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Nov 02
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

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Aug 06
​Students of Color Aren't Broken; Systems, Practices & Policies Are - The Education Trust (

Social-emotional and academic development must be addressed through a race-equity lens, according to new research by The Education Trust.

Students of Color Aren't Broken; Systems, Practices & Policies Are - The Education Trust (

Jan 23
New Statistics from Annie E. Casey's KIDS COUNT Data Center

​Please follow the link to view the Annie E. Casey Foundation's most recent statistics on the number of youth in juvenile justice facilities, racial and ethnic disparities, reading scores in Title I schools, and the number of kids under age 6 who have both available parents in the labor force.

Jan 15
Recommendations for Addressing Racial Bias in Risk and Needs Assessment in the Juvenile Justice System

​Please follow the link for an article recently published in Child Trends regarding reducing the racial bias in risk and needs assessments in juvenile justice systems. 


Nov 12
Using ACE for Understanding

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​​​​Attached is a research article about ACE and the importance of implementing violence prevention efforts sooner rather than later.Adverse Childhood Experiences--attributable risk and prevention--CDC MMWR 2019.pdf

Sep 11
Early View Community Psychology

New Research! Check it Out! 

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American Journal of Community Psychology

Early View

Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue


Community Psychology and Indigenous Peoples

Pauline Thompson‐Guerin, Nathaniel V. Mohatt

Version of Record online: 06 September 2019

Empirical Reviews
A Qualitative Systematic Review of Youth Participatory Action Research Implementation in U.S. High Schools

Amy J. Anderson

Version of Record online: 06 September 2019


  • Family, school, and community resources can contribute to resilience in the context of ACEs.
  • Racial/ethnic disparities exist regarding levels of ACEs, protective factors, and health.
  • Initiatives to improve child health must consider ACEs, protective factors, & systemic inequities.
  • ACEs intervention must be culturally‐informed and implemented across socioecological levels.

    Original Articles

    Living a Good Way of Life: Perspectives from American Indian and First Nation Young Adults

    Margarette L. Kading, Miigis B. Gonzalez, Kaley A. Herman, John Gonzalez, Melissa L. Walls

    Version of Record online: 04 September 2019

  • Group Concept Mapping was used to define wellness from a within‐culture, detailed vantage point.
  • Anishinaabe young adults shared what it means to live a good way of life/have wellness.
  • The Seven Grandfather Teachings provide a framework for understanding Anishinaabe wellness.
  • Community collaborators contributed substantively to the analysis and interpretation of results.

    Original Articles

    A Community's Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building a Resilient, Trauma‐Informed Community

    Samantha L. Matlin, Robey B. Champine, Michael J. Strambler, Caitlin O'Brien, Erin Hoffman, Melissa Whitson, Laurie Kolka, Jacob Kraemer Tebes

    Version of Record online: 04 September 2019

  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) may be mitigated by trauma‐informed social environments.
  • However, there is little empirical evidence that show how community approaches can address ACEs.
  • A participatory change process was implemented by a community coalition in response to ACEs.
  • Data was used to track implementation, generate hypotheses and guide a community response to ACEs.
  • Results show how one community initiated steps to build a resilient, trauma‐informed community.

All Content Credited to American Journal of Community Psychology 

Feb 26
PBIS “Positive Peer Pressure" Program Changes School Culture


PBIS “Positive Peer Pressure" Program Changes School Culture

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC WSLS News in Roanoke, Virginia recently reported on a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program aimed to boost school attendance and academic performance across Henry County schools.  One [...]
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Feb 26
Infographic: Top Ten Types of Plagarism

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Feb 25
Student Loan Changes in 2019

Student Loan Changes in 2019

Given the recent the longest government shutdown in history, some may be wondering if anything is going to get done this year. Hopefully, the shutdown will end soon, and the government will get back to work creating policies, enacting change and serving the people. With that, take a look at potential changes to student loans for 2019, according to Forbes. 

1. No more student loan forgiveness. Within the 2019 education budget established by President Trump and Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, student loan forgiveness would be eliminated. Student loan forgiveness programs enable graduates who work in certain public service fields to have their loans forgiven after ten years of consistent repayment. 

But Trump and DeVos believe that too much of the financial burden for this program rests on the taxpayers. Those currently enrolled in the program will be able to finish out the tenure of their loan forgiveness plan but no new borrowers will be able to apply. Again, that is if student loan forgiveness is actually eradicated. 

