Silvia Koller’s research focuses on children who have experienced homelessness, sexual abuse, or familial violence. Koller explores the impact of these circumstances on psychological development, and uses this information to better characterize the concept of resilience. Her hope is that understanding resilience, which she defines as a process rather than an individual trait, will lead to programs and policies that help children cope with adversity and prevent future generations from experiencing such hardship. Koller uses an ecological approach, viewing children’s development in the context of their family, community, school, and society. Using this framework to understand development and resilience, she has identified several factors, including a strong social support system and a high capacity for experiencing and expressing emotions, that aid the process of resilience. Her findings have helped shape child protection policies in Brazil, changing how authorities investigate child maltreatment and help children cope with abuse, and informing child maltreatment prevention programs.
If you are in your third or fourth year of your PhD program, and you are interested in gaining skills in aging and geriatric research and transitioning into that research area following graduate school, you may be interested in the Transition to Aging Research Award for Predoctoral Students, offered by the National Institute on Aging. More
The SSHD’s 11th Biennial Meeting on stress, resilience, and character development will be held October 11 to 13 in Portland, Oregon. More
NIA has released a new grant opportunity to support scientists in conducting research using automobile technology and automobile data to detect early signs of cognitive impairment in older drivers. More