Faculty

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Larry Adelman
Randy Alexander
Sandra Alexander
Amanda Archer
Alexis Balkey
Jane Barlow
Daniel Barrett
Mia Behrens
Sharon Behrens
Richard Bennett
Arnon Bentovim
Lucy Berliner
Iva Bicanic
Linda Billman
Jennifer Blanchard
Catherine Bonnet
Ellen Boszhard
Adam Brown
Vivian Brown
Maajke Brunekreef
Roger Byard
Roger Canaff
Ellen Case
Mark Chaffin
Christina Chambers
Ira Chasnoff
Ross Cheit
Cynthia Christian
Charles Clemons
Catherine Connell
Lisa Conradi
Jon Conte
Leslie Craig
Chrissy Curtis
Shawn Daniels
Paul DerOhannessian II
Jason Dickinson
Hester Diderich
Rebekka Dreke
Jan Dunn
Simone Ebbers
Elizabeth Ekaete
Susan Erstling
Rita Farrell
Karen Farst
David Finkelhor
Patricia Fisher
Justin Fitzsimmons
Laurie Fortin
Lori Frasier
Terra Frazier
Bernard Gerbaka
Abby Gerwirtz
Angelo Giardino
John Goedee
Matthieu Goedhart
Gail Goodman
Paris Goodyear-Brown
Jenny Gray
Christopher Greeley
Michael Grogan
Casey Gwinn
Dorothy Hambayi
Rochelle Hanson
Helen Holmquist-Johnson
Jennifer Hossler
Eva Hoytema van Konijnenburg
Collette Ingraham
Cory Jewell Jensen
Lisa Jobe-Shields
Kenneth Lyons Jones
Lisa Jones
Iby Kantor
Margaret Kennedy
Moira Kenney
Julie Kenniston
Kyle Killian
Barbara Knox
David Kolko
Cynthia Kuelbs
Harkmore Lee
Merle Liburd
Beth Limberg
Kelli Litsch
Kaitlin Lounsbury
Richard Love
Meghan Lukasik
Thomas Lyon
Lawrence Marum
Francoise Mathieu
Megan McKellogg-Guajardo
Mary Meinig
Melissa Merrick
Marilyn Metzler
Beth Minor
Brian Miller
Kimberly Mitchell
Angela Moreland
Joanne Munro
Sandeep Narang
Ruth Newton
Rick O’Hanlon
Rebecca Orsi
Monica Nielsen Parker
Laurie Anne Pearlman
Donna Pence
Emily Putnam-Hornstein
Robert Pynoos
Ashley Rambeau
Jessica Richards
Sarah Rock
Nicole Rooney
Leslie Ann Ross
Daniel Rothman
Sasha Rutizer
Alicia St. Andrews
Aafke Scharloo
Kim Schoemaker
Patty Secor
Shannon Self-Brown
Rajeev Seth
Lynn Sheets
Scott Snider
Martine Spijker
Linda Steele
Paul Stern
Jane Stevens
John Stirling
Premi Suresh
Steven Tjalsma
Erika Tullberg
Heather Turner
Jeannette van Borren
Peter van der Linden
Laura Van Der Noot-Lipsky
Linda van Krimpen
Joan van Niekerk
Margreet Visser
Bobbi Walling
Cambria Walsh
Wendy Walsh
Michael Weber
Debra Wesselmann
Charles Wilson
Janis Wolak
Miriam Wolf
Nancy Young

Institute A: presented by Chadwick Center
Jennifer Davis
Marilyn Kaufhold
Sandra Murray
Premi Suresh
Lorena Vivanco

Institute B: presented by FVTC/NCJTC
Thomas Biesty
Brian Killacky
Joni McClain

Institute C:
presented by AVA

David Corwin
Vincent Felitti
R.J. Gillespie
Tasneem Ismailji
Susan Kelley
F. David Schneider
Agnes Tiwari

Institute D:
presented by ISPCAN

Jane Barlow
Bernard Gerbaka
Joan van Niekerk
Rajeev Seth

Institute E:
presented by APSAC

Debra Esernio-Jenssen
Monica Fitzgerald
Julie Kenniston
Barbara Knox
Marcela Torres
Patti Toth

Institute F: presented by CAPSAC
Diana Faugno
Colleen Friend
Rachel Gilgoff
Shelley Hamilton
Donna Pence
Julie Robbins

Larry Adelman

Executive Producer
The Raising of America
San Francisco, CA

Workshop Session: N3

Larry Adelman is co-director and head of production for California Newsreel (www.newsreel.org), the country's oldest nonprofit, documentary production and distribution center.

Adelman is the creator and executive producer of the forthcoming documentary film series and multi-media initiative called The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of the Nation (www.raisingofamerica.org) which aims to reframe the way Americans think about early child health and development.

Adelman was the creator and executive producer of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
(www.unnaturalcauses.org). The four-hour series, broadcast nationally by PBS, explores the root causes of our alarming class and racial inequities in health. Among its many honors are a duPont-Columbia Award (‘the Pulitzers of broadcast journalism’) and the 2009 Film / Radio / Television Award from the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. Adelman was also the creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series RACE—The Power of an Illusion (www.pbs.org/race). Among the other award-winning documentaries broadcast by PBS he has produced, coproduced and / or directed include The Business of America…, Collision Course and The Road to Brown.

Adelman’s articles and op eds have been published by the Washington Post, The Nation, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere and he has appeared as a guest on television and radio, including The Today Show and All Things Considered. Adelman was the co-founder of the Schmio Awards for Dubious Advertising Achievements and has overseen the release of dozens of California Newsreel documentaries, including one Academy Award winner and six other nominees.
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Randell Alexander, MD, PhD

Statewide Medical Director, Professor and Chief
University of Florida
Jacksonville, FL

Workshop Sessions: Institute C2, D2, E10

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics, and Statewide Medical Director for the Florida Child Protection Teams. He is on the International Advisory Board for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, has served as Vice-chair of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, been on the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse).

Randy has served on state child death review committees in Iowa, Georgia, and Florida, was chair of the Committee on Child Abuse for the Georgia and Iowa chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a Past-President of the Georgia chapter of APSAC, and Executive Director of GA CARES. He has extensive interests in all forms of child abuse, particularly shaken baby syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, prevention, and child death review. He is an active researcher, lectures widely, and frequently testifies on major child abuse cases throughout the country.

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Sandra Alexander, MEd

Expert Consultant
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: E10

Sandra P. Alexander, M. Ed., is a Subject Matter Expert in Child Maltreatment in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has provided leadership for DVP's Knowledge to Action Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium and Essentials for Childhood initiative and as the subject matter expert on a cross-division Shaken Baby Prevention Initiative. Currently she is co-leading the Essentials for Childhood Initiative. She represents CDC on other national child maltreatment initiatives including the Federal Interagency Child Maltreatment Workgroup and the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. 

She is a member of the Prevent Child Abuse America Program/Research Committee, the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Advisory Committee and Co-chair of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Prevention Committee, and also served as a former chair and is currently the prevention advocate on the Fulton County (Atlanta) Child Fatality Review Committee. She has developed numerous prevention programs including shaken baby prevention, provided training on prevention nationally and internationally, and served as a prevention voice for local and national media. She has prior experience in child protective services, adoption and foster care, and non-profit management experience as Executive Director of two Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters: Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Ms. Alexander also served as a board president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, from 2000-2001.
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Amanda Archer, SW

Project Manager
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Lake Forest, CA

Workshop Session: M9

Amanda Archer, M.S.W., currently serves as the Project Manager for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) at Children and Family Futures (CFF). Is this role, she facilitates web-based and onsite technical assistance projects, including the Trauma-Informed Care Assessment Project. Prior to her current role, Ms. Archer was a Program Associate for the NCSACW. Previously, Ms. Archer gained clinical experience with children, adolescents and families at The Carolyn E. Wylie Center, where she also fulfilled a position as the staffer for the Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative.

Ms. Archer has experience in program planning, development, and research in both social service and higher education settings. Ms. Archer holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration.  Previously, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish. At the University of Delaware, Ms. Archer served as a Research Assistant on a longitudinal project investigating the intergenerational transmission of trauma and depression and its impact on parent-child attachment.

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Alexis Balkey, BA, RAS

Program Associate
Children and Family Futures
Lake Forest, CA

Workshop Session: J9

Ms. Balkey currently serves as the Program Manager for the National Family Drug Court (FDC) Training and Technical Assistance Program at Children and Family Futures, Inc. (CFF). She assists with project management and reporting tasks to compile and synthesize information on the lessons, results and policy and practice innovations of the FDC TTA Program. 

Previous to her employment with Children and Family Futures, Inc., Alexis Balkey was the Program Manager for Riverside County Family Preservation Court, located in Indio, CA.  Ms. Balkey successfully managed a Family Drug Court with multiple funding streams including the most recent SAMHSA Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Federal grant.  She is a Registered Addiction Specialist with robust knowledge of alcohol and other drug treatment programs, services for women, trauma, co-occurring disorders and recovery support services. 

Ms. Balkey is an instructor for the William R. Mead Academy located in San Diego, CA with a teaching emphasis on Case Management, Criminal Justice, Ethics, Gender Studies and Co-Occurring. Ms. Balkey is a certified addictive disorder counselor by the Breining Institute, College for the Advanced Study of Addictive Disorders. Ms. Balkey received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University.  Ms. Balkey is currently attending California State University, San Bernardino to obtain a Masters of Public Administration.
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Jane Barlow, PhD

Professor of Public Health
Warwick Medical School
Coventry,UK

Workshop Sessions: Institute D, K16-e

Jane Barlow's main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices and reducing the risk of child maltreatment, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years to a wide range of early years and primary care practitioners.

In addition to research on the effectiveness of interventions to promote early parenting she has also undertaken extensive research in the field of child protection, and was an author on one of the recent Lancet international reviews of "What Works." She recently co-authored a book about "what works in the treatment of child emotional abuse", and a publication for Research in Practice entitled "Safeguarding in the 21st Century: Where to Now?" She has also recently completed a Department For Education funded systematic review of the most effective models of decision-making in child protection, and is working with a number of local authorities to establish new care pathways to prevent child maltreatment.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and recently became President of the UK Association of Infant Mental Health, and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress to be held in Edinburgh in 2014. She is a collaborator with the International Preventing Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) research network, and contributes to a range of national expert groups. She is an editor for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare group, and on the editorial board for the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Disorders Group. Dr. Barlow currently chairs Warwick Biomedical and Science Research Ethics Committee, and is an academic representative for Dignity at Work.

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Daniel Barrett, PhD

Detective Sergeant
Buffalo Police Department
Buffalo, NY

Workshop Sessions: J5, L5

Dan Barrett has been a member of the Buffalo Police Department since 1988, and currently holds the rank of Detective
Sergeant. In 1999, he became a Detective and was assigned to the Sex Offense Unit until June 2008. His areas of
specialization include investigations involving developmentally and mentally disabled, forensic interviewing and evaluation of children, child on child incidents of sexual abuse, and sex offender management.

Detective Sergeant Barrett has attended numerous trainings and seminars in these fields including the New York State Office of Mental Health Special Investigations Seminar, New York State Police Sex Offense Seminar, University of Buffalo School of Social Work seminar on Enhancing Service Provision for Individuals with Disabilities, and New York State Best Practices Child Forensic Interviewing. He was the specific investigator of incidents within psychiatric institutions from 2004 - 2008 and is a co-developer of best practice protocol for such investigations.

He has presented at various international, state, and regional seminars and discussions on investigations involving special populations, domestic violence, and sex offender management. Detective Sergeant Barrett is a consultant on case management relating to the developmentally and mentally disabled, child interviewing, and sex offender management to law enforcement, social, and educational agencies.

Dr. Barrett holds an earned Ph.D. in Psychology and is responsible for peer review of child forensic interviewing, the administration of extended forensic evaluation of children suspected of abuse, and assessment of sexual consent capacity within the Buffalo Police Department. He is an instructor of Psychology and Criminal Justice at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY and is a certified bereavement counselor. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, holds an Advisory Board membership on End Violence against Women International, is a registered consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime, and is a lifetime member of Psi Chi.
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Sharon & Mia Behrens

Inspirational Speaker

Workshop Session: Tuesday Plenary Speaker

Sharon Behrens, adoptive and foster parent, discovered the miraculous ability of children to heal through her own experience in raising Mia. As a way of healing, Mia and her mother now speak on the intervention needs of abused children. Mia’s journey from wild child to a caring, productive woman has been documented in literary accounts and aired February 17 and 18, 2009 on CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric and the Early Show with Harry Smith.

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Richard Bennett

Lt. San Diego Police Department (retired)
Escondido, CA

Workshop Session: I7 Investigators Forum

Bio to come.

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Arnon Bentovim, MD

Child and Family Psychiatrist
Child and Family Training UK
York, United Kingdom

Workshop Session: P16-a

Arnon Bentovim is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who worked at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London, and the Tavistock Clinic, and was responsible for management of Child Maltreatment. He has researched extensively in the field, and has established a Child and Family training organisation aimed at developing and training evidence based approaches in assessment, analysis and intervention in the welfare field. Child and Family Training has been funded to develop training in these areas.

