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PACEs Science Videos & Documentaries

Below are documentaries, videos, resource collections, and a list of several leaders in the field.

Link to current list of recommended documentaries
...and how to access them


Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, 2018 (Professional Education Systems, Inc.)
Vincent Felitti and Linda Curran speak in an interview together about the ACE study. The interview is intended to be widely distributed, so anyone can have free access to the video as long as they enter a valid email address.

Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 2018, $199.99 USD, (Professional Education Systems, Inc.)
Description: "
Master Clinician Series: Addiction, Trauma, and Adverse Childhood Experiences DVD is the seminal video. For anyone who works with this- both challenging and rewarding- population, watching this video is a must. Current ground-breaking research is presented in a way that is easy to digest and comprehend. The hours go by quickly as the viewer is constantly engaged by the top clinicians and researchers in the field. Linda facilitates the discussion in such a way that practical applications are clearly articulated and accessible to clinicians. Having the straight-forward explanation of the neuroscience behind trauma and addiction is an additional plus. It is certainly the best documentary presentation of the ACE Study that I’ve seen. Vincent Felitti "

CAREgivers, 2015 (Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain
Description: The film depicts the emotional costs experienced by professional providers such as nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, first responders who rescue, assist, and when possible heal the injured and traumatized. Through dramatic stories, CAREgivers probes the emotionally risky aspects of professional caregiving and public service.

How Stress Affects Our Telomeres,  2008
Description: Watch in this 6 minute video how stress effects our genes! The genetic structures called telomeres protect the ends of our chromosomes from fraying. As we age, our telomeres shorten. Stress (at any age) by way of stress hormones accelerate the shortening of telomeres. Neurobiologist, Dr. Robert Sapolsky leads the segment from the 2008 documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

IN UTERO,  2015
Description: Most scientific research into adverse experiences begin with life after birth and end with individual health outcomes. IN UTERO looks deeper into life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. Watch the trailer here.

Paper Tigers, 2015
Description: This documentary produced by KPJR Films is set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington. Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?

Resilience,  2016
Description: Resilience is the latest KPJR documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. A discussion guide to accompany screenings of the film can be accessed here.

ACEs Science 101 Videos

ACEs Primer,  2016
Description: KPJR Films, which came out with Paper Tigers in 2015 and Resilience in 2016, put together a five-minute overview of the ACE Study.

ACE Study DVD Preview, 2016
Description: This three-minute 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.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime, 2015
Description: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris does a 16-minute TED Talk on how she learned about the ACE Study, and how it changed her pediatric practice and her life.

How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence, 2015
Description: 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.

Interpersonal Neurobiology, 2009
DescriptionIn this 24-minute TED talk, Dr. Daniel Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social & emotional intelligence & how these can be cultivated through reflective practices.

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for the Children, Caregivers and Ourselves, 2020
Description: This video is an introduction to ACEs and trauma-informed care.

Toxic Stress and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, 2015
Description: Dr. Sara Langworthy produced a short YouTube video about about early childhood and stress. Additional videos about stress and resilience can be found on her YouTube channel.

The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health Status,  2006
Description: Dr. Vincent Felitti's classic presentation in full (93 minutes).

Why Do Some Children Respond to an Intervention and Others Don’t? 2014
Description: 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 the the ways children and adults react and self-regulate.

Resource Collections

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Resource Library     Description: 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.

Iowa ACEs 360, 2016
Description: Use the key research and website links to become more informed about ACEs, brain science and interventions. Video recordings and presentation materials from the October 2013 summit in Des Moines, as well as two free online learning modules provide in-depth training on The ACE Study and A Child Abuse Prevention Response, are available. Check back often for updates.

Leaders in the Field

Dr. Robert Anda
Description: Dr. Robert Anda graduated from Rush Medical College and received his board certification in internal medicine. He completed a fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin, received a masters degree in epidemiology, and was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Anda began a collaboration with Dr. Vincent Felitti at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego to investigate child abuse as an underlying cause of medical, social, and public health problems. Dr. Anda is the co-principal investigator and co-founder of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Robert Anda videos

Dr. Sandra Bloom
Description: Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a board-certified psychiatrist. In addition to her faculty position at the School of Public Health at Drexel, she is president of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments. Dr. Bloom currently serves as distinguished fellow of the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY. Sandra Bloom videos

You may access here a video recording of her presentation on The Sanctuary Model, which she gave at the 2010 “Trauma: A Public Health Crisis in Western New York” conference.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Description: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is California's first Surgeon General, appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2019. She was founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Youth Wellness. She serves as an expert advisor on Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. Nadine Burke Harris videos

Dr. Vincent Felitti
Description: Dr. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma. Leading the charge in research into how adverse childhood experiences affect adults, he is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults. Vincent Felitti videos

Dr. Ken Ginsburg
Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. Ken Ginsburg videos

Dr. Gabor Maté 
Description: Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner. He is an adjunct professor in the faculty of criminology, Simon Fraser University. Gabor Maté videos

Dr. Bruce Perry
Description: Dr. Perry is the senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Bruce Perry videos

Laura Porter
: Porter is co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC, and former director of Washington State's Family Policy Council, which pioneered education of ACEs science in communities throughout Washington State. Below are her videos.

Laura Porter Keynote: NEAR Science and New WA Resilient Factor Findings (2014)
Self-Healing Communities Model (2019)
Laura Porter videos

Dr. Robert Ross
Description: Dr. Ross is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment. He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. Robert Ross videos

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk
Description: Dr. Van Der Kolk is a Boston-based psychiatrist and founder of the Trauma Center at Justice Research Institute. His book, The Body Keeps the Score, talks about the role of trauma in psychiatric illness, ways the brain is shaped by traumatic experiences, how traumatic stress is a response of the entire organism, and how that knowledge needs to be integrated into healing practices. Bessel Van Der Kolk videos

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