Faculty

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Randell Alexander
Darlene Allen
Dana Anderson
Debra Anderson
Ignacia Arruabarrena
Muhammad Arshad
Tiara Beach Barnwell
Leticia Batista
Richard Bennett
David Betz
Thomas F. Biesty
Barbara Bonner
Holly Hatton Bowers
Doug Braun-Harvey
Susan Brooks
Maaike Brunekreef
Carol Brusca
Mary-Ann Burkhart
Mandy Busch
Esperanza Camargo
Roger Canaff
Michael Cavilla
Mark Chaffin
Ira Chasnoff
Hugh Clements, Jr.
Lisa Conradi
Jill Crewes
Simy Cuervo
Jennifer Davis
Kimberly Day
Steve Del Negro
Jason Dickinson
Howard Dubowitz
Jan Dunn
Reidun Dybsland
Becky Earhart
Susan Erstling
Thomas J. Fallon
Janet Fine
Martin A. Finkel
David Finkelhor
Megan Finno-Velasquez
Patricia Fisher
Suzanne Foley
Laurie Fortin
Bernard Gerbaka
Kristin Gist
Amy Goldberg
Jeanne Gordon
Arne Graff
Virginia Jordan Greenbaum
Jessica Griffin
Sherry Hamby
Karen Hangartner
Rochelle Hanson
Bianca Harper
Nadine Burke Harris
Alison Hendricks
William Holmes
Jenae Holtz
Jennifer Hossler
Teresa Huizar
Michael Hurlburt
Michelle Ialeggio
Tasneem Ismailji
Candace Johndrow
Lisa M. Jones
Harvey Karp
Sarah Kelly-Palmer
Julie Kenniston
Brian Killacky
Al Killen-Harvey
Paul Kleinman
Jill Korbin
Teresa Kramer
Howard Kress
Mindy Kronenberg
Richard Krugman
Cynthia Kuelbs
Linda Renate Kvalvik
Jennifer Lewis
Daniel Lindberg
Susan Love
Pauline Lucero
Thomas D. Lyon
Monica Malin
Lawrence Marum
Dan McGinn
Pauline McKenzie-Day
Lauren McSwain
Beth Medina
Clorinda Merino
Kimberly Mitchell
Adriana E. Molina
Beth Molnar
Angela Moreland
Darren Moss
Dessalegn Negeri
Wayne Nichols
Dag Nordanger
Inge Nordhaug
Rick O’Hanlon
Alan O'Malley-Laursen
Rodrigo Pantoja
Norma Torres Ponce
Carl Price
Francisca Puga
Mary Pulido
Amanda Purvis
Libby Ralston
Alicia Ramirez
Robert Reece
Jennifer Rolls-Reutz
Norell Rosado
Jenny Rose
Leslie Ann Ross
Shelly Rusch
Ben Saunders
Candace H. Schoppe
Philip Scribano
Patty Secor
Shannon Self-Brown
Chris Shannon
Helen Singh
Ginny Sprang
Heidi Stern-Ellis
Gael Strack
Russell Strand
Steven Sumner
Ruth Supranovich
Sara Thomas
Adam Tomison
Heather Turner
Karina Valdez
Britt van der Kolk
Joan van Niekerk
Roy Van Tassell
Kim Vander Dussen
Karin Vanderzee
Yvonne Vaucher
Cambria Walsh
Wendy Walsh
Amanda West
Debra Whitcomb
Jimmy Widdifield, Jr.
Charles Wilson
Miriam Wolf
Jessica Wozniak
Nick Zadina

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
Candace H. Schoppe

Institute C:
presented by APSAC

Debra Esernio-Jenssen
Barbara L. Knox
Thomas D. Lyon
John E. B. Myers
Jimmy Widdifield, Jr.
Natalie H. Wilcox

Institute D:
presented by AVA

Randell Alexander
David Corwin
Vincent Felitti
Tasneem Ismailji
Susan Kelley
F. David Schneider
Steve Stone
Agnes Tiwari
Susan Wiet

Institute E:
presented by CAPSAC

Diana Faugno
Colleen Friend
Rachel Gilgoff
Shelley Hamilton
Donna Pence
Julie Robbins

Institute F: presented by ISPCAN
Virginia Jordan Greenbaum
Samantha Mundeta
Sheila Varadan

Institute G: presented by Chadwick Center, Fisher & Assoc.
Patricia Fisher

Institute H: presented by BRANCH
Melissa Jimenez
Aaron J. Miller

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Randell Alexander, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Florida—Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Workshop Sessions: Institute D, Tuesday General Session, J1, N2

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics. He is on the Board of Councilors for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and is on the International Advisory Board for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. He is the President-Elect of the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He served as Vice-chair of the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, was 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 and local child death review committees in Iowa, Georgia and Florida. He was chair of the Committee on Child Abuse for the Georgia and Iowa chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently chairs the Committee in Florida. He 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. Randy has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books and lectures frequently in the US and other countries.

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Darlene Allen, MS

Executive Director
Adoption Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: H8

For 30 years, Ms. Allen has worked in public and private organizations to provide services to promote, safety, stability and permanency for children and created policies and practices to advance the field of child welfare.  As the Executive Director of Adoption Rhode Island, she co-chairs the Rhode Island Child Welfare Advisory Committee and assisted the state in development of an Adoption and Foster Care certification program. She is affiliated with First Star, Inc. a Washington, DC based organization dedicated to helping abused children in foster care succeed in college and has been a consultant reviewer for JBS, Inc., the contractor charged with staffing the federal child and family service reviews.

Ms. Allen sits on the Adoption Exchange Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the finance committee overseeing the federal AdoptUsKids contract. She also serves on Rhode Island’s state team dedicated to reducing the use of psychotropic drugs in children in foster care. She is a member of the National Family Builders Association of Adoption professionals, serves on the Rhode Island Family Court Permanency Committee, and assists the Court Improvement Project on adoption-related issues. She has received several awards, including a Congressional Angel in Adoption.  She received her Masters of Science in Human Service Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
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Dana Anderson, MA

Counseling
Program Manager Bethany Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI

Workshop Session: G8

Dana Anderson has worked with refugee and immigrant children for over 10 years. In her current role as Program Manager of the Unaccompanied Children's Program at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, MI, Dana oversees several foster care and group home programs. Dana is very passionate about providing quality services to vulnerable and traumatized children and is currently an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, specializing in teaching classes around topics of immigration and human trafficking. Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University and has presented on topics of immigration and human trafficking at both local and national conferences.

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Debra Anderson, MSW, PhD

Director of Connections
Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center
Omaha, NE

Workshop Session: D10, E11

Debra Anderson, MSW, PhD, is Director of Connections, a mental health program for children and families located at Project Harmony Child Protection Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to this position, Dr. Anderson was Project Harmony’s Director of Training and Coordination. She wrote training and education curricula about child abuse and neglect topics, training over 30,000 students and professionals since 2007. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including the San Diego International Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, Protect our Children, National Children’s Alliance, and the National Children’s Advocacy Conference. Dr. Anderson also managed 10 multi-disciplinary teams and supervised the case coordinators. She has over 25 years of experience training and consulting to public and private child welfare agencies. Prior to Project Harmony, Dr. Anderson was a professor of social work at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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Ignacia Arruabarrena, PsyD

Professor
Department of Social Psychology and Methodology Behavioral Sciences
University of the Basque Country
San Sebastian, Spain

Workshop Session: F14-a

Mª Ignacia Arruabarrena Madariaga, Psy.D, is a Professor of the Department of Social Psychology and Methodology
Behavioral Sciences at the University of the Basque Country. Her academic and professional career has focused since 1986, on the subject of child vulnerability, developing activities of basic and applied research, evaluation of programs and services, development of manuals, protocols actions and tools for Childhood Services, advising public administrations, and university and professional training. She has directed and worked for ten years in a treatment program for families with serious problems of child neglect. It has several publications in specialized journals, is co-author of two books, and author and contributor to several technical publications on the subject.

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Muhammad Arshad, MSW

Lecturer
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Punjab

Workshop Session: P14-b

With over 13 years’ experience in social research, social mobilization, project designing, administration & management, Arshad is presently teaching at Post Graduate level in University of the Punjab. He has also experience of working with an NGO in International Program for Elimination of Child labor (IPEC) funded by ILO during which he was involved in different researches and interventions to address the issue of Child Labor.

Arshad has vast experience of conducting community and household surveys and research studies on different aspects of welfare and social development.

During his professional career, most of his work related to projects involving the marginalized and poor sections of the society such as poverty alleviation projects for rural population specially child laborer and families of working children in carpet weaving, soccer ball stitching and surgical instruments manufacturing. All these projects involved helping the poor particularly the women folk to access micro credit facilities and develop income generation activities for improvement of their quality of life.

The research studies pertained mostly to undertaking household surveys for baseline data and impact analysis of the interventions. Among the major research projects undertaken by him were; -Supervised Third party supportive Monitoring of Multiple Indicators Clusters Surveys (MICS).

  • Supervised surveys regarding Social Audit of Local government and Service Delivery Mechanism.
  • Conducted an Evaluative Study of Child Caring Institutions in Azad Kashmir in Governmental & Non-Governmental Sector.
  • Conducted a KAP study on Institutionalization of Children.
  • Conducted a study on field-testing of Global Indicators on Violence against Children sponsored by UNICEF.
Conducted a study on knowledge, attitude & practices (KAP) to analyze social norms on child rights & children’s awareness on their rights sponsored by UNICEF.
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Tiara Beach Barnwell, MSW

Children's Services Specialist
USCCB/Migration & Refugee Services
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: G8

Tiara Beach Barnwell is a licensed social worker who has practiced in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia in the area of international child welfare since 2012. She currently serves as a Children’s Services Specialist with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services, where she provides monitoring, consultation, and capacity development support to Long-term Foster Care programs that serve unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children throughout the United States. Previously, she has worked in the fields of international adoption and post-release services for unaccompanied immigrant youth at Children’s Home Society & Family Services, as well as in cross-border child welfare at International Social Service-USA Branch. She identifies as a biracial “third culture kid” and is passionate about ensuring that migrating children receive trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive support.

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Leticia Batista, LPN, Master Candidate

Youth Case Manager
Catholic Charities Community Services
New York, NY

Workshop Session: K14-b

Ms. Batista has been a part of Catholic Charities for 7 years, she has always worked with children within this organization and throughout her life. She presently works in the immigration department with the unaccompanied youth. She provides home studies and follow up services for the children.

Prior to working within the immigration department at Catholic Charities, she worked with the department of youth in Harlem, NY ensuring, counseling and encouraging children to remain in school, apply for college, and coordinating efforts to ensure that even though these children live below the poverty levels, with one-parent homes they graduate from high school and get accepted into colleges all over the country.

Ms. Batista is also involved in community development. During the late 1980-90's she worked with youth out of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) who were seeking to be tested and counseled for HIV, and also women. She provided pre and post testing and case management to the children. Ms. Batista educated the children on harm reduction and the importance of following a regiment of care. She also worked in a hospital setting working with sexually assaulted women. For many years, she has worked in the capacity of caring for the vulnerable of the community. She has a passion for the youth of our nation.

Ms. Leticia Batista, raised three children of her own, one was stricken by Cancer in 2011, and passed on, and this taught her about grief and loss. Her other two children live as productive members of society and are parents of their own.

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Richard Bennett, Lt. (Retired)

San Diego Police Department
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I16 Investigators Forum

Richard retired from San Diego Police after 40 years of service.  Beginning as a Police Cadet, he worked many varied assignments during his tenure.  He worked in Patrol Division during the turbulent 60’s, Traffic Division (including Motorcycle Officer), Juvenile Investigations, Patrol Sergeant, S.W.A.T. Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant, Police Academy Coordinator, Reserve Unit Administrator, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Traffic Lieutenant and Executive Lieutenant.

As a Detective Lieutenant, Richard managed investigative units in Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sex Crimes, Juvenile Services, D.A.R.E. Program, Financial Crimes, Metro Arson Strike Team, Narcotic Street Teams, J.U.D.G.E. (Gangs and Parole Violators County-wide), and Drug Court.

While managing the Child Abuse Unit, Richard established the first cross-reporting policy between Police and Child Protective Services. That policy is now in force state wide.

Richard has an AS in Criminal Justice and a BSBA in Business Administration.  He was a Police Academy Instructor for over 33 years, and considers himself as much a teacher as a policeman. He is a Commissioner in the San Diego Police Historical Association, and a past-president of Blue Knights CA VI. He is also a member of the Training Committee for Promises 2Kids.
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Lucy Berliner, MSW

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

Workshop Sessions: M3, Q2

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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David Betz, MA

NCA Board Member
National Children's Alliance
Cedar Falls, IA

Workshop Session: C10

David A. Betz is a twenty-five year veteran of the Harford County, MD Sheriff’s Office and is the former director for the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. He has additionally served in many capacities during his career to include the investigation of child abuse cases from 1998; Public Information officer/Spokesperson; Supervisor of the School Policing Unit; member of the Special Response Team, and assignments within the Patrol Division. He is currently employed with Deere and Company as the Manger for Security in Black Hawk County, Iowa. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and is an Accreditation site reviewer for the National Children’s Alliance. He also currently serves as an advisory board member of the Child Protection Center in Cedar Falls, IA and a board member of the Iowa Chapter of Child Protection Centers. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University.

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Thomas F. Biesty, JD

Cook County State's Attorney
Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Chicago, IL

Workshop Session: Institute B, B6

An accomplished and well-respected attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office with a 24 year record of prosecutorial excellence. Extensive trial experience across a wide spectrum of cases including many first-time prosecutions for the State of Illinois.: Cold Case Homicides, Human Trafficking and Child Homicides.

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Barbara Bonner, PhD

Professor
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

Workshop Sessions: William N. Friedrich Memorial Lecture & Luncheon, H3

Barbara L. Bonner, PhD, a Clinical Child Psychologist, is a Professor and the CMRI/Jean Gumerson Endowed Chair, Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and Associate Director of the Child Study Center (CSC) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of abused children, treatment outcome and program effectiveness, prevention of child fatalities, and treatment of children and adolescents with inappropriate or illegal sexual behavior.

