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Dr. Chris Blodgett Retires; Dr. Natalie Turner-Depue Named as Interim Director

After a long and productive career with Washington State University, Dr. Chris Blodgett has announced his retirement and will be departing as Director of CAFRU at the end of March 2020. The CAFRU team wishes…

CAFRU Research and CLEAR Coordination Featured in Education Dive

As schools increase efforts to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the issue of screening students for ACEs has created a debate among practitioners and policymakers. In this article from Education Dive, Dr.…

CLEAR Schools Featured in the Juneau Empire, Dec. 4, 2019

School administrators from Glacier Valley Elementary School – Sít’ Eetí Shaanáx spoke about the impact of the CLEAR framework as part of the Inside Passages Mental Health Speakers Series. Juneau Empire- "Healing in the classroom: Juneau…

CAFRU Adds Three New Staff Members

The Child and Family Research Unit is proud to announce the addition of three new staff members for the 2019-2010 academic calendar year: Dr. Monica Whitlock and Cassandra Kelly, MPH, as incoming CLEAR Consultants, and…

Webinar: “Diverted Lives”- School and community differences in post-secondary education transitions

In cooperation with the Washington State Office of Financial Management’s Education Research and Data Center, WSU’s Child and Family Research Unit has completed an analysis of community, school, and individual student characteristics that predict differences…

Community and Trauma-Informed Processes Highlighted by ACEs Connection

CAFRU’s trauma-informed professional development model,  CLEAR,  and CAFRU’s Assistant Director, Natalie Turner, have been highlighted in this recent article published in ACEs Connection. ACEs Connection: "How a natural disaster led one town to do something…

Dr. Chris Blodgett presented “Community Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experience as School Readiness Predictors”

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, CAFRU's Director, Chris Blodgett, Ph.D., presented the Every Child School Ready study at the University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center’s Roundtable on Poverty and Early Life Adversity. The Every Child School Ready study…

CLEAR schools highlighted in the Juneau Empire

The CAFRU-developed Collaborative Learning for Education Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR) model was featured in the Juneau Empire. The CLEAR model partners with education systems to create and sustain trauma–informed models of practice through staff development, consultation, and support.…

Welcome, Jill Donnelly!

January 10, 2018 The Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) is excited to announce that we are welcoming a new staff member to our team. Jill Donnelly began her career with the state of Washington’s ECEAP program serving as a…
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Dr. Blodgett to present at the Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference

Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be presenting at the 2018 Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Dr. Blodgett to be a moderator for the education panel at the MARC National Summit

December 4, 2017 Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be the moderator for a panel on education at the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) National Summit on December 4, 2017. The…

Research study by CAFRU Director, Chris Blodgett, and Jane D. Lanigan published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma

September 22, 2017 Chris Blodgett, WSU CAFRU Director, and Jane D. Lanigan, Academic Director and Associate Professor of the Department of Human Development WSU Vancouver, published an article examining the prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence…

Dr. Natalie Turner Nominated to Co-Chair The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Schools Collaborative Group

December 14, 2016 Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director, Dr. Natalie Turner was designated to co-chair the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) School’s Collaborative Group. The School’s Committee is dedicated to raising…

Principal Tracey Franke from Darrington, WA discusses shared trauma and CLEAR in recent Education Week Article

Principal Tracey Franke discusses how a natural disaster impacted her community. With limited resources, Darrington struggled to find services to support the community at large. She discusses how the students and staff experienced both primary…