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Addressing Adversity & Inequity

Understanding the effects of adversity and inequity to effectively reduce their impact on children

Experiences of adversity during childhood can have wide-spread and long-term detrimental effects on children’s well-being. Researchers at CCFW are studying the risk and protective factors (experiences, relationships, social contexts and skills) that impact children’s well-being. Our work informs practice and policy aimed at reducing the impact of adversity on children and interrupting the flow of these outcomes from generation to generation.

We use a bioecological model to study the neurobiological, social-emotional, health and mental health outcomes of experiences of adversity at multiple levels. These include parenting, family, neighborhood, and environmental factors that account for the effects of adversity — and conversely, that can promote resilience in children.

Our partners are studying the impacts of adversity and inequity in a variety of areas, including the effects of economic disadvantage, interpersonal violence, neighborhood disadvantage and violence, childhood cancer diagnosis, air pollutants, and life-span and intergenerational perspectives on adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Current Research, Projects & Programs

Bioecological Model of Adversity

Understanding the effects of adversity at multiple system levels, including individual, family, community and environmental risk, to clarify their combined contributions to health and mental health inequity. Learn more >

Emotion Coaching and Maintaining Family Relationships

Studying how families maintain strong family relationships in the face of adverse environments and life events, and how emotionally sensitive parenting can protect children and support positive outcomes. Learn more >

Project 1, 2, 3, Go!

Studying how low-income and poverty affect children’s developing neurobiological systems of self-regulation and well-being through parenting, family, and neighborhood risk factors. Learn more >

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Academic Partners

We collaborate with partners in a variety of fields, both across the University of Washington and at other universities and research centers.
UW School of Public Health
UW School of Nursing
UW Department of Pediatrics
UW College of Education
UW School of Public Health
UW School of Nursing
UW Psychology
UW Psychology
UW Psychology
UW School of Social Work
UW Psychology