Lab Members Erin Glackin, Chloe Pickett, and Chloe Cristian present at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting

Gray Lab members are regular attendees at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meetings. This year, at the 34th annual meeting in Washington DC, Gray Lab PhD students Erin Glackin and Chloe Pickett, as well as undergraduate Research Assistant Chloe Cristian represented the lab at the conference. Glackin presented a symposium entitled “Mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences Predict Dysregulated Autonomic Activity in their Preschoolers,” a piece of our ongoing work on physiological stress regulation in mothers and their preschool children. Pickett and Cristian presented their poster “Maternal Attitudes towards Aggression Moderate Associations between Maternal Experiences of Early Adversity and Behavioral Problems in Preschoolers.” We are always very excited for opportunities to share our research, and very proud of Erin, Chloe, and Chloe for their hard work! 


Undergraduate Research Assistant, Chloe Cristian, Receives Presentation Grant

Chloe Cristian, a current senior and member of the Tulane Child and Family Lab, has been awarded the Conference Presentation Grant from Newcomb Tulane College. This grant will fund her travel costs to attend the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Annual Meeting this November in Washington D.C.  She will be attending along with Erin Glackin and Chloe Pickett, doctoral students in the Tulane Child and Family Lab. Glackin will be presenting a symposium titled “Mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences Predict Dysregulated Autonomic Activity in their Preschoolers,” and Pickett and Cristian will be presenting their poster, “Maternal Attitudes Towards Aggression Moderate Associations Between Maternal Violence Exposure and Behavior Problems in Preschoolers.”  

We are proud to have such strong representation at the ISTSS Annual Meeting, and especially proud of Chloe Cristian for earning this special funding opportunity. 

Lab Members Dr. Gray and Erin Glackin Co-Author Award Winning Paper with Dr. Drury

CFL collaborator Dr. Stacy Drury has been selected by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to receive the 2018 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, which recognizes the most significant paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the past year. The award winning paper, “Thinking Across Generations: Unique Contributions of Maternal Early Life and Prenatal Stress to Infant Physiology,” was co-authored by Dr. Sarah Gray and Gray Lab doctoral student Erin Glackin, as well as Dr. Kat Theall at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Christopher Jones, a doctoral student in Tulane’s Neuroscience program.  We are proud of our interdisciplinary work on the impact of trauma across generations being recognized by such an honor! 

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Graduate Student, Ginny Hatch, Wins Best Poster

Ginny Hatch, one of the graduate research assistants in the Tulane Child and Family Lab, recently received the Outstanding Poster Award in her division at the 2018 American Psychological Association conference. Her poster, “Social Support Buffers the Impact of Maternal Exposure to Violence on Children’s Externalizing Behaviors,” included findings that speak to the importance of relationships and their protective role following exposure to trauma. Congratulations Ginny, we are so proud of you!


Expanding Partnership with Local Head Start

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’s presentation at the World Association for Infant Mental Health in Rome

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. 

Graduate Student, Justin Carreras, Wins Best Poster

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! 

Lab Members Sarah Guillaume and Sam Perry Receive Undergraduate Summer Grant Funding!

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.  

Congratulations to both Sarah and Sam!

Summer Intern funding and blogs!

We are so proud of our 2 undergraduate research assistants, Victoria Parker and Sam Perry, who were awarded summer research funding through the Newcomb College Institute Summer Internship Program! 

Victoria also received a Newcomb Grant to help support our recruitment efforts! 

In addition to their hard work in the lab they will be blogging about their experiences. 

Check out their blogs here: 

Child and Family Lab attends Stop the Violence Event

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!