Public Systems: Responding to Students Affected by Trauma
Child & Family Policy Forum
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Children and youth who experience trauma such as maltreatment are often involved with multiple systems in the public sector, including foster care, education, and juvenile justice. Effective interventions for this vulnerable population require a perspective that is grounded in the understanding of trauma and its effects; comprehensive information about the medical, social, developmental, mental health, and educational status of the child and the adults who figure prominently in the child's life; and collaboration across public systems.
- Cheryl Smithgall, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include child and family services, children's mental health, foster care and education, and kinship care.
- Gene Griffin, Ph.D., J.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. His research focuses on child trauma, mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare.
- Margaret Porter, M.H.S., is the Program Administrator for Youth & Justice Programs which serve vulnerable youth in Rochester, N.Y.
- Matthew Stagner, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (Moderator).