UConn Centers Offer Free Professional Development to Local School Wellness Teams – September 13, 2023
Background Rocio Chang-Angulo, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health and is a researcher, teacher, and clinician who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of psychological trauma in children, adolescents and adults
National LGBTQ+ Survey Finds Many Teens Out to Family, Hopeful for Future; Problem Areas Remain – September 11, 2023
A CSCH Brief by Kyle DeMeo Cook, Kevin Ferreira van Leer, Caitlin Lombardi, and Vanessa Esquivel
A CSCH Brief by Benton M. Renley, Ryan J. Watson, and Helene M. Marcy
UConn Kinesiology Professor Explores Efficacy of Ride-On-Toy Navigation Training to Improve Motor Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy – August 21, 2023
Brief #4 in a Series by Jessica B. Koslouski, Oscar Ruiz, Helene M. Marcy, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
Brief #3 in a Series by Jessica B. Koslouski, Oscar Ruiz, Helene M. Marcy, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
Brief #2 in a Series by Jessica B. Koslouski, Helene M. Marcy, Oscar Ruiz, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
Brief #1 in a Series by Jessica B. Koslouski, Oscar Ruiz, Helene M. Marcy, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
UConn Researchers Awarded $1 Million to Research COVID-19’s Impact on Children’s Health – August 18, 2023
Confronting America’s Gun Violence Epidemic(s) – July 11, 2023
UConn Faculty Awarded $2M in Federal Funding to Support School Wellness in CT – June 16, 2023
CSCH and the UConn Rudd Center have jointly received CDC funding to protect and improve the health and well-being of school-age children and adolescents
Feel Your Best Self Collaborative Puppetry Project Wins Telly Awards – June 7, 2023
Pioneering Puppet Project ‘Feel Your Best Self’ Coming to More Screens Near You – June 5, 2023
3 Ways To Support Mental Health at Work – June 1, 2023
A discussion about an initiative in Connecticut that uses restorative practices to reduce juvenile justice involvement and improve school mental health outcomes.
Background Emma Zuk will soon receive her PhD from UConn in the Department of Kinesiology, focusing on physical activity engagement in children
Chris Cipriano, Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of the Education Collaboratory at Yale talks about her team’s work in social emotional learning.
UConn Waterbury’s W.I.S.H. Festival was a stunning success – April 20, 2023
UConn Waterbury Plays Host to First-Ever W.I.S.H. Fest – April 19, 2023
Founders of the UConn Center for Advancing, Research, Methods, and Scholarship in Gun Injury Prevention talk about the impact of gun violence on kids’ health and the policies and practices that can address gun violence prevention.
A CSCH Brief by Christina Ross, PhD, RN
Background Michelle Cole, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UConn School of Nursing. Her main areas of scholarship involve global health, global learning, and pediatric health
Teenage Composer, Producer of Feel Your Best Self Theme Song: ‘It All Will Be OK’ – March 15, 2023
Public Health Insurance for Parents Improves Children’s Reading Skills, UConn HDFS Study Finds – March 13, 2023
How Puppets Can Help Kids Express Emotions – March 10, 2023
Helping kids feel being their best selves with puppets – February 24, 2023
A CSCH Brief by Kathleen M. Williamson, Jessica B. Koslouski, Helene M. Marcy & Sandra M. Chafouleas
Providing healthy and free school lunches for all – February 21, 2023
Community Researcher Examines North Hartford Health Disparities – February 16, 2023
Feel Your Best Self Collaborative Project Wins Kidscreen Award – February 15, 2023
Background Kathleen Williamson, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with both CSCH and the Neag School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology
The Feel Your Best Self toolkit, developed by CSCH and the UConn Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, has won a 2023 Kidscreen Award, recognizing it as being among the “best children’s TV and digital media content in the world.”
Providing school meals for all is a win for CT families – February 13, 2023
Junk food abounds on YouTube videos for kids – February 9, 2023
CSCH Postdoctoral Scholars Jessica Koslouski and Kathleen Williamson describe the CSCH WSCC Blueprint tools geared to helping schools implement the WSCC model.
The Darién Gap in Focus: Exhibition Centers the Stories of Migrants Traveling through Panama in Transit to the U.S.-Mexico Border – January 31, 2023
Background Damion Grasso, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
The power of puppets: New toolkit helps kids process “heavy feelings” – January 6, 2023
UConn Professors Jean Coffey, Damion Grasso, and Cynthia Jones discuss the benefits of nature and how to get outside.
Feel Your Best Self Collaborative Project Nominated for Kidscreen Award – December 19, 2022
Developing High School Students into Data Scientists – December 19, 2022
A Sandy Hook reflection: Gun violence is preventable — if we want – December 14, 2022
CSCH Director of Programs & Communications Helene Marcy interviews the creators of Feel Your Best Self, a toolkit that uses puppets to teach children strategies that promote emotional well-being.
