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The preschool years are the most formative for young brains. University of Notre Dame psychologist Kristin Valentino sees both the promise and vulnerability of children at this stage of life.
That’s why Valentino, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology, developed an intervention program designed to improve communication between mothers and maltreated preschoolers and, ultimately, lead to happier, healthier families.
Initial trials proved so effective that Valentino was recently awarded a $3 million grant from the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to continue the project.
“This work has the potential to advance scientific knowledge and enhance policy efforts to improve the welfare of maltreated children and their families,” Valentino said. It al