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PACEs Science

At PACEs Connection, we believe in following the research. In the last few years, researchers have started to examine the impacts of positive childhood experiences (PCEs) on children and adults. We at PACEs Connection are particularly interested in the in

PACEs Science 101 Videos

PACEs Science 101 Videos

  • ACEs Primer, 2016
    KPJR Films, which came out with Paper Tigers in 2015 and Resilience in 2016, put together an overview of the ACE Study. (5 minutes)
  • ACE Study DVD Preview, 2016
    This preview introduces a video produced by The Academy on Violence & Abuse, which features presentations by and interviews with ACE Study co-founders Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda, as well as Dr. David Williams, the CDC researcher who introduced them and participated in the study. Dr. Frank Putnam, professor of psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, provides perspective on the impact of the study. (3 minutes)
  • Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Resource Library, Ongoing
    A collection of trauma-related resources, searchable by media type and topic. Topics include brain architecture, lifelong health, mental health, neglect, resilience, and toxic stress. Sign up for their mailing service to be notified of newly released resources.
  • How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime, 2015
    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris does a TED Talk on how she learned about the ACE Study, and how it changed her pediatric practice and her life. (16 minutes)
  • How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence, 2015
    Benjamin Perks, the UNICEF Representative to Montenegro and United Nations Resident Coordinator, reviews the findings of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study. He further describes ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity and support victims, including integrated child protection systems and better equipped education systems. (16 minutes)
  • How Early Childhood Experiences Affect Lifelong Health and Learning, 2021
    In this animated video, narrated by Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., learn what the latest science tells us about how early experiences affect not only early learning and school readiness, but also lifelong health. Understand the effects of adversities such as poverty, discrimination, systemic racism, exposure to violence, and child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect on the developing brain and many other systems in the body. Challenge yourself to think about how we can use policies and resources to address the sources of these problems. (5 minutes)
  • Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for the Children, Caregivers and Ourselves (2020)
    This video is an introduction to ACEs and trauma-informed care.

  • The Power of Positive Experiences, 2021
    This video from describes the power of positive experiences to heal and change the course of a child’s life. (2 minutes)
  • Prevent ACEs Now, 2020
    This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains early childhood adversity and gives simple actions to support families and help make a better future for all children possible in their community. (3 minutes)
  • Toxic Stress and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, 2015
    Dr. Sara Langworthy produced a short YouTube video about early childhood and stress. Additional videos about stress and resilience can be found on her YouTube channel. (5 minutes)
  • We Can Prevent ACEs, 2018
    Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are an important public health issue. Learn how everyone can help prevent ACEs by using strategies to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children. This video is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (5 minutes)
  • What Is A Number Story?, 2021
    This video briefly describes ACEs and encourages viewers to learn more about ACEs through exploring all of the information and resources on (2 minutes)
  • Why Do Some Children Respond to an Intervention and Others Don’t?, 2014
    Nathan A. Fox of the University of Maryland describes the limitations of traditional early childhood intervention studies, which examine the effects of programs on large groups of children with the hope that one size fits all, and suggests that new interventions must take into account the individual differences in the ways children and adults react and self-regulate. (28 minutes)