Pandemic Journaling Project Continues to Grow and Develop – December 7, 2022
For Adolescents, Word Choice Matters When Talking About Body Weight – December 2, 2022
Derek Houston Brings New Expertise on Auditory Experiences, Language Development to UConn – November 30, 2022
Streamers rule Kidscreen Awards nominations – November 29, 2022
In one first-grade classroom, puppets teach children to ‘shake out the yuck’ – November 11, 2022
Background Dr. Jean S. Coffey Ph.D., APRN, CPNP, FAAN is a Clinical Professor in the UConn School of Nursing and has worked in the clinical setting for over 40 years
Background Dr. Rachal Chazan Cohen Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut. Her main research interest is in how early childhood programs support children’s development and family well-being
Helping Schools Put ‘Whole Child’ into Policy and Practice – September 20, 2022
UConn Social Work Scholar Mogro-Wilson Achieves a Pair of ‘Firsts’ in Reaching Milestones – September 14, 2022
Background Dr. Eileen Condon Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her interests are in promoting health and health equity among children and families who are socially and economically marginalized
Belonging Runs Deep Among Physical Therapy Students, Faculty, and Staff – August 26, 2022
We are pleased to announce that we have three new CSCH Steering Committee Members joining us this fall
Puppets Get the Laser Treatment – August 17, 2022
UConn Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Encourages Experiential Learning, Sees Tremendous Student Success – July 21, 2022
UConn Study Finds Interprofessional Communication May Aid Family Reunification in Child Welfare Cases – July 20, 2022
Rudd Center’s Puhl Featured on Panel Addressing Weight Stigma in the Media – July 7, 2022
Multidisciplinary Team Wins $3M for Graduate Programs – June 28, 2022
Can Food Taxes and Subsidies Help Improve Health Outcomes? – June 23, 2022
School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments – June 7, 2022
Changes are coming to school meals nationwide – an expert in food policy explains – June 7, 2022
A CSCH Brief by Helene M. Marcy, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Marlene B. Schwartz, and Sarah L. McKee
To end gun violence we need to address poverty – May 31, 2022
CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas interviews a panel of experts on the state of social emotional learning in Connecticut.
Standing Against Despair – May 26, 2022
A CSCH and Rudd Center Tip Sheet for Connecticut researchers
In partnership with The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, CSCH has created he Feel Your Best Self toolkit designed to promote emotional well-being through 12 simple strategies using videos, puppetry, and journaling.
Feel Your Best Self: Educators, Puppets Unite to Teach Kids About Emotions – May 11, 2022
Gun Violence Misinformation Panel Speaks to Creating Informed Policy Debate – April 26, 2022
A CSCH Brief by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Beth Russell, Helene M. Marcy, and Lisa Sanetti
Free School Lunch Program Coming to an End – April 15, 2022
Background Preeti Sandhu PsyD, is a pediatric psychologist in the division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Her main research interest is in chronic pediatric pain management and she has past experience in providing education on the utilization of trauma-based therapy.
A CSCH Brief by Angel Ojide, Emily A. Iovino, Jessica Koslouski, Sandra M. Chafouleas, and Helene M. Marcy
Nurse Researcher Receives $15,000 Grant from UConn InCHIP to Investigate Inherited Stress in Black Mothers and Preterm Infants – April 11, 2022
Study Reveals How Parents Talk About Their Teen’s Weight, and How Teens Feel About It – April 8, 2022
A CSCH Tip Sheet based on the CSCH/InCHIP panel discussion, Whole Child Well-Being: Advancing Research Dissemination in Policy and Practice
Do current advertising rules for children’s products go far enough to protect their health? – April 5, 2022
New Report Reveals Industry-Led Initiative Fails to Protect Kids from Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages – April 5, 2022
An Info-graphic based on an article by Jessica B. Koslouski and Sandra M. Chafouleas
We recently interviewed Richard Hiskes about his thoughts on the human rights of children for a CSCH Podcast Episode.
CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas interviews UConn Professor Emeritus Richard Hiskes about his thoughts on the human rights of children.
A CSCH Brief by Caitlin McPherran Lombardi, Kyle DeMeo Cook, and Eleanor Fisk
Background Christina Ross PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the UConn School of Nursing. Her main research interests focus on the promotion of sexual and reproductive health among vulnerable youth, specifically African-American girls in foster care.
Schools will stop serving free lunch to all students – a pandemic solution left out of a new federal spending package – March 14, 2022
Learn about CSCH and what we’ve accomplished so far. ï»¿
New bill aims to improve meals in Illinois schools – March 8, 2022
Join us for a virtual workshop about how researchers can map their policy landscape and create a plan to build relationships with policy stakeholders on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
Nurse Researcher Receives Health Equity Research Award – February 16, 2022
Background Sudha Srinivasan PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy program within the Department of Kinesiology in the UConn College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources.
Multi-tiered Trauma Informed Support with Prof. Sandra Chafouleas – February 11, 2022
Pandemic-related school closings likely to have far-reaching effects on child well-being – February 9, 2022
A CSCH Brief by Emily A. Iovino, Jessica B. Koslouski, Sandra M. Chafouleas, and Hannah Y. Perry
CSCH Affiliates Jenn Cavallari, Alicia Dugan, and Lisa Sanetti discuss their study focused on improving the mental well-being of school teachers and how they work as an interdisciplinary team.
