ALYSSE M. LOOMIS portrait
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work
(801) 581-8679

Research Statement

My current research explores the impact of early childhood trauma and other adversity. I am interested in identifying mechanisms through which childhood adversity contributes to educational and health disparities as well as understanding how natural systems of care, such as schools, can be leveraged to prevent future adversity exposure and support child well-being.

Research Keywords

  • school discipline
  • Trauma
  • Self-regulation
  • Early Childhood or Pre-School Education
  • Child or Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Attachment

Presentations

  • Loomis, A. M., Sonsteng-Person, M., Coffey, R., & Freed, S. Using multilevel modeling to identify trauma-informed mechanisms of change for preschool expulsion risk. Poster accepted for publication at the 2022 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, Washington DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/03/2021.
  • Loomis, A. M., Zulauf-McCurdy, C., & Musson Rose, D. Mechanisms for enhancing equity in early childhood settings: The influence of parent and teacher reports of parent-teacher relationships on perceptions of child behavior. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2022 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, Washington DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/03/2021.
  • Loomis, A. M., Curby, T.W., & Zinsser, K. Beyond the behavior: Teachers’ trauma informed attitudes mitigate expulsion risk among uninhibited preschoolers. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2022 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/02/2021.
  • Loomis, A. M. Examining equity in trauma-informed care: Associations between teacher stress, trauma-informed attitudes, and child expulsion risk. Paper symposium presented at the 2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, virtual. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/09/2021.
  • Loomis, A. M. Identifying mechanisms for reducing preschool expulsion risk through trauma-informed care. Paper presented at the 2021 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/22/2021.
  • Jaggers, J. W., Loomis, A. M., Sonsteng-Person, M., & Osteen, P. Victimization and suspension/expulsion in adolescence: Exploring pathways through fighting and head injury. Paper presented at the 2021 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Poster, Presented, 02/01/2021.
  • Padilla, C., Loomis, A. M., Davis, A., Cruden, G., & Drazen, Y. A. Policy scan and qualitative analysis of state legislation limiting preschool exclusionary discipline [Paper symposium]. The Administration for Children and Families’ National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Arlington, VA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/01/2020.
  • Cruden, G., Drazen, Y., Davis, A., Padilla, C., & Loomis, A. M. Preventing school-based trauma: A framework for developing legislation to limit preschool expulsion and suspension. Paper accepted for presentation at Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) 2020 Special Topic Workshop: The State of Research on Prevention of Child Maltreatment, St. Louis, MO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/06/2020.
  • Loomis, A. M. & Feely, M. Measuring self-reported polyvictimization in foster youth research: A systematic review. Paper presented at The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Accepted, 10/2019.
  • Cruden, G., Davis, A., Loomis, A. M., Padilla, C., & Drazen, Y. Building a framework for comprehensive preschool suspension and expulsion legislation: A qualitative analysis. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD. Poster, Presented, 03/2019.

