Speaker Miller

Beyond Screening: Healing Centered Approaches to Addressing Trauma and Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care Settings
8:30 am - 12:00 pm | Salon C | Morning Break at 9:45 am

*Lunch will be in Salon D at 12:00 pm


Session Description:

Trauma and violence are critical social determinants of health.  In addition to identifying general principles of trauma-informed care, this session will draw attention to the emerging research on resilience and focus on strategies for healing-centered engagement within the primary care setting.


  • Participants will be able to describe the dynamics and root causes of trauma and the impacts of trauma and violence on health
  • Participants will be able to list the general principles of trauma informed care and rationale for health care system transformation in creating trauma informed environments
  • Participants will be able to define the role of health professionals, service providers, and administrators in addressing trauma and enhancing resiliency among the people they serve and to practice healing-centered engagement

Speaker Biography:

Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, is Director of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Trained in medical anthropology as well as internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research has included examination of sex trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and reproductive health, with a focus on under-served youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens; and foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth.

Her current research focuses on the impact of gender-based violence on young women’s reproductive health. She conducts research on brief clinical interventions to reduce partner violence and unintended pregnancy, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Justice. In addition, she is conducting a study of a sexual violence prevention program entitled “Coaching Boys into Men” which involves training coaches to talk to their young male athletes about stopping violence against women, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also involved in projects to reduce gender-based violence and improve adolescent and young adult women’s health in India and Japan.