MacPhee Forum on healing words, healing work: Supporting recovery from child abuse and neglect

A headshot of Kristin ValentinoInterventions for child abuse and neglect is the subject of the 2022 MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science sponsored by the Colorado State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

This year’s speaker is Kristin Valentino who is the director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame.

On Monday, March 28, at 11 a.m. MST, please join us for Valentino’s talk either virtually or in-person at the Lory Student Center, Room 312.

Supporting recovery from child abuse and neglect

Valentino will present “Healing words, healing work: Supporting recovery from child abuse and neglect.”

“Exposure to child maltreatment (abuse and neglect) is destructive to the psychological and biological development of children and significantly increases their risk for the emergence of mental health disorders throughout the lifespan,” said Valentino. “As such, research evaluating the effectiveness of interventions for maltreated children and their parents is an important public health priority.”

In her talk, Valentino will present:

  • The results of a randomized clinical trial of Reminiscing and Emotion Training (RET) – a brief relational intervention designed for maltreated preschool-aged children and their mothers.
  • How RET is associated with improvements in maltreated children’s healthy development in cognitive, emotional, and physiological domains, through improvements in maternal emotion socialization.
  • And the implications of these results for intervention science, public health, and social policies designed to improve the welfare of maltreated children and their families.

About Kristin Valentino

Valentino’s research focuses on the transactional nature through which children’s interactions with their family, community, and culture can shape the course of development. Specifically, Valentino is interested in how the integration of biological, psychological, and environmental factors can inform our understanding of the development of maltreated children.

Currently, Valentino’s program of research addresses how maltreatment affects child development with a focus on the caregiving behaviors that may promote risk and/or resilience among maltreating families, and she evaluates how interventions may be designed to improve caregiving and, in turn, improve developmental outcomes for maltreated children.

About the MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science

Gwen Hatchette with Lisa Youngblade, Mark Goldrich and David MacPhee

From left, Lise Youngblade, dean, Gwen Hatchette, Mark Goldrich, and David MacPhee.

Professor Emeritus David MacPhee spent his 30-year career in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies acting in multiple service roles, including directing the department’s doctoral program, serving as assistant department head, chairing the Tenure and Promotion Committee for more than a decade, and conducting his own rigorous research in prevention science.

In celebration of his retirement and his wonderful career, the MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science was launched to bring in national and international experts in the area of prevention science to the Colorado State University campus to support and grow the expertise in the department.

This event is made possible by the endowment of human development and family studies master’s alumna, Gwen (Parrill) Hatchette. After a personal tragedy in her life, Hatchette was encouraged to finish her degree by MacPhee. Hatchette honored the mentorship she received from MacPhee with a $50,000 gift to endow the MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science.

To support the MacPhee Forum and honor David MacPhee, you can make a gift online here.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.