The Science of Distraction: Neag Professor Explores Fluctuations of Attention During Science Learning – January 21, 2022
More than masks and critical race theory – 3 tasks you should be prepared to do before you run for school board – January 18, 2022
Join us for a virtual panel discussion about how to effectively communicate research results within a policy sphere on Monday, February 28, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
An Info-graphic based on an article by Emily A. Iovino, Jessica B. Koslouski, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
Background Ido Davidesco, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences in the Department of Educational Psychology at UConn’s Neag School of Education
CT child care centers lost out on $30M in federal food funding – December 24, 2021
COVID-19 Has Left Children In Crisis; CT Should Improve Access To Mental Health Care – December 13, 2021
We have a strong student research team this year! We asked our student team members to share bit about themselves, their interests, and what drew them to CSCH
Celebrating Holiday Traditions – December 10, 2021
Nurse Researcher Receives NIH Grant to Help Women Manage Breastfeeding Pain – December 9, 2021
Study: USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program Underused By Connecticut Child Care Centers – December 6, 2021
Our CSCH “Building Simple Action Plans to Strengthen Your Well Being” Webinar is geared to school personnel. See accompanying materials.
CSCH has developed a Webinar “Building Simple Action Plans to Strengthen Your Well Being” and Related Materials for School Personnel
Background Jessica Koslouski, PhD is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Collaboratory on School and Child Health at UConn and in the Department of Educational Psychology in the UConn Neag School of Education
CSCH recently asked CSCH Affiliate Valerie Duffy, Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, to tell us about the Healthy Family Connecticut Project, which provides food and nutrition information for Connecticut families.
Study: International Support for Policies to Address Weight-Based Bullying & Discrimination – November 4, 2021
A CSCH Brief by Emily A. Iovino, Hannah Y. Perry, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Jessica Koslouski, & Helene M. Marcy
New Study Reveals Marketing Disproportionately Affects Purchases of Sweetened Children’s Drinks by Households with Low Incomes – October 26, 2021
Nurse Researcher Xiaomei Cong Receives the 2021 Virginia A. Henderson Award – October 20, 2021
Background Valerie Duffy, PhD is a registered dietitian, Professor, and Director of the Graduate Program in Health Promotion Sciences, the Department of Allied Health Sciences
New Research Study to Investigate — and Address — Teacher Stress – October 12, 2021
A CSCH Tip Sheet by Jessica Koslouski
CSCH Affiliate Leah Lessard discusses her research on the role popular peers may play in reducing weight-based bullying in schools.
A CSCH Brief by Beth Russell, Morica Hutchison, and Helene M. Marcy
Background Gio Iacono, PhD is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s School of Social Work and is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker by training
Back To School 2021: Supporting The Social And Emotional Needs Of Students – September 2, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Beth Russell, Associate Professor in HDFS and CSCH Steering Committee member, has taken on the role of CSCH Co-Director. Russell recently answered some questions about how she became interested in her field and what drew her to CSCH.
Students are returning to school with anxiety, grief and gaps in social skills – will there be enough school mental health resources? – August 23, 2021
CSCH is pleased to announce its NEW Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) resources for schools
A CSCH Brief by Breanna McFarlane, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Marlene B. Schwartz, Helene M. Marcy, Jessica Koslouski, and Emily Iovino
A CSCH Crosswalk written by Emily A. Iovino, Sandra M. Chafouleas, and Hanna Y. Perry
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sugary Drink Consumption Exacerbated by Exposure to Neighborhood Fast Food and Convenience Stores – August 6, 2021
Free Academy Coaches School Leaders in Supporting Well-Being – August 12, 2021
Millions of kids get suspended or expelled each year – but it doesn’t address the root of the behavior – August 11, 2021
UConn Researcher Adapting Mindfulness Program for LGBTQIA+ Youth for Online Use – August 5, 2021
Adolescents Report Increase in Weight Stigma on Social Media during COVID-19 Pandemic – July 28, 2021
Pandemic has teens feeling worried, unmotivated and disconnected from school – July 22, 2021
Five Weeks at B.R.A.I.N. Camp Could Give Kids a Brighter Future – July 20, 2021
Neag School Researcher Testing Strategies to Support Teachers’ Intervention Implementation – July 15, 2021
Study Reveals ‘Major Limitations’ to Fast-food Industry Self Regulation of Advertising to Children – June 22, 2021
Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth – June 17, 2021
Color-coded Nutrition Info Helps Food Pantry Clients Choose Healthier Options – May 25, 2021
Can gut health fight COVID? UConn researchers examine the link – May 24, 2021
More Joy — Less Catch-up — Experts Counsel Local Schools – May 23, 2021
CSCH Affiliate Melissa Bray is one of the directors of the UConn Mind-Body Health Research Interest Group. Bray recently answered some questions about how she got interested in mind-body health (MBH), why it’s beneficial and how schools can incorporate MBH interventions into their SEL curriculum.
A CSCH Brief by Lisa Sanetti, Jennifer Cavallari, & Alicia Dugan
UConn Selected to Help Create National Network on Emotional Wellbeing Research – May 5, 2021
A CSCH Brief by Lisa Sanetti, Alicia Dugan, & Jennifer Cavallari
What Can Teachers Learn From Students’ Brainwaves? – May 4, 2021
CSCH Affiliates Jaci Vanheest and Nneka Arinze, along with Cassandra Rowett, discuss the importance of play and physical activity.
