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  1. Experts say it is harder to decide whether the stark survey results mean that Tulane University has a much bigger problem than its peers around the country, or whether it simply did a better job of measuring sexual assault by using the most up-to-date methods and that these results may more accurately reflect what could be higher rates of sexual assault experienced on college campuses nationally. It will be hard to know this and compare Tulane's results unless more schools use comparable survey tools.
  2. The report from the 13,000-student private research university adds to growing evidence that sexual assault is a widespread problem on campuses throughout America. Tulane President Michael A. Fitts called the findings “deeply disturbing” and pledged an expanded campaign to end sexual violence.
  3. The “heartbreaking” results of the Tulane Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct were released Wednesday, Jan. 31, at an all-campus town hall. The results were presented by Tulane President Mike Fitts, along with Tania Tetlow, senior vice president and chief of staff to the president, and Meredith Smith, assistant vice provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance.
  4. Patrick Bordnick received the Not Impossible Vitality Award for an innovation called VR-∆ and VR-Qualis Est Vita (quality of life). Still in development, the VR-∆ is designed to put patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality, recreating situations that identify and trigger cravings akin to drug and alcohol addiction. The tool will allow for individualized patient diagnostics and aids in treatment by teaching coping mechanisms to avoid relapse.
  5. Tulane law professor and domestic violence expert Tania Tetlow said Friday that such lapses can be expected given the NOPD's severe shortage of officers. "It's an ongoing issue of training as well as of making sure they change ... the hearts and minds of officers throughout the department who can become very cynical about these cases," Tetlow said.
  6. "I heard of stealthing in about 2007," said Patty Kissinger, professor of epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Kissinger said those who think it's a game should remember they're opening the door for spreading sexually transmitted diseases.
  7. Parents who believe in "spare the rod, spoil the child" might be setting their children up to become violent toward future partners, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.
  8. In the early morning of Oct. 28, students, administrators and members of the New Orleans community piled into the Lavin-Bernick Center of University Life to speak out against sexual violence on college campuses. Tulane University was hosting the second annual Louisiana Sexual Assault Student Activist Awareness Conference. Speakers, students and faculty showed up for the 9-hour event to give advice, share stories and make progress in combating the issue of sexual violence on college campuses.
  9. Researchers at Tulane University found children who were spanked frequently at 3-years-old were 50 percent more likely to become aggressive by the age of five. Catherine Taylor co-authored the study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and she joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss its findings.
  10. The study, led by community-health-sciences professor Catherine Taylor, was the first to control for a host of issues affecting the mother, such as depression, alcohol and drug use, spousal abuse and even whether she considered abortion while pregnant with the child. "The odds of a child being more aggressive at age 5 increased by 50% if he had been spanked more than twice in the month before the study began," says Taylor.
  11. One of the most common counter-arguments still remains, if my parents hit me but nothing is wrong with me. But as the American researcher, Cathy Taylor of Tulane University in New Orleans, points out about the effects of corporal punishment, children whose parents practice physical punishment can develop normal adult personalities, "not because they were physically punished by their parents, but even though they were physically punished by their parents."
  12. Should a Baton Rouge mother who says she whipped her kids with an electrical cord for breaking into a home, go to jail? The DA says he is considering his options, but knows he would have got his butt whipped by his parents if he ever committed a crime as a child. This hour's guest: Catherine A. Taylor - Associate Professor of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  13. For Tulane University psychology chair Stacy Overstreet, a leader of the five-school collaborative, work with Crocker and other trauma-sensitive schools flows from her work in New Orleans’ public-housing projects, where she found shockingly high rates of children suffering the psychological effects of being exposed to violence. And when trauma and chaos are ongoing and chronic, the effects are even worse, she concluded.
  14. More than 100 students, staff, faculty and local citizens attended the second annual Louisiana Sexual Assault Student Activist Conference Saturday on the uptown campus of Tulane University. The 2017 event, organized by Tulane students Hannah Novak and Helen Robins, was designed to empower and educate student activists to improve response to and prevention of sexual assault on their college campuses.
  15. The annual Take Back the Night event was held Wednesday evening and featured a march to bring awareness to sexual assault. The march began on the campus of Loyola University and concluded on the campus of Tulane University.