Dr. Bonner is Past-President of the Board of Councilors of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Past President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She has presented her research throughout the US and internationally.
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Holly Hatton Bowers, PhD

Academic Researcher
University of California Davis
Davis, CA

Workshop Session: G11-b

Holly Hatton Bowers, PhD, directs the research and evaluation activities for the Northern California Training and Research Academy at the Center for Human Services, UC Davis Extension.

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Doug Braun-Harvey, MA

Sexual Health Psychotherapist
The Harvey Institute
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: D8

Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). With co-author Michael Vigorito, their sexual health OCSB treatment protocol will be published in “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior (2015, in press). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009); He has earned several distinctions, including the 2013 Carne’s Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, 2011 Sexual Intelligence Award, the 2011 Presidents Award from the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals, and the 2011 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region Public Service Award for promoting sexual health awareness and providing the intellectual framework for integrating sexology and chemical dependency. Mr. Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT Certified). He is on the web at www.DBHnow.com and in private practice is in San Diego California.

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Susan Brooks, MSW

Director University of California Davis Extension
Center for Human Services
Davis, CA

Workshop Session: G11-b

Susan Brooks, MSW, Director of the Northern California Training and Research Academy at the Center for Human Service, UC Davis Extension. Susan has nearly 30 years of experience in social services, which expertise in substance abuse, child welfare, collaboration, team-building, and supervision.

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Maaike Brunekreef, BSW

Social Worker
Isala Hospital
Deventer, Netherlands

Workshop Session: F14-b

Maaike Brunekreef, Bachelor of Social Work, has over 15 years’ experience as a social worker, trainer and consultant in health care. She establishes the connection between people and politics in a creative way on these important topics in a major Dutch hospital. Maaike is always looking for improvement, development and cooperation with professionals across all the different specialties in healthcare. Her mission is to inspire and move professionals in dealing with child abuse or domestic violence.

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Carol Brusca, MA, LMFT

Clinical Manager
Therapeutic Living Services
Encinitas, CA

Workshop Session: L3

Carol is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico. In 2004 Carol received her Masters of Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix and in 2011 received her Masters of International Diplomacy with an emphasis in Terrorism from Norwich University.

Carol currently works at Therapeutic Living Services as the Clinical Manager where she sees individuals, couples, families and people with Severely Disabling Mental Illness. She is the contract therapist for the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children, Task Force. Carol is also an Instructor at the University of Phoenix in the College of Social Sciences, teaching both Human Services and Counseling classes.

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Mary-Ann Burkhart, JD

Director
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
Alexandria, VA

Workshop Sessions: E6, H6, I16 Attorneys/Judges Forum

Mary-Ann Burkhart is the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorney’s Association.

Mary-Ann Burkhart began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As an Assistant under the Honorable Janet Reno, Ms. Burkhart specialized in domestic violence and child abuse cases.

In 1997, Ms. Burkhart joined the staff of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse as a Senior Attorney. From 1997 through 2003, she traveled worldwide and taught extensively on all aspects of child physical and sexual abuse and child homicide cases. As a Senior Attorney at NCPCA, she also published numerous articles and book chapters on various issues relating to investigating and prosecuting cases of child physical and sexual abuse, as well as issues relating to child victims. Her last project as a Senior Attorney at NCPCA was editing and completing work on the 3rd edition of Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, in which she also authored two chapters.

In late 2003, Ms. Burkhart went back into the courtroom as a homicide prosecutor and then as Training Director at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Maryland. As Training Director, she was responsible for the training and mentoring programs for the over 200 attorneys in the office. Additionally, she continued to train nationally on issues related to Child Physical and Sexual Abuse and Neglect. She also works as the Faculty Advisor to the ChildFirst Maryland course, a five-day forensic interviewing course for child victims and witnesses. In 2008 Ms. Burkhart authored Maryland’s Response to Human Trafficking: A New Statute for New Times, which was published in the Maryland Bar Journal. In 2010, Ms. Burkhart took her expertise to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in child abuse cases and vulnerable adult and elder abuse cases.

Mary-Ann graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and Barry University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Miami School Of Law. For her work and commitment in the area of child abuse, she received the Professional Achievement Award from Barry University.
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Mandy Busch, MS, LMHP

Training Specialist
Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center
Omaha, NE

Workshop Session: J13

Mandy Busch, MS, LMHP is a Training Specialist at the Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center in Omaha, NE. In this position she trains professionals to prevent, recognize, and respond to child abuse and neglect. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and has provided mental health services to children and their families since 2003. Mandy has also taught undergraduate Psychology and Human Services courses.

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Esperanza Camargo, PhD

Assistant Professor
Albany State University
Albany, GA

Workshop Session: A14-b

Esperanza Camargo received her doctorate from University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at Albany State University. As a public official for the Colombian government as well as a United Nations Consultant in Colombia, she has worked on issues such as human rights, family violence, urban violence, and juvenile gang intervention. Her work has been published in her native Spanish language and in English. She is currently interested in making international comparisons to measure the prevalence of family violence among various cultures, analyze the factors that influence family violence within these cultures, and analyze the manifestations of family and domestic violence among these cultures.

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Roger Canaff, JD

Consultant
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
Alexandria, VA

Workshop Sessions: J9, L9, M6, 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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Michael Cavilla, BA

Homicide Detective
Calgary Police Service
Calgary, Canada

Workshop Sessions: D5, E5

Detective Cavilla has over 20 years of policing experience with the Calgary Police Service in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Detective Cavilla currently holds the rank of Detective and Acting Staff Sergeant and has been a Detective for 13 years, with last 6 years assigned to the Homicide Unit of the Major Crimes Section of the Calgary Police Service. Detective Cavilla has investigated over 300 homicides, and been involved with over a twenty homicides and suspicious deaths involving infants and young children. Det. Cavilla currently acts as an advisor to police members attached to the Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit on "live cases" where children have suffered serious physical trauma/injuries.

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Mark Chaffin, PhD

Professor of Public Health
Georgia State University/School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: L2

Mark Chaffin is Professor in Health Promotion and Behavior for the School of Public Health. Previously he worked as a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, where he directs research for the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Chaffin has been at OUHSC for the past 17 years, and previously was on faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Chaffin is a psychologist by training and completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology before beginning his academic career. His practice, teaching, research and publications focus mainly on the development, adaptation and implementation of evidence-based service models in youth-serving prevention and social services systems, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood developmental disabilities systems. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, has received a number of national awards for his research and publications, teaches nationally and internationally, and serves on a number of national advisory boards and review panels.

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Ira Chasnoff, MD

President, Professor
NTI Upstream
Chicago, IL

Workshop Sessions: M7, N6, Q3

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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Hugh T. Clements, Jr., MSCJ

Colonel/Chief of Police
Providence Police Department
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: J8, L8

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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Lisa Conradi, PsyD

Director of Clinical Operations
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I16 Child Welfare/Advocates Forum

Lisa Conradi, PsyD is the Director of Clinical Operations at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, a program that is specifically designed to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma.  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 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.  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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Sharon Cooper, MD

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fort Bragg, NC

Workshop Sessions: Monday General Session, C1

Sharon Cooper is a Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician who cares for children with disabilities as well as those who have been victims of crimes. Dr. Cooper retired from the U.S. Army Medical Corps and holds faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided numerous trainings to medical, judicial, social science and investigative agencies. She is the lead editor of one of the most comprehensive texts on child sexual exploitation and has published numerous chapters in peer reviewed books on child sexual exploitation. She is a consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and has served on the boards of numerous national organizations focused on child maltreatment. She has served as an expert witness in several hundred cases.

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David Corwin, MD

Professor of Pediatrics & President
Academy on Violence and Abuse
Sandy, UT

Workshop Session: Institute D

Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah where he directs Forensic Services.  He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, evaluator and/or expert addressing child abuse throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  Dr. Corwin founded the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) and chaired the group that founded the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in 1986.  He helped found the Ray Helfer Society in 1999 and the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) in 2004.  From 2009 to 2010, he co-chaired the transition of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) on which he now represents the AVA and serves on the Steering Committee.   Among Dr. Corwin’s primary focuses are the evaluation, mitigation and prevention of the adverse health impacts associated with experiencing violence and abuse across the lifespan.   Dr. Corwin currently serves as President of the AVA, an inter-professional society dedicated to increasing health professionals’ knowledge and skills in preventing, recognizing and intervening with those harmed by violence and abuse.  Dr. Corwin is the Executive Producer of AVA’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study DVD released in January of 2012 and the principal editor of the AVA/NHCVA “ACEs: Informing Best Practice,” online white paper that scheduled for completion in 2014.  In 2012, he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and currently serves as the Society’s Secretary and Co-Chair of APSAC’s Prevention and Partnerships Committees.  He has recently begun to address the harms associated with being a victim of child pornography and helped draft the recent APSAC policy statement on that topic.

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Jill Crewes, MSW

Director of Training and Education
Adoption Options
Aurora, CO

Workshop Sessions: C7, D7

Jill Crewes, MSW, is the Director of Training and Education at Adoption Options in Denver, Colorado. Her professional experience spans over 15 years and includes training for families and professionals, child protection casework, adoption casework, foster care certification, and foster care recruitment. Jill and her husband have also experienced the joys and challenges of being foster and adoptive parents. In 1999, Jill earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from Boston University. She has received specialized training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® from Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and their team at TCU. Jill has a strong commitment to children from hard places. From both her personal and professional experience, Jill has developed a deep passion for building family connections and empowering children and their families. Jill believes that there is nothing more rewarding than making the difference in the life of a child and his or her family.

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Simy Cuervo, MS

Children's Services Specialist
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) Miami, FL

Workshop Session: K14-b

Simy D. Cuervo is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC. She is currently employed as a Children’s Services Specialist with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). During her time at USCCB/MRS, she has worked as a Children’s Services Specialist for both Foster Care and Family Reunification. As a specialist for the Foster Care program she provided case consultation and programmatic oversight for agencies across the United States that provide specialized foster care for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in which family reunification was not always viable. Currently, she works for the Family Reunification program providing case consultation, technical assistance, outreach and training to a network of child welfare community agencies that provide direct case management services to unaccompanied immigrant children and their families. She currently oversees more than 80 agencies across 22 states.

Prior to her employment with USCCB/MRS, Mrs. Cuervo worked as a mental health therapist for youth in the Washington, DC area. In this role she was responsible for providing individual, family, and group counseling, as well as, conducting diagnostic assessments. Her areas of expertise include working with individuals suffering from depression, substance abuse, trauma, and adjustment issues. Her approach is primarily cognitive behavioral but utilized other treatment modalities depending on her client’s presenting issues. Originally from Miami, FL, Mrs. Cuervo graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University. While in school, she completed her practicum hours and thesis dissertation while working with a research program that investigated the effectiveness of brief therapeutic substance abuse interventions on pre-adjudicated youth. It was during her practicum that Mrs. Cuervo discovered her passion for providing clinical services to at-risk youth.

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Jennifer Davis, MD

Medical Director,
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Medical Director of Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Child Abuse Pediatrician, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego—A Medical Foundation
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

Workshop Session: Institute A, I16 Physicians Forum

Jennifer Davis, originally from Atlanta, GA attended medical school at Medical College of Georgia, receiving her MD in 2003. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2006. Dr. Davis completed one year of fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine also at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, but changed her focus to Child Maltreatment. She moved to San Diego in 2007 to begin a fellowship in Child Abuse at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davis completed fellowship in 2009 and is boarded in Child Abuse Pediatrics. She currently works as a hospitalist and child abuse pediatrician at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She also sees referred patients in the Failure to Thrive clinic at Rady, a multidisciplinary clinic for infants and toddlers with poor weight gain.

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Kimberly Day, MSW

Deputy Director
National Children's Alliance
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: D10

Kimberly Day, MSW, is the Deputy Director for the National Children’s Alliance, the professional association and accrediting body for more than 750 Children’s Advocacy centers in the US and abroad. Prior to her tenure at NCA, she was the Coordinator for the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths in Washington, DC.  She developed, coordinated, and facilitated the child welfare policy work of the Coalition by engaging in non-partisan outreach efforts, enlisting congress, the executive branch and members of the media for the purpose of drawing attention to and preventing child abuse fatalities through the Protect Our Kids Act. Her previous experience includes coordination of the Maine Child Death & Serious Injury Review Panel, the Maine Citizen Review Panel and Maine Child Abuse Action Network. She has worked in the field of public and private child welfare, and child welfare policy for fifteen years. She has served in management and executive positions in children’s services for over twenty years. Ms. Day obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine.

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Steve Del Negro, BS

Consultant
National Criminal Justice Training Center
Williamstown, MA

Workshop Sessions: B9, C9, D9, E9

12 years of his career he was assigned to the Digital Evidence Media Section/ICAC Task Force. Sgt. Del Negro was the Commander for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Massachusetts in which he provided training to Law Enforcement, Coordinated and did ICAC investigations, provided public awareness presentations and was the state contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cybertips.

He has a BS in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 198th session. He was the former President and First Vice President of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association New England Chapter. He has been since 2003,  a consultant instructor for the National Criminal Justice Training Center instructing on the following topics: ICAC Investigative Techniques, Knoppix, Yahoo undercover techniques, Cybertip manager, Peer to Peer Investigations, TUX4N6 and Onscene investigations. He has presented around the country at several national conferences on Internet and Technology investigations and Internet safety and awareness.

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Jason Dickinson, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Montclair State University
Caldwell, NJ

Workshop Sessions: C4, D4

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

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Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS

Prof of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Silver Spring, MD

Workshop Sessions: G1, H1

Howard Dubowitz is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Families at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN, 2nd term) and is immediate Past-President of the Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working in the child maltreatment field.  He has served on the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and of Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Dubowitz is a clinician, researcher, and educator, and he is active in the policy arena. His main interests are in child neglect and prevention. He edited Neglected Children: Research, Practice and Policy as well as ISPCAN’s World Perspectives on Child Abuse in 2012 and 2014, and he co-edited the Handbook for Child Protection Practice as well as International Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences.

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Jan Dunn, BS

Accreditation Coordinator
National Children's Alliance
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: B10

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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Reidun Dybsland, MEd

Team leader / Child Welfare
RVTS-Western Norway
Bergen, Norway

Workshop Session: F14-c

Bio to come.

