Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) describe stressful or traumatic events of abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction early in life and have been shown to increase lifelong risk for many of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US.  Our understanding of how ACEs impact lifecourse health is evolving rapidly, and it is already abundantly clear that the toxic stress of ACEs exerts substantial influence over our physiology and health outcomes. With well over half of us in California having histories of ACEs, it is also clear that ACEs are widespread and have a large impact on population health that the health care system is just beginning to grapple with. Our AAP Chapter is committed to raising awareness of ACEs among pediatricians and the public, which is why we have launched our ACEs Committee. The ACEs Committee members are experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing advances in knowledge and practice relevant to ACEs in pediatrics. Stay tuned to this page for updates on our work.

Provider Engagement | Peer-to-Peer Learning

This four-lecture series is recommended for primary care pediatricians and family medicine physicians. Each session will have a duration of approximately 90 minutes (Lecture plus case-based discussion). CME available for live and enduring materials.
Monthly webinar sessions (Via Zoom). NO COST TO ATTEND


AAP-CA2 ACEs Bulletin – Volume 1 (August 2019)

AAP-CA2 ACEs Bulletin – Volume 2 (October 2019)

AAP-CA2 ACEs Bulletin – Volume 3 (November 2019)


AAP Policy statement on Childhood adversity

Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health

Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care, and Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Andrew S.Garner, Jack P. Shonkoff, Benjamin S. Siegel, Mary I. Dobbins, Marian F. Earls, Laura McGuinn, John Pascoe, David L. Wood

Related professional society statements on childhood adversity

American Psychological Association Statement on Responding to Children and Trauma

Update for Mental Health Professionals – Produced by: 2008 Presidential Task Force on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Statement on Childhood Adversity and Heart Disease

On behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. Originally publiced 30 Jan 2018.

The resilience project

ACEs and Toxic Stress

The landmark Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) study was a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego – led by Vincent Felitti, MD and Robert Anda, MD,MS.

The Resilience Project (Resources)

Resources designed to help pediatricians and families who are dealing with children and youth exposed to violence.

patter project

Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience

The Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience (PATTeR) Project is desinged to educate pediatricians about the trauma-informed approach in pediatric care. 

us preventive services task force recommendations

USPSTF Recommendations on Primary Care Interventions to Reduce Child Maltreatment

Final Recommendation Statement – Child Maltreatment:Interventions

Meet the ACEs Team

Our Adverse Childhood Experiences Committee is available to assist practices with specific concerns. Please contact the Chapter if you have any questions.      (818) 422-9877

Committee Chair – Adam Schickendance, MD

Adwoa Osei, MD, FAAP

Nirupama Madduri, MD, FAAP
Christine Thang, MD, FAAP

Ruby Kalra, MD, FAAP

Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP

Jenifer L. Lipman, MSN, EdD

Stephanie Marcy, PhD

Ariane Marie-Mitchell, MD, PhD, MPH

Danielle Shaw, MD, FAAP

Denise M. Nunez, MD