Dr. Lipscomb conducts research to identify effective ways of building resilience among young children and families facing adversity. Key areas of focus include: (1) the role of early childhood education in the lives of children involved in child welfare, foster care, and/or impacted by trauma; (2) the interplay between children's risks and their early experiences on development, and (3) early childhood programs and systems.
Early Childhood Core of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families
The Early Childhood Core focuses on optimizing children's development and well-being in families, early care and educational settings, and communities.
Roots of Resilience: Teachers Awakening Children’s Healing
PI: Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D.
Funding: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 2015-2019
Award number: R305A150107
Roots of Resilience is a professional development program to help early childhood teachers promote resilience with children impacted by trauma. Early childhood trauma poses a serious threat to the well-being of children, families, and communities. With the majority of children attending early care and education prior to kindergarten, the opportunity to help them start school ready to succeed is profound. Roots of Resilience provides professional supports (workshops, online course, video-based coaching) to help early childhood professionals nurture resilience in themselves, and in the children and families they serve. Initial results indicate that Roots of Resilience is feasible for teachers, and helps them to use trauma-responsive practices and to feel confident that they are making a difference in children’s lives. Additional research is underway.
Measuring Resilience to Support Collective Impact with TRACEs (Trauma, Resilience, and Adverse Childhood Experiences) of Central Oregon
Co-PIs: Shannon Lipscomb, PhD and Brianne Kothari, PhD
Funding: United Way of Deschutes County 2018-2021
Through a partnership between TRACEs of Central Oregon, Oregon State University-Cascades, and Better Together of the High Desert Education Service District this project launched shared measurement of resilience throughout Central Oregon. TRACEs partners are engaged in shared measurement across sectors such as health, education, and social services. The goals are to use shared measures to understand our communities, continuously improve conditions to nurture resilience, track progress, and celebrate successes.
"Central Oregon Embraces Shared Measurement: Positive Factors to Promote Resilience," Trauma Informed Oregon Blog, 2018