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Becky Earhart, MA, PhD Candidate

Wilfrid Laurier University
Ontario, Canada

Workshop Sessions: L4, M4

Becky Earhart, PhD Candidate, is currently finishing her doctoral studies in Developmental Psychology with Dr. Kim Roberts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She also studied abroad at the University of Abertay in Scotland with Dr. David La Rooy in 2013 after finishing her Master’s degree in 2012. She has been studying issues in children’s memory and children’s eyewitness testimony for the past seven years. She collaborates with many experts in the field of forensic interviewing.

Her research interests include children's memory, source monitoring, and sources of error in children's memory reports. She is also interested in the 'ground rules,' or interview instructions that interviewers set at the beginning of interviews. She has presented her research at international conferences in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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Susan Erstling, LICSW, PhD

Senior Vice President
Family Service of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: J8, L8

As Senior Vice President of Family Service of Rhode Island’s Trauma, Loss and Children’s Services Department, Dr. Erstling oversees all trauma, victim, child development community policing teams, residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, adoption, military family, and related professional development focused programs and services. She serves as principal investigator for the NCTSN supported Child’s Treatment and Recovery Center and the ACF funded Together Forever Project, an intensive child-focused adoptive parent recruitment initiative.

Dr. Erstling was instrumental in developing community policing teams in Providence, and later in replicating the model with the East Providence and State Police Departments. This programming received the 2008 Providence Community Partner and 2012 RI Attorney General Justice awards. FSRI and the Providence Police Department were honored with a national MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Special Strategy Award for Diversity and Inclusion for their work together in reducing crime and spurring positive development in low-income Providence communities. Specializing in trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or violence exposure.

Dr. Erstling has taught at numerous universities and schools of social work. She participated in the 2010 USDOJ “Children Exposed to Violence National Experts Meeting” via invitation by US Attorney General Eric Holder, and has recently been appointed to the NCTSN Steering Committee. Dr. Erstling also serves as Chair of the Lucy’s Hearth Board of Directors, facilitating FSRI’s affiliation with the Middletown, RI homeless shelter for women and children in 2007.

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Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD

Professor
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Workshop Session: Institute C3

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, M.D. is currently a Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Florida and has served as the Medical Director of the Child Protection Team since 2010. In 2009 she was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics. From 1998 to April 2010, she was the Director of the Child Protection Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital and the Chair of the Child Protection Consultation Team at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1982 and completed her pediatric residency at North Shore University in Manhasset, NY where she was selected to be Chief Resident in Pediatrics in 1985. In 2007, she was invited to join the Ray Helfer Society. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and serves on the Board for the Florida Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen has a special interest in prevention. Since her arrival in Gainesville, FL she has produced a domestic violence and an abusive head trauma public service announcement. These announcements have been shown on the “Gator Board” which is seen before every University of Florida home football game and have been distributed throughout the 12 county catchment area her team serves. Dr. Esernio-Jenssen is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in child abuse and child abuse prevention.

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Thomas J. Fallon, PhD

Director, Co-Director, Professor
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Family Research Laboratory
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Sessions: J6, L6, N5

Tom Fallon is a Deputy District Attorney in Dane County (Madison) Wisconsin. As one of two Criminal Court Deputies, he supervises Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the criminal courts. Prior to assuming managerial responsibilities, Mr. Fallon was an Assistant District Attorney in Dane County where he was the prosecution coordinator and interagency liaison for child abuse cases. Previously, Mr. Fallon was an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the Criminal Litigation, Antitrust and Consumer protection Unit where he handled a wide variety of cases from Arson to Racketeering. He specialized in Sexually Violent Person proceedings, Sexual Assault, Murder and Child Abuse prosecutions.
           
Before joining the Wisconsin Department of Justice Mr. Fallon was an Assistant and Deputy (First Assistant) District Attorney in Kenosha County Wisconsin. As the chief felony prosecutor, he supervised other prosecutors and specialized in child abuse and drug prosecutions. As the Deputy District Attorney, he handled the administrative and personnel matters for the office in addition to carrying a felony caseload. Mr. Fallon began his career prosecuting paternity and child support enforcement cases for the Kenosha County Child Support Agency.
           
Mr. Fallon has presented on several occasions for the American Prosecutors Research Institute's National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (APRI - NCPCA), the National College of District Attorneys (NCDA), the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Incest. He has lectured frequently for the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin District Attorney's Association on a variety of topics such as Prosecutorial Ethics, Interrogation Law, Sexually Violent Person Proceedings and Child Abuse.

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Diana Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS

Forensic Nurse Consultant
Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
Palm Desert, CA

Workshop Session: Institute E

Diana Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS, DF-IAFN, a native of Minnesota, is a founding board director of End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International and a board member of California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). She has made numerous presentations to Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) across the country as well as scientific community assemblies such as the American Academy of Science and the EVAW International Conference. She provides trainings on various topics to assist teams in staff development. Ms. Faugno is the co-author of Color Atlas of Sexual Assault (Mosby Publications, 1997). This was the first book of its kind in the Nation. She is also co-author of Sexual Assault across the Life Span (GW Medical, 2003) and numerous other publications. Ms. Faugno is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science, as well as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Ms. Faugno earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota.

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Vincent Felitti, MD

Head, Dept of Preventive Medicine
So California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
La Jolla, CA

Workshop Session: Institute D

Vincent J. Felitti is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, ongoing collaborative research between Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control.  A 1962 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Felitti is an internist who founded the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California in 1975.

He served as Chief of Preventive Medicine until 2001. Under Dr. Felitti’s leadership, the Health Appraisal Division of the department became the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the world, providing comprehensive, biopsychosocial medical evaluation to a total of 1.3 million individual adults. During his career, he developed major health-risk abatement programs for obesity, smoking, the genetic disease Hemochromatosis, and for somatization disorders. These programs are provided to over 1,000 patients per month in San Diego. 

Dr. Felitti is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.
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Janet Fine, MS

Project Director
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Workshop Session: C12

Janet Fine, MS, has served in various victim service capacities for over 30 years. She has direct experience with individual and community crisis response efforts, including as a member of the National Crisis Response Team from MA that responded to Ground Zero in New York in the aftermath of 9/11. She provides training and consultation on victim rights and services and the development of multidisciplinary teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in MA, nationally and internationally. She has provided foundational and ongoing support for programs addressing vicarious trauma for victim service providers. She teaches Victimology as Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University.

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Martin A. Finkel, DO

Professor of Pediatrics
CARES Institute, Rowan-SOM
Stratford, NJ

Workshop Sessions: E2, H2

Martin A. Finkel, DO, F.A.A.P., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and co-founder of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University. Dr. Finkel was instrumental in developing New Jersey’s statewidenetwork of child abuse diagnostic and treatment centers, the first legislatively created state system of regional centers in the United States. These centers of excellence provide services for sexually and physically abused children and educate professionals within the medical, child protection, law enforcement and mental health communities on the evaluation of the child victim. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters. His textbook Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A practical guide, 3rd ed. published in 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. Dr. Finkel has been appointed by six Governors to co-chair with the Commissioner of Children and Families, New Jersey’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr Finkel currently holds the position of Treasurer of ISPCAN.

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David Finkelhor, PhD

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

Workshop Sessions: L11, O1

David Finkelhor, PHD, is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, 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, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009.  Altogether, he is editor and author of 12 books and over 200 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, in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, in 2005 he and his colleagues received the Child Maltreatment Article of the Year award, and in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

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Megan Finno-Velasquez




Workshop Session: J11-a

Bio to come.

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Patricia Fisher, MD

Co-Executive Director
TEND
Victoria, Canada

Workshop Session: Institute G, B12

Dr. Patricia Fisher is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Fisher & Associates Solutions. As a long time trauma-specialist, she has focused her attention on the impact and mechanisms of workplace stress in trauma-informed workplaces – at the individual, management and organizational levels. Over the past 17 years, 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 organizations, agencies and government bodies in North America to develop policy and solutions to the complex organizational challenges that often accompany high stress and trauma-exposed sectors. After many years of collaboration, Dr. Fisher and Françoise Mathieu joined forces in June of 2015 to create TEND, an organization dedicated to offering individuals and organizations the resources needed to address the effects of their stressful, traumatic and challenging workplaces and lives. Through TEND, Dr. Fisher also offers access to her sophisticated e-learning platform and comprehensive courses. The programming has been accredited and is offered directly by TEND or through its expanding network of provider partners.

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Suzanne Foley, B.SocStud., MA., MSW, MEd

ISPCAN Councilor
ISPCAN
Castle Hill, NSW, Australia

Workshop Session: A14-a

Bio to come.

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Laurie Fortin, LCSW

Practice Consultant
Academy for Professional Excellence/SDSU School of Social Work
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: J4

Ms. 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 began work at the Chadwick Center as a Forensic Interviewer, where she conducted approximately 2,800 interviews of alleged child victims/witnesses. She held the position of Clinical Coordinator of the interviewing program from 2007-2012, as well as interim Supervisor of the Forensic and Medical Program from 2012- 2014. She provided specialized training at the local, state and national level, as well as provided expert testimony in Juvenile, Family, Military, and Criminal Court. She has also served as a consultant and mentor to students, practitioners, and professionals in the area of child sexual abuse.

In 2015, Ms. Fortin took a full time job with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy as a Practice Consultant. She provides coaching and training support to Child welfare workers and Supervisors on best practices in San Diego County.

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Colleen Friend, PhD, LCSW

Professor, Director
California State University, Los Angeles
Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: Institute E

Colleen Friend, PhD, LCSW, teaches at CSULA and for the USC School of Social Work. At CSULA, she is the Director of the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute, where students can obtain a certificate that prepares them for working in child protection, victim services and multidisciplinary teamwork.  She teaches the required coursework on family violence, change and communicating with violent families.  Prior to this, she managed the California Social Work Education Program (CalSWEC) at the UCLA School of Public Affairs for eleven years.  Her background and experience is in multidisciplinary teams and child sexual abuse interviewing. She was the director of both The Los Angeles County Child Crisis Center and Stuart House.  She has been (and continues as) the interviewing trainer for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services' new worker academy for over 15 years. Dr. Friend is on the state wide board of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) and serves on the editorial review board for a number of professional journals, including The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.  She frequently presents at conferences and continuing education venues.  This year she has become the Chair of the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, and encourages everyone to visit its website:  www.SocialWorkHallOfDistinction.org.

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Bernard Gerbaka, MD

Councilor
ISPCAN
Beirut, Lebanon

Workshop Sessions: I16 International Guest Forum, K14-a

Bernard Gerbaka is a pediatrician in Lebanon. He chairs the pediatric department in Hotel-Dieu university hospital. He contributed to the creation of hospital based child protection units, the Lebanese national committee for child protection and the Arab society for the Prevention of violence against children. He was elected as ISPCAN councilor in 2008 and reelected in 2014. He chaired the training committee and is currently president elect of International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

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Rachel Gilgoff, MD

Pediatrician
Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
Oakland, CA

Workshop Session: Institute E

Dr. Gilgoff is a board certified child abuse pediatrician who has worked at the Center for Child Protection since completing her fellowship training in 2007.
 
She has a special interest in drug endangered children. A drug endangered child is any child who is affected directly or indirectly by their parent’s use of drugs and/or alcohol.  She has served on the board of the California Drug Endangered Children Alliance and part of the Sacramento County Drug Endangered Child Task Force. She is currently an active member of the Alameda County Drug Endangered Children Task Force.  This task force is instrumental in teaching the community about the risks these children face.
 
She also has a special interest in child abuse prevention and helped to update the most recent version of the California Attorney General’s Office Child Abuse Prevention Handbook (2006).

Dr. Gilgoff has given numerous lectures all over California to help teach doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, police officers and college students about drug endangered children, child abuse and the prevention of child abuse.

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Kristin Gist, MS

Senior Director
Developmental Services
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: E2, M7, N6, O3

Kristin is the Senior Director of Developmental Services (DS) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She has been with Rady Children's for 40 years and most of her work has been with children birth to five years of age and their caregivers.

Kristin’s Division includes diagnostic and treatment programs that support children who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays or disabilities, and/or have early evidence of social-emotional, and/or behavioral problems.

In 1974, Kristin established the Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), a neuro-developmental clinic specifically for premature and sick infants graduating from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital. The program grew to support all children birth to 5 at risk, and was the foundation for creation of the Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP, 1997) for children in foster care, and the Autism Discovery Institute that includes a full inclusion preschool starting at 18 months of age (1998). The rehabilitation departments of OT, PT, Speech, and Audiology merged with Kristin’s early childhood programs in 1998 and formed the current Division, which has 14 departments and 320 employees, providing over 100,000 developmental, rehabilitative, and early childhood mental health visits per year. In 2001, partnering with a developmental behavioral pediatrician, Kristin developed First 5-funded Children’s Care Connection (C3), and eventually became regional lead for two regions under First 5’s Healthy Development Services initiative. These programs provide screening, assessment, and treatment for children birth to 5 with mild to moderate developmental delays and the full continuum of social emotional challenges. Most recently, in 2010, the needs of complex children identified through DSEP and the County Performance Improvement Project resulted in the creation of “KidSTART”, a trans-disciplinary program for complex children birth to 5.

Kristin’s formal education includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University.
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Amy Goldberg, MD




Workshop Session: L8

Bio to come.

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Jeanne Gordon



Workshop Sessions: M7, N6

Bio to come.

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Arne Graff, MD

Medical Director
Mayo Child and Family Advocacy Program
Mayo Clinic-Rochester
Rochester, MN

Workshop Sessions: Friedrich Memorial Lecture, L1

Dr. Graff is the medical director for the Mayo Child and Family Advocacy program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His roles include inpatient and outpatient consultations, training for medical staff/students/residents and community agencies on child maltreatment. He has an affiliation with both departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and was a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with the University of ND School of Medicine.

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Virginia Jordan Greenbaum, MD

Medical Director
Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Workshop Sessions: Institute F, B2

Dr. Greenbaum is the medical director of the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  She obtained her medical degree from Yale Medical School, and is board-certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology.

