Experts Go “On the Issues” about Childhood Trauma


Deborah Denno was quoted in a Marquette Wire article about childhood trauma and its impacts on the criminal justice system.

Mary Triggiano, circuit deputy chief judge of Milwaukee County, and Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University, discussed childhood trauma and its impacts on the criminal justice system Thursday, Nov. 15. The discussion was part of the “On the Issues” series hosted by Mike Gousha at Marquette University Law School’s Lubar Center.

“Childhood trauma consists of the traumatic event itself, which can range from any number of physical or sexual abuses as well as a how the individual experiences that event,” Denno said. “Brain scans often reveal frontal lobe damage, indicating that something in the brain might be connected to childhood trauma.”

Denno also said university President Michael Lovell’s vision for wellness in Milwaukee is equipping students with the resources necessary to understand and help individuals with trauma.


“Dr. Deborah W. Denno and Judge Mary Triggiano are experts on trauma-informed care and the court system, which the Lubar Center felt would broaden the discussion of the issues and be of interest to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities,”Lynn Sheka, senior director of university communication, said in an email.


Denno is the founding director of the Neuroscience and Law Center at Fordham University School of Law. Triggiano is co-chair of the Community Justice Council’s Safety and Justice Challenge Trauma Workgroup that is responsible for incorporating trauma-effective practices in the Milwaukee County Court system.

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