Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Each year as many as ten million children witness or experience domestic violence in the United States (Winder, 2015) and have shown to experience greater struggles in school. This type of trauma has no boundaries, it can occur in all socioeconomic levels, across all ethnic groups, and all education levels. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network of the United States reports forty percent of students have experienced some form of adversity or trauma (Brunzell et al., 2015). Trauma can be a life shattering experience that can forever alter your biology and view of the world being a safe place (Brunzell et al., 2015). The effects of trauma hinder a child’s ability to thrive and succeed. This transfers into the classroom every day and can manifest as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment, disinhibited social engagement, acute stress disorders (Brunzell et al., 2015), and emotional behavior disorders (Buxton, 2018). Childhood trauma and adversity is a public health concern with an invisible, underlying neurobiology in which educators are on the front line.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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