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Christopher and Gretchen Blunt established The Blunt Family Childhood Trauma Research Fund which provides support for students studying factors affecting the psychological well-being of children.
Hannah Clark, a third year doctoral student in clinical psychology, received support for her research from the Blunt Family Childhood Trauma Research Fund. Hannah works with groups of Spanish-speaking children ages five to twelve in a program called the Latino Kids’ Club. She helps children who have experienced trauma at home begin to thrive through a ten week intervention of individual attention. The work helps the children use art to cope with their trauma and look forward to a better future. Hannah says the experience, “ignited anew my passion to serve children who have experienced traumatic events in their lives.”
While her work with the Latino Kids’ Club is ongoing, Hannah sought to broaden the scope of her work by developing an adaptation of her intervention appropriate for other cultural populations. The Blunt Family Childhood Trauma Research Fund has been instrumental in allowing Hannah to expand her work. A randomized control trial of the adapted intervention is underway, made a reality thanks to the funding provided by the Blunt Family endowment.