The Initiative on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) aims to foster cutting-edge, translational, developmentally-informed research on childhood stress, trauma and resilience.
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The Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) T32 is thrilled to announce three fellows: Jesse Coe (June 2020), Shaquanna Brown (September 2020), and Brie Reid (April 2021).
Jesse Coe, PhD
Dr. Coe's research aims to gain a better understanding of how and why children’s early experiences with family stress and adversity influence the development of psychopathology and socio-emotional functioning.
Shaquanna Brown, PhD
Dr. Brown's research interests lie at the intersection between childhood trauma and pediatric neuropsychology. She is particularly interested in examining the impact of child maltreatment on brain development and how those changes influence risk for substance use. She looks forward to growing her research program and expertise through mentorship, collaboration, and community engagement at Brown. 
Brie Reid, PhD
Dr. Reid conducts research on early life stress physiology and nutrition as the building blocks for optimal mental and physical health. Her research examines the biobehavioral mechanisms of developmental origins of health and disease in diverse populations with a history of psychosocial and nutritional adversity early in life.
Congratulations to Drs. Huffhines and Rollins!
STAR Trainee, Lindsay Huffhines, received a F32 fellowship from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This project will explore how children respond to stress and everyday events both behaviorally and physiologically, and determine whether emotion dysregulation links maltreatment to biological outcomes associated with health risk, including inflammation, epigenetic regulation of the immune system, and cardiometabolic functioning. 

Dr. Huffhines was also awarded a Thrasher Early Career Award to examine child emotion dysregulation as a mechanism underlying the association of childhood adversity and child overweight/obesity over time, and parent-child physiological synchrony as a moderator of this effect.   

Dr. LG Rollins, whose research focuses on the effects of stress, trauma, and sexual violence on perinatal health as well as strategies to reduce risk and promote well-being during the perinatal period, was recently awarded with a Loan Repayment Program (LRP) through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to conduct perinatal trauma informed care research.

Dr. Rollins also recently published an article discussing trauma-informed perinatal healthcare for survivors of sexual violence. In particular, the article addresses the framework for and goals of trauma-informed care (TIC). This article can be reached at the following link: Trauma-Informed Perinatal Healthcare for Survivors of Sexual Violence

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Each Friday, the STAR Initiative features a STAR-affiliated person or a community partner on Twitter. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @STAR_BrownDPHB to see more!


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Finding Peace of Mind in the Midst of the Global Pandemic
by Soyeong Kim, PhD 
Sleep and Trauma Exposure Virtual Issue
Eight informative articles from 2018 – 2020 addressing sleep in trauma exposed individuals, including those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The articles in this collection are freely available through December 2020.
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