As part of our ongoing partnership with Kingsley House, a local New Orleans Head Start, the Tulane Child and Family Lab offered the first of a two part Professional Development series for teachers and social workers at the school. Lead presenters, Erin Glackin and Chloe Pickett, helped school staff learn about trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and the importance of relationships with adults for young children experiencing trauma.
We are so excited to come back to Kingsley House in July to delve even deeper into these topics!
Dr. Gray has traveled all the way to Rome to share some new findings from our ongoing Parent Child Coping Study, as well as Stacy Drury’s Infant Development Study! Her presentation, “Intergenerational Effects of Maternal Adverse Child Experiences on Children’s Stress Physiology: Evidence Across Age Groups” discussed her work with Christopher Jones, Erin Glackin, and Stacy Drury surrounding infant and child physiological stress markers, namely respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA). Across both infants and pre-school children, findings suggest that maternal adverse childhood experiences as well as maternal stress across her lifetime influence her child’s RSA response. These findings speak to the importance of early life experiences, reducing stress in pregnant women and mothers, and learning more about early relationships.
Justin Carreras, a research assistant in the Tulane Child and Family Lab who will begin his 5th year as a doctoral student this fall, has received another poster award! His poster, “Intergenerational Transmission of Emotion Regulation: Mediation through Mothers’ Responses to Children’s Negative Emotionality,” was awarded Best Poster at the 2018 Louisiana Psychological Association (LPA) Convention this May. He was also selected for an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award at the Louisiana School Psychology Association Annual Meeting back in 2016, for his poster about assessing low income mothers’ needs for parenting support services. Keep up the great work, Justin!
Rising junior, Sarah Guillaume has been granted Tulane’s Honors Program Summer Funding, numbering among several academically-gifted and intellectually curious students across academic majors to receive this special honor. Along with a living stipend, Sarah has also received $1000 in funding to use towards lab projects, including her poster project that will use our existing data to look at questions surrounding racial socialization.
Rising senior, Sam Perry, has received grant funding to work in our lab for the second summer in a row! This time, she has received the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Grant. She will spend the summer making progress on her upcoming Honors Thesis, which will examine physiological biosynchrony and child emotion and behavior regulation.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Child and Family Lab attended the Stop the Violence Fall Picnic at Educare New Orleans. Educare is one of the Head Start programs that our lab partners with in the New Orleans community. This event was a great way for our lab members to interact with families at Educare and support their efforts for stopping violence in New Orleans!
Dr. Gray was recently awarded the Deborah L. Rhatigan Early Career Award for Excellence in Violence Research from the Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence Special Interest Group of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
Dr. Gray will travel to NYC in October to receive the prize and talk about her research at the ABCT annual convention.
Dr. Gray was recently interviewed by WDSU news about the effect of violence on children in the local community and her ongoing research study to better understand how children and their caregivers cope with such trauma and violence.
To read more Click here or check out the video interview!
We are so proud to announce that our primary investigator, Sarah Gray, Ph.D., has received a prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grant through the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to help fund our work examining the effects of violence exposure on mothers and their preschool-aged children. Our research hopes to understand the potential impact of exposure to violence or other traumas early in life on children’s development in order to better inform prevention and intervention efforts.