• 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

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


  • 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, Accepted, 02/28/2020.
  • 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.


  • 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. Accepted, 03/18/2020.
  • Jaggers, J. & Loomis, A. M. (2020). Research at work: Sampling, central tendency, and causation. Families in Society. Accepted, 02/20/2020.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.