Adverse Childhood Experiences: Longitudinal outcomes in context of environmental risk & intervention

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 215

Allie Giovanelli, Child-Parent Center/CPC P-3 Program, Human Capital Research Collaborative 

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Allie Giovanelli is a doctoral student at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota studying child development and clinical psychology. Her research focuses on the impacts of early childhood experiences on adult well-being and the ways in which intervention programs may promote resilience.  Her research interests include early childhood intervention, longitudinal impacts of childhood experiences, maltreatment prevention, mental health, resilience and developmental psychopathology.


Research to date on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has emphasized physical and mental health outcomes, but impacts on broader indicators of well-being are less well-known, especially for economically disadvantaged populations. Further, the processes through which ACEs affect outcomes are not clear. This study tests (1) the association between ACEs during childhood and multi-dimensional well-being in early adulthood for a low-income urban cohort, (2) subgroup differences by gender and poverty, and (3) potential mechanisms for ACE effects on well-being, based on the Chicago Longitudinal Study 5 Hypothesis Mode.