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Lucy Berliner, MSW

Clinical Associate Professor, Director
Harborview Center Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress
Seattle, WA

Workshop Sessions: E12

Lucy Berliner, MSW, is Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her activities include clinical practice with child and adult victims of trauma and crime; research on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions; and participation in local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims. Ms. Berliner is on the editorial boards of leading journals concerned with interpersonal violence, has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has served/serves on local and national boards of organizations, programs, and professional societies.

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Iva Bicanic, PhD

Center Coordinador
University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherland

Workshop Sessions: B16-e

In 2002, Iva graduated in Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2005, she completed a 2-years post-graduate training at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Pediatric Psychology, to qualify as a licensed healthcare psychologist (‘gz-psycholoog’). In 2014, she finished her PhD research that was conducted at the National Psychotrauma Center for Children and Youth at the University Medical Center Utrecht. As the coordinator of this center since 2011, she combines coordinating activities with clinical work until today. In 2012, the Sexual Assault Center for acute rape victims was founded at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Ever since, Iva is the center’s coordinator and the driving force behind the development of a national network of sexual assault centers. She regularly teaches about the topic of sexual trauma and the multidisciplinary approach in the management of rape.

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Thomas Biesty




Workshop Session: Institute B

Bio to come.

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Linda Billman, LICSW

Supervisor II
Olmsted County Child and Family Services
Rochester, MN

Workshop Session: J11

Linda Billman has worked at Olmsted County Child and Family Services for 30 plus years. Linda has been a child protection social worker, child protection supervisor and spent 2 years at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Safety and Permanency Division as a consultant.

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Jennifer Blanchard





Workshop Session: L1

Bio to come.

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Catherine Bonnet, MD

Retired Child Psychiatrist
France

Workshop Sessions: B16-c, F16-c

Catherine Bonnet is a retired French child psychiatrist that currently occupies a seat on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors committee. Dr. Bonnet’s expertise is on the trauma experienced by children who have been abused and exploited. She was a Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapist in psychoanalysis in France (1974–2002) and in the UK (2004–2007), researcher on perinatal violence and neglect. In 2001, she received a knighthood: Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur.

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Ellen Boszhard

Project Manager Elder Abuse
Municipality of the Hague
Delfgauw, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: P16-c

Ellen Boszhard works as project leader elder abuse in the City Hall of The Hague. She works with all the organizations who are dealing with victims and perpetrators of elder abuse. The aim is to connect criminal law and assistance in order to help the victim as well as the perpetrator. Once the violence has stopped the situation will be monitored for a while. She does several projects on this topic, for instance a play in theatre where professionals, students and elder people themselves come te see it. Prior to this, she was working as police officer in the field of domestic violence. She started the project Violence Against Women, in 1995, when people did not talk a lot about domestic violence. It was a big challenge to change the mind and behaviour of police officers. The old way of thinking was: “I can do nothing unless you leave your husband and never go back.” The new way of thinking is: “I can help you, whether you leave your husband or not.”  The most important message is "We don't accept violence!" The last years as police officer she trained student police officers in the field of domestic violence and sexual violence.

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Adam Brown, Psy D

Clinical Assistant Professor
New York University Langone Medical Center, Child Study Center
New York, NY

Workshop Sessions: H3

Adam Brown, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed and practicing in the state of New York for seventeen years. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where he provides training and technical assistance in Trauma Systems Therapy, as well as being the clinical coordinator of the trauma service in the faculty group practice, and teaching an undergraduate course in child and adolescent trauma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Brown has overseen programs for youth in inpatient, day treatment and residential settings. Dr. Brown has extensive training and expertise in the area of assessing and treating interpersonal trauma in children and adolescents. Specialized training and expertise includes evidenced based, trauma informed practices, including: Trauma Systems Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Sanctuary Model, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

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Vivian Brown

President & Chief Executive Officer
Prototypes, Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health and Social Services
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: M9

Vivian B. Brown, Ph.D. has 40 years of experience in mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and HIV/AIDS.  She is Founder and retired CEO of PROTOTYPES: Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health, and Social Services, a community-based, non-profit organization providing: mental health services; substance abuse treatment;  HIV/AIDS services; multiple diagnoses services; training and consultation; and specialized services to women and children. She designed the organization to meet emerging community needs through the development of innovative models of service delivery, as well as testing, refining and disseminating those models.

Dr. Brown’s most recent work has been as consultant to state and county networks in integrating services for co-occurring disorders, and in transforming systems to become trauma-informed.  The focus of her career has been in integration of services for mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and health issues. She has served on numerous federal and state advisory committees, including: the State of California Co-Occurring Disorders Committee; the SAMHSA National Advisory Council (Council Co-Chair from 2000-2002); SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women’s Services; National Mental Health Association; Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Commission.

Brown’s experience includes: directly providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services; developing and implementing a consultation and technical assistance division of a CMHC; leading a large CBO providing integrated services; conducting research and providing technical assistance as Co-PI for a HRSA-funded Evaluation and Dissemination Center and for the 10- site HRSA-funded Women and HIV Initiative; conducting research as PI on the SAMSHA-funded study on Women with Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence History (WCDVS);  Her consultation  activities have focused on: integrating mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and trauma services; reducing barriers to care for underserved populations; facilitating entry into treatment (through outreach, motivational interviewing, and SBIRT); implementing evidence-based practices; developing trauma-informed organizations; and integrating behavioral health and primary care.
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Maajke Brunekreef, BSW

Social Worker
Isala Hospital
Zwolle, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: K16-b

Maaike Brunekreef, Bachelor of Social Work, started as a nurse, 15 years’ experience as a social worker, trainer and consultant. Her mission is to inspire and move healthcare professionals; she creates the connection between people and policies on child abuse and domestic violence in a major Dutch hospital. Maaike is always looking for improvement, development and cooperation with professionals. She is fascinated by what moves, excites or hesitates them in dealing in cases of suspected child abuse and domestic violence.

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Roger Byard, MBBS, BMedSci

Professor
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Workshop Sessions: M2, N9

Professor Roger Byard holds the Marks Chair of Pathology at The University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a Senior Consultant Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science South Australia and has been the Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology since 2008. He has an interest in pediatric forensic issues and has published a number of papers, chapters and books in this area.

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Roger Canaff, JD

Senior Attorney
NDAA—National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
Alexandria, VA

Workshop Sessions: J13, L6, O2

Roger Canaff was born in New York City in 1967 and raised in Northern Virginia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. After a brief period in private practice, he took a job with the Alexandria, Virginia Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997. During his time there he prosecuted many different types of crimes, with a specialty in child abuse, child sexual assault, and juvenile crime.  

In 2003 he joined the staff of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse at the American Prosecutors Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia as a Senior Attorney. In 2005 he returned to active prosecution in Bronx County, New York in that office’s Child Abuse and Sex Unit prosecuting both adult and child sexual assault crimes. 

In June 2007, he was hired by the New York State Office of the Attorney General as the Deputy Chief of the newly formed Sex Offender Management Unit.  After serving for two years in this position, he was hired by the United States Army in June of 2009 as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Trial Counsel Assistance Program, US Army Legal Services Agency. As an Army civilian, he trained and consulted with military prosecutors specializing in Special Victims issues worldwide. He left federal service in February, 2012. He re-joined the National District Attorney’s Association as a Fellow in October of 2012 within the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

An experienced child, adolescent, adult, and disabled victims legal expert, he has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement, medical experts, advocates and other allied professionals as well as the public. He continues to train and consult internationally and lives in New York City and Northern Virginia.
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Ellen Case

Program Director
Mayo Child and Family Advocacy Program
Rochester, MN

Workshop Session: William N. Friedrich Memorial Lecture Introduction

Bio to come.

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Mark Chaffin, PhD

Professor of Public Health
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Sessions: E12, M6, N4

Mark Chaffin is a psychologist and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His work involves developing and implementing evidence based practices with child welfare and at-risk populations.

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Christina D. Chambers, PhD, MPH

Program Director, Professor of Pediatrics
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Workshop Session: E7

Dr. Chambers is a perinatal epidemiologist who specializes in research on prenatal exposures and adverse pregnancy, infancy and child health outcomes. She is involved in several national research programs studying the effects of medications in pregnancy. She is also involved in research and intervention/prevention studies related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). These include a study of the prevalence of FASD in San Diego, California, a motivational interviewing prevention study among American Indian women of reproductive age in Southern California, and a study of the effect of maternal nutrition on alcohol-related outcomes in children in Ukraine. She is part of the UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery, and has an interest in screening and intervention for FASDs among youth and adults in the justice system.

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Ira Chasnoff, MD

President, Professor
NTI Upstream
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Evanston, IL

Workshop Sessions: J7, Q3, Special Event Film

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is President of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. Dr. Chasnoff and his research team were one of five national sites conducting research into the integration of behavioral health interventions into primary health care services for high-risk children and their families, and through this project they studied the impact of concurrent planning on permanency placement for children in the foster care system. From 2002–2009, Dr. Chasnoff led work funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of four national centers conducting research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Dr. Chasnoff’s most recent work focuses on community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care for women and children and the occurrence of co-occurring mental health disorders in children who have been exposed to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs. Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous articles in the research literature and has authored seven books, the most recent of which, The Mystery of Risk, explores the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of alcohol- and drug-exposed children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom.

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Ross Cheit, JD, PhD

Professor
Brown University
North Kingstown, RI

Workshop Session: Monday Plenary Speaker

Bio to come.

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Cindy W. Christian, MD

Attending Physician, Professor
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Workshop Sessions: G2, H2, Endowed Wednesday Plenary

Cindy W. Christian, M.D. holds The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania and serves as an Assistant Dean in the medical school’s Program of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Christian completed her pediatric residency and child abuse pediatrics fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has spent her career.

For more than two decades, Dr. Christian directed the child abuse program at CHOP. She is a faculty director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on Child Abuse and Neglect, and presently serves as the Chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2010, Dr. Christian was appointed as the first medical director for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, leading the development of policies and strategies to improve the health of Philadelphia’s dependent children.

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Hugh T. Clements Jr., MSCJ

Colonel/Chief of Police
Providence Police Department
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: J11

Hugh T. Clements Jr. was appointed as Acting Chief of Police in July 2011, and on January 6, 2012, he was appointed as the 38th Chief of the Department and promoted to the rank of Colonel.

Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. Police Chief received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He attended many specialty schools throughout his career such as: The New York State Police Williams Homicide School, The Illinois State Police Supervisor's School, ATF National Gang School in California and in 2005 he graduated from the Leadership RI Alpha11 Class and the Senior Management Institute for Police put on by the Harvard Kennedy School at Boston University.

Chief Clements is the recipient of numerous commendations for excellent police work and devotion to duty, including being recognized with the Chiefs Award 3 times. He has also received recognition from several outside agencies to include: The FBI, the Attorney General's Office, ATF, as well as other police agencies. Additionally, he also received several awards for his participation in a RICO Latin King Investigation.

More recently, Colonel Clements received the top criminal justice award in Rhode Island for 2013; the prestigious Justice Assistance, Neil J. Houston Jr. Award for dedicated service and citizen contribution toward the criminal justice profession and the public interest. In July 2014, Colonel Clements was voted onto the Executive Board of the New England Association of Chief of Police.

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Charles Clemons, MD

Clinical Faculty
University Teaching Hospital
Lusaka, Zambia

Workshop Session: F16-a

Chuck Clemons, MD is board certified in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is on the Clinical Faculty at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health where he helps coordinate a resident exchange program with training programs in the United States.

He began working to confront child abuse and neglect in Richmond, California in 1982 and has served as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner in Alameda County with the Center for Child Protection at Children's Hospital, Oakland.

Dr. Clemons has served on several Boards of Directors including the Rape Crisis Center of San Pablo which became Community Violence Solutions, the South American Missionary Society, Georgian Foundation, Physicians for a Violence Free Society and The Permanente Medical Group.

He is currently working as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control in Zambia to help establish a Forensic DNA Laboratory and to develop a Multi-Disciplinary Team to deal with sexual abuse and gender based violence.

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Catherine Connell, LMSW, ACSW

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Child Forensic Interviewer
FBI / Behavioral Analysis Unit, Office of Victim Assistance
Macomb County, Michigan

Workshop Session: J4

Bio to come.

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Lisa Conradi, PsyD

Grants Projects Co-Director
RCHSD—Chadwick Center for Children and Families
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: J11

Lisa Conradi, PsyD is a Clinical Psychologist at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s
Hospital, San Diego. Currently, she is serving as the Project Co-Director for both the SAMHSA-funded “Chadwick
Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project” (CTISP-DI), which is a Category II Center within
the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), and the ACYF-funded “California Screening, Assessment, and
Treatment Initiative” (CASAT). Both projects are focused on helping child welfare systems become more trauma-informed in their daily practice. In this role, she has authored and co-authored a variety of publications on trauma screening and assessment practices, creating trauma-informed systems and presented nationally on innovative practices designed to improve the service delivery system for children who have experienced trauma.

She recently served as the Program Manager for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative on “Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability” under sub-contract with the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA. She has received training from the developers on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).

