related Outcomes. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Jan;31(1):45-70.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2021.08.001
Parents as Teachers Equity Research Brief: Partnering With Black Familieshttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/56be46a6b6aa60dbb45e41a5/t/6217ffaeec8c447673660897/1645739950385/RR_PATNC_research+brief_Black+families+Feb+22.pdf
Polanczyk, G. V. (2015). Addressing the evidence gap on preventive interventions. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(10), 793.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2015.07.014
Carlyle, M., Broomby, R., Simpson, G., Hannon, R., Fawaz, L., Mollaahmetoglu, O. M., Drain, J., Mostazir, M., & Morgan, C. J. A. (2021). A randomised, double-blind study investigating the relationship between early childhood trauma and the rewarding effects of morphine. Addiction Biology, 26(6), e13047.https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.13047
Iruka, I. U., Lewis, M. L., Lozada, F. T., Bocknek, E. L., & Brophy-Herb, H. E. (2021). Call to action: centering Blackness and disrupting systemic racism in infant mental health research and academic publishing. Infant Mental Health Journal, 42(6), 745-748.https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21950
Teicher MH, Gordon JB, Nemeroff CB. Recognizing the importance of childhood maltreatment as a critical factor in psychiatric diagnoses, treatment, research, prevention, and education. Mol Psychiatry. 2021 Nov 4:1–8. doi: 10.1038/s41380-021-01367-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34737457; PMCID: PMC8567985.https://doi.org/ 10.1038/s41380-021-01367-9
Yoon, S., Helsabeck, N., Wang, X., Logan, J., Pei, F., Hamby, S., & Slesnick, N. (2021). Profiles of resilience among children exposed to non-maltreatment adverse childhood experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(20), 10600.doi:https://doi-org.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/10.3390/ijerph182010600
Han Zhang, Ting-Yat Wong, Birit F P Broekman, Yap-Seng Chong, Lynette P Shek, Peter D Gluckman, Kok Hian Tan, Michael J Meaney, Marielle V Fortier, Anqi Qiu, Maternal Adverse Childhood Experience and Depression in Relation with Brain Network Development and Behaviors in Children: A Longitudinal Study, Cerebral Cortex, Volume 31, Issue 9, September 2021, Pages 4233–4244https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhab081
Shonkoff JP, Slopen N, Williams DR. 2021. Early childhood adversity, toxic stress, and the impacts of racism on the foundations of health. Annu. Rev. Public Health 42:115–34. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurevpublhealth-090419-101940www.annualreviews.org
Forkey H, Szilagyi M, Kelly ET, Duffee J, Springer SH, Fortin K, Jones VF, Greiner V, Booth M, Ochs TJ, Partap AN.(2021). Trauma-informed care. Pediatrics. Aug 1;148(2).https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-052580
Duffee J, Szilagyi M, Forkey H, Kelly ET.(2021).Trauma-informed care in child health systems. Pediatrics. Aug 1;148(2).https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-052579
Garner, A., & Yogman, M. (2021). Preventing childhood toxic stress: Partnering with families and communities to promote relational health. Pediatrics, 148(2).https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-052582
Meek, S., Iruka, I. U., Allen, R., Yazzie, D. A., Fernandez, V., Catherine, E., McIntosh, K., Gordon, L., Gilliam, W., Hemmeter, M. L., Blevins, D., & Powell, T. (2020). Fourteen priorities to dismantle systemic racism in early care and education. Children’s Equity Project.https://childandfamilysuccess.asu.edu/cep
Cohen Ross, D., Guyer, J., Lam, A., Toups, M. (2019). “Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: A Blueprint for Leveraging Medicaid and CHIP to Finance Change.” Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy.https://cssp.org/ resource/medicaid-blueprint/
Purtle, J., Lê-Scherban, F., Wang, X., Brown, E., & Chilton, M.. (2019). State Legislators’ Opinions About Adverse Childhood Experiences as Risk Factors for Adult Behavioral Health Conditions. Psychiatric Services, 70(10), 894–900.https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201900175
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2019. Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Presshttps://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.acap.2017.02.004
Compton WM, Jones CM, Baldwin GT, Harding FM, Blanco C, Wargo EM. Targeting Youth to Prevent Later Substance Use Disorder: An Underutilized Response to the US Opioid Crisis. Am J Public Health. 2019 Jun;109(S3):S185-S189. PMID: 31242006; PMCID: PMC6595524.https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305020
Cohen Ross, D., Guyer, J., Lam, A., Toups, M. (2019). “Fostering Social
and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: A Blueprint for
Leveraging Medicaid and CHIP to Finance Change.” Washington, DC:
Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Bethell, C. D., Gombojav, N., & Whitaker, R. C. (2019). Family resilience and connection promote flourishing among US children, even amid adversity. Health Affairs, 38(5), 729-737.https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05425
Fagan, A.A., Bumbarger, B.K., Barth, R.P. et al. (2019). Scaling up Evidence-Based Interventions in US Public Systems to Prevent Behavioral Health Problems: Challenges and Opportunities. Prev Sci 20, 1147–1168 (2019).https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-019-01048-8
Wolf EJ, et al. Traumatic stress and accelerated DNA methylation age: A meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Jun;92:123-134. Epub 2017 Dec 27. PMID: 29452766; PMCID: PMC5924645.doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.12.007.
