A $3.7 million federal grant will allow a University of Kansas researcher to study how stress affects young children in Kansas City.
The university announced the five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health on Monday.
The research will be led by Yo Jackson, a professor in the clinical child psychology program and the psychology/applied behavioral science departments.
The study will focus on hundreds of children ages 3 to 5 who are clients of Kansas City social service agencies. Jackson said researchers will study how trauma affects the children’s emotions and thinking.
The goal of the research is to develop protocols to help children deal with traumatic events.