Dr. Conradi received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, California. She is on the editorial boards for the “Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma,” “Journal of Family Violence,” and the “Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma” and served as an editor for the recently published book, “Female Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence.”
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Jon Conte, PhD

Professor
University of Washington
Mercer Island, WA

Workshop Sessions: A12, C12, D12

Jon R. Conte, Ph.D. is the Joshua Children’s' Foundation Distinguished Scholar on Child Sexual Abuse and Professor at the School of Social work, University of Washington. He has been a researcher, teacher, therapist, and forensic expert for over thirty years and is the Editor of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal.

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David Corwin




Workshop Session: Institute C1

Bio to come.

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Leslie W. Craig, MD

Reproductive Psychiatrist
Postpartum Health Alliance
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: D10

Bio to come.

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Chrissy Curtis, MS

Director of Clinical Services
Community Partnership for Children
Daytona Beach, FL

Workshop Session: L11

Bio to come.

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Shawn Daniels, BSc

Research Analyst
Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
Victoria, BC, Canada

Workshop Session: K16-c

Shawn Daniels joined the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia, Canada in October 2011. Her initial role was as a research analyst with the team responsible for reviewing and investigating critical injuries and deaths of children and youth. Since the summer of 2013 she has been an investigator for the same team. Shawn has led and was involved in reviews and investigations that examined issues of child abuse and neglect, parental mental illness and self-harm behaviours and suicide among youth.

Prior to joining the Office of the Representative, Shawn worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, Canada for nearly six years. The primary focus of her work was negotiating agreements between the ministry and Aboriginal child welfare agencies for services under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, the provincial legislation guiding child welfare in British Columbia.

Throughout her career Shawn has focused on Aboriginal child welfare issues in British Columbia. This work has taken her across the province meeting with children, families and community members, and developing partnerships with service providers to better support the needs of Aboriginal children and youth.

In August 2005 Shawn graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Economics.

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Jennifer Davis




Workshop Session: Institute A

Bio to come.

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Paul DerOhannesian II, JD

Attorney
Albany, NY

Workshop Sessions: A6, C6

Paul DerOhannesian is a graduate of Georgetown University (1975) and Albany Law School (1978). For 22 years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, he oversaw a Special Assault Unit responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and child homicide cases. Mr. DerOhannesian is in private practice representing sexual assault and crime victims and is a consultant in the investigation and trials of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and child homicide cases. He is a nationally recognized writer and lecturer on sexual assaults, child abuse, and child homicides and author of Sexual Assault Trials, a two-volume treatise now in its Fourth Edition (2014 Lexis Law Publishing Co.) and numerous other articles in the area of trial strategy and techniques.

In 2001, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Children and Family Services. He participated in the NYS Children’s Justice Task Force Forensic Interview Steering Committee and is a contributing author of its Forensic Interviewing Best Practices Manual (2003). He was also a member of the State University of New York Task Force on Sexual Assault (2006-2007). Mr. DerOhannesian has taught extensively throughout his career with over 300 presentations. He has trained for state prosecuting attorneys’ associations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He has lectured before the American Prosecutors Research Institute, National College of District Attorneys, and National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and Neglect and provided extensive training to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Mr. DerOhannesian has testified on issues involving the sexual exploitation and physical abuse of children before federal and state executive and legislative bodies and served as a Grant Peer Reviewer for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

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Jason Dickinson, PhD

Associate Professor
Montclair State University
Caldwell, NJ

Workshop Sessions: L4, M4

Jason Dickinson earned his PhD in legal psychology from Florida International University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University (NJ). He is the co-recipient of several federally funded research grants on children's eyewitness testimony and forensic interviewing. He regularly consults with the research and practitioner communities to help translate research on children's testimony into practice.

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Hester Diderich, RN

Medisch Centrum Haaglanden
The Hague, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: F16-d

Hester Diderich is a RN working at the Emergency Department of the Medisch Centrum Haaglanden in The Hague, where she developed a protocol to detect child maltreatment based on parental characteristics in collaboration with the Reporting Centre of Child abuse and Neglect (RCCAN). In 2011 she conducted scientific research on the effectiveness of this approach with the Leiden University, the RCCAN and TNO (department of child health). In July 2013 this approach was made mandatory by law for all (semi-) medical professionals in the Netherlands. Hester is now in the final stage of her PhD program.

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Rebekka Dreke, MSSW

Deputy Director
National Center for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC

Workshop Sessions: C14, D14

Rebecca Dreke, MSSW is the Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC. The SRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to provide technical assistance and training to professionals working to end stalking in their communities. In her position with the SRC, Ms. Dreke is responsible for developing original curriculum and providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers and other professionals on all aspects of stalking, including the use of technology to stalk, campus stalking and stalking and sexual assault. She also contributes to the success of the program by co-authoring publications for the field regarding stalking support groups, model campus policies to address stalking, and guides for advocates.

Ms. Dreke has provided hundreds of hours of technical assistance in her 7 years with the SRC. She has also trained thousands of multidisciplinary practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, service provision with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer) communities, and hate and bias-motivated violence. Prior to joining the National Center, Rebecca worked as a social worker, victim advocate, and public school teacher.

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Jan Dunn

Accreditation Coordinator
National Children's Alliance
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: L13

Jan Dunn is the Accreditation Coordinator at National Children’s Alliance, and oversees the accreditation process for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the country. Previously Jan served as the Statewide Coordinator for the California Network of CAC’s., which provides consultation, communication, technical assistance, outreach, training, networking and continued support of existing and emerging California multidisciplinary programs. She is a past president of the National Children’s Alliance, Board of Directors. Ms. Dunn served 26 years as a police officer in California, retiring as an Investigator with Placer County D.A.’s Office in 2005, where she specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and sexual assault cases for the over 15 years. She previously served 10 years as a patrol officer and detective with Los Angeles Police Department... Ms. Dunn has provided many years of training and technical assistance in the Child Advocacy Center field, child forensic interviewing, investigation of child abuse, and facilitation team development on a state and national level.

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Simone Ebbers, GZ

Psychologist, Sexologist & EMDR-therapist
Private Practice

Workshop Session: B16-a

Drs. Simone Ebbers-Mennink is GZ-psychologist, Sexologist & EMDR-therapist from the Netherlands. In 2002, she wrote a book about sexuality and sexual abuse for health care providers and professionals. She works as a psychologist and sexologist with children and young people with intellectual disability and mild psychiatric problems in the Netherlands. Simone specializes in the diagnosis and therapy around sexual abuse and trauma. In addition, she works in her practice; which is mostly aimed at children and young people with issues around sexuality and sexual abuse and trauma. In 2013, she co-authored with Dr. A. Scharloo and Dr. M. Spijke, SOS: a structured psychological first aid tool for people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers after sexual abuse.

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Elizabeth Okon Ekaete, MPP, BEd

Assistant Director
National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP)
Abuja, Nigeria

Workshop Sessions: P16-b

Elizabeth Okon Ekaete is from Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State in the South-South Region of Nigeria. Ms. Okon Ekaete holds a second degree—Master of Personnel Psychology (1998) from the University of Ibadan and a B.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision/English and Literary Studies (2nd Class Upper) 1989 from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Ms. Okon Ekaete is the Assistant Director in the Counselling and Rehabilitation Department of NAPTIP. A UNICEF Child Protection Program implementer 2005–2009 and UNODC Interlocutor for the C&R Department 2011 till present.  She is passionate about the her work with children and have been able to counsel and rehabilitate many victims of human trafficking as well as personally assisting the vulnerable, especially women and children.

She is a versatile trainer and resource person who presented a paper in Antalya, Turkey in November 2013, during the International Symposium on Violence Against Children organized by Turkey Police Academy.

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Susan Erstling




Workshop Session: J11

Bio to come.

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Debra Esernio-Jenssen




Workshop Session: Institute E1

Bio to come.

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Rita Farrell




Workshop Session: A4

Bio to come.

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Karen Farst

Associate Professor
University of Arkansas for Medical Science College of Medicine
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, AR

Workshop Sessions: A1, D6

Karen Farst is an associate professor of pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and works at Arkansas Children's Hospital. As a child abuse pediatrician, her duties include the medical assessment of patients with findings suspicious for abuse and neglect in the hospital, emergency department and clinic settings which leads to significant time in civil and criminal court proceedings providing medical testimony. She has provided numerous trainings to both medical and non-medical audiences about child abuse issues at local and national conferences. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Children's Alliance since 2012.

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Diana Faugno




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Vincent Felitti




Workshop Session: Institute C1

Bio to come.

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David Finkelhor, PhD

Professor, Director
University of New Hampshire
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Durham, NH

Workshop Sessions: E8-b, William N. Friedrich Memorial Lecture & Luncheon

David Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology.

He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

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Patricia Fisher, MD

President
Fisher & Associates Solutions Inc.
Victoria, Canada

Workshop Session: J15

Dr. Patricia Fisher is a clinical psychologist and the president and founder of Fisher & Associates Solutions Inc. As a long time trauma specialist, over the past 15 years she has focused her attention on the impact and mechanisms of workplace stress in trauma-informed workplaces. She has developed a host of research-based training programs, assessment tools and solutions for trauma-exposed workplaces and the individuals who work in them. She has consulted widely with provincial and federal government bodies and to develop policy and solutions to the complex organizational challenges that often accompany high stress and trauma-exposed sectors.

Dr. Fisher has authored 6 texts and numbers of research papers on the subject of trauma-informed occupations, and is a frequent presenter at international conferences and professional meetings. Dr. Fisher’s work has focused on the needs of organizations and personnel in high risk areas such as health care, human and social services, law enforcement, corrections, emergency services, and the military. Her assessment protocols, training programs, and consultation services are all firmly grounded in contemporary research and best practices.

Dr. Fisher is one of the leaders in Organizational Health and Workplace Wellness in trauma-informed environments in Canada, and has provided assessment and consultation to many organizations from the high stress and trauma sectors across Canada and internationally. Since 2000, she and her associates have given many hundreds of training workshops to staff and managers in high stress and trauma sectors in Canada and abroad. Most recently she has developed and launched comprehensive online training programs for staff and managers in the trauma-informed sectors.

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Monica Fitzgerald




Workshop Session: Institute E1

Bio to come.

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Justin Fitzsimmons, JD

High-tech Crime Research Specialist, Attorney
SEARCH Group, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Workshop Sessions: A1, D6

Justin Fitzsimmons is a nationally-recognized legal authority on technology-facilitated crimes against children. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has significant experience as a prosecuting attorney. Prior to joining SEARCH Group he was a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. He managed the technology-facilitated child exploitation unit and organized national conferences of technology-facilitated crimes. He trains at other national, state and local conferences on the subject of sexual and physical crimes against children.

Before joining NDAA he was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was also assigned to the Child Advocacy Center where he prosecuted sexual assault and severe physical abuse of children.

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Laurie Fortin, LCSW

Clinical Coordinator
Rady Children’s Hospital/Chadwick Center
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: C4, D4

Laurie Fortin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. She has specialized in the area of child sexual abuse since 1990. She began her career working as a Social Worker for Child Protective Services from 1989-1991. From there, she transitioned to a residential treatment facility for juvenile sexual offenders providing individual, group and family therapy. Ms. Fortin went on to work with adult sexual offenders at the Navy Family Advocacy Program’s, Child Sexual Abuse Division. She provided assessment, treatment and monitoring of active duty alleged sexual offenders.

In 2000, Ms. Fortin decided to return to work with the victims. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator for forensic interviewing at the Forensic Medical Service Program at Chadwick Center, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, where she conducts, trains, and supervises social workers who interview alleged victims and witnesses of abuse for investigatory purposes. Likewise, she serves as the Chadwick Center’s CAC Coordinator, which involves liaisons with National Children’s Alliance (NCA), Child Advocacy Centers of California (CACC), and local San Diego agencies to ensure multi-disciplinary best practice standards are met. Mrs. Fortin has been considered an expert witness in the area of child sexual abuse in military, juvenile, and criminal court proceedings. She has presented and trained in all areas of child sexual abuse and forensic interviews, both locally, state-wide, and nationally. She also serves as a consultant and mentor to students, practitioners, and professionals in the area of child sexual abuse.

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Lori Frasier, MD

Professor, Division Chief
Penn State Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Workshop Sessions: A2, C12, N8

Dr. Frasier is a professor of Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Penn State Children's Hospital. She attended University of Utah School of Medicine, completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.

She has practiced Child Abuse Pediatrics for 26 years. Dr. Frasier has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally. She is recognized for her work in Telehealth for peer review and quality improvement.

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Terra Frazier, DO, FAAP

Director of Medical Services
Kansas City, MO

Workshop Sessions: H1, N8

Dr. Terra Frazier is a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City Missouri. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Frazier currently participates in several different counties multi-disciplinary team case reviews in both Kansas and Missouri, is appointed to the Missouri State Child Fatality Review Panel and serves at the Director of Outreach for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Division on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has previously participated in the Johnson and Wyandotte County Sexual Assault Response Team Meetings. She sees patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and is actively involved in research. Her research has included a study on missed opportunities in violent death prevention and participation in a multi-center study involving abusive head trauma.

Dr. Frazier completed her medical school training at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her General Pediatric training at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City. Upon completion of her General Pediatric training she completed a Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics also at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics.

