Mission Statement and Goals

Center for Superheroes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Superheroes is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of abused, neglected and otherwise traumatized children in West Texas

  • by providing pediatric, mental health and developmental services in a medical home model;
  • through education of students, residents and practitioners in providing evidence based care for victims of childhood trauma, and;
  • by interprofessional research regarding a wide range of topics of importance to this population



The Center for Superheroes will:

  • Provide comprehensive evidence-based medical, behavioral health and developmental pediatric care to traumatized children
  • Educate faculty, residents, students and the community regarding lifelong consequences of adverse childhood experiences, evidence-based treatment modalities and the importance of developing strategies to limit the effects of childhood adversity
  • Provide interprofessional educational opportunities for learners and faculty from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University and community partners
  • Provide heretofore unavailable research opportunities for basic scientists, clinicians and behavioral scientists regarding the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences, the biologic basis of those changes and potentially even the epigenetic basis
  • Remain financially viable with ongoing base support from the state, Medicaid reimbursements for service provision and additional grants for service provision, education and research