Let’s celebrate social and emotional learning!

February 23, 2023

With National SEL Day coming up on March 10, here are ten ways you can take part!


Innovative Wellness receives CDC funding to research child maltreatment interventions

December 19, 2022

Innovative Wellness will research Safe Environment for Every Kid, an intervention program aimed at preventing adverse childhood experiences.

Mothers who experienced adverse childhood experiences report higher levels of parent-to-child aggression risk, study finds

October 18, 2022

Dr. Sunny Shin’s article in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence draws crucial connections for understanding trauma as an intergenerational cycle. 

Does childhood trauma increase the risk for postpartum depression? 

August 17, 2022

The exposure to multiple ACEs combined with a disrupted stress response system makes it more difficult to handle emotions after stressful life experiences such as giving birth, which increases the risk for depression. 

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.

Asking the right question: should vaping be banned vs. why are young adults vaping in the first place?

Oct 15, 2019

Vaping has been a hot topic in the news recently with swirling questions around device safety, questionable ingredients, and long-term consequences.


Today was picture day at Innovative Wellness!

Sept 12, 2019

Last month, we welcomed to the team five new research assistants from VCU’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology. 

New study shows connection between child maltreatment and e-cigarette use in young adults

Jun 17, 2019

E-cigarette use has now overtaken cigarette use among American teens, partially because they view e-cigarette use as lower in risk. 

Why are blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals bad for your babies?

Jun 17, 2019

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) accounts for approximately 3,500 deaths in the United States annually.