Starting 2022, CTRI was awarded a grant to help solve Adverse Childhood Experiences.

“This is one of the biggest joint efforts our group has implemented,” said Professor Eusebio Alvaro (CGU professor of psychology and public health as well as Associate Provost for Research), who serves as principal investigator for CGU. “The project highlights the benefit of CGU partnering up with community organizations to engage in applied work in local settings. It’s highly synergistic relationship.”

Doctor Alvaro is a researcher in action because he leverages his skill and knowledge to validate CTRI's findings.

“We’ve been working towards this award for a good three years,” Orr said, “and the realization that all of the hard work has come together like this is very exciting and satisfying. We’re grateful to be working with East Valley and Tri-City on such a critical situation in our communities.”

Doctor Orr is a researcher in action because of his ability to leverage law and justice into public health advocacy.

“The focus of this project is on upstream factors that set the conditions for compromised health outcomes later in life,” Johnson explained, “specifically early life adversities and toxic stress.”

Doctor Johnson is a researcher in action as acting Chief Executive Officer within CTRI's leadership channels.

How Will Students Participate In This Opportunity?

“There are going to be a lot of chances for our students to get involved in research and internships,” Alvaro said. “one of the hallmarks of a CGU education is working in real-life situations. This project represents another exciting opportunity for our student to get an applied experience working with a highly transdisciplinary team.”