Dr. Frazier is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a member of the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a member of the Missouri Osteopathic Association, the Ray Helfer Academic Society, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect .
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Colleen Friend




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Bernard Gerbaka, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Hotel-Dieu University Hospital
Beirut, Lebanon

Workshop Sessions: Institute D, F16-f

Dr. Bernard Gerbaka is a professor of pediatrics at St. Joseph University in Beirut and Chairperson of the Pediatric Department, coordinates the child protection committee in the Higher Council for Childhood since 2004 and chairs the first hospital based child protection unit in Lebanon (2009); he introduced the child abuse and neglect in health curriculum in Lebanon.

He also works on research on child protection with the United Nations and the League of Arab States and the I-CAST Instrument. He participated in the setting of the UNVAC in 2004, the Lebanese report on the Situation of Children in 2004, and the Lebanese delegation to the 2006 Geneva ICRC meeting and the Lebanese response to the UNVAC in 2007.

Dr. Gerbaka is the President of the Lebanese Institute for Child Rights (www.ChildOfLebanon.org), former President of the Lebanese Union for Child Protection (www.UPEL.org) and Vice-President of the University Child and Youth Observatory in Lebanon (oeil@usj.edu.lb).

He published on child health, child injuries, child safety, child abuse, violence against children and child protection. In the Arab region, Dr. Gerbaka co-founded the Arab professional network for the prevention of CAN (2004), the Arab professional society for the prevention of violence against children (treasurer, 2012) and was reelected within the board of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (2008-2014; 2014-2020) where he currently chairs the TCER [Training, consultation and external relations and is currently President-Elect, www.ISPCAN.org . He also worked in the data collection working group (WGDCCM, ISPCAN) and the RAP committee of Child Helpline International (www.childhelplineinternational.org).

Dr. Gerbaka also created 3 websites dedicated to child protection (www.ChildOfLebanon.org), vaccination of preventable diseases (www.infovac-lb.org) and community education on child heath (www.childhealthright.org).

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Abigail Gerwirtz, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Workshop Sessions: G13, H13

Abigail Gewirtz (Child Development): Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Prevention Science Minor at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gewirtz’s research focuses on the development, testing, and widespread implementation of evidence-based practices focused on parenting in highly-stressed families. Her research projects have included diverse populations of families exposed to adversity, including projects with families exposed to homelessness, intimate partner violence and deployment to war.

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Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief of Academic General Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer
Texas Children’s Hospital
Advisor, National Review Board for the US Council of Catholic Bishops
Houston, TX

Workshop Sessions: E2, O3

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, a Professor of Pediatrics and Section Chief of Academic General Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), received his medical degree and doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency and fellowship training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and currently serves as Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Office at Texas Children’s Hospital and is a member of the National Review Board for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that advises on child abuse prevention. He earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) within the American College of Physician Executives. He completed the Patient Safety Certificate Program from the Quality Colloquium, is certified in medical quality (CMQ) as designated by the American Board of Medical Quality. Dr. Giardino is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), sub-boarded in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a Board member for several national and regional boards. His academic accomplishments include publishing several textbooks on child abuse and neglect, presenting on a variety of pediatric topics at national and regional conferences. He is also co-editor of the C@R Journal of Applied Research on Children, Informing Policy for Children at Risk.

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Rachel Gilgoff




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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R.J. Gillespie




Workshop Session: Institute C1

Bio to come.

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John Goedee, PhD

Lecturer and Researcher
Tilburg University

Workshop Session: K16-d

John Goedee is a part-time lecturer and researcher in chain collaboration at the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Tilburg University. He studied business administration (change management) at Erasmus University Rotterdam and obtained a PhD on change implementation at Tilburg University. John has held various board and programme management posts within the profit and non-profit sectors and entered the world of organization consultancy as a business unit manager in a consultancy organization. John has published in the Journal of Business Ethics and is co-author of Riding the Waves (2009), Form a Chain, Break the Circle (2012) and (Un)chain (2013).

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Matthieu Goedhart, MD

Chairman
Mutsaers Foundation

Workshop Session: K16-d

Matthieu Goedhart is a doctor and worked for years in the child and youth psychiatry sector, youth care and education sectors. He is chairman of the Mutsaers Foundation, a organisation of child and adult care. He applies system theory in innovative organisational change processes. Matthieu initiated the taboo breaking film ‘Singing in the Dark’ about domestic violence and child maltreatment and is co-author of Multifocus: The power of connecting (Goedhart & Choy, 2011), which is a guide for a family approach of domestic violence and child maltreatment.

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Gail Goodman, PhD

Professor
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

Workshop Sessions: G4, H8

Dr. Gail S. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Her research concerns child forensic interviewing, trauma and memory, memory development, child maltreatment, and children in the legal system. She has received many awards for her research and writings, including the James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime Contributions to Applied Psychological Research from the Association for Psychological Science and two Distinguished Contributions awards from the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Goodman has served as President of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), Division 37 (Child and Family Policy and Practice) and their Section on Child Maltreatment, and Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) of APA. She has published widely and received many grants and contracts. Her research has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She obtained her Ph.D. from UCLA and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Denver and the Université René Descartes in Paris, France. She has consulted with numerous governments and agencies throughout the world on policies and research concerning child victims in the legal system.

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Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

Therapist, Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health
Nurture House
Franklin, TN

Workshop Sessions: A3, C3

Paris Goodyear-Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating traumatized children and families. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, maintains a private practice, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. She is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based interventions that are used to treat a variety of childhood problems and has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education. She is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy. Her newest books include Tackling Touchy Subjects, the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach, and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults.

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Jenny Gray, Bsc, DipSW

Child and Family Training UK
York, England

Workshop Sessions: N7, P16-a

Jenny Gray OBE has been in child care social work, management and policy development since 1979. She joined the Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health in 1991 and led the development of the new inspection methodologies. In 1995, she was appointed as the professional adviser to the British government on safeguarding children, firstly in the Department of Health and then in the Department for Education. She led policy development on the assessment of children in need, reviews of serious cases and child deaths and the commissioning of safeguarding children research. Jenny held this post until September 2012. Since that time, she has been a social work consultant.

In 2007, Jenny Gray was awarded The Order of the British Empire and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is the immediate Past President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield.
Jenny Gray has a particular interest in utilising evidence from research and practice to develop: effective national child protection systems in collaboration with governments and key stakeholders; multi-disciplinary training resources which can be successfully implemented internationally using a variety of media; and, good quality national child protection data collection systems to inform the planning and development of child protection systems. She is also committed to ensuring the UNCRC underpins all work to prevent child maltreatment and protect children from harm.

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Christopher Greeley, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX

Workshop Sessions: J1, M1

Christopher Spencer Greeley received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1992 and complete internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. He has a Masters in Clinical Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is board certified in General Pediatrics as well as Child Abuse Pediatrics, and is a member of the AMA and the AAP. He is Professor of Pediatrics in the Center For Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He currently serves on the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect Executive Committee, and is the co-chair of the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Greeley was the 2006 Ray E Helfer Award winner.

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Michael Grogan, PhD

Project Director
Jeannette Prandi Children's Center
San Rafael, CA

Workshop Session: N1

Bio to come.

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Casey Gwinn, JD

President
National Family Justice Center Alliance
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: E14

Casey Gwinn is the former elected City Attorney of San Diego and the founder of the San Diego Family Justice Center. He is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement and has authored six books on the Family Justice Center movement since 2006.

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Dorothy Hambayi

Lead Advocate
Zambian Society for Child Protection
Lusaka, Zambia

Workshop Session: F16-a

Mrs. Dorothy Hambayi is the Lead Advocate for the Zambian Society for Child Protection. She was born and has always lived in Zambia where she raised her three children. She studied and earned her ZEN Nursing Certificate at Macha Mission Nursing Training School in 1980. She has also studied psychological family and child counseling. She is an original member and on the board of the Zambian Society for Child Protection, founded in 2011.

Mrs. Hambayi established the advocacy program in the capital city Lusaka. Her primary work involves follow-up on child abuse cases that have been reported to police and medically evaluated at the One-Stop Center, advocating for justice and children’s rights through the legal system, and helping the survivors and their families with needs for counseling and completing medical follow-up. This is important in a country where there is a 14% incidence of HIV. Many victims/survivors live in a crowded environment of poverty, poor sanitation and high crime. She has developed important alliances with 1) Radio Phoenix for raising public awareness about child abuse, 2) with a network of advocates in the US for sharing cases and 3) with Catholic Relief Services to implement advocate training.

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Shelley Hamilton




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Rochelle Hanson, PhD

Professor, Director
Family and Child Program, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Workshop Sessions: D8-c, G13, H13

Dr. Rochelle Hanson is a Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma among youth and adults. She has led several research and services grants targeting training, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based treatment, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office for Victims of Crime, and the Duke Endowment. She currently services as Project Director for a SAMHSA-funded Category II Center grant, the Program on Adolescent Traumatic Stress, focused on dissemination/implementation of evidence-based, trauma-focused services for adolescents, with an emphasis on those involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice service systems. She also serves as a core faculty for Project BEST, funded by the Duke Endowment, whose primary aim is to disseminate and implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) throughout South Carolina. She is a national TF-CBT Train-the-Trainer and continues to conduct TF-CBT trainings throughout the country. She was the 2010 recipient of the MUSC Teaching Excellence award as an Educator-Mentor and is completing a two-year fellowship with the NIMH Implementation Research Institute (IRI) in affiliation with the Center for Mental Health Services Research, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, at Washington University.

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Helen Holmquist-Johnson

Research Associate
Social Work Research Center at Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Workshop Sessions: C8-b

Helen Holmquist-Johnson currently holds the position of Research Associate and Assistant Director at the Social Work Research Center in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. Dr. Holmquist-Johnson’s educational background includes a Master’s of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies, with specialization in Social Work. She has coordinated evaluation and research studies for large federal and state funded projects including integrated services for mental health and substance abuse and evaluation of trauma-focused interventions for children and adults. She is well versed in standardized instruments used in mental health settings, specifically trauma assessment in diverse populations. Her expertise includes training clinicians to administer and use data gathered from family and individual assessments and using federal data reporting systems. Helen has partnered with many federal agencies, private evaluation firms, county and state child welfare departments to conduct program evaluations and performance measurements activities including cross-site evaluations.

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Jennifer Hossler, MSW

Child Welfare Systems Change Specialist
RCHSD-Chadwick Center for Children & Families
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: L11

Jennifer Hossler is a master’s level social worker at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Currently, she serves as a Child Welfare Systems Change Specialist for the SAMHSA funded “Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project.” This project is focused on helping child welfare systems become more trauma-informed in their daily practice. Jennifer has 7 years of child welfare practice in Minnesota and California, and utilizes her experiences in both states to serve as a consultant and child welfare expert to other jurisdictions across the country involved in this project. In addition to her work as a child welfare worker, Jennifer has 8 years of experience working with traumatized children in residential treatment centers and 2 years of experience working as a hospital social worker. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.

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Eva Hoytema van Konijnenburg

Physician, Researcher
Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Workshop Sessions: B16-b

Eva Hoytema van Konijnenburg is a physician and clinical epidemiologist. She currently works as a PhD student at the Child Advocacy Team of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her main research topic is the detection of child maltreatment in hospitals. Next to research, she also teaches various issues in child maltreatment, and she is clinically involved with patients from in the Child Advocacy Team.

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Collette Ingraham




Workshop Session: N2

Bio to come.

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Tasneem Ismailji




Workshop Session: Institute C

Bio to come.

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Cory Jewell Jensen, MS, CCSOT

Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Intervention
Beaverton, OR

Workshop Sessions: M5, Q2, R2

Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for 30 years and provided training and/or consultation to the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, United States Navy, Mark Mc Gwire Foundation for Children, US Marshall’s Office, NYPD Special Victim’s Unit and a number of law enforcement, child advocacy and Faith based organizations. Ms. Jensen served as the Executive Director for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, chaired two of ATSA’s International Research and Treatment Conferences. She also served as President to Oregon Chapter of ATSA and chaired the Offender Management Committee attached to the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. She is an instructor for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Training Institute and provides training for Oregon’s police academy.

Ms. Jensen has been the recipient of Oregon’s "Commercial Crime Prevention Award," the "Champions for Children Award,” the OATSA "Significant Achievement Award," the Nunnenkamp "Award of Excellence," and the Jan Hindman Memorial Award. She’s published a number of articles related to sex offender treatment, risk management and child abuse prevention, testified as an expert witness in local and federal courts and been a featured guest on radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Lisa Jobe-Shields

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Workshop Session: D8-a

Lisa Jobe-Shields is a postdoctoral research fellow in Clinical Psychology at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on the role of family and emotion-related processes in the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Elizabeth Ciesar is the Director of Grants and Program Development at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, the child advocacy center serving the greater Charleston area. Her expertise is in the area of evidence-based treatment approaches to childhood abuse and neglect. Along with Rochelle Hanson (MUSC), Kim Reese (DNLCC), Angela Moreland (MUSC), and Carole Swiecicki (Executive Director, DNLCC), we have formed an academic-community partnership around our shared goal of improving service provision for trauma-related mental health services for the caregivers of abused and neglected children.

