Background, Goals and Objectives of the National ACE Program

The National Academic Centers of Excellence (ACEs) on Youth Violence Prevention Program was initially developed with support from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Division of Violence Prevention in 2000. Currently, the ACE Program includes four ACEs whose research and programmatic activities will receive support from 2010 to 2015, and two UPACEs that will receive support from 2006 to 2011. This program was established to connect academic and community resources to study and create lasting ways to address youth violence in some of the most high-risk and vulnerable communities in the United States. The ACE Program was also created to support the rapid dissemination and translation of youth violence prevention research into effective community practices.


The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center

Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research Institute
Joel A. Fein, MD, MPH – Principal Investigator
3615 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318

Meharry Medical College

Nashville Urban Partnership Academic Center of Excellence
Paul D. Juarez, PhD – Principal Investigator
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

University of Illinois, Chicago

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Chicago Youth Violence Prevention Center
Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD - Principal Investigator
1313 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Youth Violence Prevention
Albert Farrell, PhD – Principal Investigator
Department of Psychology
Box 842018
Richmond, VA 23284

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina Rural ACE
Paul Smokowski, PhD – Principal Investigator
School of Social Work
CB #3550, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center
Marc Zimmerman, PhD – Principal Investigator
School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights, 3790A
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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