A CSCH Brief by Kyle DeMeo Cook, Eleanor Fisk, Caitlin Lombardi, Kevin Ferreira van Leer, and Vanessa Esquivel
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
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
A discussion about an initiative in Connecticut that uses restorative practices to reduce juvenile justice involvement and improve school mental health outcomes.
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
Public Health Insurance for Parents Improves Children’s Reading Skills, UConn HDFS Study Finds – March 13, 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
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.”
CSCH Postdoctoral Scholars Jessica Koslouski and Kathleen Williamson describe the CSCH WSCC Blueprint tools geared to helping schools implement the WSCC model.
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
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. 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
We are pleased to announce that we have three new CSCH Steering Committee Members joining us this fall
A CSCH Brief by Helene M. Marcy, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Marlene B. Schwartz, and Sarah L. McKee
Standing Against Despair – May 26, 2022
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
Study Reveals How Parents Talk About Their Teen’s Weight, and How Teens Feel About It – April 8, 2022
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.
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A CSCH Brief by Emily A. Iovino, Jessica B. Koslouski, Sandra M. Chafouleas, and Hannah Y. Perry
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.
A CSCH Brief by Emily A. Iovino, Hannah Y. Perry, Sandra M. Chafouleas, Jessica Koslouski, & Helene M. Marcy
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
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.
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
Millions of kids get suspended or expelled each year – but it doesn’t address the root of the behavior – August 11, 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.
UConn Selected to Help Create National Network on Emotional Wellbeing Research – May 5, 2021
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.
Parents Confused about Healthier Drinks for Kids Not Helped by Labeling of Fruit Drinks, Flavored Water and Unsweetened Juice – April 8, 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
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
Q&A: Supporting Your Child’s Well-Being During the Pandemic – February 24, 2021
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 – 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
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
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
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.
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.
Concerns About Child’s Weight Increase Risk for Family Weight Teasing – November 9, 2020
A CSCH Brief by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Emily A. Iovino, Marlene B. Schwartz, & Helene M. Marcy
Schooling, Caregiving, and Emotional Support during COVID – October 7, 2020
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) […]
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
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
A CSCH Report written by Sandra M. Chafouleas, Taylor A. Koriakin, Emily A. Iovino, Jeana Bracey, & Helene M. Marcy
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
Our Teens are missing so many milestones, but there are things we can do – June 14, 2020
A CSCH Report written by Sandra M. Chafouleas and Helene M. Marcy
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
A CSCH Brief written by Kerri M. Raissian, Megan Feely, Daniel Schwartzman and Helene M. Marcy
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 Crosswalk written by Emily A. Iovino and Sandra M. Chafouleas
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
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
CSCH Co-Hosts Second Symposium on Trauma-Informed Mental Health – October 29, 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 […]
There’s More to College Prep Than Academics – October 22, 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.
A CSCH Brief written by CSCH Undergraduate Researcher Ireti Adegbesan
Our video modules provide an overview of the WSCC Model and its ten domains:
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
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.
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
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
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.
CSCH Live Talk by Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, PhD – October 2017
School psychologists: In a class of their own – July 7, 2018
Hamden clinic set to revolutionize autism, special needs world – November 16, 2017
On May 24, 2017, CSCH co-sponsored and hosted “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health.” Approximately 100 school, mental health, and community leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children – April 19, 2017
Panel Discussion after CSCH screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope – November 2016
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 […]
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
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