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Kenneth Lyons Jones

Professor, Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Workshop Session: E7

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones is the Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Medical Director of the CTIS Pregnancy Risk Information Line. In these activities he has been involved in research, teaching, clinical work and University and public service. His research has focused on the clinical delineation of birth defects, mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis and the recognition of new human teratogens. The work on recognition of new human teratogens is primarily focused through CTIS Pregnancy Risk Information, a service which he established under a different name in 1979 and which is funded by the State of California.

Dr. Jones has authored over 400 publications in scientific journals as well as several books, and is the author of Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation which is now in its 7th edition.

He was one of 2 doctors at the University of Washington who first identified FAS in the United States in 1973. Over the past 40 years he has continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of the prenatal effects of alcohol, most recently as the head of the Dysmorphology Core of the large NIAAA consortium studying this disorder. As Chief of the UCSD Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology, Dr. Jones is in clinical service throughout the year, and trains fellows in dysmorphology. Teaching goes on virtually every day as he sees patients in clinics and serves as consultant on hospital inpatient services throughout San Diego County. He has a proven track record in the training of physicians in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and in organizing programs to evaluate children for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome in many foreign sites. Dr. Jones is past president of the Western Society for Pediatric Research and President of the Teratology Society. In April, 2010 he was nominated and accepted as a member of the Association of American Physicians.

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Lisa Jones, PhD

Associate Professor
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: M13

Lisa M. Jones is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jones has 15 years of experience conducting research on child victimization and evaluating national, state, and community-level prevention and intervention responses to youth victims. She was principal investigator on an “Evaluation of Internet Child Safety Materials Used by ICAC Task Forces in School and Community Settings,” a project funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and is currently serving as co-investigator on an NIJ funded project: “Technology Based Harassment Victimization: Placement in a Broader Victimization Context.” She is also currently serving as a fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation, working with Philadelphia public schools to identify ways to extend the reach and efficacy of evidence-based bullying prevention and social-emotional education to inner city and at-risk youth. She has published in numerous professional journals and chapters on topics of child victimization, prevention, and evaluation.

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Iby Kantor, PhD

Psychologist
Chadwick Center, Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I3 Therapists Forum

Dr. Kantor is a licensed psychologist in California. For twenty years, she has worked at Rady’s Children’s Hospital/Chadwick Center specializing in traumatized children, adolescents and their non-offending family members. She trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Drs. Esther Deblinger and Judith Cohen. Dr. Kantor is also knowledgeable in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. In addition to providing direct patient care, she provides training to parents and the mental health professionals on Bonding and Attachment, Grief and Loss Issues for Foster Children, Managing Children’s Behaviors and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

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Marilyn Kaufhold




Workshop Session: Institute A

Bio to come.

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Susan Kelley




Workshop Session: Institute C2

Bio to come.

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Margaret Alexis Kennedy, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Workshop Session: C8

Margaret Alexis Kennedy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her areas of research interest include child abuse, sexual assault, exploitation through prostitution and domestic violence. She has published in numerous journals such as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma and the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Kennedy received her law degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2004. Her doctoral dissertation on cross-cultural perceptions of child abuse won two American Psychological Association Awards (Divisions 37 and 41) and a Canadian Psychological Association Laureate. Dr. Kennedy has testified in court, spoken throughout the United States and is quoted frequently in the media on issues of exploitation and abuse. She has received grants to study crime in Clark County, Nevada and has led a number of task forces. Her work in Nevada included Juvenile Justice Girls Research at the Clark County Detention Center. She is an active mentor to UNLV students and a number of nonprofit organizations.

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Moira Kenney

Executive Director
First 5 Association of California
Alameda, CA

Workshop Session: C10

Moira Kenney is the Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California, the membership organization for the 58 county commissions funded by Proposition 10 to ensure integrated systems of care for children 0-5 and their families. She has worked with First 5 since 2002 in a variety of roles, including as the Executive Director of First 5 San Francisco, where she was instrumental in launching the city’s Preschool For All program. During her tenure at the First 5 Association, she has focused on building partnerships with organizations across the state and in expanding the reach of First 5 programs. Prior to her work with First 5, Moira was the Research Director at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley, where she oversaw a number of innovative university-community partnerships. Her background is in public policy and community development, and she has a PhD and MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a BA from Harvard University.

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Julie Kenniston

Director of Training and Education
Fox Valley Training Center
Hamilton, OH

Workshop Sessions: Institute E2, C5

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW is the Director of Training and Education at Butler County Children Services in Hamilton, Ohio, and the volunteer Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions. She is also an independent contractor and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing, investigation, and the prosecution of child abuse cases. She is a trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Ohio Attorney General sponsored Finding Words Ohio. Ms. Kenniston organized and coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust in Cincinnati, Ohio starting in August 1997 and has trained in the program since its inception. Ms. Kenniston is a board member for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), co-chairing the forensic interviewer certification task force. Ms. Kenniston was a Sexual Abuse Investigator for Hamilton County Department of Human Services where she conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of sexual abuse. Ms. Kenniston is a co-author with Anne Graffam Walker, PhD, and co-editor with Sally Small Inada, MA, on the 3rd edition of the Handbook on Questioning Children: A linguistic perspective published by the American Bar Association.

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Brian Killacky




Workshop Session: Institute B

Bio to come.

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Kyle Killian, PhD, LMFT

Researcher & Professor
York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies
Toronto, Canada

Workshop Sessions: L3, M15

Kyle D. Killian, Ph.D., LMFT is a licensed couple and family therapist with 25 years of experience and research faculty and instructor at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters on trauma and resilience, immigrant and refugee families, interracial couples, emotional intelligence, and other factors associated with resilience and burnout in health care professionals. Dr. Killian has delivered numerous presentations at national and international professional meetings, including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, the National Council of Family Relations, and the International Studies Association. His book Crossing Racial Borders: Interracial Couples, Intimacy and Therapy was recently published by Columbia University Press, and his co-edited volume Intercultural Couples: Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships is available from Routledge. Another volume entitled Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations is currently in production at Routledge.

Dr. Killian is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. He enjoys writing and validating measures of emotional intelligence, post-traumatic stress, and critical thinking, and also writing film analyses. Dr. Killian is co-Founder of the Global Change Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, a non-governmental organization that provides education and training for professionals and advocacy for immigrants and migrant workers.

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Barbara Knox, MD

Medical Director
University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program
Madison, WI

Workshop Sessions: Institute E1, E1, R3

Dr. Barbara Knox is the Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program at the American Family
Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Knox completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She then completed a fellowship in Child
Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center before joining the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Knox is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Knox is Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and is a member of the Ray E. Helfer Society of Child Abuse Physicians. She is the Chair of the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board that administers the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund. She is also a team member serving on the Department of Justice’s Statewide Child Fatality review team that advises state agencies and the Legislature on law, policy and practice modification in an on-going effort to reduce preventable childhood deaths. She co-directs a statewide Medical Peer Review project in Wisconsin.

Areas of research interest for Dr. Knox include child torture as a form of child abuse and physician performance improvement education for rural physicians regarding the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse.

Dr. Knox has published on many topics, including burns of abuse, abusive head trauma, and is currently an editor for three textbooks relating to child maltreatment. She also reviews current child abuse medical research journal articles for The Quarterly Update.

As part of her practice she cares for children who have been or are suspected of being victims of physical abuse sexual abuse and neglect. She also provides medical review of child abuse cases for social service agencies, law enforcement and lawyers.
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David Kolko

Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
Workshop Sessions: G13, H13

David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is Director of the Special Services Unit at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, a program devoted to the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices for children/adolescents served in diverse community settings or systems including juvenile justice, child welfare, pediatric primary care, and mental health. He is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kolko served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, was Co-Chair of its Research Committee, and received its Research Career Achievement Award for 2001.

Much of his current work is directed towards the dissemination and evaluation of “Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (AF-CBT; www.afcbt.org), an evidence-based treatment that has been adapted for family conflict and coercion, emotional and physical abuse, and child behavior problems. His book co-written with Dr. Cindy Swenson, Assessing and treating physically abused children and their families: A cognitive-behavioral approach (2002, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA), describes the underpinnings and methods of AF-CBT. His interests involve the study and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and children’s antisocial behavior, including childhood firesetting, adolescent sexual offending behavior, and child maltreatment/trauma.

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Cynthia Kuelbs

Chief Medical Information Officer
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: C2, D2, N8

Bio to come.

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Harkmore Lee, MSW

Director
Center on Child Welfare
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: M11

Harkmore Lee, MSW is the Director of the Center on Child Welfare at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). Harkmore has worked in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, and sexual assault for over a decade – serving as a clinical social worker, nonprofit agency executive, and statewide trainer. At Cal State LA, he designed and built the first Residential Simulation Lab in California that specifically supports the training of child welfare social workers, as part of new employee simulation training program with L.A. County Dept. of Child and Family Services and members of the University Consortium on Children and Families (UCCF).

Harkmore received both his B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor., where he was clinically trained by Dr. Katherine Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.in the assessment and treatment of abused and neglected children.

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Merle Liburd

Protective Services Worker
Child Welfare Services
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: L11

Merle Liburd has worked for the past seven years as a Protective Services Worker for San Diego County, Child Welfare Services. Currently, she works in a specialized unit that investigates abuse and neglect allegations for children who are placed in psychiatric hospitals, identified as having an active Individualized Education Plan with Emotionally Disturbed/ Severely Emotionally Disturbed as the handicapping condition and investigations that have been referred by Delinquency and Family Court. Prior to her current assignment she worked in Continuing Services that provides services to families with children who have been declared dependent of Juvenile Court and Court Intervention. Prior to her employment with the County, Merle worked for seven years focused on promoting higher education for low income/first generation college bound students, and providing counseling and intervention services to high risk multicultural youth. Merle received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Political Science from Colorado State University. Joanne Munro .

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Beth Limberg, PhD

Director, Clinical Psy D Program
California School of Professional Psychology
Sacramento, CA

Workshop Sessions: G7, H7

Beth Limberg, PhD, has been working with children and their families for more than 20 years, and provides ongoing training, consultation, and advocacy. Dr. Limberg is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Clinical PsyD Program, Sacramento, at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. In addition to the clinical training she does at CSPP, Dr. Limberg is an instructor for the Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate Program and a member of the Zero to Three DC: 0-3R Training Task Force. A Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist Reflective Practice Facilitator III/Mentor, Dr. Limberg is a national and international speaker in the areas of play therapy and infant-preschooler mental health.

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Kelli Litsch

Child Welfare Services District Director
Department of Human Services
Clinton, OK
Workshop Session: J11

Kelli Litsch is currently a child welfare district director responsible for a five county area in Western Oklahoma. She has been with the Department of Human Services in Ok for 25 years serving in multiple capacities. Custer County was an original lab site in the States roll out of a trauma informed approach to serving children in the foster care system.

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Kaitlin Lounsbury, MA

Outcome Measurement System Coordinator
National Children's Alliance
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: G8

Kaitlin Lounsbury, M.A, is the Outcome Measurement System Coordinator for the National Children's Alliance, where she conducts research on the quality and impact of services provided by Children's Advocacy Centers. She has also worked on research projects at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, focusing primarily on child sexual abuse.

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Richard Love, BA

Retired Police Detective, Consultant
National Criminal Justice Training Center
Appleton, WI

Workshop Sessions: A5, D5

Retired Detective Richard Love was employed as a police detective for the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 25 years. For 23 years, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division, investigating major narcotic trafficking, gambling, extortion, human trafficking, prostitution, and racketeering cases. In 1998, he was assigned to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) investigating Internet crimes against children. For 5½ years, he was employed as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crimes Against Children Unit in Miami, Florida.

In 1999, retired Detective Richard Love received an award from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for his online investigative work. In 2001, he was named the Law Enforcement Against Child Harm (LEACH) Investigator of the year, and the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the year. He has also received an award from Robert Muller III Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his undercover work in a Human Trafficking Group 1 operation targeting individuals requesting the sexual services of children in and outside the United States.

He currently works as a consultant for the National Criminal Justice Training Center, Fox Valley Technical College, instructs in the Internet Crimes Against Children program and has lectured at various conferences across the United States and overseas.

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Meghan Lukasik

Clinical Improvement Coordinator
Chadwick Center/KidSTART Clinic
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: A7

Meghan Korey Lukasik, Ph.D. has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1998. She has been working at Rady Children’s since the summer of 1999. She is currently the Clinical Director for KidSTART, an innovative program that provides transdisciplinary assessment and treatment for children with complex developmental, mental health, medical, and family needs. She is also a clinical lead at The Developmental Evaluation Clinic. Dr. Lukasik has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of autistic spectrum disorders, attentional disorders, behavior, learning disabilities, feeding problems, and infant/toddler mental health including childhood trauma. She received her doctorate in psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA (now Alliant University).

Dr. Lukasik’s goal in working at Rady Children’s is to collaborate with parents and professionals, to identify each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and to link children to appropriate early intervention services while also considering the needs of the family as a whole.

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Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD

Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: H4

Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include child abuse and neglect, child witnesses, and domestic violence. He is the Past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment (Division 37) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He has published over 50 papers in law reviews, psychology journals, and books, has authored or co-authored over 80 research presentations at psychology and law conferences, and has conducted over 100 trainings with judges, attorneys, law professors, social workers, psychologists, and reporters. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Endowment, and the Haynes Foundation.

