The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) demonstrated an association between the number of adversities experienced in childhood and adult health, mental health and overall well being. Newer science, evolving rapidly, has moved the field from association to actual causation. Dr. Robert Block, M.D., Immediate Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), discusses scientific and other revelations that have come from the ACE Study and what’s ahead in the area of child maltreatment and prevention. The interview was conducted April 2, 2013 in conjunction with his opening presentation at the Children’s Trust Fund Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference “The New River Story – Spirit, Science, Action” held in Jefferson City (MO).
Dr. Block works to educate and spread awareness about academic research related to violence and abuse. He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.