  16. During a time when there seems to be violence everywhere around us, nonprofit programs are focused on remedies and methods of prevention. This training event and others have been sponsored by Tulane Mary Amelia Women's Center for many years and supported by the Healthy Start EPIC Center.


  1. Prevention/Intervention
    1. Chafouleas, S. M., Koriakin, T. A., Roundfield, K. D., & Overstreet, S. (2019). Addressing childhood trauma in school settings: A framework for evidence-based practice. School mental health, 11(1), 40-53.
    1. Burnette, C. E. (2018). Family and cultural protective factors as the bedrock of resilience and growth for Indigenous women who have experienced violence. Journal of Family Social Work, 21(1), 45-62.
    2. Fleckman, J. M., Taylor, C. A., Storer, H. L., Andrinopoulos, K., Weil, L. E., Rubin-Miller, L., & Theall, K. (2018). Breaking the mold: Socio-ecologic factors to influence the development of non-harsh parenting strategies to reduce risk for child physical abuse. Children and Youth Services Review.
    3. Gershoff, E. T., Font, S. A., Taylor, C. A., Garza, A. B., Olson-Dorff, D., & Foster, R. H. (2018). A short-term evaluation of a hospital no hit zone policy to increase bystander intervention in cases of parent-to-child violence. Children and Youth Services Review.
    4. Groos, M., Wallace, M., Hardeman, R., & Theall, K. P. (2018). Measuring inequity: a systematic review of methods used to quantify structural racism. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 11(2), 13.
    5. Kallemeyn, L., Evenson, A., Heller, S. S., Taylor, C. A., Gilkerson, L., & Moran, T. (2018). Local adaptation during implementation: A case study of the Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans and Gulf Coast initiative. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 42, 128-139.
    6. Kondo, M. C., Morrison, C., Jacoby, S. F., Elliott, L., Poche, A., Theall, K. P., & Branas, C. C. (2018). Blight abatement of vacant land and crime in New Orleans. Public Health Reports, 133(6), 650-657.
    7. Temple, J. R., Choi, H. J., Reuter, T., Wolfe, D., Taylor, C. A., Madigan, S., Scott, L. E. (2018).  Childhood Corporal Punishment and Future Perpetration of Physical Dating Violence. The Journal of Pediatrics.
    8. Theall, K. P., Felker-Kantor, E., Wallace, M., Zhang, X., Morrison, C. N., & Wiebe, D. J. (2018). Considering high alcohol and violence neighborhood context using daily diaries and GPS: A pilot study among people living with HIV. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 187, 236-241.
    9. Wallace, M. E., Crear-Perry, J., Green, C., Felker-Kantor, E., & Theall, K. (2018). Privilege and deprivation in Detroit: infant mortality and the Index of Concentration at the Extremes. International journal of epidemiology, 48(1), 207-216.
    10. Wennerstrom, A., Haywood, C., Wallace, M., Sugarman, M., Walker, A., Bonner, T., Lewis, M., ... & Theall, K.(2018). Creating Safe Spaces: A Community Health Worker-Academic Partnered Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence. Ethnicity & disease, 28(Suppl 2), 317-324.
    1. Baker, C. N., Brown, S. M., Wilcox, P. D., Verlenden, J. M., Black, C. L., & Grant, B. E. (2017). The implementation and effect of trauma-informed care within residential youth services in rural Canada: A mixed methods evaluation. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
    2. Burnette, C. E., & Sanders, S. (2017). Indigenous Women and Professionals’ Proposed Solutions to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence in Tribal Communities. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 1-18.
    3. Figley, C. R., & Burnette, C. E. (2017). Building bridges: Connecting systemic trauma and family resilience in the study and treatment of diverse traumatized families. Traumatology, 23(1), 95-101.
    4. Mikolajewski, A.J., Manguno‐Mire, G.M., Coffman, K.L., DeLand, S.M., Thompson, J.W. (2017). Patient Characteristics and Outcomes Related to Successful Outpatient Competency Restoration: Outpatient competency restoration. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2287
    5. Storer, H. L., Casey, E. A., & Herrenkohl, T. I. (2017). Developing “whole school” bystander interventions: The role of school-settings in influencing adolescents responses to dating violence and bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 74, 87-95.
