Canan Karatekin


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Strategies to combat the correlates and consequences of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in college students and other populations.

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Research interests

The goal of our research group is to help alleviate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which include experiences such as abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence and neighborhood violence, peer victimization, and parental mental illness. We examine the consequences and associated features of these experiences, and the factors that underlie and exacerbate their effects. We also seek to bridge the gap between academic research on interventions related to ACEs and actual practices on the ground. We focus especially on the factors affecting the effectiveness of these interventions across multiple domains, such as mental and physical health, education, and law. Finally, we are interested in the local, state, and federal policies that address ACEs and interventions related to ACEs.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of California


BA, Harvard University


Research interests

  • adverse childhood experiences
  • child maltreatment
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence
  • victimization
  • health
  • educational disparities
  • opportunity gap
  • achievement gap

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Research Output 1998 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
young adult
Young Adult
1 Citation (Scopus)

Adverse Childhood Experiences 101: A Primer for Clinicians

Karatekin, C. & Almy, B., May 1 2019, In : Creative Nursing. 25, 2, p. 87-102 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Epidemiologic Studies
Protective Factors
1 Citation (Scopus)

Expanding the Original Definition of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Karatekin, C. & Hill, M., Sep 15 2019, In : Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 12, 3, p. 289-306 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crime Victims
Reproducibility of Results
Young Adult
Mental Health

Identifying adverse childhood experiences in pediatrics to prevent chronic health conditions

Barnes, A. J., Anthony, B. J., Karatekin, C., Lingras, K. A., Mercado, R. & Thompson, L. A., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Point-of-Care Systems
Primary Health Care
11 Citations (Scopus)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Stress and Mental Health in College Students

Karatekin, C., Feb 1 2018, In : Stress and Health. 34, 1, p. 36-45 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health
Longitudinal Studies