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Lawrence Marum, MD

Country Director for Centers for Disease Control—Zambia Office
Centers for Disease Control

Workshop Session: F16-a

Bio to come.

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Françoise Mathieu, Med, CCC

Director
Compassion Fatigue Solutions Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Workshop Sessions: Thursday General Session Plenary, Q1

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed. CCC., is a certified mental health counsellor and compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from 18+ years in the field, working in a variety of settings such as crisis counselling in community mental health, a hospital emergency department, providing psychological support to the military, police and correctional staff and working in the domestic violence field. 

Françoise is the director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helping professionals on a variety of topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout, organizational health, compassion fatigue and secondary/vicarious trauma. Françoise is one of the leaders of Compassion fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in Canada. She is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook which was published by Routledge in 2012, and several other publications. For more information visit: www.compassionfatigue.ca.

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Joni McClain




Workshop Session: Institute B

Bio to come.

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Megan McKellogg-Guajardo, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: A14, C7

Dr. Megan McKellogg Guajardo, PsyD, is a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in the treatment of trauma and attachment-related difficulties in parents, infants and young children. Dr. McKellogg Guajardo completed her pre-doctoral training at UCSF with the Child and Adolescent Service, focusing on the treatment of complex trauma in school-age children. Dr. McKellogg Guajardo then had the unique opportunity to do a post-doctoral internship in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) under the direct supervision of Alicia Lieberman, PhD and Patricia Van Horn, JD, PhD. Following her move to San Diego, Dr. McKellogg Guajardo joined the Rady Children’s Hospital Chadwick Center-KidSTART Program, where she applied her knowledge and skills to the assessment and treatment of young children and families in the child welfare system.

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Mary Meinig




Workshop Session: D12

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Melissa Merrick, PhD

Behavioral Scientist
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: A10

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Her major research interests focus on the etiology, course, and prevention of child maltreatment. In particular, much of her current work examines safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments as they relate to child maltreatment prevention. Dr. Merrick serves as the Lead Scientist for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study in DVP and as a Subject Matter Expert for Child Maltreatment. Dr. Merrick received her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She then completed a 2-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Training Award Fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the Section on Social and Emotional Development. Dr. Merrick received a MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she served as a Program Coordinator for the San Diego site of the Longitudinal Studies on Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) Consortium. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Merrick was an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Miami Child Protection Team (CPT) involved in a multi-site program of research that examined child maltreatment risk and protective factors in families evaluated by CPTs across the state of Florida.

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Marilyn Metzler




Workshop Session: M7

Bio to come.

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Beth Minor, MSW

Staff Development, Training Manager
Los Angeles County Dept. of Children and Family Services
Norwalk, CA

Workshop Session: M11

Beth Minor is the Staff Development and Training Manager at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) - the largest public child welfare agency in the United States. She has been with DCFS for over 22 years, serving in multiple positions, from front line Emergency Worker to Supervisor. In her current role as Training Manager, Ms. Minor has been working collaboratively with faculty at local schools of social work, along with law enforcement consultants, to design and implement new and innovative child welfare training programs, such as simulation. Ms. Minor received her BASW from California State University, Sacramento and her MSW from California State University, Long Beach.

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Brian Miller, PhD

Director
Trauma Program for Families with Young Children The Children’s Center
Salt Lake City, UT

Workshop Session: L15

Brian Miller holds a Ph.D. from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a Mandel Leadership Fellow.  He currently directs the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, where he has helped define trauma screening, trauma-informed assessment processes, evidence-based treatments for preschool age children, and secondary traumatic stress supports for staff. Part of this initiative has been developing trauma-informed systems in community partners such as domestic violence shelters, primary care settings, and the child welfare system. 

Dr. Miller has over twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field, including high-level policy development, program management, direct practice, inpatient treatment, staff training, human resources, program development and staff supervision.  His experience includes executive policy positions as a County Mental Health Director, Deputy Director of the State Office of Mental Health, Clinical Director of a community mental health center, program oversight in two inpatient settings, private practice in treatment of individual clients, and the founding and operation of a private hospital alternative program. He has provided consultation and training on secondary traumatic stress intervention with child welfare, substance abuse, community mental health, domestic violence, and educational organizations.

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Kimberly Mitchell, PhD

Associate Professor
Crimes against Children Research Center
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: M13

Kimberly Mitchell, PhD is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center, located at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of research focus on youth Internet victimization, youth exposure to violence, and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. She has been studying Internet use among youth for over 12 years. Dr. Mitchell has directed and/or co-directed several projects including the First and Second Youth Internet Safety Studies, the Survey of Internet Mental Health Issues, the First and Second National Juvenile Online Victimization Studies, and the National Juvenile Prostitution Study. She was also the Principal Investigator on a grant to conduct the Third Youth Internet Safety Survey, a grant to conduct the Technology-Involved Harassment Victimization Study, and a grant to investigate the commercial exploitation of children through the Internet, both funded by the Department of Justice. She is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed papers in her field and has spoken at numerous national conferences.

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Angela Moreland, PhD

Assistant Professor
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Workshop Session: D8-b

Angela Moreland, Ph.D., is an Instructor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University in 2009 and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral research fellowship at the NCVC.

Dr. Moreland’s research interests focus on primary and secondary prevention of child physical abuse and risk factors for maltreatment among parents of young children, with particular focus on high-risk, disadvantaged families. She is currently collecting pilot data for larger prevention projects in local Headstart centers and in disadvantaged rural areas throughout South Carolina, which include programs targeting the Hispanic population.

In addition, Dr. Moreland examines the link between early victimization and high-risk behaviors, such as substance use and delinquency, among adolescents. Dr. Moreland is currently working on a policy project entitled Vision 21 through the Office of Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice, which focuses on transforming victim services to better meet the needs of trauma victims and their families.

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Joanne Munro




Workshop Session: L11

Bio to come.

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Sandra Murray




Workshop Session: Institute A

Bio to come.

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Sandeep K. Narang, MD, JD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Director, Child Abuse Fellowship
University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

Workshop Sessions: J2, L2

Dr. Narang did his undergraduate studies at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, majoring in Philosophy. Subsequent to his undergraduate studies, he went to law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and received his Juris Doctorate (law degree) in 1993. He subsequently practiced as a trial attorney in the United States Navy, in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His 4 year Navy JAG tour at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC, comprised of over 40 contested jury and judge trials as both a prosecutor and defense counsel. During his Navy JAG tour, Dr. Narang realized that Pediatrics was his calling. He gained acceptance to Georgetown University School of Medicine, in Washington DC, in 1997, and graduated from there in 2001 with his medical degree.

He began his Pediatrics residency at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD in 2001. His pediatric residency was interrupted in 2002 when he was deployed, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, aboard the USS Sacramento (a combat logistics ship). He finished his deployment tour in 2004 and returned to his Pediatrics residency in 2004, and completed it in 2006. From 2006-2008, he served as Department Head of the Pediatrics Clinic at the Naval Health Clinic, Great Lakes, Illinois. From 2008-2010, he performed a Child Abuse Fellowship at the internationally-renowned Kempe Center for Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Denver.

He served as a Child Abuse Pediatrician, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and the Fellowship Director for Child Abuse Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center—San Antonio from 2010-2013. He transferred from there to the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston in August 2013, and currently serves there as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Fellowship Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Narang is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. He has submitted several articles for publication on various topics of Child Abuse Pediatrics, lectured at state and national levels, testified in both state and federal US courts, and is recognized as a national and international expert in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect, with a specific emphasis in Abusive Head Trauma and Medico-legal Aspects of Child Maltreatment.

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Ruth Newton, PhD

Psychologist
Newton Center for Affect Regulation (NCAR)
La Jolla, CA

Workshop Session: D7

Dr. Newton is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in the use of attachment and affect regulation theories in interventions from birth through adulthood. Dr. Newton trains and supervises master’s and doctoral level interns in attachment and affect regulation theories and interventions at St. Vincent de Paul Village's Therapeutic Childcare program and has been an active member of the Allan Schore Los Angeles Study Group for Interpersonal Neurobiology since 2004.

She is the author of The Attachment Connection designed to help parents raise secure, emotionally regulated children and the originator of Integrative Regulation Therapy (iRT), a neurobiological evidence-informed approach for observation, assessment, and interventions for all ages. Dr. Newton is the founder and director of the Newton Center for Affect Regulation (NCAR) and has developed an 8 month training program in iRT for clinicians entitled Scaffolding the Brain through NCAR Training Seminars. Dr. Newton has been endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator III/Mentor.

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Rick O’Hanlon

Lieutenant (Retired)
San Diego Police Department
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I7 Investigators Forum

Rick O’Hanlon recently retired as a lieutenant with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) after a thirty-three year career. He held numerous positions with SDPD and spent over fifteen years as a supervisor and unit commander of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Units. He has lectured throughout the United States and was also a guest lecturer in Bangkok, Thailand. He was also retained as an expert witness to assist in the defense of a federal lawsuit against the City of San Francisco. Rick holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and is on the faculty of National University.

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Rebecca Orsi, PhD

Research Scientist
Social Work Research Center at Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Workshop Session: A8-a, A8-b

Rebecca Orsi is a Research Scientist in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University (CSU). She currently holds the position of Statistician and Research Methodologist at the Social Work Research Center in the School of Social Work at CSU. She has several years of experience with statistical modeling of child welfare outcomes. Dr. Orsi’s primary research interests include risk assessment, child welfare outcomes, adoption outcomes and evaluating community-based interventions. Prior to entering academia, she was a quantitative analyst for a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Orsi’s education includes a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Statistics and a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies, with a specialization in Research Methods.

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Monica Nielsen Parker, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Clinical Trials Coordinator
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO

Workshop Session: H1

Bio to come.

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Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Holyoke, MA

Workshop Sessions: M3, O1

Laurie Anne Pearlman is a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological trauma. Her work has focused on theory, research, and treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and of mass violence. She has also focused on vicarious traumatization (a term she coined in a coauthored 1990 paper) among psychotherapists, humanitarian workers, and other trauma workers. She has received awards for her scientific, clinical, and media contributions to the field. Her most recent book, the coauthored volume Treating Traumatic Bereavement, was published in 2014.

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Donna Pence




Workshop Sessions: Institute F, D12

Bio to come.

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Emily Putnam-Hornstein




Workshop Session: C10

Bio to come.

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Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH

Professor of Psychiatry
Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: D3

Bio to come.

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Ashley Rambeau, MS, MSW

Early Childhood Trauma Therapist
Chadwick Center/KidSTART Clinic
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: A7

Ashley Rambeau has more than 16 years’ experience working with young children and their families in a variety of capacities; for the past 4 years as an Early Childhood Trauma Therapist for the Chadwick Center: KidSTART Clinic, with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Areas of specialized clinical experience for Ms. Rambeau include children presenting with developmental delays or disabilities, social-emotional and behavioral concerns, medical fragility, complex trauma, and/or family system complexities. Ms. Rambeau also has more than 7 years’ experience working as a part of a transdisciplinary team, in support of young children and families. Ms. Rambeau obtained two Masters Degrees in both child development and clinical social work, with additional specializations in infancy, early childhood mental health, developmental psychopathology, and family therapy at both the Erikson Institute and Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Rambeau was trained in the following evidence based practices: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP); and both Infant /Child Parent Psychotherapy, which have been utilized in clinical work with children and families for the past 7 years.

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Jessica Richards

Mental Health Specialist & Reflective Practice Facilitator II
Child and Family Psychotherapy
Pasadena, CA

Workshop Session: L7

Jessica Richards, MS, MSW, LCSW has over ten years working with children experiencing acute symptoms in a hospital inpatient psychiatric setting, community-based mental health agency and in private practice. She specializes in providing therapeutic services to young children and families. She has a strong background in Child Development, community mental health and child welfare. She is the infant and family mental health specialist on the Fostering Family Partnerships court team pilot in South Central Los Angeles. Jessica is an endorsed Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Jessica has been trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a relationship and play-based therapy with a strong evidence-based foundation for the treatment of trauma and family stressors. Additionally, Jessica uses the Neurorelational Framework (Lillas & Turnbull 2009) for an integrated, neurobiologically informed approach. She has supervised clinical therapists and provides training on a wide variety of topics related to development, infant mental health and trauma.

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Julie Robbins




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Sarah Rock




Workshop Sessions: C10, I9 Child Welfare/Advocates Forum

Bio to come.

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Nicole Rooney, JD

San Diego District Attorney's Office
San Diego CA

Workshop Session: I6 Attorneys/Judges Forum

Nicole Rooney became a Deputy District Attorney in 1999 in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office after graduating from Boston University School of Law in 1998. During her tenure as a Deputy District Attorney, Ms. Rooney has tried over seventy cases, including charges of capital murder, domestic violence murder, assault on a child resulting in death, child abuse, child molest domestic violence. Ms. Rooney is currently a Team Leader in the Family Protection Division, where she supervises other attorneys in addition to prosecuting complex cases. Ms. Rooney has taught on Prosecuting Physical Child Abuse at the International Conference on Family Maltreatment, the Coordinated Investigation Response to Child Abuse Training, and the District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Rooney has also taught on Evidence for CDAA, Expert Witnesses for NDAA and in house, as well Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy and Domestic Violence both in house and for local agencies.

