Students from VinUniversity and Cornell University cooperate in research on interventions and solutions to support children

September 14, 2022

Through the community-centered “Vietnam Adverse Childhood Experience Pathfinders” research project, Cornell and VinUniversity students aim to improve the social integration and quality of life of children who have experienced violence, abuse, or neglect.

In early 2022, the “Vietnam Adverse Childhood Experiences Pathfinders – VACEP 2” team was established by the Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), with the support of VinUniversity and Cornell University, USA. The team comprises 7 students from Cornell University and 7 students from VinUniversity, who will work together to research Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs, from preventive measures and intervention to adulthood outcomes due to ACEs, through scientific journals and research projects in various disciplines.

Students from all three colleges of VinUniversity are participating in the project, specifically: Nguyen Anh Thu, Dao Thu Quynh, and Yamada Homi from the College of Health Sciences; Tran Khanh Huyen and Nguyen Khanh Nghi from the College of Business and Management; and Hoang Khoi Nguyen and Vu Ky Vien from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

In the summer of 2022, these students from VinUniversity and Cornell University will focus on researching and building their knowledge on preventive and support measures for children with ACE. After a period of remote working, at the end of July, the team from Cornell University will arrive in Vietnam and join VinUniversity students in workshops on the subject. They will also conduct field visits and personal interviews with children with ACEs in Hai Phong.

As part of the program, a workshop on Child Protection was held to initiate discussions on the project’s theories and methodologies, as well as preventive and support measures currently being implemented in Vietnam. The workshop was attended by Dr. Trang Le, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Center for Research in Social Psychology, University of Education – Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Ms. Tran Thi Tra My, Head of Psychology Department and Ms. Dinh Thi Minh Chau, Director of Psychological Services, Blue Dragon; Ms. Lam Ngoc Thuy, Regional Coordinator for HCMC and Southern provinces, SCDI; and Dr. Nguyen Minh Anh, Senior Secretary, VinFuture Prize Foundation.

After participating in the workshop, Veronica Zellers and Viveka Jain – students from Cornell University – shared: “Remarks from the speakers gave us a more solid research foundation as well as more information on how to approach children with ACEs, which will prepare us for our upcoming field visit from 29-30/07.”

In the upcoming time, the VACEP 2 team will conduct a field visit to meet children with ACEs in Hai Phong. After this visit, they will complete and send their proposal of appropriate intervention and support measures for Vietnamese children to SCDI. Together with SCDI, they seek to improve these children’s social integration and quality of life.

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