She conducts medical evaluations on children who have been physically or sexually abused or neglected, testifies as an expert witness and serves on local multidisciplinary teams and committees. She is a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Dr. Greenbaum has given local, regional, national and international presentations to attorneys, law enforcement, child protection workers, medical personnel and mental health professionals.
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Jessica Griffin, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics
UMASS Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Worcester, MA

Workshop Sessions: E3, G3

Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts’
Medical School (UMMS), where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is the only nationally-approved TF-CBT   trainer in Massachusetts. Dr. Griffin provides training and consultation in TF-CBT for providers across New England. Since joining the faculty at UMMS, Dr. Griffin has trained and provided consultation for over a thousand clinicians across the northeast United States including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Maine as well as California. In 2012, as Principal Investigator, Dr. Griffin was awarded a 4-year, $1.6 million National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center, with a focus on training, treatment, and resolving access issues for court involved youth who have experienced trauma. Dr. Griffin is a partner on the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project, a statewide initiative targeted at improving outcomes for youth with complex trauma within child welfare systems. Dr. Griffin also partners with Baystate Medical Center’s, Therapy Housecalls SAMHSA/NCTSN) project, applying TF-CBT in home-based settings. Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma. She has expertise in childhood maltreatment and trauma, psychological assessment, divorce/custody matters has worked within court systems for over a decade. She continues to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the family courts, performing court-ordered forensic and psychological evaluations in the juvenile courts and provides expert witness testimony for the juvenile and family courts. She presents regularly at a local, national and international level on topics related to childhood trauma, TF-CBT, and forensic evaluation of children and families.

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Sherry Hamby, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Sewanee, the University of the South
Tennessee, TN

Workshop Session: L11

Sherry Hamby, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South, studying the methodological and measurement challenges of violence research and cross-cultural issues in measuring and intervening for violence.  Dr. Hamby is the founding editor for the journal Psychology of Violence, published by the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Hamby is part of the team that conducts the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance mechanism for youth victimization and the source of the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the co-occurrence among different forms of youth violence. Dr. Hamby is author or co-author of more than 75 publications on family violence and youth victimization, including The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook and Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program.  With Mary Beth Skupien, she conducted the first reservation-based study of intimate partner violence among American Indians.  She has served on three expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  the Sexual Violence Portfolio Review panel, the Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Definitions Reconciliation panel, and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System panel.  A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has received awards from the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

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Shelley Hamilton, LCSW

Manager
Center for Child Protection, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Oakland, CA

Workshop Session: Institute E

Shelley is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked at the Center for Child Protection since 1997. She oversees all of the administrative and clinical services for the department including grant management.

She lectures at local, regional and national meetings and conferences providing training on child abuse and mental health treatment. She serves on numerous committees and is currently the Vice President for the California chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC).

Shelley continues to provide direct services including crisis assessment in the Emergency Department and comprehensive psychotherapy at the main hospital campus and in Southern Alameda County. She utilizes a number of trauma programs including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy, EMDR, PCIT.
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Karen Hangartner, LGSW

Deputy Project Director
Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Huntsville, AL

Workshop Session: G12

Karen Hangartner, LGSW, is Deputy Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama. She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. As Deputy Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary teams across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 150 trainings for MDTs and CACs in the Southern region. She also presents at state and national conferences on a variety of topics including, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, Leading in a Multidisciplinary Environment, Grant Writing, and Conflict on Teams. She also works with regional and national partners on collaborative projects. Prior to joining the NCAC staff, Karen served as Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.

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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: J3, M13

Dr. Rochelle F. Hanson specializes in the treatment of trauma among youth and adults. She has led several research and services grants targeting training, evaluation, rigorous fidelity assessment and dissemination/implementation of trauma-focused evidence-based treatments, funded by NIH, SAMHSA, and Office for Victims of Crime, and the Duke Endowment. She is PI for an NIMH-funded grant examining the role of the Community-based Learning Collaborative (CBLC) implementation model in fostering and sustaining interprofessional collaborations to increase availability and accessibility of treatment services to traumatized youth and their families. She also serves 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 is a core faculty for Project BEST (Bringing Evidence-Supported Treatments to South Carolina children and their families), funded by the Duke Endowment, a statewide initiative with a primary aim to disseminate and implement trauma-focused evidence-based treatments for children and their families, primarily through use of the CBLC implementation model. Dr. Hanson also serves as Co-Principal Investigator for a grant designed to examine fidelity to a trauma-focused intervention for children (Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; TF-CBT) in community-based mental health organizations. Dr. Hanson also led an NIMH R34 designed to examine different methods of training community-based providers in the delivery of TF-CBT with high fidelity. She is a national TF-CBT Train-the-Trainer and continues to conduct TF-CBT trainings and learning collaborative throughout the country.

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Bianca Harper, DSW, LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: E11

Bianca Harper is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the School of Social Work. She has taught human behavior, advanced social work practice with children and adolescents, and advanced social work practice with families. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Harper taught human behavior, social work practice with groups, and play therapy in the Masters of Social Work programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Rutgers University. She received her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Bianca is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced interpersonal violence including child sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has direct practice experience in psychotherapy, child forensic interviewing, victim advocacy, crisis counseling, and school social work. She has also worked in special education and early childhood development. Bianca’s practice and research interests include child maltreatment, interpersonal violence, traumatic stress, trauma informed.

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Nadine Burke Harris, MD




Workshop Sessions: Wednesday General Session, Q1

Bio to come.

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Alison Hendricks, LCSW

Consultant
Hendricks Consulting
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: D12

Alison Hendricks, LCSW, is a trainer and consultant who specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma-informed systems. She is a National Trainer for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a product of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that she helped to revise in 2012. Alison is an Affiliate Member of the NCTSN. She worked with the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital for nine years, first as a trauma therapist and then as Operations Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. She provides training and consultation on TF-CBT, trauma-informed care, and secondary traumatic stress to programs across the country. Alison is the lead author on two workbooks on TF-CBT. She also specializes in Culturally Modified TF-CBT, with a focus on Latino children and families.

She has presented at numerous conferences and has published several journal articles on a wide variety of topics related to childhood trauma.

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William Holmes, MD

Senior Medical Director
Cenpatico Behavioral Health’s Foster Care Services
Austin, TX

Workshop Session: M8

Dr. William D. Holmes is the Medical Director for Cenpatico Behavioral Health’s Foster Care Services. As part of his work, Dr. Holmes presents to a variety of professional and community groups on many topics. His prior clinical work as Medical Director of Stonebridge Behavioral Health in San Antonio, TX, from 2009-2013, involved providing clinical care and overall supervision to children and adolescents in the Texas foster care system. Dr. William D. Holmes received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and then completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He remained in Galveston for his training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry, eventually becoming board certified in both specialties.

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Jenae Holtz




Workshop Sessions: M7, N6

Bio to come.

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Jennifer Hossler, MSW

Child Welfare Systems Change Specialist
Chadwick Center for Children & Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: L11, N4

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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Teresa Huizar, MPP

Executive Director
National Children's Alliance
Washington, DC

Workshop Session: B10

Teresa Huizar is the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for the nearly 800 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US.  These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including:  forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment.  She provides consultation internationally on effective child abuse intervention and the development of children’s advocacy centers globally.  Ms. Huizar has testified before Congress on child abuse issues twice.  And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.  Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and it’s  Public Policy Task Force;  the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths; and the Public Policy Committee of the American Society for Association Executives.

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Michael Hurlburt, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: J11-a

Michael Hurlburt is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. His career is devoted to scholarship that advances research and conceptually guided strategies for improving the reach and impact of behavioral health interventions designed to improve the relationships and emotional health of children and families, with an emphasis on maltreatment prevention. With support from NIMH, Dr. Hurlburt currently conducts research examining processes for implementing practice innovations in mental health and child welfare settings and has written theoretical articles that provide a framework for understanding forces that influence dissemination, implementation, and sustainment of practice innovations. His current R01 tests a theory-guided process for implementation of a maltreatment prevention program. The implementation approach is designed to transition expertise to local community providers and accommodate locally relevant practice adaptation. With support from a social innovations grant from the USC Price School of Public Policy and from the federal Children’s Bureau, Dr. Hurlburt chairs a research-practice collaborative in San Diego County focused on local community-based primary maltreatment prevention, building on his expertise in parenting interventions and strategies for community-based implementation. Dr. Hurlburt reviews for more than a dozen leading journals in social work, psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, and health services research. He regularly serves as an expert for NIH, CDC, and national scientific organizations in Europe. In 2012, he was recognized as Public Citizen of the Year by the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for his research, service, and mentorship of students and other faculty.

She has served as Vice President of Membership for the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association, member of various task forces, and as member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for several school psychology journals. She is a consultant to schools and professional organizations, and she holds national certification in school psychology.
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Michelle Ialeggio, JD

Deputy District Attorney
San Diego District Attorney
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: M1

Michelle Ialeggio has been a Deputy District Attorney for 11 years. She is currently a supervisor in the San Diego District Attorney's office where she specializes in crimes of physical child abuse. Ms. Ialeggio has received numerous awards including being named one of the "Top Attorneys" in San Diego several years in a row. She also serves on the board of directors for California Women Lawyers.

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Tasneem Ismailji, MD, PhD

Co-founder, President
Academy on Violence and Abuse
Los Altos Hills, CA

Workshop Session: Institute D

Tasneem Ismailji M.D, MPH is an educator/ researcher in the field of the health effects of violence and abuse. As a pediatrician (nonclinical) she has conducted numerous trainings, seminars and workshops for healthcare professionals at national conferences, medical centers, hospitals and clinics for over fifteen years. She initiated and published research on survivors of intimate partner violence as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Her other major interest is relationship abuse prevention for young adults and adolescents and has led numerous workshops in schools, colleges and universities. Dr Ismailji is a cofounder of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, its immediate past President and current Board Chair. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She serves on the medical sub-committee of the Domestic Violence Council of Santa Clara County in California.

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Melissa Jimenez




Workshop Session: Institute H

Bio to come.

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Candace Johndrow, BS

Director
Family Service of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: H8

Ms. Johndrow serves as Director of Family Service of Rhode Island’s Together Forever Project, an Administration for Children and Families funded intensive child-focused and trauma competent adoptive parent recruitment project focused on children and youth waiting the longest in foster care for permanent loving families. Prior to that, she served as the agency’s Director of Resource Development project managing the development of a diverse portfolio of federal, state, city, private, and corporate foundation funding proposals resulting in over $47M in new and institutional returns largely focused on trauma, adoption, permanency and wellbeing, and systems change within child welfare. She also has significant experience in the field of public health managing numerous statewide maternal and child health programs benefitting children with special needs, including epilepsy, chronic renal disease, head injury, traumatic brain injury and genetic disorder programming and several initiatives focused on community inclusion of young people with special health care needs for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Family Health. She holds her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

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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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Lisa M. Jones, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Psychology
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: J11-b, M11, N7

Lisa M. Jones is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire and faculty at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) and has over 15 years of experience conducting research on child victimization epidemiology, program evaluation, measurement design, and evidence-based prevention and intervention. She was awarded a three-year fellowship by the Stoneleigh Foundation (www.stoneleighfoundation.org) to extend the reach and efficacy of evidence-based bullying prevention and social-emotional education to youth. 

She is currently working with the Philadelphia School District to understand school-level factors that promote the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of prevention programs. She is also engaged in collaborative projects with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international foundations to improve the integration of research in international child maltreatment prevention efforts. With her colleagues at the CCRC, Dr. Jones serves as co-investigator on the NIJ funded project: “Technology-Based Harassment Victimization: Placement in a Broader Victimization Context.”

She has served as principal investigator on an evaluation of youth internet safety education and has worked tracking 20-year declines in child sexual and physical abuse.  She previously helped to direct a five-year, quasi-experimental multi-site evaluation of child advocacy centers (CACs), funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Dr. Jones has published extensively on child maltreatment trends, child abuse investigations, and peer victimization and serves on the editorial boards of Child Maltreatment and Child Abuse and Neglect.  She presents regularly on topics of child victimization and evidence-based prevention nationally and internationally.
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Iby Kantor, PhD

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

Workshop Session: I16 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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Harvey Karp, MD

Assistant Professor Pediatrics
USC School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: H7

Harvey Karp is a pediatrician, child developmentalist and assistant professor at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1976, completed residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and performed fellowships in Ambulatory Pediatrics and Child Development at UCLA. Afterwards, Dr. Karp practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles for 25 years.
Thousands of professionals are certified to teach Dr. Karp’s baby calming/sleep program in university and   hospitals, military bases, teen programs, etc. across America and in dozens of other nations. Over 1000 of these educators work for departments of health, WIC programs, etc. throughout the US.

Dr. Karp's insights into infant calming/sleep and toddler emotional development are frequently featured in the national and international press. His landmark DVDs/books, The Happiest Baby, The Happiest Toddler and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Birth to 5, have been translated into over 20 languages and have made him one of America's most read pediatricians.

Dr. Karp is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serves on several advisory boards and has received numerous honors for his work. He is also a nationally recognized advocate for children's environmental health and serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Working Group.
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Marilyn Kaufhold, MD

Pediatrician
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: Institute A

Marilyn Kaufhold, MD, is a pediatrician who is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She has been associated with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, since 1978. Formerly, she was the Assistant Medical Director, responsible for the Forensic and Medical Unit of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families. Her medical education was at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Pediatric internship and residency were at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the University of Miami. Areas of interest include abuse of the developmentally disabled, follow-up of abused children and teens and physician education re child abuse. She is a member of ISPCAN and the Helfer Society.

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Susan Kelley, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: Institute D

Susan J. Kelley, PHD, is the former Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and is currently a Professor at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Kelley received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College (‘88) and her B.S. (‘77) and M.S. (‘82) in Nursing from Boston University. Dr. Kelley’s previous professional experience includes serving as Chairperson and Professor, Department of Maternal-Child Health Nursing at Boston College; Director of Nursing Education, Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services; and pediatric nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Boston City Hospital.

Dr. Kelley has specialized in the field of child abuse since 1980 and has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of child abuse. She serves on the editorial board of several journals dealing with child abuse including Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma, Violence and Abuse: A Review Journal. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and member of numerous child abuse and nursing professional societies.

Dr. Kelley has received several national awards including the March of Dimes National Nurse of the Year Award, American Nurses’ Association Nurse of the Year Award, Excellence in Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Nursing, and Outstanding Service Award from the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children. Dr. Kelley frequently speaks at national and international conferences on child abuse and grandparents raising grandchildren. Dr. Kelley serves on the board of Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, St. Joseph's Mercy Care and the Academy of Violence and Abuse.

