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Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Hays-Grudo

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Regents Professor & Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity

243 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-8356

jennifer.hays.grudo@okstate.edu

Education

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. University of Houston, Houston, Texas Developmental Psychology
M.A. University of Houston, Houston, Texas Developmental Psychology
B.A. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas Psychology

Expertise

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, is a Regents professor of Human Development and Family Science and an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at Oklahoma State University, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an $11.3M, five-year NIH grant focused on the effects of trauma and poverty on children’s health and development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children’s Project, a George Kaiser Family Foundation-funded collaboration with Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child to develop and implement interventions to reduce the effects of intergenerational poverty and adversity. Before coming to Oklahoma, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she led the Office of Health Promotion, and held numerous NIH grants on health behaviors in high-risk populations.

Publications

  • Hays, J., Ockene, J., Brunner, R., Kotchen, J., Manson, J., Patterson, R., Aragaki, A., Shumaker, S., Brzyski, R. LaCroix, A., Granek, I., Valanis, B. (2003). Effects of estrogen plus progestin on quality of life:  Results from the Women’s Health Initiative randomized clinical trial. New England Journal of Medicine, 348, 1839-1854.
  • Hays, J., Hunt, J.R., Hubbell, F.A., Anderson, G.L., Limacher, M., Allen, C., Rossouw, J.E.  (2003). The Women’s Health Initiative recruitment methods and results.  Annals of Epidemioliology, 139(S), S18-S77.  
  • Paskett, E.F., Alfano, C.M., Davidson, M.A., Anderson, B.L., Naughton, M.J., Sherman, A., McDonald, P.G., Hays, J.  (2008).  Breast cancer survivors’ health-related quality of life.  Cancer, 113, 3222-3230.
  • Paxton, R.J., Jung, S.Y., Vitolins, M., Fenton, J., Paskett, E., Pollak, M., Hays-Grudo, J., Hursting, S.D., Chang, S..  (2014).  Associations between time spent sitting and cancer-related biomarkers: an exploration of effect modifiers.  Cancer Causes & Control, 25, 1427-1437. Doi:10.1007/s10552-014-0434-y).
  • Morris, A.S., Robinson, L., Hays-Grudo, J., Claussen, A., Hartwig, S. & *Treat, A.J. (2017). Targeting parenting in early childhood: A public health approach to improve outcomes for children living in poverty, Child Development, 88, 388-397. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12743. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
  • *Treat, A.E., Morris, A.S., Williamson, A.C., Hays-Grudo, J., & *Laurin, D. (2017).  Adverse childhood experiences, parenting, and child executive function. Early Child Development and Care. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1353978. Epub 2017 Jul 20.
  • Cromer, L.D., Hudson, R., Homco, J. & Hays-Grudo, J.  (March, 2012).  Adverse childhood experiences and the health of young children.  Annual meeting of the International Psychosomatic Society, Athens, Greece.
  • Jung SY, Paxton RJ, Pollak M, Hursting SD, Vitolins M, Hays-Grudo J, Fenton J, and Chang S. Associations between time spent sitting and cancer-related biomarkers: an exploration of effect modifiers. [Abstract]. Cancer Prevention Research 2013 AACR 12th Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research proceedings.
  • Castle, S. *Guss, S., Hays-Grudo, J., Miller-Cribbs, J., & Horm.  Intergenerational risk: Relationship between parents’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and children’s social-emotional development in low-income families.  Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC, July, 2014.
  • Morris, A. S., Hays-Grudo, J., *Treat, A., Williamson, A., *Huffer, A., Robyler, M. Z., & *Staton, J. (March, 2015). Assessing resilience using the protective and compensatory experiences survey (PACEs). Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hays-Grudo, J., Bosler, C. D., Teague, T. K., Castle, S., *Guss, S., Miller-Cribbs, J., Horm, D., & Morris, A. Intergenerational transmission of risk: Parents’ ACEs and young children’s regulation of stress. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • Hays-Grudo, J., Morris, A.S., Robinson, L., Claussen, A., *Treat, A., & Hartwig, S.  The role of maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in developing early parent-child relationships: A new model for intervention. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • Morris, A.S., Hays-Grudo, J., Williamson, A., *Treat, A., *Huffer, A., & Slocum, R. ACEs and PACEs: The development of the protective and compensatory experiences survey (PACEs). Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • *Treat, A., Morris, A.S., Hays-Grudo, J., Williamson, A., *Laurin, D., & *Staton, J. Adverse childhood experiences, parenting and young children's executive function. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • Slocum, R., Hays-Grudo, J., Morris, A.S., & Bosler, C.D. Super Parents: A research-based parenting program targeting the parent-child relationship. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • Williamson, A., *Huffer, A., Morris, A., Hays-Grudo, J., & Bosler, C.D. Early care and education providers’ awareness and understanding of infant mental health:  Associations with attachment style. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • *Huffer, A., Williamson, A., Morris, A.S., Hays-Grudo, J., & Bosler, C.D. Infant mental health awareness: Initial findings from the Oklahoma infant mental health survey. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 31, 2016.
  • Bosler, C. D., Hays-Grudo, J., Teague, T. K., Castle, S., *Guss, S., Miller-Cribbs, J., Horm, D., & Morris, A. Exploring the intergenerational transmission of risk: Parent experiences, parent-child relationship, and child cortisol patterns. Poster presented at ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Washington DC, July, 2016.
  • Slocum, R., Bosler, CD., Morris, A.S., *Root, J.D., & Hays-Grudo, J. Super Parents: A parenting program focused on positive parenting, mindfulness, and executive function. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas, April, 2017.
  • *Guss, S., Morris, A.S., Hays-Grudo, J., Bosler, C.D., Horm, D., & Castle, S.  Adversity and low-income parents’ relationships with their young children: The role of executive function. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas, April, 2017.
  • *Treat, A., Morris, A.S., Hays-Grudo, J., Williamson, A., & *Laurin D. Associations between parental Adverse Childhood Experiences, parenting, and child executive function in toddlers and preschoolers. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas, April, 2017.
  • Williamson, A., Bosler, C., Morris, A.S., *Huffer, A., & Hays-Grudo, J. Childhood experiences and adult attachment style: Relations to early caregiving awareness, knowledge, and beliefs. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas, April, 2017.
  • *Huffer, A., Williamson, A. C., Morris, A. S., & Hays-Grudo, J. (April, 2017). Infant mental health: Is a barrier to knowledge in the name? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
  • Morris, A.S., Robinson, L. R., Hays-Grudo, J., Claussen, A. H., Hartwig, S. A., & *Treat, A. E. Targeting parenting in early childhood: A public health approach to improve outcomes for children living in poverty. Poster presented as part of a poster symposium at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Presentations