Bethell CD, Carle A, Hudziak J, Gombojav N, Powers K, Wade R, Braveman P. Methods to Assess Adverse Childhood Experiences of Children and Families: Toward Approaches to Promote Child Well-being in Policy and Practice. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep-Oct;17(7S):S51-S69.https://doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.04.161
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention by Communities to Promote Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health in Children: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.https://doi.org/10.17226/24709
Fisher PA, Beauchamp KG, Roos LE, Noll LK, Flannery J, Delker BC. The Neurobiology of Intervention and Prevention in Early Adversity. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2016;12:331-57.https:// doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032814-112855. Epub 2015 Dec 7. PMID: 26666968.
Shonkoff, J.P. and Bales, S.N. (2011), Science Does Not Speak for Itself: Translating Child Development Research for the Public and Its Policymakers. Child Development, 82: 17-32.https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01538.x
Scientific Conferences and Webinars
The National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC 2022) will be held virtually on June 27–29, 2022. Agenda topics include: Addressing Historical Inequities in Early Care and Education: Strategies to Support Workforce Equity; Long-term Effects of North Carolina Pre-K in Context; and Supporting Children and Families through a Pandemic: Head Start’s Response to the Challenges of COVID-19. The conference is free but registration is required at http://nrcec.net/register.html.
PACES Connection presents a virtual conversation with best-selling author Bruce Perry on June 28th from 1:30-3:00PM ET. Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection; Mathew Portell, PACEs Connections’ director of communities, and Perry, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, will engage in a conversation concerning historical trauma and Perry’s best-selling book “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.”
Carolina Seminar Series
The recording, slides and graphic read-out of the Spring 2022 Carolina Seminar Series on the Dual Impact of COVID-19 and Systematic Racism and Inequity on Children’s Developmental Trajectories in the Early Years are now available.
Graphic read out (digital illustration and graphic recording).
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Monthly webinars to learn about the latest research from international experts in the field of brain and behavior research including addiction, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD and schizophrenia.
Building a National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience
Recordings of the 2022 Building a National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience workshops, a series of 9 workshops presented by the Campaign for Trauma-informed Policy and Practice, the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives, & PACEs Connection, are available for viewing at https://www.npscoalition.org/prevent-trauma-workshop-series.
Carolina Consortium on Human Development
Recordings of the Spring 2022 Consortium series can be viewed at https://cchd.web.unc.edu/consortium-video-archives/. This semester’s theme was: Leveraging Developmental Science to Inform Personalized Interventions: A Neuro-prevention Framework for Mitigating the Impact of Adverse Contexts on Developmental Trajectories.
Society for Neuroscience
Join the nearly half a million neuroscientists from around the world who have propelled their careers at an SfN annual meeting — the premier global neuroscience event.
Society for Prevention Research
The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being. Annual meetings take place immediately after Memorial Day.
National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Innovation Speaker Series
The goals of these NIMH lectures are to promote innovation, invention, and scientific discovery, to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought.
Recent lectures pertaining to child neurodevelopment include: Dr Cynthia Rogers, Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development, https://youtu.be/HfgKhibUsrw,
and Dr Damien Fair, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data, https://youtu.be/A7hWg8Pl8Z8.
Reducing stigma to help combat the opioid epidemic.
Preventing mental health disorders may be key to thwarting the opioid crisis.
Opioid settlement: Use it to help kids.
The global rise in racism is a strategic weapon in Putin’s arsenal.
Racism: A Guaranteed way to Destabilize a Nation-Opinion
Experts Say We Have the Tools to Fight Addiction. So Why Are More Americans Overdosing Than Ever?
It takes a community to prevent opiate and heroin abuse
Blame Won’t Curb the Fentanyl Crisis
The media and the myth of the unharmed child
Preventing mental health disorders may be key to thwarting the opioid crisis
Preventing mental health disorders may be key to thwarting the opioid crisis
It takes a community to prevent opiate and heroin abuse