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HealthConnections: Trauma in Children and Youth

Childhood trauma refers to a frightening, dangerous, threatening, or violent event that a child finds overwhelmingly distressing or emotionally painful and which often results in lasting physical, mental, and emotional effects. Childhood trauma includes experiencing a traumatic event and witnessing a traumatic event that threatens the life or physical security of a loved one; witnessing, rather than experiencing, a traumatic event can result in what is called secondary trauma.

More than 2/3 of children report at least one traumatic event by age 16.

Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Robin Cogan, a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) currently in her 21st year as a school nurse in the Camden City School District, New Jersey, and Dr. Allyson Neal, Assistant Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in child and adolescent mental and behavioral health.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.