Eileen Lynch | Nov. 15, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
The pre-school years are the most formative for young brains. Notre Dame Psychologist Kristin Valentino sees both the promise and vulnerability of children at this stage of life.
That’s why Valentino, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology, developed an intervention program designed to improve communication between mothers and maltreated preschoolers and, ultimately, lead to happier, healthier families.
Initial trials proved so effective that she was recently awarded a $3 million grant from the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to continue the project.
“This work has the potential to advance scientific knowledge and enhance policy efforts to improve the welfare of maltreated children and their families,” Valentino says. It also has the potential to impact the local community in a more immediate way, she notes.