Publications

  • Loomis, A. M., Freed, S. & Coffey, R. (2022). Inhibitory control, student-teacher relationships, and expulsion risk in preschools: An indirect effects path analysis. Early Childhood Education Journal. Published, 01/02/2022.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01287-x
  • Loomis, A. M., Davis, A., Cruden, G., Padilla, C. & Drazen, Y. (2021). Early childhood suspension and expulsion: A content analysis of state legislation. Early Childhood Education Journal. Published, 02/07/2021.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01159-4
  • Sonsteng-Person, M. & Loomis, A. M. (2021). The role of trauma-informed training in helping Los Angeles teachers manage the effects of student exposure to violence and trauma. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. Vol. 14. Published, 01/18/2021.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33986905/
  • Loomis, A. M. (2020). Preschool self-regulation as a mediator between adverse childhood experiences and student-teacher conflict: The role of race and gender. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Published, 10/26/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.10.004
  • Loomis, A. M. & Felt, F. (2020). ). Knowledge, skills, and self: Linking trauma-informed training content to trauma-informed attitudes and stress in preschool teachers and staff. School Mental Health. Published, 10/16/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s12310-020-09394-7
  • Loomis, A. M., Sonsteng-Person, M., Jaggers, J. & Osteen, O. (2020). School discipline as a consequence of violent victimization in adolescence: Understanding the mediating roles of head injury and fighting. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published, 09/22/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0886260520959635
  • Rogel, A., Loomis, A. M., Hamlin, E., Hodgdon, H., Spinazzola, J. & van der Kolk, B. (2020). The impact of neurofeedback training on children with developmental trauma: A randomized control study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy. Published, 07/19/2020.
    https://doi.apa.org/doi/10.1037/tra0000648
  • Loomis, A. M., Feely, M. & Kennedy, S. (2020). Measuring self-reported polyvictimization in foster youth research: A systematic review. Child Abuse & Neglect. 104588. Published, 06/11/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104588
  • Jaggers, J. & Loomis, A. M. (2020). Research at work: Sampling, central tendency, and causation. Families in Society. Published, 06/29/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1044389420913415
  • Loomis, A. M. (2020). Effects of household and environmental adversity on self-regulation for Latino and African American preschool children: Closing the school readiness gap. Early Education and Development. Published, 04/06/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2020.1745513
  • Loomis, A. M. (2020). Pathways from family violence exposure to disruptive behavior and suspension in elementary school. Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody, & Child Development. Published, 03/30/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/26904586.2020.1734516
  • Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A. M., Hayes, C. & Rojas, R. (2020). Emerging bicultural views of fatherhood: Perspectives of Puerto Rican fathers. Advances in Social Work. Vol. 19, 311-328. Published, 04/14/2020.
  • Loomis, A.M. & Berthold, S.M. (2019). Protecting the health and well-being of child migrants in the U.S. through holistic practice. In S. Megan Berthold and Kathy Libal (Eds.) Refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Praeger Press. Published, 06/30/2019.
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  • Berthold, S.M. & Loomis, A.M. (2019). Child migrants in the United States: Challenges to the promotion of their rights and interests. In S. Megan Berthold and Kathy Libal (Eds.) Refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States: Interdisciplinary perspectives.. Praeger Press. Published, 06/30/2019.
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  • Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A. M., Coman, E. & Fifield, J. (2019). African American, Puerto Rican & other Hispanic fathers' differential responses to a parenting intervention. Social Work in Public Health. 1-13. Published, 06/30/2019.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31258006
  • Loomis, A.M., Randall, K. & Lang, J. (2019). Helping young children exposed to trauma: A systems approach to implementing trauma-informed care. IMPACT Brief for Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI). Published, 06/03/2019.
    https://www.chdi.org/index.php/publications/report...
  • Feely, M., Seay, K. & Loomis, A. M. (2019). Harsh physical discipline as a mediator between income, re-reports and out-of-home placement in a child welfare-involved population. Children and Youth Services Review. Vol. 103, 70-78. Published, 05/25/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.05.032
  • Loomis AM, Berthold SM, Buckley T, Wagner J & Kuoch T (2019). Integrated Health Care and mHealth: A Model of Care for Refugees with Complex Health Conditions. Social Work in Public Health. Vol. 34, 189-200. Published, 05/01/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2019.1575311
  • Berthold SM, Loomis AM, Kuoch T, Scully M, Hin-McCormick MM, Casavant B & Buckley T (2019). Social Disconnection as a Risk Factor for Health among Cambodian Refugees and Their Offspring in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Vol. 21, 290-298. Published, 04/01/2019.
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10903...
  • Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A. M., Hayes, C., Drake, A. & Fifield, J. (2019). Supporting recruitment and retention of low-income young minority fathers in a community-based intervention. Advances in Social Work. Vol. 18, 1068-1084. Published, 01/02/2019.
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