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Child Trends: Five ways trauma-informed care supports children’s development

Child Trends Contributors: Jessica Dym Bartlett, Kristin Anderson Moore, April Wilson, and Zakia Redd Childhood trauma is common. More than two thirds of children in the United States experience a traumatic event or circumstances—such as abuse or neglect, death of a loved one, or community violence—by the time they turn 16. Young children (birth to […]

What enhancements increase adherence in self-guided, web-based interventions? New study provides insights

Moskowitz, J. T., Addington, E. L., Shiu, E., Bassett, S. M., Schuette, S., Kwok, I., Freedman, M.E., Leykin, Y., Saslow, L. R., Cohn, M. A., & Cheung, E. O. (2023). Facilitator Contact, Discussion Boards, and Virtual Badges as Adherence Enhancements to a Web-Based, Self-guided, Positive Psychological Intervention for Depression: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical […]

Coaching in the Modern Era: Examining the Training of Coaches Providing Digital Guided Self Help for Mental Health Concerns.

Reference: Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Rojas, E., Topooco, N., Rackoff, G. N., Zainal, N. H., Eisenberg, D., … & Newman, M. G. (2023). Training, supervision, and experience of coaches offering digital guided self-help for mental health concerns. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study: Recent research has shown that approximately half […]

Charting the Path to Youth Mental Health: Unveiling the Impact of Peer Support Interventions

Reference: Murphy, R., Huggard, L., Fitzgerald, A., Hennessy, E., & Booth, A. (2023). A systematic scoping review of peer support interventions in integrated primary youth mental health care. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study: In today’s world, young people often struggle to access appropriate mental health support. In response […]

The Mental Health Crisis Affecting Black Men & Boys

In “The Invisible Ache”, Courtney B. Vance and psychologist Dr. Robin L. Smith delve deeply into the alarming mental health crisis Black men and boys are experiencing across America. Drawing attention to the CDC’s unsettling findings of the rapid surge in suicide rates among this demographic, Dr. Smith highlights how historical racial trauma alongside the […]

Senior Living Options for LGBTQIA+ Adults

Summarized by Ariel Ervin (Featured Article Reviewed by Dr. Brindusa Vanta, MD, Senior Homes) Although access to clean, safe housing and sufficient care is essential for older adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals face barriers to accessing it. Because of the discrimination they experience due to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, finding living options that make them […]

Addressing the Trauma of Undocumented Immigrant Children and Families

    Date: November 3, 2023, Noon-1 PM EST/9-10 AM PST In an era marked by heightened animosity towards unauthorized immigrants in America, harsh immigrant policies contribute to detentions and deportations that result in detrimental consequences (e.g., family separation and compounded trauma), highlighting the need for policymakers and mental health professionals to address the adverse […]

Mobile mental health apps: Should we recommend them?

By Andrew J Schuman, MD, Reprinted from Contemporary Pediatrics Following the release of the iPhone in 2007 and the introduction of the App Store in 2008, mobile health care applications eventually appeared that were designed to help patients count calories, track exercise, and monitor chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. In 2023, with […]

How Can We Leverage Mentors to Build Student Resilience?

Developed by Manolya Tanyu, Reprinted from the National Center on Safe Supportive Environments Mental health is a dynamic state of balance between one’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being (Galderisi et al., 2015). Everyday stresses can affect this balance. Stress may result from, for example, poverty; marginalization; historical trauma; lack of safety at home, school, and/or […]

Navigating the Pandemic Storm: The Link Between Mentoring and Mental Health in College Science & Engineering Students

Reference: Saw, G. K., Chang, C. N., Lin, S., Hernandez, P. R., & Culbertson, R. (2023). Disparities in mentoring and mental health problems of US college students in science and engineering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Educational Psychology, 43(5), 509-530. Summarized by: Ellen Parry Luff About the Study The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges […]