Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Tue., Apr. 8, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Responsive Practices in Service Delivery Across Multiple Domains
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Dr. Julie Miller-Cribbs, Professor and Interim Director
University of Oklahoma, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

Research has firmly established that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have significant impact on adult health risk behaviors, physical and mental health, and mortality. Furthermore, these impacts are more pronounced among vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. Such populations are served by an array of public social services that could benefit from trauma informed practices across multiple systems levels. Conventional and siloed approaches that separately address the social needs, mental health issues, and physical health problems are arguably ineffective and insufficient to effect improvements in mental and physical health outcomes. Integrative approaches in service delivery, research and training which bridge practice approaches are essential to address the complex sequelae of ACEs. This presentation will provide a brief overview of ACE research with an emphasis on Oklahoma based studies and highlight promising practices for multiple domains of practice and system levels. 

About the Speaker:
Dr. Miller-Cribbs is Professor and Interim Director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. She is also a Research Associate in the School of Community Medicine. Prior to her academic career, she worked for seven years as an emergency-room social worker at a level-one trauma facility in St. Louis (Barnes-Jewish Hospital) and with urban families and youth at social service agencies in Chicago and St. Louis.

Julie's current research amplifies factors pertaining to vulnerability, strengths, and functioning in the arenas of diversity, health, and community life.  Her publications have appeared in various journals, she has authored educational material utilized in textbooks and course outlines related to cultural diversity, and she is the author of three books. She has presented her research at over 40 national and international conferences. She has taught at both the MSW and doctoral level primarily in the areas of Social Welfare Policy, Health Policy, Advanced Social Work Practice and Research. She has received awards for her teaching and research, served as chair or member on 10 dissertation committees, mentored medical and nursing students, and multiple research assistants.

Julie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and received her Ph.D. from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

A Tulsa native, Julie is married to Henry, a High School English teacher and has two children Carly (16) and Cole (12).

Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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