Dr. Kelley is founder and director of Project Healthy Grandparents, a community-based program that provides comprehensive services to families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren in parent-absent homes. The vast majority of children in the program have been abused, neglected, and abandoned by their birth parents. To date, Project Healthy Grandparents has received 3.5 million dollars in federal, state, and foundation support.
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Sarah Kelly-Palmer, LICSW

Senior Clinical Administrator, Project Director
Adopt Well-Being RI
Family Service of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Workshop Session: H8

Ms. Kelly-Palmer serves as the Project Director for Rhode Island’s Administration for Children and Families supported “Adopt Well-Being RI” demonstration grant.  She is the Senior Clinical Administrator for Family Service of Rhode Island’s Trauma, Loss and Children’s Services Department and serves on the agency’s Executive Team.  She also leads the RI Supercommunity Executive Steering Committee, a Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation.  She is trained in a number of evidence-based trauma treatments including Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused and Alternatives For Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, and the evidence-informed Trauma Systems Therapy.  She is a certified NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit Trainer, an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, and frequent trainer with the Child Welfare Institute at Rhode Island College.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Albany.

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Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

Executive Director
The Center for Family Solutions
Hamilton, OH

Workshop Sessions: J6, M5, N5

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW is an independent consultant and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing, investigation, and the prosecution of child maltreatment cases. As the volunteer Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Ms. Kenniston is active with domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. She conducts forensic interviews for the local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and is working with the Southwest Ohio team on human trafficking cases. 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. As board member for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) from January 2009 to July 2015, she co-chaired the forensic interviewer certification task force and continues to support APSAC in forensic interviewing services. 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, AS

Consultant
Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI

Workshop Sessions: Institute B, B5, C5

Investigative consultant in Child Homicide and Cold Case Murder. 12 Years investigator and sergeant in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, 26 Years Chicago Police Department. Complexmurder investigator since 1990.

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Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW

Lead Trainer
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: D8, J4, N3

Al Killen-Harvey is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 21 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the Lead Trainer under two federally funded grants designed to improve Trauma Informed care in Child Welfare and Mental Health systems across the United States.  A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected.  He serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach as well as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity.  He has served on the board of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and is a consultant and trainer for UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California. He has served as an expert witness for the United States Army in several same sex sexual assault cases and is currently the co-chairperson of the Cultural Consortium for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and serves on their Policy Committee.  He also is on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.  He is the current President of the Board of Directors of Step Up Theater a non-profit teen theater company in San Diego.  Additionally he serves as a Mentor with the Scholar Program of the Point Foundation that aims to empower promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.

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Paul Kleinman, MD

Radiologist
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA
Workshop Sessions: E1, G2

Dr. Kleinman is the director of Musculoskeletal Imaging in the Department of Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in Pediatric Radiology and in Pediatrics. He has been actively involved in the field of imaging child abuse for almost 30 years. He received the Ray E. Helfer Society Award for Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect at the Helfer Society Annual Meeting in 2005. At the 2011 International Pediatric Radiology meeting in London, he was awarded the Jack O. Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Society for Pediatric Radiology and was made an honorary member of the European Society for Paediatric Radiology. Dr. Kleinman has lectured widely and has authored a variety of publications on the subject of child maltreatment, including the text entitled The Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse, published in its third edition in 2015 by Cambridge University Press.

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Barbara Knox, MD

Medical Director
University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program
Madison, WI

Workshop Sessions: Institute C3

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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Jill Korbin, PhD

Associate Dean, Professor
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Workshop Sessions: O3, R3

Jill E. Korbin, Ph.D. (UCLA 1978) is Associate Dean, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies, and Co-Director of the Childhood Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA). Korbin’s research interests include culture and human development; cultural, medical and psychological anthropology; neighborhood, community, and contextual influences on children and families; child maltreatment; and child and adolescent wellbeing.

Korbin’s awards include the Margaret Mead Award (1986) from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology; a Congressional Science Fellowship (1985-86) through the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Research in Child Development; and the Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Case Western Reserve University. Korbin served on the National Research Council's Panel on Research on Child Abuse and Neglect, and is currently a member of the Board of ChildFund International.

Korbin’s work on child maltreatment is primarily in relationship to culture and context, including neighborhood conditions. She edited the first volume on culture and child maltreatment, Child Abuse and Neglect: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1981, University of California Press.) Korbin and Richard Krugman,are currently co-editing a book series, Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy (Springer) that includes C. Henry Kempe: A 50 Year Legacy to Child Abuse and Neglect (Krugman and Korbin, 2013) and The Handbook of Child Maltreatment (Korbin and Krugman, 2014). With international editors Ben-Arieh, Cassas and Frones, she is a co-editor of the five volume Handbook of Child Well-Being (Springer, 2014). She has a commitment to mixed methods research and bridging research, practice, and policy related to the well-being of children and young people.
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Teresa Kramer, PhD

Professor, Chief Psychologist
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

Workshop Session: J7

Teresa L. Kramer, Ph.D., is chief psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is also the director of Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (AR BEST), a statewide program to provide evidence-based care to abused children. She has published more than 75 manuscripts, technical reports and book chapters. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and postdoctoral fellowship at Wright State University.

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Howard Kress, PhD

Lead Behavioral Scientist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Johns Creek, GA

Workshop Session: A14-d

Dr. Howard Kress has over 15 years of experience in conducting social science and public health research in the United States and over 15 nations around the world. He currently is the Team Lead for the Violence Against Children and Youth team in the Division of Violence prevention at the US Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This team focuses on understanding the risk and protective factors for violence against children both in the US and globally. The main projects on the team include the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the Violence Against Children Surveys. During his career Dr. Kress has published on a range of topics including the demographic transition, violence and injury prevention, effects of migration on school-aged children, and male initiation rites.

Prior to his current position with CDC, Dr. Kress received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a greater understanding of the demographic transition Ecuador and Bangladesh. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2008, and has been with the CDC since 2010.

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Mindy Kronenberg, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice
Memphis, TN

Workshop Sessions: E7, G7

Mindy Kronenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee, specializes in Infant Mental Health and the assessment and treatment of trauma across the lifespan. Dr. Kronenberg completed the Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship at LSU Health Sciences Center where she served as Assistant Professor until 2010. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Kronenberg provides national trainings on evidence-based and evidence-informed assessments, interventions, and treatments including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Psychological First Aid, and Relationship-Based Assessment. Dr. Kronenberg is committed to infant and early childhood workforce development and serves as the Young Child Wellness Partner for Tennessee’s Project Launch grant. She is also an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network where she serves on the Affiliate Advisory Board and is co-chair of the Zero to Six Workgroup. Dr. Kronenberg has published in the areas of infant mental health and trauma and co-edited Treating Traumatized Children: A Casebook of Evidence-Based Therapies (Allen & Kronenberg, 2014).

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Richard Krugman, MD

Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

Workshop Session: R2

Richard Krugman, MD has been involved in Child Abuse work since 1981 when he became the Director of the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 1990, he became Acting Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and then Dean from 1992-2015. He completed a six month sabbatical October 31, 2015 and has returned to the Kempe Center as a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics.

He graduated Princeton University in 1963 (AB) and New York University (MD) in 1968. He did his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Colorado from 1968-1971. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine after two years at NIH in 1973 and has been on the faculty at CU ever since. He is past Chair of the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect (1989-1991), Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect the International Journal (1986-2001) and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Cynthia Kuelbs

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

Workshop Sessions: C2, D2, M9-b, N1

Dr. Kuelbs is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kuelbs has had many leadership roles at Rady Children’s Hospital, including the medical staff Chair of Pediatrics, Chief of Staff and medical directorships in ambulatory care, inpatient medicine, and the Chadwick Center Medical Director.

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Linda Renate Kvalvik

Special Consultant
RVTS-Western Norway
Bergen, Norway

Workshop Session: F14-c

Bio to come.

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Jennifer Lewis, LCSW, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: G11-a

Jennifer Lewis joined the USC School of Social Work faculty in the Mental Health Concentration in 2012. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at New York University and Arizona State University. Before entering academia, Lewis was a Program Supervisor at University of California San Diego Health System Department of Pediatrics Infectious Disease, and Program Director at Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS where she oversaw programming for HIV positive men, women, and youth. She also worked for the O’Connor House with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Avon Program for Women and Justice. She is the owner of Mosaic Psychotherapy, LLC, a psychotherapy practice that provides consulting and counseling services to individuals and families. Dr. Lewis is currently overseeing a United States Department of Health and Human Services grant for HIV positive mothers who are abusing substances in order to prevent the abuse, neglect and abandonment of children at University of California San Diego.

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Daniel Lindberg, MD

Associate Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado

Workshop Sessions: D2, M1, N2

Dr. Lindberg is an emergency physician and child abuse consultant with the Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As the national Principal Investigator for the ULTRA and ExSTRA research networks, he has led 2 of the largest, prospective networks to determine optimal testing to identify occult abusive injuries.

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Susan Love, PhD

Associate Professor
California State University, Northridge
Crestline, CA

Workshop Session: M9-a

Susan M. Love, Associate Professor, joined the CSUN faculty in the fall of 2007. Dr. Love received both her Ph.D. in Social Welfare and MSW degree from the University of Washington. She also holds a MS in Marriage, Family and Child from JFK University, and a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Love has taught at California State University, Long Beach and University of Southern California. She was also a trainer at University of California, Los Angeles and the IUC Field Education Coordinator at CSU, Long Beach. Dr. Love has over 28 years of direct mental health practice experience with children, youth and family. She has 10 peer-reviewed published articles, and has presented papers at professional conferences in Antwerp, Belgium; Glasgow, Scotland; Sydney, Australia; San Francisco; and, Washington, D.C. As the principal investigator of an International team of scientists, she has completed a research grant (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, grant #69451, $1.18M) that successfully built, and tested an evidence-based parenting program delivered in social media for highly vulnerable families—shifting the developmental trajectory of at-risk children toward social/ behavioral/ physical and mental health. Her current projects are: (1) CWS Evidence Based Parenting-Online Implementation and Social Media Dissemination; (2) Improving the physical and mental health outcomes of children by integrating an evidence based parenting program (Triple P) with cutting-edge healthcare technology in the context of the Affordable Care Act; and, (3) Grandmothers Count: Empowering grandmothers to promote child nutrition, health, development and safety.

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Pauline Lucero, MA

Trainer/Consultant
Corazon Training & Consulting
Albuquerque, NM

Workshop Sessions: E4, G4

Pauline is a mental health therapist and nationally-known trainer and consultant in cultural competency and Children’s Advocacy Centers. For over 20 years she has provided consultation to multi-disciplinary teams working on complex child abuse cases. She        has worked with numerous Native American communities across New Mexico and the nation.  She has trained on various issues such as providing culturally competent services, trauma in adults and children, developmental disabilities, Spanish speaking forensic interviews and wellness. In addition to training and consulting, since 2002 Pauline has worked as a Behavior Support Consultant for clients with disabilities. She was the forensic interviewer with the team that implemented the first Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque in 1990. She has a BA in Spanish Literature from the University of Rochester and an MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico.

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Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD

Professor of Law & Psychology
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: Institute C1, B4

Thomas D. Lyon, J.D., Ph.D., research interests include child abuse and neglect, child witnesses, and domestic violence. He is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California. 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. Dr. Lyon has published over 60 papers in law reviews, psychology journals, and books, has authored or co-authored over 90 research presentations at psychology and law conferences, and has conducted over 200 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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Marcia Y. Tapia Macías




Workshop Sessions: K14-c, P14-c

Bio to come.

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Monica Malin, MSW

Child Welfare Trainer
Child Welfare Training Center
California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Workshop Session: D8

Monica Malin, MSW, has been with the Child Welfare Training Centre since 1995. In her position as trainer , Monica is responsible for the development and presentation of in-service training to child welfare workers at the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services. Ms. Malin also provides training for the Inter-University Consortium in the Child Welfare Core Academy for newly hired child welfare workers in LA County and LA County Public Health Nurses. Ms. Malin is a certified trainer for the Child Welfare Services/ Case Management System, a statewide computer system designed for child protective services. Monica has trained throughout California and made presentations at several national and state conferences.

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Lawrence Marum, MD, MPH

Country Director for Centers for Disease Control—Zambia Office
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Lusaka, Zambia

Workshop Session: A14-d

Dr. Lawrence Marum is a pediatrician and epidemiologist who served as Country Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Zambia from 2008 through 2014 and now is Senior Technical Advisor in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS. During his tenure in Zambia, Larry supported the expansion of child sexual abuse services, mental health services for child victims, and the first national violence against children survey (Health and Wellbeing Survey or H-Well).  His medical training began at New Jersey Medical School in Newark and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He was trained in pediatrics at Oakland Children’s Hospital from 1973-76 during early years of the Children’s Trauma Center, worked at the Regional Center of the East Bay for Developmental Disabilities and, California. His international work began in Bangladesh with CARE-Medico from 1979-1982 but he returned to California providing rural pediatric care in Tuolumne County from 1983-1991 where he provided pediatric and adolescent medicolegal services, helped coordinate the multidisciplinary team and chaired the Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board. Since 1991 he has lived and worked in Africa, serving in Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia. He conducted research in mother to child HIV transmission while on the faculty of Case Western Reserve, Johns Hopkins and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda before joining CDC in 1998 where he has dedicated himself to building national capacity and developing and implementing evidence-based programs for HIV prevention, care and treatment and family-centered approaches to preventing mother to child transmission.

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Dan McGinn, JD

Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney
Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office
Council Bluffs, IA

Workshop Sessions: G6

Dan McGinn has been an Assistant County Attorney for Pottawattamie County in Council Bluffs since 1992. He has prosecuted child sex abuse cases for the last 18 years. He has also worked as a training specialist, developing programs and presenting trainings for prosecutors, law enforcement, social workers and therapists for the Project Harmony Child Protection Center Training Institute for the last 5 years. Dan's trainings focus on a multidisciplinary approach with attention to trauma, investigation, documentation and legal emphasis for success in the courtroom.

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Pauline McKenzie-Day, MS, LPC

Assistant Training Director
National SafeCare Training and Research Center
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: L7

Pauline has a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida where she resided for four years. Pauline is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselors’ Supervisor in the State of Georgia. Pauline is a native of The United Kingdom and has been a citizen of the United States since 1989. She is the mother of four grown children, two daughters, one son and one step-daughter. Pauline has worked with a diverse clientele which include groups, couples, individuals and families. She has facilitated workshops and trainings in effective discipline techniques, parenting skills, pre-marital support and divorce recovery. Pauline is the founder of Inspired Lives Counseling LLC where she promotes holistic healing through the treatment of mind, and spirit for balance, wellness and improved quality of life. Pauline is currently the Assistant Director of Training at The National SafeCare® Training and Research Center, at the Center for Healthy Development in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. As a passionate advocate for healthy families, she hopes to support the eradication of child-maltreatment through her work with social service providers. A creed that Pauline lives by is her mission to change the world, one heart, and one soul at a time.

