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Feb 25th CHGD Seminar: Examining Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Biosocial Approaches to Examining Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Colter Mitchell, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Family Demography

This talk will examine how measures of social disadvantage such as poverty, neighborhood violence, and parental incarceration have well-documented health and behavioral consequences for children, which can even reach into adulthood leading to health inequalities. Dr. Mitchell investigates epigenetic correlates of social disadvantage using the Fragile Family and Child Wellbeing Study (n=4898), a population-based sample of children born in hospitals in 20 cities in the US. Families have been studied at birth and ages 1,3,5,9, and 15. Due to the study design, the sample is racially and ethnically diverse and has lower SES levels than most large national studies— making it exceptionally rare within biosocial research.  Register here.