    6. Casey, E. A., Storer, H. L., & Herrenkohl, T. I. (2017). Mapping a continuum of adolescent helping and bystander behavior within the context of dating violence and bullying. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
    7. Taylor, C. A., McKasson, S., Hoy, G., & DeJong, W. (2017). Parents’ primary professional sources of parenting advice moderate predictors of parental attitudes toward corporal punishment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(2), 652-663.
    8. Sabo, S., Flores, M., Wennerstrom, A., Bell, M. L., Verdugo, L., Carvajal, S., & Ingram, M. (2017). Community Health Workers Promote Civic Engagement and Organizational Capacity to Impact Policy. Journal of Community Health, 1-7.
    9. Allen, C. G., Sugarman, M. A., & Wennerstrom, A. (2017). Community Health Workers: a Resource to Support Antipsychotic Medication Adherence. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44(2), 341-346.
    1. Baker, C. N., Brown, S. M., Wilcox, P. D., Overstreet, S., & Arora, P. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the attitudes related to trauma-informed care (ARTIC) scale. School Mental Health, 8(1), 61-76.
    2. Lederer, A.M. (2016). Implementation and Evaluation of a Values Clarification Activity for a LArge Undergraduate Human Sexuality Course. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 11(1), 92-105.
    3. Madkour, A. S., Swiatlo, A., Talan, A., LeSar, K., Broussard, M., Kendall, C., & Seal, D. (2016). Sources of Help for Dating Violence Victims: A Qualitative Inquiry Into the Perceptions of African American Teens. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0886260516675467.
    4. Overstreet, S., & Chafouleas, S. M. (2016). Trauma-informed schools: Introduction to the special issue. School Mental Health, 8(1), 1-6.
    5. Chafouleas, S. M., Johnson, A. H., Overstreet, S., & Santos, N. M. (2016). Toward a blueprint for trauma-informed service delivery in schools. School Mental Health, 8(1), 144-162.
    6. Seal, D.W. (2016). Intersecting vulnerabilities and sexual health. Invited talk to the Tulane Society for Sexual Health and Gender, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
    7. Storer, H. L., Casey, E., & Herrenkohl, T. (2016). Efficacy of bystander programs to prevent dating abuse among youth and young adults: A review of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 17(3), 256-269.
    8. Storer, H. L., Casey, E. A., Carlson, J., Edleson, J. L., & Tolman, R. M. (2016). Primary prevention is? A global perspective on how organizations engaging men in preventing gender-based violence conceptualize and operationalize their work. Violence Against Women, 22(2), 249-268.
    9. Gershoff, E. T., Font, S. A., Taylor, C. A., Foster, R. H., Garza, A. B., Olson-Dorff, D., ... & Spector, L. (2016). Medical center staff attitudes about spanking. Child Abuse & Neglect, 61, 55-62.
    10. Font, S. A., Gershoff, E. T., Taylor, C. A., Terreros, A., Nielsen-Parker, M., Spector, L., ... & Olson-Dorff, D. (2016). Staff responses when parents hit children in a hospital setting. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 37(9), 730-736.
    11. Taylor, C. A., Al-Hiyari, R., Lee, S. J., Priebe, A., Guerrero, L. W., & Bales, A. (2016). Beliefs and ideologies linked with approval of corporal punishment: a content analysis of online comments. Health Education Research, 31(4), 536-575
    1. Althoff, M. D., Grayson, C. T., Witt, L., Holden, J., Reid, D., & Kissinger, P. (2015). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of behavioral interventions to reduce risky sexual behavior and decrease sexually transmitted infections in Latinas living in the United States. Health Education & Behavior, 42(6), 709-718.
    2. Wennerstrom, A., Hargrove, L., Minor, S., Kirkland, A. L., & Shelton, S. R. (2015). Integrating community health workers into primary care to support behavioral health service delivery: a pilot study. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 38(3), 263-272.
    1. Buttell, F., & Carney, M. M. (2014). Women who perpetrate relationship violence: Moving beyond political correctness (Vol. 41). Routledge.
    2. Poole, M. K., Seal, D. W., & Taylor, C. A. (2014). A systematic review of universal campaigns targeting child physical abuse prevention. Health Education Research, 29(3), 388-432.
