3C Helps Clients Respond to COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, 3C Institute is playing an integral role in helping our clients incorporate COVID-19–specific content on their websites and, in one case, releasing a course ahead of schedule.

 National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

The National Center of Excellence
for Eating Disorders (NCEED)


NCEED provides resources and education to promote public awareness of eating disorders and eating disorder treatment. NCEED has posted resources related to COVID-19 to support people with lived-experience of eating disorders, their families and friends, and health care providers caring for patients. The resources include SMI Adviser’s free webinar for clinicians interested in offering telepsychiatry services. Partnering with the UNC School of Medicine Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED), NCEED has also launched a research project to collect data on how COVID-19 is affecting clients with eating disorders, measuring key factors like their symptomatology and access to care. The goal is that these survey results will inform clinicians on how to improve their responses to clients struggling to cope with the pandemic. The survey is accessible via the NCEED landing page.

Treatment and Services Adaptation Center


Treatment and Services
Adaptation Center (TSA)


TSA supports educators and mental health professionals working with students impacted by trauma through its training programs: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS); Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET); and Bounce Back, An Elementary School Intervention for Childhood Trauma. TSA has added a COVID-19 resource center to each of their websites to provide educators with resources to help children understand and cope with the realities of social distancing and online learning. Resources specifically for teachers, such as the Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT) and the PFA Teach App on Google Play, an app designed to improve teachers’ communication skills with students dealing with the effects of trauma, are also available. Visit the TSA websites to check for new COVID-19 resources.

Help Wanted


Help Wanted
Prevention Project


Help Wanted is a course aimed at helping individuals with an attraction to younger children live safe, healthy, non-offending lives. Developed by the faculty and staff at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the course includes video sessions focused on the effects and consequences of child sexual abuse and coping strategies for dealing with an unwanted attraction. The resource center provides additional support for course users and their family members and friends. As stay-at-home orders force people indoors and online for extended periods, resources to prevent child sexual abuse and meet the needs of people seeking help for their own concerning thoughts or behaviors are particularly important. 3C is working with the Moore Center to release the Help Wanted course ahead of schedule to provide immediate early intervention and support.

3C is proud of its work with these mission-driven organizations to provide a swift response to COVID-19’s effects on mental health.




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    Chief of Research and Learning Content


    Dr. Childress obtained her PhD in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to 3C Institute, she served as a research associate and a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on a longitudinal imaging study aimed at identifying the early markers of autism through behavioral and imaging methodologies. She has 19 years of autism research experience, during which she has examined the behavioral, personality, and cognitive characteristics of individuals with autism and their family members. Dr. Childress also has experience developing behavioral and parent report measurement tools, coordinating multi-site research studies, and collecting data from children and families. She has taught courses and seminars in general child development, autism, and cognitive development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


    • autism
    • early development
    • behavioral measurement
    • integrating behavioral and biological measurement


    • Postdoctoral fellowship, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (Institutional NRSA-NICHD), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • PhD, developmental psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • BS, psychology (minor in sociology), University of Iowa

    Selected Publications

    • Elison, J. T., Wolff, J. J., Heimer, D. C., Paterson, S. J., Gu, H., Hazlett, H. C., Styner, M, Gerig, G., & Piven, J. (in press). Frontolimbic neural circuitry at 6 months predicts individual differences in joint attention at 9 months. Developmental Science.
    • Wassink, T. H., Vieland, V. J., Sheffield, V. C., Bartlett, C. W., Goedken, R., Childress, D. & Piven, J. (2008). Posterior probability of linkage analysis of autism dataset identifies linkage to chromosome 16. Psychiatric Genetics,18(2),85-91.
    • Losh, M., Childress, D., Lam K. & Piven, J. (2008). Defining key features of the broad autism phenotype: A comparison across parents of multiple- and single-incidence autism families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 147B(4):424-33.
    • Wassink, T. H., Piven, J., Vieland, V. J., Jenkins, L., Frantz R., Bartlett, C. W., Goedken, R., … Sheffield, V.C. (2005). Evaluation of the chromosome 2q37.3 gene CENTG2 as an autism susceptibility gene. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 136, 36-44.
    • Barrett, S., Beck, J., Bernier, R., Bisson, E., Braun, T., Casavant, T., Childress, D., … Vieland, V. (1999). An autosomal genomic screen for autism. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 88, 609-615. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19991215)88:63.0.CO;2-L
    • Piven, J., Palmer, P., Landa, R., Santangelo, S., Jacobi, D. & Childress, D. (1997). Personality and language characteristics in parents from multiple-incidence autism families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 74, 398-411.
    • Piven, J., Palmer, P., Jacobi, D., Childress, D. & Arndt, S. (1997). Broader autism phenotype: Evidence from a family history study of multiple-incidence autism families. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154, 185-190.