  • Ten experiences children need to promote resilience (with Dr. Amanda Morris and Ruth Slocum).  20th Annual Zarrow Symposium on Mental Health, September, 2014, Tulsa, OK.
  •  Protecting parents and children from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Preliminary evidence for the validity of the PACEs (with Amanda Morris).  Paper presented at the SRCD Special Topic Meeting:  New Conceptualizations in the Stufy of Parenting-At-Risk, November, 2014, San Diego, CA.
  •  Hays-Grudo, J., Slocum, R., Morris, A. S., & Bosler, C. (March, 2015). Where the rubber meets the road: Applying and adapting evidence-based programs in real-world settings. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Courses Taught

HDFS 5253 Social and Emotional Development

HDFS 5233 Infant Mental Health

Awards & Recognition

  • Women of Distinction, 2010, Tulsa Business Journal, Inaugural class
  • Who’s Who of Professionals in the U.S., 2004
  • 2004 Woman of Influence, National Council of Jewish Women
  • Cullen Graduate Scholarship, University of Houston, 1982-1983
  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston, 1981-1982

Grants

  • "Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity – CIRCA,” formerly the “Children's Health Equity Solutions Center," $11,226,458 - National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH.
  • Hays-Grudo, J. (PI). NIH #NHLBIWH0417, Women’s Health Initiative: Follow-Up Extension. (2005-2007), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. ($921,752).
  • Hays-Grudo, J. (PI). Effects of Gestational Weight Control on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes. (2008), Sid Richardson Foundation. ($100,000).
  • Hays-Grudo, J. (PI). Family health, stress and children's cortisol. (2012), George Kaiser Family Foundation. ($26,000).
  • Hays-Grudo, J. (PI). Preventing excessive gestational weight gain in American Indian women. (2010-2013), Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) VI, IHS/NIH. ($350,000).
  • Hays-Grudo, J. (PI). Tulsa Children’s Project. (2008-present), George Kaiser Family Foundation. ($1,477,244).

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society for Research in Child Development