22Aug Director’s Series Webinar: Does Resilience to Childhood Adversity Improve with Social Intelligence Training?

Director’s Series Webinar: Does Resilience to Childhood Adversity Improve with Social Intelligence Training?

Event Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Event Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Presenter: Frank Infurna, Ph.D.

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Population estimates of childhood abuse are comparable to those of cardiovascular disease and cancer, the two leading causes of mortality in the United States and similarly results in increased utilization of healthcare and societal resources. The early social ills of abuse in childhood are shown to have lasting impacts on health and well-being throughout adult life, leading to greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders, autoimmune disorders, functional limitations, and premature mortality. However, there is much less research on interventions aimed at reversing this potential cause-effect relationship in adults. Is it possible to interrupt this cause-effect pairing between childhood adversity and illness in later life? The goal of this seminar is to showcase findings from our social intelligence intervention whose focus is on improving social relationship quality and mental and physical health in adulthood and old age, with an emphasis on those who experienced childhood adversity. An overview will be provided of the research study, preliminary analyses that motivated the social intelligence intervention, and discuss the research methods behind the study and data collection. This will be followed by an overview of the social intelligence intervention, which is delivered online through the use of 42 videos that are organized around 7 modules. Next, preliminary findings will be presented that focus on whether the social intelligence interview promoted social relationship quality and subjective well-being following the intervention and whether improvements were strongest for participants who experienced high levels of childhood adversity. The remaining time will be focused on highlighting the importance of interventions that can be delivered online and can help promote resilience to childhood adversity and consider future routes of inquiry.


Frank J. Infurna, PhDFrank J. Infurna, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. He received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and his B.A. in Psychology and Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester. He is a developmental psychologist with a general interest in studying psychosocial and health development in adulthood and old age from a lifespan perspective. More specifically, his research examines how older adults adapt resiliently to the developmental challenges and other life stressors that they face. He is also interested in identifying psychosocial factors that promote healthy aging outcomes and has extensive experience in the use of contemporary methods of longitudinal analysis, including latent growth curve (multilevel) modeling, growth mixture modeling, and survival models. More information on his research can be found here:


Aug 22, 2017 02:00 PM (UTC-5)
Aug 22, 2017 03:00 PM (UTC-5)
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