May Science Cafe Brings Together Researchers, Community Providers & Stakeholders

Our May Science Cafe was hosted by Dr. Damion Grasso and brought together 75+ people interested in family violence research and intervention. The cafe featured a series of “flash talks” including:

  • The Children’s Center on Family Violence. Nina Livingston, MD, Co-Director, Children’s Center on Family Violence, Office of Community Child Health, CT Children’s Medical Center.
  • Connecticut Children’s Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) Program. Nina Livingston, MD, Medical Director, Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program, CT Children’s Medical Center.
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for Treating Mental Health Problems in Violence-Exposed Children. Jason Lang, PhD, Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute.
  • Support for a Two-Generation Approach to Addressing Young Children’s Response to IPV. Carolyn Greene, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UConn Health Center.
  • DV Shelter and Advocacy Services for Connecticut Families: Prudence Crandall Center. Lorraine Gauthier, Associate Director, Prudence Crandall Center.
  • The Problem with Dual Arrests in DV Situations in Connecticut and Its Impact on Children. Karen Jarmoc, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • Resiliency and Mental Health Screening in Connecticut’s DV Shelter System. Ashley Bolella, LCSW, SCAN Program, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
  • Child First: An Evidence-Based Intervention for Young Children and Families Exposed to Violence. Darcy Lowell, MD, Founder and CEO, Child First.
  • Unpacking Children’s Responses to Inter-parental Conflict and Linkages to Psychological Symptoms. Alysse Loomis, LCSW, PhD Candidate, UConn School of Social Work.
  • The Scope of Children’s Exposure to DV Among DCF Referred Families. Rebecca Beebe, PhD, Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
  • Culture Counts: Increasing Awareness of the Interaction Among Mental Health, Trauma, and DV in the Latino Community. Rocio Chang-Angulo, PsyD, Assistant Professor, UConn Health Center.
  • Engaging Boys and Young Men in Promoting Non-Violence: The CCADV “I Choose’ Campaign. Linda Blozie, Director of Training and Prevention, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • The DCF IPV Family Assessment Intervention Response (FAIR) Initiative Serving DV Impacted Families. Susan DiVietro, PhD, Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
  • Examining Biobehavioral Indicators of Stress Reactivity in Young DV Exposed Children: The Adaptation & Resilience in Childhood Study. Margaret Briggs-Gowan, PhD, Associate Professor, UConn Health Center.
  • DV Exposure and Trauma-Related Psychopathology among Pregnant Women. Damion Grasso, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UConn Health Center.

The Connecticut Convergence Institute hosts free science cafes with the Kavli Foundation on different scientific topics. Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as restaurants and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Attendees do not need to have a scientific background to participate. Our next cafe will be held on June 8th.