PROTECT Media Toolkit


NPR: What the ACE score Does and Does Not Mean

This link allows you to take the actual ACE Quiz and goes into depth about what the quiz measures.

Can Family Secrets Make you Sick?

This NPR article summarizes how Dr. Vincent Felitti first discovered the link between adverse childhood experience and poor physical health.  It explains that abuse and neglect during childhood increases the chances of children smoking, drinking, and overeating to cope with stress when they get older.

History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System

This article summarizes the findings of a recent study: “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” which found that sexual abuse was among the primary predictors of girls’ involvement with juvenile justice systems, and that the systems were ill-equipped to identify or treat the problem.

Children With Mental Health Problems Are Also at Risk as Adults

A new study shows that having psychiatric problems in childhood can lead to issues as an adult—even if the psychiatric problems do not persist into adulthood.

The Poverty Clinic: Can a Stressful Childhood Make you a Sick Adult?

This New Yorker feature follows the story of how Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ transformed her practice to one that “remains rooted in science, but it goes beyond the typical boundaries of medicine.” She regards childhood trauma as a medical issue to help her treat her patient’s symptoms.  The feature includes a lot of information on various ACE studies and what people are now doing with it.

Trauma: The Heart of the Matter

This article from the Huffington Post discusses childhood trauma induced by sexual abuse and the importance of self-discovery in the path to recovery.

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Contemporary psychological studies suggest that many forms of discipline actually exacerbate children’s behavior problems. They sacrifice long-term goals (student behavior improving for good) for short-term gain—momentary peace in the classroom. Instead, the goal is to get to the root of the problem, not to discipline a kid for the way his brain is wired.

KQED Interview with Nadine Burke Harris

Burke joins KQED to talk about her practice, and her groundbreaking theories, as part of their “First Person” series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.

The Long Reach of Childhood Trauma

The Connecticut Mirror reports a four-part series on ACEs, ACE intervention, ACE prevention, and Recognition.


How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


Dr. Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer and clinical counselor, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others. Based in Ohio, Marich is the founder of the Dancing Mindfulness practice, and she actively trains facilitators on using this practice in both clinical and community settings. She is the author of Trauma Made Simple (2014), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), and EMDR Made Simple (2011). Marich began her career in human services while working as an English teacher in post-war Bosnia; she is fast becoming respected as a voice to listen to in the mental health and addiction recovery communities because of her candidness.

Southland Education and Health Initiative – Part One: An Introduction

Part one in a new series highlighting the emerging work of the Southland Initiative, which focuses on the damaging effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It wasn’t until a backyard barbecue that siblings Audrey and David Soglin realized they had been grappling with the same problem independently for years. Their collaboration would form a unique connection between healthcare and education, and the initiative has grown to include several key partners from across the state. At the center of the initiative are three areas of focus: primary care, psychological & emotional health and parent support & education.

Like a Footprint in Wet Cement

This plenary session details the impact of childhood trauma throughout the life cycle including its correlation with hundreds of medical and mental health conditions including substance abuse. The workshop better equips attendees in recognizing and responding to these signs of trauma.

PBS: How Does the ‘Toxic Stress’ of Poverty Hurt the Developing Brain? 

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children’s brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series “Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program.

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