Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed knows first-hand how impactful trauma and toxic stress can be for children and families. Mrs. Cockhren has dedicated her professional life to investigating and educating the public about the link between early trauma, early adversity, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and possible negative outcomes across the lifespan.

Mrs. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in Child Studies specializing in minority and impoverished children.

Her research areas are African American parenting styles, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), historical trauma/intergenerational transmission, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics. Mrs. Cockhren’s experience ranges from juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development, consulting, and community education.

She is currently an adjunct professor specializing in Black psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology & personality theory at Tennessee State University and the TN/Midwest Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection, a social network dedicated to rising awareness of adverse childhood experiences.

CTSS Keynote Presentation
The State of The Black Child

In this keynote, Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed. will outline the unique vulnerability and monumental resilience of the African American child. This keynote session will layout a timeline of the American experience for the Black child that traces from slavery to the 21st century.

In addition, Cockhren will illustrate how systemic racism, historical trauma and implicit bias are the root causes of the poor outcomes, risk factors and health disparities that plague African American children. The speaker will also provide the audience with real-world practices that support and honor the resilience of African American children and families

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