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! 

Congratulations to Victoria Parker!

We are so proud of CFL research assistant and graduating senior, Victoria Parker, who received two awards from the Tulane Psychology Department this week. Victoria was not only recognized as one of only seven graduating psychology majors to complete an honor’s thesis this year but was also named a 2018 Senior Scholar due to her outstanding performance in both academics and research. This is the highest honor given to an undergraduate in the department, and it couldn’t be more deserved. Congratulations, Victoria! We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Defenses and traveling to Michigan to expand our work

This Spring has been busy for the Child and Family lab! Graduate student Elsa Obus successfully defended her Master’s Thesis proposal, titled “Communicating with young children about police, arrest, and incarceration: Black mothers’ perspectives.” Tulane Senior Victoria Parker, who has been with the lab since her sophomore year, also successfully defended her Honor’s Thesis, titled “Hot and cool self-regulation in preschoolers exposed to community violence and the socio-emotional cascade.” Finally, Erin Glackin completed her comprehensive exams and is now a doctoral candidate, having defended a draft of her NIH F31 proposal titled, “Integrating risk and resilience: Differential susceptibility to violence and sensitive parenting in early childhood.” Congratulations, team!

With the support of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS) and the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gray will be traveling to the University of Michigan later this spring to work with her senior colleagues, Drs. Maria Muzik and Katherine Rosenblum, and learn about bringing their two-generation intervention for mothers of young children, called Mom Power, back to Louisiana. 

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: 

https://newcombcollegeinstitute.wordpress.com/author/samperry97/ 

https://newcombcollegeinstitute.wordpress.com/author/vrparker3/ 

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! 

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Congratulations to Dr. Gray on her new award!

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.

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