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Leslie Ann Ross, Psy D

V.P. Leadership Center
Children's Institute, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Sessions: G14, H14

Dr. Leslie Anne Ross is currently the Vice President of the Leadership Center at Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) in Los Angeles; CA. where she oversees programs in research, training and implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment of child trauma and family violence. She is the Project Director of CII’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) partnership in the Los Angeles Child Trauma Collaborative and is co-chair of the NCTSN Secondary Traumatic Stress National Collaborative which focuses on the occupational risk of secondary trauma associated with working with children and families exposed to trauma. Dr. Ross provides training and consultation for individuals and organizations on early intervention and risk-management of secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout both locally and nationally.

She oversees the program and content development of CII’s national annual conference, “Trauma-Informed Care: A national conference for helping professionals” which focuses on best practice in trauma treatment and wellness strategies for reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress. In addition, she is co-author and trainer of “Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach,” integrating wellness strategies in a group treatment model for adult victims of DV and their children and is past co-chair of NCTSN’s Domestic Violence Collaborative Group. She has spent more than 10 years developing, implementing and training this unique model focused on the impact of DV on children and adult victims and wellness strategies to bolster recovery and resilience.

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Daniel Rothman, PhD, C Psych

Assistant Professor
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

Workshop Sessions: G11, H11

Dr. Rothman is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with sexual, aggressive and antisocial behavior problems and has provided assessment, consultation, and treatment services in child protection, hospital, and correctional settings. He has served as an advisor to child welfare and forensic mental health programs across Canada and is a member of the Adolescent Guidelines Committee of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), which is tasked with writing international practice guidelines for professionals working with adolescents who have engaged in abusive sexual behavior. Daniel has special interests in the roles of trauma, attachment and autism spectrum disorders on child development; multisystemic and holistic approaches to intervention and risk management for high-risk youth; and how to tailor therapeutic relationships to enhance clinical outcomes. He has written articles and book chapters on these and other topics and frequently provides training for child welfare, mental health and criminal justice professionals locally, nationally and internationally.

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Sasha Rutizer, JD

Senior Attorney
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse/National District Attorneys Association
Alexandria, VA

Workshop Sessions: E6, G6, H6

Sasha Rutizer is a senior attorney at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA), a program of the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to joining NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer was a judge advocate in the U.S. Army. Ms. Rutizer was one of four Army officers responsible for the training of Army prosecutors world-wide at the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (TCAP), located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While at TCAP, Ms. Rutizer developed curriculum for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation, and child abuse; and has presented on these topics both nationally and internationally. During this time she also served as a special victim prosecutor at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and Ft. Riley, Kansas, where she was responsible for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In her last year of active duty, Ms. Rutizer shifted her focus to appellate issues in special victim prosecutions, serving as an attorney with the Government Appellate Division. There she argued cases in front of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in order to uphold prior convictions of service members. She spent her earliest years in the JAG Corps as a criminal defense attorney at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and in Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In addition to her work with NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer is also in the U.S. Army Reserves, where she is on the TCAP team, responsible for augmenting the Active Component in training prosecutors.

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Alicia St. Andrews




Workshop Session: N2

Bio to come.

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Aafke Scharloo, Drs

Clinical Psychologist
The Netherlands

Workshop Session: B16-a

Aafke Scharloo is a clinical psychologist working since 20 years in the field of children and adults with developmental disabilities (sexual) abuse and trauma. She is a pioneer, campaigner and clinician, who has taken up these issues within the Netherlands. She is a member of the Dutch Taskforce against child abuse and sexual abuse. She works throughout the country as an expert and forensic interviewer for people with developmental disabilities.

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F. David Schneider




Workshop Session: Institute C2

Bio to come.

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Kim Schoemaker, PhD

Post-doc Researcher
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: F16-b

Kim Schoemaker has a master degree in pedagogical and educational sciences and a PhD degree in clinical neuropsychology. Her research for her PhD project was on neuropsychology (executive functions) in preschool children with externalizing behavior problem. She now works at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam as a post-doc researcher at a project integrating practice and research concerning child maltreatment and child abuse. She started a study concerning parents and children confronted with a high conflict divorce. The study will examine risk factors for a high conflict divorce and examine the effectiveness of a group intervention for parents in a high conflict divorce, “No Kids in the Middle.”

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Patty Secor, RN S.A.N.E.

Palomar Health—Forensic Health Department
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I2 Nurses Forum

Patty has 43 years’ experience as an RN, and has worked the last 8 years as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner of Adolescents and Adults. In addition she does monthly trainings in the area of Sexual Assault for Military Advocates, Command Liaisons and NCIS.

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Shannon Self-Brown, PhD

Associate Professor
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Sessions: G13, H13

Shannon Self-Brown received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Louisiana State University in 2004, and completed an NIMH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. From 2006-2008, she completed a Research Fellowship within the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she served as a behavioral scientist for projects testing technology-based parenting programs targeting child maltreatment prevention. Dr. Self-Brown is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, and the Associate Director of Research for the National SafeCare Training and Research Center at Georgia State University. She has several ongoing federally funded research projects, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications focusing on the impact of youth violence and disaster exposure, as well as the evaluation of child maltreatment prevention programs.

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Rajeev Seth, MD

Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Executive Councilor
Chair, Indian Child Abuse, Neglect & Child Labor (ICANCL)
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN)
New Delhi, India

Workshop Sessions: Institute D, F16-e

Dr. Rajeev Seth is a senior consultant pediatrician, trained at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India and University of California, San Francisco, USA. Dr. Seth is the Chairperson of Indian Child Abuse, Neglect & Child Labour (ICANCL) group and a Councilor of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

Dr. Seth’s work reaches out to abused and neglected children, particularly amongst urban poor and underprivileged children in India, for provision of their comprehensive needs, which include education, health and rehabilitation. At international and national forums, he advocates for protection of the rights of children and child welfare policy development. Dr. Seth is the editor of CANCL NEWS, co-author of a recent book on child abuse and neglect (2013), and has several scientific peer review publications to his credit.

Dr. Seth has received several academic awards, including the recent Distinguished Service Award from ISPCAN (2012); Fellowship of American and Indian Academy of Pediatrics; Felicitation for Outstanding Service IAP Delhi (2011); McAllister Foundation Award; and Sorel Catherine Freyman Prize; amongst many others.

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Lynn Sheets, MD

Medical Director, Child Advocacy and Protection Services
Milwaukee, WI

Workshop Sessions: C1, D1

Dr. Sheets is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has over twenty years of experience in evaluating children who are suspected to be maltreated. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and section chief of the Child Advocacy and Protection Division. She is also the Medical Director of Children’s Hospital and Health System’s Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) which provides services to children in foster care and children suspected of being maltreated at the hospital and at multiple Child Advocacy Centers in Wisconsin. Community partnerships have played a major role in her professional activities and accomplishments. Before January, 2006, Dr. Sheets was the medical director of a hospital-based child abuse program in Kansas City, Kansas for 17 years. There, she worked with community partners to found the first Child Advocacy Center in Kansas and was active in many community boards and committees. Since moving to Wisconsin, Dr. Sheets has participated in many community projects including the Child Abuse Review Team, Wisconsin Child Death Review Team, Fostering Hope, Project Respect, Fostering Futures, and the Family Justice Center. She is a co-founder of the Wisconsin Child Abuse Network (WI CAN) to improve access to high quality medical information in child abuse investigations.

In 2013, she was the winner of the prestigious Ray E. Helfer MD Award from the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to her clinical experience and community activities, Dr. Sheets is an educator on child maltreatment. She is an active member of the Injury Research Center at Medical College of Wisconsin and teaches community groups, medical students, residents and fellows about violence, intentional and unintentional injuries, child maltreatment, and conditions that can be mistaken for child abuse. She was instrumental in developing the accredited child abuse pediatrics fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin which is one of the first to be accredited. Her research interests include child abuse prevention, early detection of abuse and abusive head trauma. In her clinical role, she provides expert child abuse consultations and court testimony in cases of suspected child maltreatment.

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Scott Snider, LCSW

Clinical Coordinator
Duke Child Abuse and Neglect Medical Evaluation Clinic
Durham, NC

Workshop Session: E4

Scott Snider, LCSW, is the Clinical Coordinator of the Duke Child Abuse and Neglect Medical Evaluation Clinic in Durham, North Carolina, where he conducts diagnostic interviews of children and trains other professionals on child interviewing. With over twenty years of experience in the child maltreatment field, Mr. Snider has also worked as a therapist, an advocate for juveniles at the public defender’s office, and a child interviewer at the Middlesex District Attorney’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Martine Spijker

Clinical Psychologist
The Netherlands

Workshop Session: B16-a

Bio to come.

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Linda Steele, MEd, LPC

Senior Trainer and Child Forensic Interview Specialist
National Children's Advocacy Center
Huntsville, AL

Workshop Sessions: C4, D4, I4 Forensic Interviewers Forum (Advanced)

Linda Cordisco Steele is Curriculum Chair and Senior Trainer for the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC). As a trainer for the NCAC, Linda has conducted more than 300 trainings across the U.S. and abroad. She has presented workshops at local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences. Her areas of expertise include child forensic interviewing, child development, victim advocacy, and working within the multidisciplinary team setting.

In addition to training, Linda currently conducts forensic interviews at children’s advocacy centers in Kentucky and Alabama. Linda has previously served as Clinical Director and as a forensic interviewer for three children’s advocacy centers: the Prescott House Children’s Advocacy Center in Birmingham, Alabama; the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and The Safehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Linda served as the Project Director of the Mobile Interviewing Project, which serves the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo, and is a program of All Faiths Receiving Home in Albuquerque. She has also served as Clinical Director, Director of Victim Services, and Acting Executive Director of the Crisis Center of Jefferson County in Alabama.

Linda has 30 years of experience in therapy and advocacy work with victims and extensive training experience regionally and nationally. Linda received her Master’s in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Paul Stern, PhD

Deputy Prosecutor
Snohomish County Prosecutors Office
Edmonds, WA
Workshop Sessions: J6, M6, N4

Paul Stern is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County, Washington. He has been a prosecutor since 1981. Mr. Stern served on the Boards of Directors for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers from 2003-2005, and for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children from 1991–1997. He is past-president of the Washington Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

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Jane Stevens, MA

Journalist , Founder & Editor
ACEs Connection
Winters, WA

Workshop Session: N2

Jane Ellen Stevens is a long-time science/health/technology journalist. She is founder and editor of ACEsTooHigh.com, a news site for the general public, and its accompanying social network, ACEsConnection.com. The sites focus on how states, organizations, agencies, schools, businesses and individuals are implementing concepts derived from the profound research that shows how adverse childhood experiences affect learning, adult physical and mental health, work performance, and social well-being. Her stories appear on Huffington Post and are distributed by other organizations. She is also writing a book about ACEs, trauma-informed, and resilience-building practices. 

Stevens has been a digital journalist since 1997. Among her milestones as a digital pioneer, she did the first multimedia reporting on the New York Times web site in 1997, developed the first multimedia reporting class at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2000, and led a team to create the first local social journalism health site, WellCommons.com in 2010. As a consultant, she has worked with many news organizations making a transition from traditional print, radio or TV to digital news. Those include NPR, Univision and the Ventura County Star. 

She began her journalism career at the Boston Globe, and moved on to the San Francisco Examiner. After 12 years in newspapers, she founded a feature service with 20 clients worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and, in Japan, Asahi Shimbun's AERA Magazine. For several years, she specialized in violence epidemiology. She co-founded the Reporting on Violence Project, which encouraged news organizations to modernize crime reporting by adding a public health perspective. She began reporting about the ACE Study and parallel research about the short- and long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences, in 2005.  For four years, she lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia, and has been to Antarctica—in the winter—three times on reporting fellowships.

She's written for many magazines, including National Geographic. She is the recipient of several fellowships—most recently, the Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2010-2011, and the Reynolds Journalism Fellowship in 2008-2009. She is on the advisory board for ReportingonHealth.org, a site for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a member of the National Association of Science Writers, Journalism and Women Symposium, and the Online News Association.

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John Stirling, MD

Director, Center for Child Protection
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA

Workshop Sessions: G1, I1 Physicians Forum, N6

John Stirling, MD is the director of the Center for Child Protection at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, and a Clinical Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University, where he chairs the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Committee. He practiced general pediatrics for more than twenty-five years in southwest Washington state, while providing medical evaluations to victims of suspected child abuse and to foster children in the region, and currently supervises a medical home for foster children in Santa Clara County. Dr. Stirling has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and received the Academy’s Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children. He has provided child abuse training around the country to CPS, law enforcement, and medical audiences.

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Premi Suresh, MD

Pediatric Physician
Chadwick Center, Rady Children's Hospital—San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: Institute A, D10

Dr. Premi Suresh grew up in northeastern Ohio. She obtained her B.S. degree from Kent State University and her M.D. degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2003. She moved to California after medical school and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Dr. Suresh stayed on after residency to work as a hospitalist and also for the Center for Child Protection as a member of the SAFE team. In 2008, she moved down to southern California to complete a two year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She currently works at Rady Children’s as an attending pediatrician at the Chadwick Center, Polinsky Children’s Center and in the multidisciplinary Failure to Thrive clinic.

