Child and Family Adversity and Resilience Program


The UConn Health Child and Family Adversity and Resilience Program is led by Drs. Margaret Briggs-Gowan and Damion Grasso. We conduct research that aims to improve understanding of social and biological processes involved in risk and resilience in children and families who have been impacted by life adversity, trauma, and violence. These experiences can have a detrimental impact on the healthy development of children, with increased risk for developing emotional and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. By identifying risk and protective factors, we can help to develop more effective interventions for reducing risk and building resilience.

We have two active studies. The Adaption and Resilience in Children Study (ARCS) seeks participation from mothers and their young children receiving services from Connecticut domestic violence shelters. The Maternal Adversity, Resilience, and Infant Outcomes (MARIO) Study seeks participation from pregnant women receiving services at Hartford Hospital. Visit our study pages to learn more about eligibility.

To learn about opportunities for training and volunteering in our lab, please visit our training opportunities pages.

Contact Us

Child and Family Adversity and Resilience Program
Department of Psychiatry
UConn Health
65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119


Phone: 860-523-3798