Val Everett, BA joined the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in February 2018 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She is currently working on a project led by Dr. Joel Fein, evaluating the effectiveness of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) in reducing post-traumatic stress symptoms among assault-injured youth following a violent traumatic event. Val also serves as a coach for the Netter Center of Community Partnership at the University of Pennsylvania, collaborating with Penn athletes to engage at-risk 4th-8th grade youth from West Philadelphia in resilience-building and coping through sports.
Val earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from University of Connecticut in 2015, where she played Division-1 lacrosse and worked for the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes (CPIA). She comes to the project with experience as a Research Coordinator from the Drexel University Weight Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL) Center, and interventionist for the Incredible Years Program in South Philadelphia. Prior to her time at Drexel, Val accumulated research experience at the University of Connecticut, North Carolina State University, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Head Quarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Val’s interest in violence prevention catalyzed in 2014, while she was working at a school for at-risk, disabled children in Cape Town, South Africa, examining the relationship between environmental factors (e.g., poverty, neighborhood violence, etc.) and risk-taking behaviors in youth living in high-risk, urban areas. Val can be contacted at email@example.com.