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Agnes Tiwari




Workshop Session: Institute C2

Bio to come.

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Steven Tjalsma

Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children
The Hague, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: K16-a

Steven Tjalsma studied and taught political science at the University of Amsterdam, specialising in political theory and political behaviour. Subsequently, he studied international law at the University of Edinburgh, where he focused on international human rights law and international criminal law. At the National Rapporteur, Steven undertakes research on sexual violence against children.

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Marcela Torres




Workshop Session: Institute E1

Bio to come.

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Patti Toth




Workshop Session: Institute E1

Bio to come.

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Erika Tullberg, MPA, MPH

Assistant Research Professor
New York University Child Study Center
New York, NY

Workshop Session: J3

Erika Tullberg is a research assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and a member of the Center for Stress, Trauma and Resilience. Her work is focused on children and families that have experienced abuse and maltreatment. She is the principal investigator and director of the Administration for Children and Families-funded Atlas Project, a collaboration between the Child Study Center, the New York City Administration for Children's Services, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services focused on identifying and addressing trauma and other mental health needs of children, families, and staff in the New York State child welfare system. She is also the associate director of a Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network Treatment and Services Adaptation Center focused on developing and promoting trauma-informed child welfare practice nationally. Prior to joining NYU, Ms. Tullberg was the assistant commissioner for clinical policy for the New York City Administration for Children's Services, where she led a multi-disciplinary department that planned, implemented, and oversaw program and policy development within New York City's child welfare system in the areas of domestic violence, health, mental health, and substance abuse.

Ms. Tullberg has written and presented extensively on trauma-informed child welfare practice, with a focus on how trauma impacts parenting and child safety, and secondary traumatic stress experienced by child welfare staff. Ms. Tullberg earned her MPH at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, her MPA at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and her BA at Columbia College, and is currently a doctoral student in public health at the City University of New York.

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Heather Turner, PhD

Professor
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: M13

Heather A. Turner is Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Turner’s research program has concentrated on social stress processes and mental health, including the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has 14 years of research experience on childhood exposure to violence, has conducted numerous national surveys, and has published over 70 articles, many focusing on the epidemiology of childhood victimization and mental health.  She is currently co-principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Surveys of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV I, NatSCEV II and NatSCEV III)—studies designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (age 0-17). 

Dr. Turner is the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and past the Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

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Jeannette van Borren

Project Manager
Municipality of the Hague
The Hague, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: P16-c

Jeannette van Borren is project manager of violence in dependant relationships, at the Public Health Department of the Municipality of the Hague in the Netherlands. The focus of her work is on the implementation of the reporting code of domestic violence and child abuse in organizations in the region of The Hague. She has prior experience working as mental health-social worker and progam manager of child abuse in the Youth mental Health. She developed group programs for young children and their parents, as witnessess of violence.

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Peter van der Linden, MSc

Chairman, Board of the Netherlands ISPCAN
Netherlands Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Utrecht, Netherland

Workshop Session: B16-e

Peter van der Linden is the Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands ISPCAN and EU-project leader in Tackling Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN), and interpersonal violence at Verwey-Jonker Institute, the Netherlands.

Previously:

  • National Programme Manager ChildrenSafe; Tackle CAN (Netherlands Youth Institute) and Coordinator National Program for the Implementation of Regional Approaches of Tackling CAN(Netherlands Youth Institute)
  • Ministry of Justice and Integration Department (NationalProgramme on Prevention of Honour Related Violence)
  • Emancipation Department (Combat Violence against Women)
  • National Office Child Protection Board (national project leader prevention and interculturalisation)
  • Programme Youth andSexuality (NIGZ),
  • Projects, research, campaigning on gender based violence and domestic violence (TransAct)
  • Projectson CAN, sexual violence and elderly abuse (programme Tackling Violence in relationships of interdependence, NIZW)
  • Child Protection Service (BVA/ AMK)
  • MSc. Social Sciences (sociology, University of Amsterdam)
  • Documentaries(independent film maker) and film studies (University of Amsterdam)
  • Prevention work for boys at schools.

 

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Laura Van Der Noot-Lipsky




Workshop Session: R1

Bio to come.

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Linda van Krimpen, LLM

Researcher
Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children
The Hague, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: K16-a

Linda van Krimpen has gained her Master’s degree in International Law at Tilburg University in 2007. During her education she assisted in research on the introduction of quality labels in the Dutch prostitution sector as a means to combat human trafficking. Her professional career started as a government trainee at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. Since 2008, Linda has worked as a researcher for the Dutch National Rapporteur. At the National Rapporteur, Linda focuses on the criminal investigation, prosecution and adjudication of sexual violence against children, as well as on legal developments within the area of sexual violence.

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Joan van Niekerk, M Med Sc

Medical and Psychiatric Social Worker
ISPCAN President
Durban North, South Africa

Workshop Sessions: B16-d, I8 International Forum, N7

Joan van Niekerk has worked in child protection in South Africa for 25 years, working with both, child victims and their families, as well as children in conflict with the law. She was Chairperson of the South African Law Reform Commission Project Committee on Sexual Offences which culminated in the reform of legislation dealing with sexual offences in South Africa and participated actively in other reforms of law and policy directed at the protection of children in South Africa. She is presently on the expert working group of the South African Law Reform Commission, convened to reform law relating to child pornography.

Joan worked at Childline South Africa for 21 years and assisted with the development of the Childline call centres in provinces throughout the country as well as the development of therapeutic programmes for abused children and their families, and children whose behaviour is sexually inappropriate. She established the national office of Childline, and developed training programmes on inter-sector management of child protection, psycho-social therapies for children and families and child law for Childline staff, volunteers and other sectors involved in child protection. She has written manuals for use in child protection work, book chapters, numerous articles and conducted many workshops and presentations at national, regional and international conferences.

She has been a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and is presently President of the Society.

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Margreet Visser, MSc

Psychotherapist
Children's and Youth Trauma Center
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: F16-b

Margreet Visser is a fully licensed psychotherapist. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology, and works at the Children's and Youth Trauma Center in Haarlem (the Netherlands). She developed No Kids in the Middle, a program for high-conflict divorce families, and a group intervention HORIZON, a combined CBT-Psychomotor program for child victims/witnesses (12 years of age and younger) of Domestic Violence with a parallel program for the non-offending parents. Ms. Visser is developing therapy programs for adolescent boys and girls who were witnesses and victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Margreet Visser has given many lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She is a guest lecturer in the post-doc course for Dutch judges and prosecutors, and helped to establish other Children’s and Youth Trauma Centers in the Netherlands. She is currently studying the efficacy of parental components added to a TF-CBT based therapy for children exposed to Interparental Violence for her PhD.

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Lorena Vivanco




Workshop Session: Institute A

Bio to come.

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Bobbi Walling, PhD, C Psych

Psychologist
Forensic Psychological Services
Winnipeg, Canada

Workshop Sessions: G11, H11

Dr. Bobbi Walling is a psychologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba specializing in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with sexual and aggressive behavior problems. She currently provides a range of psychological assessment and treatment services for both youth and adults, and co-facilitates treatment groups for adult offenders. Her clinical experiences include forensic risk assessments, assessment and treatment of children and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, psychological assessment of individuals seeking sex reassignment surgery, and diagnostic assessments and individual and group treatment of high risk offenders, male Internet offenders and developmentally delayed men with sexual behaviour problems. She has also provided individual and group intervention for couples experiencing abuse dynamics/violence in their relationship.

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Cambria Walsh




Workshop Session: N5

Bio to come.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Crimes against Children Research Center
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: G8

Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor of Sociology at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on evaluating child abuse prevention and intervention programs and examining the criminal justice response to child abuse. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles about child victimization and service use, the impact of victimization, and children’s advocacy centers.

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Michael Weber

Investigator
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
Fort Worth, TX

Workshop Sessions: E5, G5, H5

Investigator Michael Weber has been a law enforcement officer for 30 years. A graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Investigator Weber began his law enforcement career with the city of Kennedale, TX, where he was a Patrol Officer for 6 ½ years and a Detective in the Narcotics Unit for 1 ½ years.

Investigator Weber then moved to the city of Mansfield where he was a Patrol Officer for 3 years before accepting a position with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department. In Arlington, Investigator Weber worked for 14 years as a Police Officer, including 2 years on Bicycle Patrol, 4 years as a Detective in the Narcotics Unit, and 4 years as a Detective in the Crimes Against Children Unit. Investigator Weber retired from the Arlington Police Department in 2008 to accept a position as an Investigator with the Tarrant County (TX) District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Unit where he currently assists prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial and actively investigates special circumstance cases involving child victims. Investigator Weber also regularly presents for the Shaken Baby Alliance throughout the State of Texas on the topics of Interview and Interrogation and Forensic Investigative Techniques in Serious Physical Child Abuse Cases.

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Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
The Attachment & Trauma Center of Nebraska
Omaha, NE

Workshop Sessions: E3, G3

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP is part of the treatment team at The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Wesselmann is a presenter, author, and researcher, and has specialized in treating trauma resolution and attachment problems in adults, children, and families for the past 25 years. She has been on the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is collaborating with faculty at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for research and development of effective trauma treatments. Ms. Wesselmann was part of the team that developed the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Family Therapy Integrative Team Treatment model for treating attachment trauma in children and was lead author for the recently published treatment manual and accompanying parent guide. Ms. Wesselmann is an EMDR consultant and has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute since 1998. She has authored numerous publications related to trauma and attachment therapy and parenting. Ms. Wesselmann has been invited to present or keynote for numerous professional conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, including invited presentations at the Menninger Clinic, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and conferences in Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Cologne, Madrid, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.

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Charles Wilson, MSSW

Senior Director
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego/Chadwick Center
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: E14, I9 Child Welfare/Advocates Forum

Charles Wilson, MSSW, is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. Wilson also serves as the director of the California Evidenced Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, under contract with the California Department of Social Services, the Chadwick Trauma Informed Systems Project for SAMHSA, the Safe Kids California Projected, funded by the ACYF/Children’s Bureau and California Department of Social Services, and the California Screening, Assessment and Treatment Initiative supported by the ACYF/Children’s Bureau. He co-chairs the Child Welfare Committee of the SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress, and Chairs the San Diego County Child Protection Team Management Committee. Within Rady Children’s Hospital Wilson is the Co-Director of the Centers of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences and administratively oversees the hospital’s psychiatry programs and medical social work department.

Mr. Wilson was formerly the Executive Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Mr. Wilson previously served in a variety of roles in public child protection, from a front line worker in Florida and Tennessee in the 1970's, to the State Child Welfare Director in Tennessee (1982-1995). He is past President of the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children (1992).

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Janis Wolak, JD

Senior Researcher
Crimes against Children Research Center
Durham, NH

Workshop Sessions: E8-a, E8-b, G8

Janis Wolak, J.D. is a Senior Researcher at the Crimes against Children Research Center of the University of New Hampshire. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles and reports about child victimization, especially technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation crimes. She is a principal or co-principal investigator or director for the following research projects: First and Second Youth Internet Safety Surveys (YISS-1 and YISS-2); three National Juvenile Online Victimization (N-JOV) Studies spanning 2000 to 2009; a national study of the law enforcement response to minors exploited by prostitution; the third National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway & Thrownaway Children (NISMART-3), Law Enforcement and Juvenile Facilities Components; and two projects to study and improve the law enforcement response to online child pornography in collaboration with researchers from University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science, Strengthening Forensic Science for Network Investigations and the RoundUp Predictive Tool Project. She has provided training and served on expert panels nationally and globally in the field of Internet safety. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP; the National Science Foundation and the Verizon Foundation.

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Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW

Forensic Interviewer
Keller Center San Mateo County
San Jose, CA

Workshop Sessions: I5 Forensic Interviewers Forum (Novice)

Bio to come.

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Nancy Young, PhD

Executive Director
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

Workshop Session: L9

Dr. Young is the Director of Children and Family Futures, a California-based research and policy institute, whose mission is to improve outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Young also serves as the Director of the federally-funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, which is now in its twelfth year, in addition to serving as the Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s technical assistance program for Family Drug Courts since 2010, and the Administration on Children and Family’s technical assistance program for the Regional Partnership Grants Program since 2007. Through these programs and serving as a consultant to various states, counties and tribes, she has been involved in numerous projects related to program evaluation, strategic planning and public policy analysis on alcohol and other drug issues in the welfare and child welfare systems. Prior to founding Children and Family Futures in 1996, Dr. Young served as research consultant to the Directorate of the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.  During her tenure, she led a consensus effort to develop a statewide outcomes monitoring system in California. Dr. Young is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and received a Masters of Social Work degree and her Ph.D. from the USC School of Social Work. During her doctoral studies, she was the recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute on Drug Abuse focused on the public policy and research issues affecting children of substance abusers. Her work and that of CFF has been recognized by the Outstanding Contractor of the Year award in 2006 from the Federal Administration on Children and Families and by a resolution issued in 2008 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  She was also awarded the Directors’ Robert E. Anderson Service Award by the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

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