UConn Health Researchers Receive a $3.1 Million Dollar Grant to Study Pandemic-Related Stress in Families with Infants – April 22, 2021
The Role of Communities in Refugee Resettlement – April 21, 2021
In April 2020 CSCH staff surveyed family caregivers of children with and without disabilities to explore their mental and emotional well-being resulting from COVID-19. We followed up 6 months later to see how they were faring. Our three briefs describe how they were managing.
Bringing ‘behavioral vaccines’ to school: 5 ways educators can support student well-being – April 8, 2021
Parents Confused about Healthier Drinks for Kids Not Helped by Labeling of Fruit Drinks, Flavored Water and Unsweetened Juice – April 8, 2021
Fruit drink labeling is confusing to many parents, study finds – April 8, 2021
Reopening schools requires doing less, better – April 7, 2021
How social media turns online arguments between teens into real-world violence – April 5, 2021
A CSCH Brief by Kerri M. Raissian, Megan Feely and Helene M. Marcy
Confronting Gun Violence With Scholarship – March 31, 2021
Helping Change Health Behaviors with the Click of a Button – March 29, 2021
Rudd Center’s Schwartz Helps Develop Toolkit For Food Banks – March 23, 2021
Background Fumiko Hoeft MD, PhD is a Professor of Psychological Sciences, Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at UConn, and Director of Laboratory for Learning Engineering and Neural Systems (brainLENS) at UConn/University of California San Francisco. She is a psychiatrist and neurophysiologist by training, turned developmental cognitive neuroscientist
Too Hot or Too Cold? UConn Researcher Finds ‘Goldilocks Problem’ in Child Welfare Decision-Making – March 9, 2021
CSCH Affiliate Sarah Willen is one of the founders of the Pandemic Journaling Project. Willen recently answered some questions about how it started, the recent inclusion of older adolescents as participants, and how teachers can incorporate the site as a resource.
Q&A: Supporting Your Child’s Well-Being During the Pandemic – February 24, 2021
A CSCH and CBER Position Statement by George Sugai and Sandra M. Chafouleas”
Public Policy, Social Work Researchers: Antipoverty Programs Can Help Reduce Child Neglect – February 22, 2021
A CSCH Brief by Hannah Y. Perry, Emily A. Iovino, Jacqueline M. Caemmerer, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
‘Teen Suicide During COVID-19: The Second Crisis In Our Schools’ looks at how to solve a dire problem – February 18, 2021
Teen Suicide During COVID-19: The Second Crisis In Our Schools – February 17, 2021
Helping Kids Decode their Brains – February 15, 2021
‘Right Now Feels So Long and Without Any End in Sight’ – February 15, 2021
Episode 78: The Voice of the Huskies – February 10, 2021
Background Caitlin Lombardi, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences . Her primary research interests are the role of family, early care and education, school, and community in promoting cognitive, language, socioemotional, and health outcomes and the ways in which socioeconomic disadvantage is related to children’s development
How Connecticut’s schools have managed to maintain lunch distribution for kids who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic – February 2, 2021
Nurse Researchers Study How to Increase COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Among Underserved Hispanic Families – February 1, 2021
Onset of COVID Pandemic Significantly Threatened CT School Meal Programs – January 28, 2021
Trump’s reaction to defeat further confirms urgency for school focus on social emotional skills – January 19, 2021
Food Pantries Use Nutrition Information to Increase Healthy Food Orders – January 7, 2021
Background Emily Iovino, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) and is also a school psychologist. Her primary areas of research are centered on the primary caregivers of children with developmental disabilities
COVID-19 means a lot more work for families of children with disabilities, but schools can help – December 16, 2020
CSCH recently completed a survey of district and school leaders about how the pandemic has affected their priorities and concerns. Results indicated that one of their biggest worries is social and emotional wellness. That prompted us to do a podcast series on the topic.
CSCH Steering Committee member Jeana Bracey, CSCH Affiliate Damion Grasso, and Michelle Doucette Cunningham discuss what schools and communities can do to promote child wellness during COVID-19.
Distinguished Neag professor aims to help school efforts to integrate health and learning – December 4, 2020
Background Jesse Mala is an Assistant Visiting Professor in the UConn Department of Educational Leadership sports management program. He studies how sport can be used to promote positive development among Black and Latinx youth in poverty.
It’s time for COVID-19 disaster relief … for mothers – November 23, 2020
Check out our CSCH briefs on CT School Administrator Perspectives on Shifting Priorities During COVID-19, Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline Practices, Virtual Peace Rooms, and the Social and Emotional Well-being of College Students: https://csch.uconn.edu/brief-reports/
CSCH Steering Committee members Alice Forrester and Beth Russell, along with CSCH Postdoctoral Scholar Emily Iovino, discuss what schools and communities can do to promote family wellness.
UConn Professor Starts Foundation to Help Empower Those Affected by Rare Diseases – November 11, 2020
Concerns About Child’s Weight Increase Risk for Family Weight Teasing – November 9, 2020
Background Jessica Hollenbach, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Asthma Center at Connecticut Children’s and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include the implementation and dissemination of effective asthma programs in underprivileged communities
CSCH Steering Committee member Lisa Sanetti, Ravit Stein, and CSCH Affiliate Taylor Koriakin discuss what schools can do to promote employee wellness.
