Preventing e-cigarette use among high-risk adolescents: a trauma-informed prevention approach

Feb 26, 2021

Young people with a history of trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are increasingly turning to tobacco and nicotine products to cope with trauma symptoms. Recent findings show that vaping nicotine is now widespread among high school students.

Innovative Wellness awarded research grant to prevent adverse childhood experiences

Dec. 15, 2020

As shared in VCU NEWS, we are pleased to announce that our “Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Promoting Child and Family Wellness” study is funded by Families Forward Virginia. 

Innovative Wellness presents at the 2020 Society for Social Work Research conference in Washington D.C.

Jan 23, 2020

Last week, Dr. Sunny Shin and David Conley, a 4th year PhD candidate, represented Innovative Wellness at the 2020 Society for Social Work Research conference in Washington, DC. 

Can parents reduce the negative impact of childhood trauma?

Nov 5, 2019

Young people who have experienced child abuse often struggle to cope in healthy ways. Many turn to alcohol, at even higher rates than the general young-adult population. What can concerned parents do?


Do adverse childhood experiences increase the risk for depression in new mothers?

Oct 23, 2019

Many who have experienced potentially traumatic events in childhood struggle with depression later in life.