ACE Resources

Original ACE Study

  • Origins and Essence of the ACE Study - Webpage
  • The Health and Social Impact of Growing Up With ACEs - PDF
  • The Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences - Video
    Dr. Vincent Felitti’s presentation in February 2016 at the Sealaska Heritage Institute: The lifelong effects of adverse childhood experiences.

ACE Overview

  • The ACE Study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Webpage
  • Understanding ACEs - PDF
    Children’s Trust of South Carolina
  • The Adverse Childhood Experience Study - Webpage
  • Adverse Child and Family Experiences among U.S. Children - PDF
  • Looking at how ACEs Affect Our Lives and Society and Implications for Prevention - PDF
  • ACEs Too High News - Webpage
  • ACEs Connection Network - Webpage

Case Study

  • Learning from Wisconsinís ACE Study - PDF
  • Paper Tigers Movie Trailer - Video
  • Paper Tigers Panel Discussion with Director James Redford - Video
  • Paper Tigers Panel Discussion at New School for Social Research - Video
  • Catching Up With Kelsey from ‘Paper Tigers’ - Video

Child Maltreatment

  • The Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences - PDF
  • Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect - PDF
  • Strengthening Families and Protective Factors - Webpage
  • InBrief: The Science of Neglect - Video


  • ACE: Risk Factors for Substance Abuse and Mental Health - Webpage
    Dr. Robert Anda, a co-Principal investigator of the ACE study, describes the relationship of ACEs to many of the nationís worst health and social problems, including substance abuse.
  • Brain Architecture - Webpage
    Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child
  • Three Core Concepts in Early Development - Video
    This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.
  • The Hidden Epidemic: The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease - PDF
  • Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults - PDF
  • An Unhealthy Dose of Stress - PDF
  • Foundation for Healthy Generations - Webpage
  • ACE and Population Health in Washington - PDF
  • Can We Stop A Traumatized Child From Becoming A Traumatized Adult? - Forbes webpage
  • The Raising of America - Webpage
  • Paper Tigers Panel Discussion - Webpage
    "Stressed brains can’t learn." That was what Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress, becoming a promising model for trauma-informed schools. Join filmmaker James Redford, New York Times contributor David Bornstein, and New School for Social Research Professor of Psychology Dr. Howard Steele for a panel discussion on Paper Tigers, a documentary about how addressing childhood adversity turned an entire school around-and an official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival.
  • The Raising of America (5-part documentary) - Webpage
    Recent studies underscore repeatedly how a child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long emotional, intellectual and even physical health and development. Exposure to a nurturing or adverse environment in the early years affects how we think, feel and relate to others as we age, our capacities for empathy, impulse control and even love. The Raising of America seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation which asks: what can be done to better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive? Will the U.S. squander its own future, or will it invest in its youngest children and their families?
  • The "Brain Hero" - Video
    Video depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community impact child development, is the first product of this collaboration. This 3-minute video adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format. Based loosely on such games as "Guitar Hero," "SimCity," and "The Game of Life," the video portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can affect life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community.
  • Epigenetics makes you unique: Courtney Griffin @ TEDxOU - Video
    Beyond the study of nature and nurture — epigenetics. At TEDxOU, Courtney Griffins uncovers how two people born with identical DNA and similar upbringings can turn out very different.


  • Shaping Policy to Address ACEs - Webpage
    Laura Porter, Director of the Washington State Family Policy Council, describes how the Council has used Adverse Childhood Experiences data to mobilize prevention practitioners to address the prevention of substance abuse and related behavioral health problems in a more comprehensive way.
  • Pediatricians Testify About ACEs Before Arizona House Health Committee - Webpage
  • To Tom Wolf: Childhood Trauma is the Elephant in the Classroom - Webpage
  • Arizona ACE Legislation - Webpage
  • California ACE Legislation - PDF
  • Washington ACE Legislation - PDF
  • Compton Unified Sued for Allegedly Failing to Address Trauma - Affected Students - Webpage
  • Landmark Lawsuit Filed in California to Make Trauma-Informed Practices Mandatory for All Public Schools - Webpage
  • Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Policy Recommendations - PDF
  • Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability - Webpage
  • Snapshot of U.S. State Laws and Resolutions - Webpage


  • InBrief: Resilience Series - Video
    These videos provide an overview of Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience, a working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. They explain why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.
  • InBrief: The Science of Resilience - Webpage
  • Childrenís Resilience Initiative - Webpage
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Robert Anda - Video
    Robert Anda, co-principal investigator of the ACE study and senior scientific consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses how he became involved in the ACE study and how he sees the importance of prevention.
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Sandy Bloom - Video
    Sandy Bloom, associate professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, co-founder of the Sanctuary Institute and co-leader of the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force, discusses prevention and the ACE study.
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Susan Dreyfus - Video
    Susan Dreyfus, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Children and Families, discusses the importance of the science behind ACEs.
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Andrew Garner - Video
    Andy Garner, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Workgroup and primary care pediatrician at Partners in Pediatrics, discusses the importance of understanding the science behind ACEs and learning about evidence-based treatments in communities.
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Ken Ginsburg - Video
    Ken Ginsburg, medical director of Covenant House Pennsylvania and professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses resiliency and the impact youth development programs can have.
  • Building Resilience: Remarks from Jane Stevens - Video
    Jane Stevens, founder of and, shares the importance of storytelling in the trauma informed movement.


  • ACE: Implications for Transforming Our Systems of Care - Video
    Dr. Heather Larkin, Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Albany, underscores the importance of coordinating services to prevent adverse childhood experiences and/or address their consequences.
  • NEAR@Home Toolkit for Addressing ACEs in Home Visiting - Webpage
  • South Carolina 2-1-1 - Webpage

State-Level Data

  • ACE: National and State-Level Prevalence - PDF
  • Overcoming ACE: Creating Hope for a Healthier Arizona - PDF
  • ACE in Iowa: A New Way of Understanding Lifelong Health - PDF
  • ACE in Minnesota: Findings and Recommendations - PDF
  • ACE in Wisconsin: Findings from the 2010 BRFSS - PDF
  • Wisconsin ACE Brief: 2011 and 2012 Data - PDF


  • Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma - PDF
  • SAMHSA Mental Health Treatment Facility Locator - Webpage

TEDx Talk

  • How Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime - Webpage
    Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain that unfold across a lifetime.
  • How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence? - Webpage
    Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative to Montenegro and UN Resident Coordinator, presents new evidence on the prevalence of ACEs and ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity.
  • Building Resilient Communities: A Moral Responsbility - Video