    3. Seal, D.W., Yancey, S., Kumler, M., & Smith, D.M., (2014). 2012-2013 executive summary: Murders and non-fatal shootings. Mayor’s Strategic Command to Reduce Murders, Office of Criminal Justice Coordination, Office of the Mayor, New Orleans, LA.
    4. Seal. D.W., Nguyen, A., & Beyer, K. (2014). Youth exposure to violence in an urban setting. Urban Studies Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 368047.
    1. Hausman, A. J., Baker, C. N., Komaroff, E., Thomas, N., Guerra, T., Hohl, B. C., & Leff, S. S. (2013). Developing Measures of Community‐Relevant Outcomes for Violence Prevention Programs: A Community‐Based Participatory Research Approach to Measurement. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52(3-4), 249-262.
    2. Clum, G. A., Czaplicki, L., Andrinopoulos, K., Muessig, K., Hamvas, L., & Ellen, and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions, J. M. (2013). Strategies and outcomes of HIV status disclosure in HIV-positive young women with abuse histories. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 27(3), 191-200.
    3. Carter, A. S., Gray, S. A., Baillargeon, R. H., & Wakschlag, L. S. (2013). A multidimensional approach to disruptive behaviors: Informing life span research from an early childhood perspective. In Disruptive Behavior Disorders (pp. 103-135). Springer New York.
    4. Miron, D., Sujan, A., & Middleton, M. (2013). Considering the best interests of infants in foster care placed separately from their siblings. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1385-1392.
    5. Seal, D.W. (2013). A community evidence-based approach to violence reduction. Invited talk at China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
    1. Brown, S. M., Baker, C. N., & Wilcox, P. (2012). Risking connection trauma training: A pathway toward trauma-informed care in child congregate care settings. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4(5), 507.
    2. Baker, C. N., & Hoerger, M. (2012). Parental Child-Rearing Strategies Influence Self-Regulation, Socio-Emotional Adjustment, and Psychopathology in Early Adulthood: Evidence from a Retrospective Cohort Study. Personality and individual differences 52.7 (2012): 800-805.
    3. Buttell, F. P., Powers, D., & Wong, A. (2012). Evaluating predictors of program attrition among women mandated into batterer intervention treatment. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(1), 20-28.
    4. Osher, D., Coggshall, J., Colombi, G., Woodruff, D., Francois, S., & Osher, T. (2012). Building school and teacher capacity to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline. Teacher Education and Special Education, 35(4), 284-295.
    5. Storer, H. L., Barkan, S. E., Sherman, E. L., Haggerty, K. P., & Mattos, L. M. (2012). Promoting relationship building and connection: Adapting an evidence-based parenting program for families involved in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1853-1861.
    1. Overstreet, S., & Mathews, T. (2011). Challenges associated with exposure to chronic trauma: Using a public health framework to foster resilient outcomes among youth. Psychology in the Schools, 48(7), 738-754.
    2. Fox, N. A., Almas, A. N., Degnan, K. A., Nelson, C. A., & Zeanah, C. H. (2011). The effects of severe psychosocial deprivation and foster care intervention on cognitive development at 8 years of age: findings from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(9), 919-928.
    1. Vanderwert, R. E., Marshall, P. J., Nelson III, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N. A. (2010). Timing of intervention affects brain electrical activity in children exposed to severe psychosocial neglect. PLoS One, 5(7), e11415.
    1. Theall KP, Sterk C, Elifson KW. Perceived neighborhood Fear and Drug Use among Young Adults. American Journal of Health Behavior. (2009); 33(4):353-365. PMID: 19182981
    1. Kaysen, D., Pantalone, D. W., Chawla, N., Lindgren, K. P., Clum, G. A., Lee, C., & Resick, P. A. (2008). Posttraumatic stress disorder, alcohol use, and physical health concerns. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31(2), 115-125.
    2. Wennerstrom A, Haywood C, Wallace ME, Sugarman M, Walker A, Bonner T, Sutton Y, Lacen-Keller B, Lewis, M, Springgate B, Theall K. (2008). Creating Safe Spaces: A Community health worker- academic partnered approach to addressing intimate partner violence. Ethnicity & Disease.