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. She has focused on that work in school, early childcare, and college […]
State policies related to school readiness assessment practices
Ickovics, Duffany, Shebl, Peters, Read, Gilstad-Hayden, & Schwartz. (2019) Using a cluster randomized trial, this study looks at the effectiveness of implementing school-based nutrition and physical activity policies on student BMI trajectories.
School building administrator reports of screening practices across academic, physical health, and behavioral domains
District administrator reports of academic and social, emotional, and behavioral standards in U.S. public school districts
Social, emotional, and behavioral health screening practices in U.S. public school districts
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. The event built on prior opportunities to engage undergraduate students in learning and active discussion around topics related […]
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. Participants […]
Raissian, K. and Houston Su, J. (2018) Authors used the Infant Feeding Practices Study (IFPS) II (n = 1008) to examine mothers who intended to breastfeed but did not actually breastfeed. Results suggest that mothers who intended to breastfeed had infants with fewer infections compared to infants whose mothers did not intend to breastfeed, irrespective […]
Cooksey-Stowers et al (2018) In this study, focus groups with food pantry staff and volunteers were conducted to assess their views on implementing a nutrition rating system
Foster, Schwartz, Grenier, Burke, Taylor, & Mobley. (2018) Pairs of low‐income and food‐insecure mothers and fathers of children participated in one‐on‐one interviews to answer questions from the USDA 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module measure using the think‐aloud method. Findings suggest that gender is related to interpretation of key concepts relevant to food insecurity.
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. Lucas observed that although there was a lot of research on mothers and breastfeeding, there was less robust science that […]
More Kids are Eating Fast Food – and Not the Healthy Options – September 27, 2018
CSCH Live Talk by Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, PhD – October 2017
The NHTAC uses a collective impact approach to drive greater alignment of resources and effective collaboration among residents, organizations, government, and investors. The neighborhood triple aims are improvement in population health, improvement in well-being, and improved value of public and private investment. For more information, contact Carol Polifroni
Peterson, E. L., Pidano, A. E., & Honigfeld, L. (2018) Researchers evaluated patient, clinician, and situational factors associated with pediatric primary care providers’ (PPCPs) reported likelihood to refer hypothetical patients with mental health concerns to mental health specialists.
Findings from the NEEDs2 Project
An Overview of the NEEDs2 Project
School psychologists: In a class of their own – July 7, 2018
Auerbach, E. R., Chafouleas, S. M., & Briesch, A. M. (2018) Researchers interviewed a small sample of state-level stakeholders to supplement the findings from an earlier study looking at the guidance provided by states on their websites regarding school-based social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) screening.
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LGBTQ Teens Experiencing High Levels of Stress, says National Survey – May 15, 2018
Presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 39th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care (Chicago, IL) by Moriarty Daley, A., Polifroni, E.C., & Sadler, L. – March 2018 Click to View & Download
Pediatricians look for the best language to discuss weight with children – April 22, 2018
CSCH Steering Committee member Ruth Lucas, PhD, discusses how breastfeeding takes effort on the part of both the baby and the mother ï»¿
R. L. Pearl and R. M. Puhl (2018) Researchers reviewed 74 studies assessing the relationship between Weight bias internalization (WBI) and health and interventions de-signed to reduce WBI and improve health.
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Presentation at the ASCD Empower 18 Conference (Boston, MA) by Chafouleas, S., M., Femc-Bagwell, M., Brooks, A. M., & Edmondon, B. – March 2018 Click to View & Download
R.M. Puhl and M.S. Himmelstein (2018) Adolescents enrolled in a national weight loss camp completed an online survey about their preferences for words that health providers use to refer to their body weight.
Splett, J. W., Chafouleas, S. M., & George, M. W. R. (2018) This special issue focuses on the features necessary to improve the accessibility of children’s behavioral health services, and describes the practices and outcomes of innovative state and local community partnerships.
School-Based Universal Behavior Screening: an analysis of state and district-level guidance regarding school-based, universal screening for social, emotional, and behavioral risk
Amy M. Briesch, Sandra M. Chafouleas and Ruth K. Chaffee (2017) This paper describes the ﬁndings of a systematic review of state-level websites to identify the extent to which state departments of education have provided speciﬁc guidance with regard to the who, what, where, when, and why of universal social, emotional, and/or behavioral screening practices.
Minkos, Chafouleas, Bray, & LaSalle (2017) The study used a multiple-baseline across subjects design to examine the effect of a daily, audio-delivered, mindful breathing intervention on adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties in an alternative educational setting.
Hamden clinic set to revolutionize autism, special needs world – November 16, 2017
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. Over 80 undergraduate students and graduate students constituted the live audience as four CSCH affiliates […]
Why America Needs a Population Czar – September 12, 2017
Health care providers endorse call for sales tax increase – June 20, 2017
State Leaders Attend Symposium on Childhood Trauma, Mental Health – May 26, 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 campus in Storrs to discuss childhood trauma and the impact it can have on a child’s education, as well as possible strategies for […]
Daley, A.M., Polifroni, E. & Sadler, L. (2017) A metasynthesis of 12 qualitative research studies examining adolescents’ expectations of their health care providers.
Why Your School Should be Implementing trauma-Informed Practices – April 2017
Panel Discussion after CSCH screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope – November 2016
The state’s version of Healthy People 2020 provides a framework for health promotion and disease prevention in the current decade, with overarching themes of health equity and social determinants of health.
An annual report on school health services in Connecticut.
Publications include updates on the HUSKY CT program and the impact of CT budgets on health and education programs for children and families.
Publications include brief reports on subjects such as mental health, obesity, and asthma.
This BCAC annual report provides information on juvenile justice and safety; poverty; economic insecurity; early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and adult education; and health and well-being.
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 by the National Center for Education Research, Institute for Education Sciences, the National Exploration of Emotional/Behavioral Detection in School Screening (NEEDs2) project aims to understand if and how social, emotional, and behavioral screeners are being used in schools, and what factors influence use.
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 […]
Rebecca L. Smith and Ruth Lucas (2016) This article describes research evaluating nurses’ knowledge regarding the early initiation of breastfeeding in preterm infants.