A CSCH Brief by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Emily A. Iovino, Marlene B. Schwartz, & Helene M. Marcy
Barriers in Food Access Contribute to Inequitable Risks of Obesity and Food Insecurity Among Food Pantry Clients – October 21, 2020
UConn Researcher Receives CDC Grant to Develop Social Media-Based Intervention to Prevent Gun Injury – October 20, 2020
A CSCH Brief by Emily A. Iovino, Jannell Brown, Alyssa Bunyea, Breanna McFarlane, Angel Ojide, Hannah Perry, Daniel Schwartzman, Cyrus Smith, and Sandra M. Chafouleas
A CSCH Crosswalk written by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Amy M. Briesch, Jennifer N. Dineen, and Helene M. Marcy
Schooling, Caregiving, and Emotional Support during COVID – October 7, 2020
A CSCH Brief written by Caitlin Elsaesser, Aditi Das and Helene Marcy
Background Maria LaRusso, EdD is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Her primary research concerns how children’s growth and well-being is shaped by relationships and supports across different contexts
The purpose of this project is to evaluate reported stress, caregiving burden, and personal well-being needs of caregivers of children with moderate and severe developmental disabilities compared to caregivers of typically developing children. This study is funded by a seed grant from the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) […]
CSCH Affiliate Jesse Mala discusses his research looking at the relationship between sport & physical activity and working memory & perceptions of school climate among youth living in poverty.
Weight Stigma Predicts Emotional Distress and Binge Eating During COVID-19 – September 10, 2020
A Spillover Effect: Medicaid Expansion Leads to Healthier Dietary Choices – September 8, 2020
Background Jon Phillips, PhD is an Assistant Professor at UConn’s School of Social Work. His primary research concerns inter-professional collaboration in people-serving systems. Phillips is particularly interested in the child welfare system
Pandemic Hitting Families Of Those With Disabilities Harder – August 28, 2020
CSCH recently released two reports about schools’ trauma-informed response to COVID-19.
CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas and Amy Briesch of Northeastern University discuss the IES-funded NEEDs2 project that explored what school personnel and families think about the role for schools in student social, emotional, and behavioral screening.
A CSCH Brief written by Emily A. Iovino, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Alyssa Bunyea, and Hannah Y. Perry
A CSCH Brief written by Sandra M. Chafouleas and Emily A. Iovino
Strategies for Fostering an Emotionally Safe School Environment – July 10, 2020
A CSCH Report written by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Taylor A. Koriakin, Emily A. Iovino, Jeana Bracey, & Helene M. Marcy
Rudd Center: Beverage Companies Spent More than $1 Billion in Advertising for Sugary Drinks and Energy Drinks in 2018 – June 23, 2020
The Neag Foundation has provided the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health with a two-year grant to facilitate work in the Think about the Link Project
Many LGBTQ Teens Report Bullying that Extends Beyond Their Sexual and Gender Orientations – June 15, 2020
Our Teens are missing so many milestones, but there are things we can do – June 14, 2020
A CSCH Brief written by Sandra M. Chafouleas and Helene M. Marcy
A CSCH Report written by Sandra M. Chafouleas and Helene M. Marcy
Background Julian Ford, Ph.D is a board-certified clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
School Wellness Policies Key to Ensuring New York Schools Adopt Healthier Nutrition and Exercise Standards – May 7, 2020
Research Spotlight: Looking at food policy with UConn’s Rudd Center – April 28, 2020
As Families Struggle During Pandemic, Children At High Risk for Neglect – April 27, 2020
5 things college students should include in a plan for their wellness – April 27, 2020
Our latest email shared information about a COVID-19 study that our research team is doing, a short list of resources from some great organizations and how to help those in need and provided needed supplies. We have included some of those here.
A CSCH Brief written by Kerri M. Raissian, Megan Feely, Daniel Schwartzman and Helene M. Marcy
Coping With COVID? Mastering Social (But Not Emotional) Distancing – March 19, 2020
A CSCH Brief written by Margaret H. Lloyd and Helene M. Marcy
Children and families affected by a parent’s addiction served in family treatment courts (FTCs) experience a range of positive outcomes compared to traditional child welfare courts. This rigorous quasi-experimental study examines how FTC Best Practice Standards are being implemented and looks at their effectiveness (including cost benefit analysis) for quickly and permanently reuniting safe and […]
Oklahoma Multi-Site Family Treatment Court Model Standards Study Principal Investigator: Margaret Lloyd, UConn School of Social Work Key Partners: The OKMSS will be conducted in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
The Agony of Youth – March 1, 2020
CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas and CSCH Affiliate Emily Iovino discuss their study looking at how the caregivers of children with developmental disabilities define and view their own self-care
A CSCH Brief by CSCH Undergraduate Researcher Breanna McFarlane
Background Jaci L. VanHeest, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the Neag School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. Her primary research interest is the endocrine control of bodyweight and how that is impacted by physical activity among elite female athletes and children at risk of obesity.
The Ominous Rise of Toddler Milk – February 4, 2020
Exploring the School-Age Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Landscape – January 31, 2020
Background Ran Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and is interested in using statistics to address various social science problems. After earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Dr. Xu became interested in how math and statistics can be applied to model human behavior and improve public outcomes.
