Childhood Trauma

How Childhood Trauma Affects Learning

Students come to school carrying the weight of the problems they’re dealing with at home, such violence, poverty or an absent parent. Those experiences can trigger trauma responses that affect a child’s ability to learn and function in the classroom.

Center Research Scholar Katie Rosanbalm discusses the topic on the show Education Matters and explains what schools can do.

“The most important thing a school can do is find ways to make the climate a safe one for kids,” she says. “Kids need to feel safe emotionally, physically and academically so that they can relax and start to take in the learning.”


Dodge Inducted Into NAM

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Center, was officially inducted into the National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 15.

NAM membership is one of the highest honors in health and medicine and recognizes those who’ve demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.

Dodge’s scholarship has addressed the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents. He sees his selection as validation of his work at Duke and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

“For me, coming to Sanford in 1998 and starting the Center for Child and Family Policy was an investment in multidisciplinary, real-world, group scholarship,” he explained.