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Lauren McSwain, JD

Staff Attorney
The Children’s Law Center
Brooklyn, NY

Workshop Session: L13

Lauren H. McSwain has practiced family law in the Kings County (Brooklyn) Family Court since graduating from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2007. She worked as an agency attorney for the New York City Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) for four years litigating abuse/neglect cases. Since 2011, Lauren has worked as a trial attorney at the Children’s Law Center, in Brooklyn, NY, where she represents children in custody/visitation, family offense, guardianship, child protective, and paternity cases. Since 2013, Lauren has been the attorney for children on cases in the Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Court, a hybrid court that hears Family, Supreme, and Criminal cases.

In 2013, the Brooklyn IDV Court was chosen by the United States Department of Justice as one of three model IDV courts for the Mentor Court Initiative. Lauren graduated with a B.A. from Mercer University in Macon, GA, in 2004.

Lauren has presented on several topics relating to children and the courts at various national conferences.
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Beth Medina, PsyD

Program Director, CEO
The Innocent Justice Foundation
Encinitas, CA

Workshop Session: L3

Ms. Medina is currently the CEO of The Innocent Justice Foundation and the Program Director of SHIFT Wellness. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is completing her PsyD. She has experience working with victims of trauma and domestic violence and an extensive background working with non-profits in a variety of capacities.

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Clorinda Merino, MEd

Senior Training Specialist
National SafeCare Training and Research Center
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: F14-a, L7

Clorinda Merino has a Master’s in Educational Counseling from the University of San Diego and is a licensed Psychologist in México. She has worked in the field of Child Abuse Prevention for over 20 years now and is currently a Senior Training Specialist for the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) at Georgia State University. Previously, she was a supervisor for the Family Support Program of Rady Children’s Hospital-Chadwick Center in the South Bay area of San Diego for many years. Clorinda is an experienced trainer on a variety of topics in the field of child abuse and cultural competency. She has trained around the State of California on the California Safe and healthy Families home visiting model and has done other trainings in many countries in Latin America.

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Aaron J. Miller




Workshop Session: Institute H

Bio to come.

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Kimberly Mitchell, PhD

Research Professor
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Sessions: M11, N7

Dr. Kimberly Mitchell, PhD has a broad background in psychology and research methodology, with specific training and expertise in children’s exposure to violence.  In her 15 years of experience she has conducted numerous national youth surveys on sensitive topics such as victimization online and in-person and the mental health impact of such experiences. Her work has resulted in over 85 peer-reviewed publications which have made significant contributions to policy and practice.

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Adriana E. Molina, LFMT

Director
Social Marketing and Violence Prevention
Children's Institute, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Session: H12

Adriana E. Molina has spent 20 years working with at risk children and families. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with professional experience in school counseling with trauma exposed youth, social work with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Ms. Molina joined the team at Children’s Institute, Inc. in 2001 where she has directed several programs including Project ERIN, an emergency response intervention program that works with LAPD to respond to domestic violence call particularly when there are children present. She is currently Director of Social Media and Violence Prevention for Project ABC, focusing on prevention and treatment for children 0-5 and their caregivers. Through her work as the Co-Chair for both the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the DV/Gang Nexus Committee of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the City of Los Angeles, she has sought opportunities to bring diverse populations together in having conversations and finding solutions for supporting children and youth. Ms. Molina is a co-author of CII’s Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach curriculum as well as the Project ERIN Domestic Violence Intervention Manual.

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Beth Molnar, ScD

Associate Professor of Health Sciences
VTT Principal Investigator
Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Workshop Session: C12

Beth E. Molnar, ScD, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and the Principal Investigator for the VTT project. She has been conducting research on causes and consequences of family, youth and community violence for more than 20 years, especially on the consequences of child sexual abuse, and on community-level prevention of child maltreatment and youth violence. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where she was previously a medical advocacy volunteer for seven years, exposed weekly to traumatic events experienced by survivors of rape in emergency rooms.

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Angela Moreland, PhD

Assistant Professor
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Workshop Sessions: J3, M13

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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Darren Moss

Detective
Calgary Police Service
Calgary, Canada

Workshop Sessions: D5, E5

Detective Darren Moss is a twelve year police officer with the Calgary Police Service in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Detective Moss has worked the last seven years in the CPS Priority Crimes Unit (PCU) in which police officers work in an undercover capacity to solve crimes. Members of the Priority Crimes Unit focus primarily on utilizing the “Major Crimes Undercover Technique” on suspected individuals involved in homicide investigations, and these operations range from short-term in custody type operations (24 hours) to long-term out of custody operations (yearlong). Detective MOSS has been involved in 34 Homicide investigations in an undercover capacity, either as the coordinator of these undercover operations or as the primary undercover officer tasked with befriending the suspect(s).

In addition to his experience as an undercover police officer, Detective MOSS is also a member of the Calgary Police Service Peer Support Team as well as a Crisis Negotiator with the Calgary Police Service Crisis Negotiation Unit.

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Samantha Mundeta




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Sandra Murray, MD

Medical Director
UCI Med Center, Dept. of Pediatrics
Orange, CA

Workshop Session: Institute A

Dr. Murray attended both medical school and pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine. After her residency, she worked in general and in-patient pediatrics for two years. She then completed a fellowship in Family Violence at the Chadwick Center for Children in San Diego. Dr. Murray is board certified in general pediatrics and in child abuse pediatrics. She is the past medical director of the Riverside Child Assessment Team in Riverside County, and is currently the medical director of the Child Abuse and Protection Team at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine where she is a child abuse pediatrician at UCI Medical Center and at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and occasionally is a newborn nursery attending at UCI Medical Center. She is an active member of several organizations that focus on prevention and education about child abuse and family violence.

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John E.B. Myers




Workshop Session: Institute C1

Bio to come.

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Dessalegn Negeri, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Workshop Session: K14-d

Dessalegn Negeri is an assistant professor of social work and social development at School of Social Work At Addis Ababa University. He received his PhD from Addis Ababa University, school of social work. He has Masters of social work from Addis Abab university school of social work. He also received a Bachelor of Art Degree in Sociology and Social Administration, and a Masters of Social Work at Addis Ababa University in 2006. He has 11 years of teaching experience and research, and three years of working with different public and private agencies as a social development planning expert and community service coordinator in the areas of children and youth development. He developed the curriculum for the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Jimma University and promoted social work as joint degree in other public universities. His research interests are curriculum development, community based child welfare policy and practice, local adoption, community culture as asset for development, entrepreneurship and youth development. Currently he is the coordinator of MSW distance education at Addis Ababa university, chair of the curriculum standardization committee. Dessalegn was the Director of Field Education for one year and contributed in the revision of MSW practice manual. He served as a Coordinator of the Integrated Community Development and Child Welfare Training Project.

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Wayne Nichols, MS

Detective
Fox Valley Technical College
Henderson, NV

Workshop Sessions: G9, H9

Detective Wayne Nichols works for the Henderson, NV Police Department and has been in law enforcement for over 12 years. During his tenure, he has been assigned to department’s Computer Crime Unit, in which he has been a forensic examiner, as well as conducting proactive enticement and P2P investigations. Over the years, Detective Nichols has focused efforts on Craigslist – personifying both a juvenile and parent. Detective Nichols also consults other law enforcement agencies on proactive online investigations and has traveled all over the U.S. as well as Europe and Canada–working with law enforcement. Detective Nichols holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Dag Nordanger, Dr Psychol

Senior Researcher
RVTS-Western Norway
Bergen, Norway

Workshop Session: F14-c

Dag Nordanger, Dr. Psychol. and specialist in clinical child psychology, is primarily affiliated to the Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare–West Norway (RKBU Vest). He also has a part-time position at the Resource Centre for Violence, Traumatic Stress and Suicide Prevention - Western Norway (RVTS-West) where he was the director for six years. He has for many years been working in the field of trauma, both with counselling, therapy, lecturing and research, and has been involved in a number of international projects and taskforces. A bulk of his earlier publications are based on studies among Ethiopian victims of trauma, and concentrate on culture bound responses and coping strategies. His latest projects and writings circle around children at risk, with a special focus on the concept of developmental trauma. He is the founder and coordinator of the Norwegian Child and adolescent complex trauma society (CACTUS), a network of experts across competence and research centers with a special interest in improving identification and assessment of children exposed to developmental trauma. In 2012 he was awarded the best article in the Journal of the Norwegian Psychological Association for the article “Complex trauma in the perspective of developmental psychology”. He is a much requested speaker on this topic.

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Inge Nordhaug, CSW

Consultant, Teacher
RVTS-West
University Hospital Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Workshop Session: F14-c

Inge Nordhaug, CSW, has worked for 30 years in child psychiatry as a therapist, consultant and teacher. For the last 10 years, he has worked at RVTS-West in building competence and resources in dealing with sexual abuse and violence. Working specially on cooperation and teambuilding between therapy and Child Care.

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Rick O’Hanlon, Lt. (Retired)

San Diego Police Department
Core Adjunct Professor
National University, School of Professional Studies
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: I16 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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Alan O'Malley-Laursen, MSW

Program Manager
Olmsted County Community Services
Rochester, MN

Workshop Session: C8

Alan O’Malley-Laursen brings over 35 years of experience in human services as a social worker, clinician, supervisor, clinical consultant, program developer and administrator. Currently working as Program Manager of the Youth Behavioral Health program with Olmsted County Community Services in Rochester, MN, Alan is the agency’s lead manager in the area of secondary stress reaction. As an integral member of the S.E. Minnesota CTISP-DI Super Community, he has provided numerous presentations on secondary stress reaction across southeast Minnesota. In addition, he co-teaches a 40 hour Advanced Best Practices in Child Welfare course. Over the years Alan has been employed in a variety of settings including group home, county social services, community mental health, and corrections. His clinical experience includes work in the areas of child protection, sexual abuse treatment, substance abuse, sexually exploited youth, couples and family therapy and child/adolescent behavioral disorders.

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Rodrigo Pantoja




Workshop Session: F14-a

Bio to come.

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Donna Pence, BS

Practice Improvement Consultant
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: Institute E

Donna Pence was selected to be the first female Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau in 1976 after two years in the Metropolitan Nashville Park Police. During her 25 years with the Bureau she worked undercover, special crimes, and field investigations. She was designated as the Bureau’s child abuse investigation specialist in 1986 and helped develop and train the first multidisciplinary child abuse investigation teams in Tennessee. Upon her retirement, she joined the Academy of Professional Excellence, a project of San Diego State University as a trainer and curriculum specialist. She is the past chair of the California Network of Child Advocacy Centers, former board member of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, a member of the San Diego Child Fatality Review Committee, and Child Welfare and Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroups of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Donna has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters as well as a book, Team Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse: The Uneasy Alliance with Charles A. Wilson. She most recently authored the chapter, “Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation”, for the 3rd edition of The APSAC Child Maltreatment Handbook, an article for a special trauma-focused issue of the journal Child Welfare on "Trauma-Informed Forensic Child Maltreatment Investigations" and co-authored “Trauma-Informed Care” for the International Encyclopedia of Social Work.  She has conducted training over the last 30 years to multidisciplinary audiences in 38 states and 8 countries on multidisciplinary team development and maintenance, cultural issues for professionals, trauma-informed investigative practices, Secondary Traumatic Stress and child abuse investigation professionals, decision-making in child maltreatment investigations, child and adult investigative interviewing and investigative issues around child maltreatment and fatalities.

In 2013, Special Agent Pence one of 3 women in law enforcement honored by the San Diego Police Foundation as a recipient of the “Women In Blue” Award.

Ms. Pence is the president of Pence-Wilson Training & Consultants, Inc. She is the lead trainer and Practice Improvement Consultant.
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Norma Torres Ponce




Workshop Sessions: K14-c, P14-c

Bio to come.

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Carl Price

Founder
carlmprice.com
Moseley, VA

Workshop Sessions: Thursday General Session, Closing Statement

A former foster child in Baltimore City, Maryland Carl is no stranger to hard times.  He entered foster care while still admitted and being treated for cancer, Carl learned early to survive, but simply surviving was not enough for him.  This child of a drug addict whose father was not in the picture would go on to college, enlist in the US Navy, speak at a US Senate hearing on Childhood Trauma and become the founder of carlmprice.com.  While his life was not easy it is one that is inspiring and reminds us that we can change a child's life.

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Francisca Puga




Workshop Session: F14-a

Bio to come.

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Mary Pulido, PhD

Executive Director
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
New York, NY

Workshop Session: B8

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protection agency in the world. She has held senior management positions at the Child Advocacy Center of Montefiore Medical Center, the Children’s Village, and at Covenant House/Under 21.

Dr. Pulido provides consultation on the management of Secondary Traumatic Stress. Her protocol for crisis debriefing following child fatality and critical incidents is utilized throughout New York City Child Protective Services system. Dr. Pulido is a member of       the Medical Reserve Corps of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Dr. Pulido to the New York City Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT). She also serves as President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New York (APSAC-NY).

Dr. Pulido holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and in Teaching. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has published in the areas of detection and prevention of child abuse and neglect, providing supervised visitation services, crisis debriefing and preventing secondary traumatic stress. She has been featured on NY1, WPIX-TV, ABC News, cbsnews.com, Inside Edition and is a dedicated blogger for Huffington Post Parents.
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Amanda Purvis, BSW

Co-founder
Emerge Family Connections
Castle Rock, CO

Workshop Session: C7, D7

Amanda Purvis, BSW, is a social worker, wife, and mom to five kids (2 biological and 3 adopted through foster care). After serving in several orphanages across the globe, Amanda worked with a local social services agency as an intake worker. Shortly thereafter, Amanda and her husband fostered children for three years and completed their family in 2012. Amanda has studied under Doctors Karyn Purvis and David Cross. She has worked as a trainer and mentor to foster and adoptive families, and in post-adoption services for over 10 years. Amanda writes for magazines such as Adoptive Families Magazine and Fostering Families Today, and for several newsletters and blogs in the fostering and adoptive communities. She has a passion to empower parents and organizations to help heal children from the hard places.