A Crosswalk written by Emily A. Iovino and Sandra M. Chafouleas
CSCH highlighted the work of HDFS Assistant Professor Ryan Watson in December and January. We interviewed Dr. Watson for a two-part podcast about his research. In Part 1 Watson discussed his research on disparities in access to HIV prevention tools among young men who have sex with men. In Part 2 he discussed his research […]
A CSCH Brief written by Katherine Connolly
Experts urge industry to work with schools to improve kids’ meals even as standards are rolled back – January 14, 2020
Healthier School Meals Are Evidence of the Success of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act – January 14, 2020
CSCH Affiliate Ryan Watson discusses his research on sexual and gender minority youth and their substance abuse. (Part 2 of two episodes on Dr. Watson’s research).
Researchers: Look at factors outside the family that cause child neglect – December 2, 2019
CSCH Affiliate Ryan Watson discusses his research on disparities in access to HIV prevention tools among men who have sex with men (Part 1 of two episodes on Dr. Watson’s research).
The War on Childhood Obesity Needs a War on Blame – November 22, 2019
A CSCH Brief by CSCH Undergraduate Researcher Daniel Schwartzman
Barely Half of Connecticut Students Meet Minimum Standard of Physical Fitness – November 18, 2019
The WellSAT WSCC is a school policy evaluation tool aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child (WSCC) model that builds on the history of the WellSAT, which is an evaluation tool for evaluation of school wellness policy.
A CSCH Brief written by Emily Auerbach, Hannah Perry, & Sandra M. Chafouleas
Applying the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program to Address Teacher Well-being: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study Co-Principal Investigators: Lisa Sanetti, Department of Educational Psychology and Alicia Dugan, Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at UConn Health. Co-Investigator: Michele Femc-Bagwell, Department of Educational Leadership
CSCH Co-Hosts Second Symposium on Trauma-Informed Mental Health – October 29, 2019
Migrant Children’s Rights to Health and Rehabilitation – October 28, 2019
A CSCH Brief written by Megan Berthold and Kathryn Libal
On October 23, 2019, CSCH cosponsored and hosted the “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health 2.0.” Approximately 70 school, behavioral health, community, and research leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs to discuss school and community responses to childhood trauma and how to align work around trauma-informed schools […]
How Children Get Hooked on Sugary Drinks – October 22, 2019
There’s More to College Prep Than Academics – October 22, 2019
Ample Ads and Confusing Labels Drive Children’s Sweetened Drink Sales – October 16, 2019
Targeting Alcohol Abuse with Emotion Regulation Strategies – October 16, 2019
App Endgame: Detect Dyslexia Earlier – October 7, 2019
CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas and CSCH Steering Committee Member Marlene Schwartz discuss their work developing the WellSAT WSCC Tool.
The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health and the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity are pleased to announce the release of the WellSAT WSCC, a comprehensive school policy evaluation tool aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
School food service, another divide between rich and poor – September 12, 2019
A CSCH Brief by CSCH Undergraduate Researcher Corona Zhang
A CSCH Brief written by CSCH Undergraduate Researcher Ireti Adegbesan
Background Marlene Schwartz is Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences. She studies how food policy can be used to improve the nutrition environment, especially for children.
Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight – August 25, 2019
We need trauma-informed preschool practices – August 22, 2019
Professor Urges Parents to Keep Kids Moving This Summer – June 7, 2019
UConn study: Weight-related bullying leads to poor health outcomes for LGBTQ youth – June 2, 2019
CSCH Steering Committee member Lisa Sanetti interviews CSCH affiliates Xiaomei Cong and Angela Starkweather about their work in the UConn Center for Advancement in Managing Pain.
When did GMO become a dirty word? – May 14, 2019
In partnership with staff from New Haven Public Schools and the Connecticut State Department of Education, CSCH has put together a series of brief video modules and written practice briefs to explain the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) components, synthesize related evidence, and share examples of school initiatives and resulting positive outcomes. Check […]
A CSCH Report written by Katherine Bernier Carney, Carol Polifroni, and Alison Moriarty Daley
Sandra Chafouleas Receives Award for Mentorship – May 1, 2019
Our video modules provide an overview of the WSCC Model and its ten domains:
Over the 2018-19 school year, CSCH faculty worked with two undergraduate students through the Office of Undergraduate Research. Their research on supporting student mental health through multi-tiered support systems culminated in a poster presentation at the UConn Frontiers Undergraduate poster exhibition.
Background Beth Russell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and is the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development (CARHD), a CSCH partner. Russell studies self-regulation, in particular the regulation of psychological distress.
Study: After-school Programs Improve Academic Outcomes – April 11, 2019
Climate change, hunger, obesity need collective solutions, according to new report – April 14, 2019
On April 2, 2019 CSCH collaborated with the Public Health House Learning Community, the School of Nursing, and the Human Rights Institute to host an event entitled Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Imperative during National Public Health Week.
In March and April of 2019, CSCH sponsored a two-part workshop series called Telling Your Story: Tips from Journalists to Bring Your Research to the Public. Attended by over 25 people from across schools and colleges at UConn, the first session offered perspectives from journalists on how to write for the public about your research.