2. Less student loan repayment options. There are currently eight options for student loan repayment, and in 2019, President Trump would like to combine two of those plans. As repayment plans stand today, two of the eight available are known as PAYE and REPAYE. While there are differences to these plans, they are minimal; and President Trump would like to combine the two in order to lessen confusion over repayment plans.

3. New student loan rates. Every year, the student loan rate resets on July 1. While this isn’t an unanticipated change, it’s a change nonetheless. What is unexpected, however, are an increase in federal rates, which rose four times throughout 2018. That’s why it’s important to have a loan with a fixed interest rate over a variable interest rate, advises Forbes. Borrowers with variable interest rates can refinance their loans to get a fixed interest rate. 

But what does the new Congress mean for these proposed changes?

With a Republican-controlled Congress, President Trump would have experienced less conflict on his proposed student loan changes for 2019. But with Democrats taking control of the House during the 2018 midterm elections, Trump may experience some push back. Additionally, the Democrat-led House may have their own student loan policies to enact this year. 

Last summer, House Democrats introduced the Aim Higher Act, which is a re-authorization of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Higher Education Act, according to The Hill. The bill seeks to enlarge Public Service Loan Forgiveness, increase Pell Grant funding and revise income-driven repayment plans. While the bill did not move forward last year, it could see more momentum with a Democrat-controlled House. 

Just to reiterate: most of these student loan changes are merely proposals – outside of the student loan rate increase. But it’s important for student borrowers to be aware of what’s on the horizon as they navigate student loan repayment.

Feb 22
College Work Study FAQ's

​What is Work Study, and is it Better Than a Part-Time Job?​

Along with scholarships and grants, your financial aid package from your chosen college may also include an offer of work study. What is a work study program, exactly? And if you go for it, what are the benefits, and potential drawbacks?

What is work-study?
Students who demonstrate a financial need on their college financial aid applications (aka the FAFSA) can qualify for a program administered by the federal government, called Federal Work-Study.  This program awards schools a finite amount of money to disperse to qualifying students. Once those funds are depleted, no other students may apply for that semester. The program is intended to help students earn money to pay for college expenses while working at jobs that either benefit the community or relate to the student’s intended course of study. Generally, students are paid hourly and receive a paycheck, although it’s possible for the funds to be applied to the student’s tuition and fees.

How is work-study different from a part-time job?
You’re likely familiar with how regular part-time jobs work. They’re not affiliated with your school, you find them on your own, and you can work as little or as much as you want. Work-study jobs, however, are most commonly on campus, though in some cases students can work off campus at businesses or organizations that have work-study agreements with the school. Whether the student is working on or off campus, the hours can’t exceed the amount that was initially awarded. This restriction is beneficial because students can lose financial aid dollars if they earn too much from working.

Examples of work-study jobs:
Administrative duties
Student union/student recreation center staff
Marketing support staff
Event promotions support staff
Campus tour guide
Daycare assistant
Lab assistant (e.g., science, computers)

What are the benefits of choosing work-study?
Direction. Work-study can be a great choice, especially for incoming freshman and rising sophomores who might still be unsure of their majors. With work-study, they can find a job that focuses on giving to the community while they decide which program of study to pursue. On-campus work-study can help students acclimate to their school environment — like different departments, staff, processes — which in turn can help them narrow down a field of study.
Flexibility. Work-study is friendly to college students’ schedules. For example, when holiday breaks come around, students don’t have to worry about asking for time off from work. There’s also flexibility when it comes to tests, finals, and special events related to college.
Financial Support. One major benefit to work-study is that it’s a form of financial aid. It ultimately can lower the amount of money you take out in student loans, meaning there’s less you have to pay back, and less interest accrued.

What are the drawbacks of work-study?
Work-study offers a stable yet flexible option to earn money through college. However, there are a few points to consider before going that route. First, getting a work-study award doesn’t guarantee a job. Students are still required to go through the application and interview process to secure a job.
Work-study has restrictions on how much students can work, thus how much they can earn. While those restrictions can be beneficial for underclassmen, upperclassmen might need to earn beyond what work-study allows, in the form of an off-campus job with the business or organization of their choice.

How do I choose between a work study job and a part-time job?
Ultimately, whether or not you should choose a work-study job or a part-time job comes down to:
How much you want to work
How much money you need to earn
If you want to keep your hours to a minimum and like the idea of taking out less in student loans, a work-study job might be the right choice. If you’re looking for more work hours and more money in your pocket, a part-time job is possibly the way to go. When in doubt, if work-study is an option, consult with your school’s financial aid office to determine if the program is a good fit.

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