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A call to action to reconceptualize adverse childhood experiences among Black youth: Missing the forest for the trees

Presented on Sept 26, 2023

This Webinar is sponsored by the SCCAP Membership Committee and the new Emerging Adults Special Interest Group.
Membership in the EA SIG is free for SCCAP members.

Presenter: Donte Bernard, PhD, University of Missouri

Moderator: Moderator: Ana M. Ugueto, PhD, ABPP, UT Health Science Center at Houston

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) represent a well-established risk factor for acute and long-term mental health problems. Unfortunately, current conceptualizations of ACEs have largely been derived from studies using predominately White samples, thus, overlooking how culturally relevant forms of adversity may uniquely manifest among Black communities, and other marginalized populations. Further, current conceptualizations of ACEs largely fail to consider structural drivers that unduly position Black youth to be at greater risk for ACEs and reductions in health following ACE exposure. Thus, the purpose of this talk is to highlight how the ACEs framework should be expanded to include paramount forms of adversity among Black youth.

The webinar is appropriate for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and Masters level professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop awareness of historical, social, and structural drivers of racial disparities in adverse childhood experiences
  • Explain how racism and other culturally salient forms of stress function as adverse childhood experiences
  • Describe guiding tenants of the adverse childhood experiences framework

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Donte Bernard is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His program of research takes a socioecological approach to elucidate individual, contextual, and structural risk and resilience processes that shape the link between racism and mental health among Black youth.

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 53, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCCAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Lynn Canty,