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Libby Ralston, PhD

Director Emeritus
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
Sullivans Island, SC

Workshop Session: B3

M. Elizabeth Ralston, Ph.D. was the founding director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc (DNLCC) an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Charleston, SC and has served as the DNLCC Director Emeritus since her retirement.

Dr. Ralston is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Medical University of South Carolina. She served on the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Board of Directors, on the NCA mental health standard revision and grants review committees and participated in the partnership between NCA and NCTSN to develop the CAC Director’s Guide to Mental Health services. Dr. Ralston serves on the South Carolina Foster Care Advisory Committee as the chair of the Trauma Task Force and is the co-chair of the SC Children's Justice Act Task Force.

Dr. Ralston has served as the co-director of Project BEST (PB) since 2007 and the South Carolina Trauma Practice Initiative (SCTPI) since 2013. Project BEST, funded by The Duke Endowment involves a partnership between the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center and the Medical University of South Carolina, National Child Victims Research and Treatment Center. The mission of PB is to train professionals in the delivery of evidence based trauma focused mental health treatment to children in South Carolina who have been impacted by the trauma of child abuse. The SCTPI expands that partnership to include the South Carolina Departments of Social Services and Mental Health.
These projects are expected to significantly increase the availability of evidence based practice to the children of South Carolina and to increase the collaboration between mental health and child welfare professionals with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for abuse/traumatized children and their families in South Carolina.

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Alicia Ramirez, LVN




Workshop Session: I16 Nurses Forum

Bio to come.

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Robert Reece, MD

Executive Editor
The Quarterly Update
North Falmouth, MA

Workshop Session: K2, N2

Robert M. Reece, MD retired as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of Child Protection, Tufts Medical Center, Boston in 2010. He directed the Pediatric Emergency Room at Boston City Hospital from 1974-78 and the Child Protection Program there until 1989, and at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1987-1989. In 1989 he began as Director of the Child Protection Program at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, returning to Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1993. From 1994 until 2010, he was a member of the pediatric faculty at Tufts Medical Center.

He consulted to Child Protection Teams at the Massachusetts General Children’s Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. He served on the boards and executive committees of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Prevent Child Abuse (America), the National Children’s Alliance, the International Advisory Board of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the National Center for Child Fatality Review. He was Chair of the Child Abuse Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1998-2002.

He is co-editor of three editions of Child Abuse: Medical Diagnosis and Management; two editions of Child Abuse Treatment: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical and Legal Practitioners, (Johns Hopkins University Press), and co-editor of Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma published by the AAP in 2003. He has published 48 peer-reviewed articles and 26 book chapters, and has edited The Quarterly Update since 1993. In 2015 he wrote To Tell The Truth, a fictionalized courtroom drama about abusive head trauma. He received awards from APSAC (Outstanding Professional in the Field of Child Maltreatment) in 1997; AAP (Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children) in 2000; and from the Helfer Society (Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Child Maltreatment) in 2003.
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Julie Robbins, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Clinical/Program Consultant, Trainer
San Francisco, CA

Workshop Session: Institute E

Julie Robbins, MSW, ACSW, LCSW has been practicing psychotherapy, consultation and training for over 30 years. She has expertise in all areas of family violence, including partner battering, incest, child abuse and child maltreatment. She also has had extensive experience in the areas of depression, divorce and high conflict custody disputes, trauma, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, child development, adoption and parenting. In addition, Ms. Robbins has worked with adults and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She has served as the Victim Services Director for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and is on the adjunct faculty JFK University and Alliant University. Ms. Robbins has served as the clinical consultant to a homeless youth program/Larkin Street Youth Center for over 10 years. Julie also taught a parenting course for Kid’s Turn, a class for parents of children who are currently going through a divorce or separation, for several years.

Currently, she is in private practice where she works with children, adolescents and adults and serves on the Board of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). Ms. Robbins has co-authored the second edition of: The Child Sexual Abuse Custody Dispute Annotated Bibliography.

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Jennifer Rolls-Reutz, MPH

Research/Project Manager
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: E8

Jennifer Rolls-Reutz is the Research Manager for the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) and the Project Manager for the ACF-funded California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment (CASAT) Initiative, both of which are housed within the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She was previously a research coordinator at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) and managed several NIMH-funded grants, including Caring for Children in Child Welfare (CCCW) and the Implementation Methods Research Group (IMRG) Advanced Center, along with numerous foundation, state, and local projects.  Throughout her career, Jennifer’s work has focused on children receiving services through public sectors of care, including the child welfare and mental health systems, with an emphasis on how to more effectively implement evidence-based practices in real-world settings. She has a Master's degree in Public Health from San Diego State University.

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Norell Rosado, MD

Attending Physician
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Chicago, IL

Workshop Sessions: J2, M2

Dr. Norell Rosado graduated from La Salle University School of Medicine in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2000, he completed a residency in Pediatrics at Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He was Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2001 and Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2009.
           
In 2000, he joined the Child Protective Services Team at Sinai Children’s Hospital. He served as its Medical Director from 2002 to 2005. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Rosado worked with the Division of Child Protective Services at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County as one of four Child Abuse Pediatricians working at Stroger Hospital of Cook County and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. He was the Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, Dr. Rosado had the opportunity to work as a Consultant Pediatrician for the Child Protection Team at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. In October 2013, Dr. Rosado started working with the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as an attending physician.
            Dr. Rosado has been an appointed member of the Cook County Child Death Review Committee since 2002. He has been a member of the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Education and Evaluation Consortium (MPEEC) since 2004, where he participates in child abuse trainings for the Department of Children and Family Services. He is also a member of the Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Cook County Enhanced Collaborative Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Jenny Rose

Senior Clinical Social Worker
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Sydney NSW, Australia

Workshop Session: A14-a

Bio to come.

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Leslie Ann Ross, PsyD

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

Workshop Sessions: E12

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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Shelly Rusch, JD

Assistant Attorney General
Wisconsin Department of Justice—Criminal Litigation
Madison, WI

Workshop Session: D6

Shelly served as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Wisconsin for 28 years in both Kenosha and Dane Counties. She is presently employed by the Wisconsment of Justice in their Criminal Litigation Unit. Shelly has prosecuted all types of cases over her career, but has handled primarily a felony caseload focused on violent and sensitive crimes. Her specialty is in the area of child abuse and sexual assault. Shelly has served on child fatality review teams in both Kenosha and Dane Counties, and was a representative on Madison's child abduction response team. Shelly has been an active participant in multidisciplinary teams devoted to coordinating system responses to child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. Shelly routinely presents at statewide prosecutor training conferences, provides training for law enforcement and volunteers her time to teach in classrooms, including the UW Law School. Shelly co-presented with Dr. Barbara Knox at the 2014 San Diego International Conference on Child Abuse in 2014. In 2006, Shelly received the Wisconsin Assistant District Attorney of the Year Award.

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Ben Saunders, PhD

Professor & Associate Director
National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center
Charleston, SC

Workshop Sessions: M3, Q2

Dr. Ben Saunders is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and Associate Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment.

Dr. Saunders received his Ph.D. in clinical social work from Florida State University in 1982 and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice. His research, training, and clinical interests include the initial and long term impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence, and abuse; treatment approaches for abused children and their families; the use of technology in mental health training and service delivery; and innovative methods for disseminating and implementing evidence supported interventions in community service agencies. His work has been funded by government and private agencies such as the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office for Victims of Crime, the U.S. Department of the Navy, The Duke Endowment and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2001 Dr. Saunders received the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2008 was invited to deliver the APSAC William Friedrich Memorial Lecture. In 2014 he received the William N. Friedrich Memorial Lecture Award at the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. In addition to his research and teaching activities,

Dr. Saunders provides clinical supervision, consultation, training, and program consultation concerning mental health treatment of abused children and their families, and is a frequent lecturer and trainer at national and international conferences.
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F. David Schneider, MD, MSPH

Professor, Chairman
St. Louis University Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Workshop Session: Institute D

F. David Schneider, MD, MSPH, is a professor and Chair of the St. Louis University, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Schneider recently joined the department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he was professor and vice chairman of family and community medicine and co-director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

His career has focused on medical education. He served as director of medical student education and the family medicine residency director at UT developing innovative programs there. He is nationally recognized for his work with the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (formerly the AMA's National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse), which he chaired in 2012-13, and the Academy on Violence and Abuse for which he served as their founding president. His research interests include the adverse health effects of violence and victimization, substance abuse, chronic pain management, women's health and medical education. He teaches about family violence, substance abuse and women's health.

Dr. Schneider also served chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Commission on Public Health, and as president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He has received numerous awards, including the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Sam A. Nixon Leadership Award. His publications include book chapters, journal articles and reviews on family violence. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on many research and training grants.

As well as chairing the department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Schneider serves as the SLU Area Health Education Center Program Director; and he is on the board of directors for Casa de Salud, the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and the St. Louis Integrated Health Network. He is the Immediate-Past Chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, and is the President of the St. Louis Academy of Family Physicians.
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Candace H. Schoppe, MD

Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician
Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas
Dallas, TX

Workshop Session: Institute B, C2

Candace H. Schoppe, MD, is a forensic pathologist at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Schoppe began her career in forensic science as a laboratory technician/ forensic examiner at Forensic Consultant Services in Fort Worth, Texas while attending college at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She attended medical school at the University of Texas—Houston Medical School in Houston, Texas and completed a pathology residency at Wake Forest University/ Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following her residency, she completed a forensic pathology fellowship and a neuropathology and cardiac pathology fellowship at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York, New York. Dr. Schoppe is board certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology.

During the course of her career, Dr. Schoppe has conducted independent research, published and presented papers, and co-presented workshops at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meetings on topics relevant to child death investigation. Dr. Schoppe currently serves on the multidisciplinary Child Death Review Committee for Dallas County where she participates in a monthly review of all child fatalities occurring in Dallas County..

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Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE

Professor, Clinical Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Workshop Session: B1, D1

Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Director of Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also the Program Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship. In his previous position, he was the founding Director and Division Chief of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and developed a comprehensive program to address child maltreatment and intimate partner violence with assessment, treatment, and prevention services for children and adults.

Dr. Scribano has devoted his scholarly activity in the areas of child maltreatment assessment and treatment, interventions to address intimate partner violence and technology use in healthcare. He has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters, and was awarded multiple program and research grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Administration on Children and Families, and U.S. Department of Justice. He has served in various roles in numerous national and international committees including the Academic Pediatric Association, The Ray Helfer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy on Violenceand Abuse, Prevent Child Abuse America, and PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan- an international research collaboration of over 60 researchers and partners).

Dr. Scribano completed his B.A. in biochemistry at Rutgers University, his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ- School of Osteopathic Medicine and master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.
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Patty Secor, RN

S.A.N.E. Nurse
Palomar Hospital
Poway, CA

Workshop Session: I16 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: J3, M13

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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Chris Shannon, MCCDP

Executive Director
Door to Hope/MCSTART
Salinas, CA

Workshop Sessions: Institute M7, N6

Chris Shannon is Executive Director of Door to Hope, a large behavioral health organization serving Monterey County and co-founder and Executive Director of the Monterey County Screening Team for Assessment, Referral and Treatment (MCSTART) for children at-risk for prenatal alcohol and/or drug exposure.  She comes to her position with an extensive background as a behavioral healthcare professional and administrator.  Ms. Shannon holds a Master’s Certificate as a Chemical Dependency Practitioner from the University of Minnesota’s Public Health Department.

In the last 15 years Ms. Shannon has developed a special interest and expertise in working with children that have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs. She has received specialized training with NTI Upstream (aka Children’s Research Triangle) in Chicago, IL.  She has worked closely with the Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services since 1997 and has trained hundreds of biologic, foster, adoptive parents and relative caregivers to more successfully parent at-risk, drug-exposed children and has developed the Successfully Parenting At-Risk Kids (SPARK) curriculum.  She is a member of the Monterey County Children’s Governance Council and was awarded the State Department of Social Services Award from the Monterey County Child Abuse Prevention Council in 2006.
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Helen Singh, JD

Staff Attorney
The Children’s Law Center
Brooklyn, NY

Workshop Session: L13

Helen Singh has been a trial attorney with the Children's Law Center, Kings County since 2007. Her area of focus at the Children's Law Center is litigating abuse and neglect cases, however she also works in the areas of custody and visitation Prior to coming to Children's Law Center, Helen worked as a matrimonial attorney. She holds an economics degree from McGill University and attended Northeastern Law school.

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Ginny Sprang, PhD

Executive Director, Professor
Center on Trauma and Children
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Workshop Session: E12

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sprang served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health during her sabbatical. Dr. Sprang is a Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Center on Trauma and Children, a center whose mission is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child trauma.

Dr. Sprang serves as Principal Investigator for many of CTAC’s state and federal grants and contracts. She served as a member of the National Steering Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), is the current Co-Chair of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Committee for the NCTSN, and is the Chair of the Terrorism and Disaster Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her scholarship focuses on the clinical, forensic and empirical aspects of traumatic stress and the efficacy and effectiveness of treatments to address the biopsychosocial impact of violence against children. Dr. Sprang has published extensively in the leading journals focusing on trauma, maltreatment, and treatment efficacy in adults and children.
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Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW

Clinical Improvement Coordinator
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: N3

Heidi Stern-Ellis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her practice in the trauma/child maltreatment arena.  For the past 23 years, she has been employed at San Diego’s Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, Chadwick Center for Children and Families.  She has functioned as a trauma therapy clinician, intern supervisor and clinical supervisor for therapists who are part of the trauma counseling program.  She is also the clinical supervisor for the Chadwick Center’s Early Child Mental Health Treatment Program which provides mental health treatment for children ages 0-5.  She brings a vast amount of experience to this position including the most cutting edge practices in trauma treatment.  She has presented on various topics related to the trauma/child maltreatment field.  Ms. Stern-Ellis has past experience with the Children’s Behavioral Health Crisis Response Team.  This includes extensive training in Psychological First Aid.

Ms. Stern-Ellis also provides specialized trainings specific to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community at the local, state and national level.   She is a trainer for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy where she focuses on assisting the Child Welfare System in decreasing the risk factors for LGBTQ youth.  Ms. Stern-Ellis is a co-author of a trauma brief for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network which highlighted the risks and treatment for LGBTQ youth.