Taxing soda would help make kids healthier – March 26, 2019
CT food pantries pushed to offer more nutritional items – March 13, 2019
Background Sandra Chafouleas is the Co-Director of CSCH as a well as a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at UConn. Before turning to research, Chafouleas was a school psychologist in a variety of settings
Many LGBTQ Youth Don’t Identify with Traditional Sexual Identity Labels – February 13, 2019
LGBTQ Teens Face High Rate of Weight-Based Bullying – February 7, 2019
Background Jeana Bracey is Director of School and Community Initiatives at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., a CSCH partner organization. Bracey’s background and training is as a clinical community psychologist and her work focuses on improving policy and systems work across Connecticut, particular to children’s mental health
Please note that this event has been rescheduled to March 11, 2019. The Collaboratory on School and Child Health, the Neag School of Education, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), and the Department of Journalism bring you Telling Your Story: Tips from Journalists to Bring Your Research to the Public
Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids: Study – January 15, 2019
Is Juice on School Menus a Problem? – December 26, 2018
Our profile of Deborah Cornman was originally written in 2018. In celebration of her 2022 retirement we have added the final section, Future Plans.
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the awardees of our FY2019 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
At School Lunch, Healthier Options are Overlooked When Juice is Available – November 15, 2018
Would you like to bring your research to a wider audience? Please join us on November 15, 2018 as we talk to professors about their experience writing for and being published in The Conversation, one of the many resources used by UConn Communications to help disseminate faculty research to the general public
Background Michele Femc-Bagwell is Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at UConn. She is a former high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal, and holds a Connecticut Superintendent’s certificate
On October 30, 2018 CSCH collaborated with the Public Health House Learning Community to host an event titled Field of Dreams: Building Links in Health and Education Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model
A CSCH Report written by Lisa Sanetti
On October 17, 2018, for the second year, CSCH participated in Research Connections, a networking event sponsored by the UConn Learning Communities intended to expose first and second year students to undergraduate research. The CSCH booth stayed busy throughout the evening, with undergraduate students from many disciplines stopping to engage in conversation about opportunities in […]
Together with the UConn Neag School of Education, CSCH cohosted a Twitter Chat about the importance of bridging the gap between home and school for diverse students on Monday, October 10, 2018. The chat was co-sponsored by El Instituto and Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neag School of Education, was the featured guest
UConn Athletic Department Makes Strides In Mental Health Care – October 9, 2018
The WSCC Toolkit helps schools incorporate the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model into decision-making and the integration of health and learning. It includes tools like practice briefs and planning blueprints to guide work in the coordination of policies, processes, and practices relevant to school and child well-being.
The Fight for Physical Literacy – Fall 2018
Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’ – October 3, 2018
Background Ruth Lucas, RN, is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s School of Nursing. She began her career as a maternal child nurse and spent much of it working with mothers as they tried to breastfeed
More Kids are Eating Fast Food – and Not the Healthy Options – September 27, 2018
CSCH Live Talk by Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, PhD – October 2017
On September 24, 2018, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its second Encore Conference. The Encore conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that CSCH affiliates had presented previously at external conferences
Background Jennifer McGarry is Professor in and Head of the Department of Educational Leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education. She has been an athlete and coach and has studied sport throughout her professional career
Consumer Food Decisions Can Cut Climate Pollution – July 23, 2018
School psychologists: In a class of their own – July 7, 2018
The Science is Clear: Separating Families has Damaging Psychological and Health Consequences – June 22, 2018
LGBTQ Teens Experiencing High Levels of Stress, says National Survey – May 15, 2018
Together with the UConn Neag School of Education, CSCH cohosted a Twitter Chat about teacher stress and teacher well-being on Monday, April 23, 2018. Lisa Sanetti, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, was the featured guest
Pediatricians look for the best language to discuss weight with children – April 22, 2018
CSCH Affiliate Ruth Lucas, PhD, discusses how breastfeeding takes effort on the part of both the baby and the mother ï»¿
‘The $12 Potato Chip – and Other Horrors – April 10, 2018
Starbucks Classrooms, Plus Six Other New Approaches in Education – April 3, 2018
Background Alice Forrester is the Chief Executive Officer of Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, CT. She graduated with a BA in Art History and was a performance artist in the East Village of New York City before her interest in drama and group work led her to get a Masters Degree in Drama Therapy
CSCH Live Talk by Lisa Sanetti, PhD – October 2017 ï»¿
Will Holding the Cheese and Chocolate Milk on Happy Meals Make a Difference? – March 2, 2018
Sports Sampling May Reduce Injury Risk in Young Athletes – February 26, 2018
Background Kathryn Libal is an anthropologist who has a joint appointment between the UConn School of Social Work and Human Rights Institute (HRI) and directs HRI. Her early love for learning language and travel led her to anthropology
Together with the UConn Neag School of Education, CSCH cohosted a Twitter Chat about the effect of play on the brain on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Jaci VanHeest, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Kinesiology, was the featured guest
Healthy Drink Can Pack a Punch in Preschooler’s Lunch – February 22, 2018
CSCH Live Talk by Jaci VanHeest, PhD – October 2017
Background Lindsay DiStefano is the Athletic Training Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UConn. With a background in athletic training and sports medicine and an appreciation of working with children, DiStefano found that “working to prevent sport-related injury in a youth athlete population was a natural fit.”
