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Building Adolescent Resilience: From Research to Real World

Adolescence is a time of a great deal of development, change, and opportunity. As our teens grow from children into adults, they experience a great many social, physical, and neurological transitions that lay the foundation for a successful adulthood. Adolescent Resilience Research at the Center for Child and Family Well Being (CCFW) led by Associate Director Kevin M. King, Ph.D., focuses on improving the lives of teenagers in our community by understanding and shaping developmental pathways towards socio-emotional health and well-being. Comprised of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Physicians from around the University of Washington, these dedicated scientists are committed to identifying changeable developmental pathways that lead to problem outcomes, deploying targeted interventions to interrupt the development of those problems and promote well being, and leveraging community partnerships to improve our science for the health and well being of our youth.

Recently, the faculty affiliates in the Adolescent Resilience Core at the CCFW have been engaged in extensive outreach efforts, aimed at getting the message out to the community that adolescence matters. We have formed recent collaborations between the CCFW and state and local agencies to infuse information about adolescent social-emotional development in order to improve the lives of children. For example, several CCFW faculty affiliates (Dr. King, Dr. McLaughlin, Dr. Bowen and Dr. Nurius) were funded to pilot test a mindfulness-based intervention aimed at improving self-regulation in a juvenile justice setting. This intervention is a collaboration between the CCFW and the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. In addition, Dr. King and Dr. Lengua, the Director of the CCFW, have started consulting with state agencies on how to infuse social-emotional learning information into the state-level literacy standards for K-12 students, and with Eastside Pathways, a community action group, to improve improving school outcomes among middle and high school students in the Bellevue School Districts. Finally, Dr. King and Dr. McLaughlin have begun consulting with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction about how to improve the self-regulation abilities of adolescents exposed to trauma in the public schools.

We hope that this rising tide of information about child and adolescent development will raise all boats, and, in the end, improve the lives of all youth in our communities and around the State of Washington. 

Thank you to our supporters!

We are pleased to recognize the following for their much appreciated contributions during the period of October 28, 2012 to May 14, 2013. Their gifts help strengthen our Department and support a wide range of important research and instructional work by our current students and faculty as well as recruitment of the very best new faculty and graduate students. Please let us know if we have accidentally omitted or misspelled your name by contacting the Psychology Advancement Office.


Dr. Albert and Mrs. Laura Hollenbeck | Dr.  Kenneth and Mrs. Adele Hoving | Dr. Adam M. Weisman | Dr. Byron N. Fujita | Dr. Carl and Mrs. Lynn Higuchi | Dr. H. Joyce Morano | Dr. Jean and Mr. Thomas Heestand | Dr. Marjorie Anderson | Dr. Marsha Linehan | Dr. Melissa A. Fleming | Dr. Michael and Mrs. Laureen Matsushima | Dr. Nadine R. Anderson | Dr. Randall Russac | Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Norma Baird Jr.| Dr. Rebecca Wong | Dr. Richard and Mrs. Karen Prince | Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Helen Green | Drs. Craig Mason and Shihfen Tu | Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Julieanna Williams | Mr. Rodney & Mrs. Barbara Loveless | Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Wendy Shimada | Mr. Behrooz Shirazi | Mr. David Siphron | Mr. Erik Bennigson & Ms. Gwendalyn Drolet | Mr. Gerald Curtin & Mrs. Dorothy Hunt-Curtin | Mr. James and Mrs. Lynn Carlsen | Mr. James Pautler | Mr. Jan Nordmo | Mr. Jeffrey and Ms. Gail Bromberg | Mr. Michael & Mrs. Dawn Silvia | Mr. Michael Staszak | Mr. Nikola Taylor | Mr. Peter Fogliano | Mr. Philip & Ms. Jean Wolf | Mr. Stephen & Ms. Catherine Graham| Mr. Steven & Mrs. Margot Marenakos | Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Heather Neumann | Mr. Todd Clarke & Ms. Jennifer Clark | Mr. Wayne Schoenmakers | Mrs. Alayne & Mr. Robert Sulkin | Mrs. Connie & Mr. Robert Kolosvary | Mrs. Diana & Mr. Kevin Boyle | Mrs. Suzanne Morneau-Francisco & Mr. Douglas Francisco | Mrs. Wendy & Mr. William Mannon | Mrs. Yaffa & Mr. Paul Maritz | Ms. Catherine Blair | Ms. Cynthia Eagan | Ms. Donna Klein | Ms. Elizabeth Snyder | Ms. Madoka Etoh | Ms. Marguerite Weis | Ms. Prany Vadisirisak | Ms. Sandra Robinson | Ms. Sarah & Mr. Thomas Neff | Ms. Sophie Shonka | Ms. Stephanie Nishimoto & Mr. Stephen Mitchell | Ms. Yin Wang | Professor Britton Brewer & Ms. Judy Van Raalte | Professor Jaime Diaz & Mrs. Marie Claudio-Diaz | Professor Ronald Smith |  Yenling Chi

Corporations and Foundations

AARP | Baltimore Community Foundation | Behavioral Tech, LLC | Brockman, Inc. | Laird Norton Tyee Trust Company | Prudential Foundation | Saul and Eleanor Lerner Foundation | Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving | State of Washington | The June Maria Argyle Trust | The Linehan Family Foundation

Estate and Memorial Gifts

Estate of Robert C. Bolles | In memory of Professor G. Alan Marlatt