Think Little Kids are Safe from Food Ads? Think again – December 15, 2017
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the awardees of our FY2018 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) was excited to partner with co-sponsors UConn and the UConn Foundation to host the first Science Salon of the 2018 series. The event, “How Schools Succeed by Nurturing the Whole Child,” took place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Lyceum in Hartford, Connnecticut
Hamden clinic set to revolutionize autism, special needs world – November 16, 2017
CSCH Live Talk by Sandra Chafouleas, PhD – October 2017
Background Lisa Sanetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology within the Neag School of Education. Her primary area of research relates to implementation science, specifically how interventions are implemented in schools
As part of an initiative to provide multi-media training for CSCH affiliates, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health partnered with the Public Health House Learning Community to host a live filming of TED-like talks on October 30, 2017
Background Kerri Raissian is an Assistant Professor in the UConn Department of Public Policy who studies policies that relate to kids and the family. She has a particular interest in policies designed to reduce family violence, either between parents/adults or directed towards children
Adding $1 to Minimum Wage = Less Child Neglect – October 2, 2017
On September 18, 2017, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its first annual Encore Conference. The Encore conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that CSCH affiliates had presented previously at external conferences
Why America Needs a Population Czar – September 12, 2017
Our profile of Carol Polifroni was originally written in 2017. In celebration of her 2022 retirement we have added the final section, Future Plans.
Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done? – August 10, 2017
No Chocolate Milk? No Problem, Kids Get Used to Plain Milk – July 14, 2017
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY2017 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) […]
Health care providers endorse call for sales tax increase – June 20, 2017
CSCH is sponsoring media training for affiliates interested in enhancing skills in effective dissemination and promotion of their work. We are pleased to partner with Drs. Rory McGloin and Stephen Stifano in the Department of Communication, who will lead attendees throughout the fall semester in developing knowledge of effective communication and using skills to produce […]
State Leaders Attend Symposium on Childhood Trauma, Mental Health – May 26, 2017
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children – April 19, 2017
Why Your School Should be Implementing trauma-Informed Practices – April 2017
Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class – March 21, 2017
Panel Discussion after CSCH screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope – November 2016
November 16, 2016 CSCH, in collaboration with the Neag School of Education, hosted a free screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. Additional sponsors included UConn’s Office of Public Engagement, InCHIP, Achieve Hartford!, and the Clifford Beers Clinic
Big money spent marketing unhealthy baby, toddler foods – November 1, 2016
Prepared by the Community Research Alliance (CRA), with significant input from the Institute for Community Research, faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT and the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT, with support from the UCONN Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Guidelines-Executive Summary PDF
Health education includes a combination of planned learning opportunities to help students make positive health decisions. High-quality instruction engages students across a developmental continuum in learning about, adopting, and promoting healthy behaviors – see for example the Michigan Model for Health. Health education includes school-wide to individualized opportunities, identified based on needs of particular contexts, […]
Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, local foundations, AmeriCorps and private donations, Husky Sport is a sport based youth development program operating as a community-campus partnership between Hartford’s North End and UConn’s Neag School of Education. Husky Sport emphasizes nutritional education, physical activity, transferrable life skills, and academic enrichment with K-12 grade students both in school and […]
Current Rudd Center projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program include an evaluation of Community Eligibility Provision (of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act) effects on academic and health outcomes and an assessment of the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns in child care centers. For more […]
The overall objective is to establish the preliminary effectiveness of a video-based exercise intervention, or “BrainErgizersTM,” that can be incorporated into the school day as a classroom physical activity brain break. For more information, contact: Lindsay DiStefano
Dr. Ruth Lucas and Dr. Bin Feng have created a device that allows for measurement of an infants’ sucking microstructure during breast and bottle feeding in the home setting. A Connecticut Bioscience Pipeline Grant will allow researchers to test the device in home settings for reliability, tolerance and acceptance during feeding. For more information, contact […]
Funded through the UConn OVPR’s Research Excellence Program, the Neag Foundation, and individual donors, this project facilitates school efforts in integrating health and learning. Schools can enhance their support systems by incorporating the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model in decision-making across academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical domains of functioning. Project materials […]
Clifford Beers Program Turns Stress and Trauma into Positive Outcomes – October 3, 2016
Kids In 5 Schools Getting Trauma Help – September 15, 2016
Junk Food Makers Market Look-Alike ‘Smart Snacks’ In Schools To Mislead Kids, Study Claims – September 1, 2016
Look-alike ‘Smart Snacks’ Confuse Students, Parents – August 31, 2016
Study: “Copycat Snacks” in Schools Confuse Parents and Kids – August 31, 2016
CSCH is pleased to announce the FY16 Awardees of the InCHIP-Neag School of Education Dual-PI Seed Grants for Collaborative Research in School and Child Health
New Faculty Projects Will Advance Academic Plan – July 13, 2016
In 2013, UConn launched a comprehensive process to develop a new academic vision and identify initiatives that will enable the University to enhance excellence in research and education. One of the priority areas identified in that process was health and wellness. CSCH is pleased to announce that is has received a 3-year Academic Vision grant […]
Support Increasing for Laws Against Weight-Based Bullying – April 26, 2016
Fight Childhood Obesity In Preschools, Child Care Centers, New Report Says – March 22, 2016
2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids – March 17, 2016
Kids who eat two breakfasts are less likely to be overweight than those who eat none – March 17, 2016