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Steve Stone




Workshop Session: Institute D

Bio to come.

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Gael Strack, JD

Chief Executive Officer
Alliance for Hope International
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: C6

Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the National Family Justice Center Alliance which provides technical assistance to over 100 existing and pending Family Justice Centers across the world (www.familyjusticecenter.com). Gael also oversees the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, launched in 2011, which provides specialized training and consulting services to professionals on the identification, documentation and prosecution of non-fatal strangulation cases (www.strangulationtraininginstitute.com). In her spare time, she is an adjunct law school professor for California Western School of Law teaching “Domestic Violence and the Law.”
           
Prior to this position, Gael served as the Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center from October 2002 through May 2007. The San Diego Family Justice co-located over 20 government and non-profit agencies under one roof to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. The Center was featured on Oprah in January 2003 and the inspiration for the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative in October 2004 which launched 16 federally-funded centers across America. Gael has also served as a deputy        county counsel handling juvenile dependency matters, deputy public defender and an Assistant City Attorney for the City of San Diego. Gael is a former board member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, former President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, and former commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence.
           
Gael has been honored with numerous awards, including San Diego Attorney of the Year and Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Crime Victim Service Award for Professional Innovation. Gael has also co-authored numerous strangulation articles and manuals as well as five books with Casey Gwinn on the Family Justice Center Co-location model.

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Russell Strand, BS

Chief
U.S. Army Military Police School Behavioral Sciences Education &Training Division
Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Workshop Sessions: J5, L5, R1

Russell W. Strand is currently the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Behavioral Sciences Education &Training Division.

Mr. Strand is a retired U.S. Army CID Federal Special Agent with an excess of 40 year's law enforcement, investigative, and consultation experience. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, and sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations. Mr. Strand has developed a new trauma informed interview technique known as the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), was inducted in the United States Army Military Police Hall of Fame in 2011 and was also selected to receive the 2012 End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award in recognition of his impact, vision and leadership in ending violence against women around the world.

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Steven Sumner, MD, MSc

Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA

Workshop Session: P14-a

Steven Sumner, MD, MSc, is a medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention.

Dr. Sumner completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and an Internal Medicine residency at Duke University. Dr. Sumner also holds a Master’s of Science in Global Health from Duke University and has worked in Tanzania as a National Institute of Health Fogarty Fellow conducting international injury research.

Following his NIH fellowship, Dr. Sumner served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, leading field investigations in violence and crime prevention. At CDC, Dr. Sumner has worked extensively with the Violence Against Children Survey team, which conducts national-level, household surveys across the world to improve the prevention and response to violence against children.

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Ruth Supranovich, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor
USC School of Social Work/San Diego Academic Center
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: J11-a

Bio to come.

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Premi Suresh, MD

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

Workshop Session: Institute A

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, PhD

Professor
School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Workshop Session: Institute D

Dr. Agnes Tiwari is a nurse with extensive experience in clinical practice, administration, education and research.

She received her nursing education in the United Kingdom where she continued her career as a practicing nurse, educator and administrator for 24 years. She returned to her native Hong Kong in 1993. Currently, she is professor and head of the School of Nursing at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong.

Prevention of family violence is the focus of her practice, research, teaching and advocacy work. As the first nurse to gain access to shelters for abused women in Hong Kong, she had to convince the women and their case workers that abused women could be better served through the collaboration of health and social work professionals. Over the years, she has gained the trust of the women and staff at the shelters. She now conducts weekly sessions in different shelters in Hong Kong with the aim of empowering survivors in preventing further violence and reducing the effects of partner violence on the women’s health.

Recognizing the need for primary prevention of violence in the community, she has collaborated with professionals in primary care and community settings to provide education and support to parents and expectant couples for the promotion of harmonious family relationships. She has received grants and awards for her research and service projects, and published extensively on violence prevention and intervention. She has also initiated the first graduate-level course on Health Care for Survivors of Family Violence for practicing nurses and an undergraduate-level course on Prevention of Family Violence for university students in Hong Kong.

In recognition of her contributions to research and education on violence prevention, she was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2010 and awarded the Women of Influence 2011 by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
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Sara Thomas, Mpsy

Special Agent III
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Decatur, GA

Workshop Sessions: G5, H5

Sara Thomas is a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. She has been in law enforcement for approximately eight years. Agent Thomas was assigned to the Athens Regional Field Office in 2007 where she worked a variety of investigations involving a range of felony violations. On July 1, 2011, Agent Thomas was selected to begin working in the newly formed Human Trafficking Unit. The unit is now part of the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Agent Thomas is currently assigned as a Federal Task Force Agent with Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta, Georgia. Agent Thomas trains regional, national and international law enforcement in the areas of juvenile sex trafficking. Agent Thomas graduated with honors from Elon University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Agent Thomas has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the American Military University.

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Adam Tomison, BSc, PhD

Director (Chief Executive)
Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra, Australia

Workshop Session: A14-a

Dr Tomison was appointed Director of the AIC in July 2009. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the field of child abuse, the prevention of child abuse and other family violence, and the development and operation of child protection and family support systems. An experienced public service executive, he has worked over the past two decades with a range of government, non-government organisations and advocacy groups focused on child protection and child abuse prevention in Australia and overseas. Prior to his appointment with the AIC he was Head of the Child Protection Program at the Menzies School of Health Research. From 2004 to 2008 he held various senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, including as Director of the Northern Territory's Family and Children's Services, and as the Department's inaugural Principal Child Protection Adviser in 2004. In 2006-07 Dr Tomison was the expert advisor (and Director of Policy and Research) for the 'Little Children are Sacred' NT Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse. He first became well-known for his work as a senior researcher with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, managing the National Child Protection Clearinghouse. Under his leadership, the Clearinghouse became a centre for excellence with a national and international reputation in the field of child abuse prevention and child protection. He subsequently developed a number of other national research and information units for the Institute, notably the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault. Dr Tomison has made significant academic contributions to scholarly and applied research in the areas of child protection and violence prevention. He continues to present lectures and training seminars to government, academic and community audiences, and is currently an Honorary Professor at the Australian Catholic University. In 2008 he was an invited participant at the Prime Minister's Australia 2020 summit in Canberra. In 2011 he was awarded an inaugural Deakin University Alumni of the Year Award for outstanding service and achievement in his profession and for the community; in that year he also became a White Ribbon Ambassador reflecting his commitment to preventing violence.

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Heather Turner, PhD

Professor
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Sessions: L11, M11, N7

Heather A. Turner, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of California, San Francisco. Much of her research program has concentrated on the epidemiology of mental health, stress processes as they relate to health and well-being, and social structure disparities in health. Although she has experience with a wide range of inter-disciplinary and public-health relevant topics, including HIV/ AIDS prevention, for the last 12 years she has focused on the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has conducted numerous surveys and published over 75 articles, including almost 50 focusing on issues of childhood victimization and mental health.  She is currently co-principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NATSCEV) – a study designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (age 0-17). The survey also assesses a variety of family, community, and individual level correlates of children’s exposure to victimization as well as the emotional and behavioral outcomes of such exposure. Dr. Turner is actively involved in graduate student advising and teaching.  Her experience and expertise is well-suited for developing interdisciplinary curriculum to improve student training on children’s exposure to violence and its impact, including evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts on this issue. Dr. Turner is also the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and Past Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

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Karina Valdez, MSW

Clinical Social Worker
Mother Child Adolescent Program
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: G11-a

Karina Valdez is a psychotherapist that currently works in the UCSD Pediatric Department. She delivers family therapy and parenting counseling to HIV positive women and their affected family members with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect. Karina graduated from Alliant International University in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She has intensive training in Integrative Regulation Therapy (iRT) a neurobiology attachment-based approach to therapy, Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). She has 13 years of experience with a clinical focus that has included working with personality and attachment issues, mental health and complicated trauma issues, oppositional defiance disorder, and working collaboratively with local agencies and child welfare services to reunify families and prevent intergenerational cycles of abuse.

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Britt van der Kolk, MSc, MD

Supervisor
Isala Hospital
Zwolle, The Netherlands

Workshop Session: F14-b

Britt van der Kolk, M.D., graduated Medical School in 2012. During her training, Britt developed herself as a passionate and promising doctor with a special interest in medical research and medical education. Still in training, she was author and co‐author of three publications, of which two turned out to be award‐winning. She obtained a student teachers degree and is now involved in the supervision of an Emergency Medicine clerkship.

Britt started her professional career at the Emergency Department in Isala, a major general hospital and trauma center in The Netherlands. Having a leading role in the treatment of many (trauma) patients, she quickly developed excellent communication skills for interviewing families with suspected child abuse and domestic violence. She considers it to be of major importance to share these experiences with colleagues: medical doctors, nurses of the Emergency Department and other departments of the hospital. At this moment, she is participating in a research project on this subject.

In order to hone her medical competencies and to gain more experience, Britt performed an internship at the Intensive Care Unit of Isala. This January she started her medical residency in Emergency Medicine towards becoming an emergency physician.

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Joan van Niekerk, M Med Sc

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

Workshop Sessions: A14-c, I16 International Guest Forum

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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Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC

Director
Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions
Cenpatico
Tulsa, OK

Workshop Session: M8

Roy is Director, for Trauma and Evidence-based interventions for Cenpatico providing training in trauma, assessment, evidenced-based interventions and consultation to providers working with children in care, and a member of the federally-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2003. His professional background over the last 34 years has been diverse providing services for children to seniors in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings. Roy served previously as Clinical Director for the Child Abuse and Trauma Services Program at Family & Children’s Services in Tulsa Oklahoma an NCTSN Category 3 grantee. He current specializes in training clinicians working with trauma and foster care populations.

Roy has trained nationally in 23 states since 2005 and is one of currently 50 master trainer/consultants for Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). He has been faculty for 8 national and state Learning Collaborative trainings for TF-CBT: including for the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville Alabama; the University of Tennessee -Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. He also serves as a consultant for the national Effective Provider program for the American Psychological Association.

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Kim Vander Dussen, PsyD

Professor
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Orange, CA

Workshop Sessions: C3, D3

Kim Vander Dussen, Psy. D., RPT-S is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Southern California. She is a Past President of the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy. She currently serves as the chair of the University Education Committee for the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Vander Dussen is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor and is also certified in EMDR. She has certificates in Play Therapy and Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Dr. Vander Dussen also serves on the faculty of UCSD’s Play Therapy Certificate Program. She is in private practice and specializes in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Vander Dussen is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and workshops.

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Karin Vanderzee, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

Workshop Session: J7

Karin L. Vanderzee, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with trauma histories, and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UAMS.

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Sheila Varadan




Workshop Session: Institute F

Bio to come.

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Yvonne Vaucher, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Retired)
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Workshop Session: B7

Dr. Vaucher is a board-certified neonatologist and has been a member of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Neonatology since 1983. She has a special interest in the neurodevelopmental outcome of critically ill and/or preterm newborns.
           
Dr. Vaucher received her medical degrees from Yale University and her Master’s in Public Health from John’s Hopkins where she focused on maternal/newborn nutritional and international health. As the medical director of the High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program at UCSD from 1987-2011, she has participated in numerous national, multicenter, randomized controlled trials evaluating the neurodevelopmental outcomes of children who received novel interventional treatments in the neonatal intensive care unit and participated in the development of the current California High Risk Infant Follow-Up database. Dr. Vaucher has also been closely involved in the support and promotions of breastfeeding of preterm and term infants as well as in the helping of develop newborn intensive care in low resource settings in sub-Saharan Africa.

Her current research includes evaluating the neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely preterm children at 6-7 years of age, determining the barriers to successful breastfeeding of preterm infants after hospital discharge as perceived by mothers and pediatric care providers in the community and developing novel treatments for the treatment jaundice in African neonates.

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Lorena Vivanco, MD

Pediatric Physician
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: Institute A

Lorena Vivanco was born and raised in Santiago, Chile.  Dr. Vivanco finished medical school and received her MD in 1995 from the School of Medicine, University of Chile.  She worked two years as a general practitioner in a rural, low-income community in Chile.  She passed her medical boards in the US in 1998 and did a transitional year, then completed her pediatric residency in 2002 at San Juan City hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Vivanco passed Pediatric boards in 2002 and moved to California that same year to start an informal training in child abuse at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She completed a fellowship in Child abuse and Neglect at the Chadwick Center September 2007.  Dr. Vivanco is also board certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics (11/2009). She provided services as a forensic examiner (Child Abuse Pediatrician) for Riverside County for 9 years (Riverside County Child Assessment Team Clinic). She is currently working at Chadwick Center (Rady Children's Hospital San Diego).

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Cambria Walsh, LCSW

Project Manager
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children's Hospital—San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Session: D12, E8

Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW, has worked for Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital since 2001. She is currently the Project Manager of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), and Chadwick Trauma Informed Systems Project (CTISP-DI) overseeing the day to day operations of both projects.
           
Cambria has experience in working with counties and agencies on the implementation of SafeCare® and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In addition, she has an extensive history working with families involved with the child welfare system. She has a background in mental health and has worked as a therapist for children who were impacted by abuse and their families. She developed a training program that focused on educating child welfare workers about domestic violence and its impact on families and provided direct support to the workers during home visits.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

Research Associate Professor
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Workshop Session: J11-b

Wendy A. Walsh, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center at the. 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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Amanda West, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Workshop Session: H11-b

Amanda West is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, College of Social Work. She conducts ongoing research related to child trafficking in the United States and maintains research interests in the areas of child trauma, emergency mental health services for children. Dr. West has over 15 years of direct clinical experience working with children and families in community mental health, hospital, and child welfare settings.

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Debra Whitcomb, MA

Independent Consultant
Alexandria, VA

Workshop Session: H11-a

Debra Whitcomb is the author of When the Victim Is a Child: Issues for Judges and Prosecutors, recognized by the National Institute of Justice as one of its most influential publications. Since 1985, when that report was published, Debra has explored and written on several related issues, including the potential role for a guardian ad litem in criminal proceedings, ways to coordinate criminal and dependency courts, and prosecutors’ response to domestic violence cases when children are present. She has also researched multijurisdictional responses to commercial child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. She has published and spoken widely on these studies.  

Most recently, as a Visiting Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, Debra supported the agency’s efforts to promote the use of research and evaluation among professionals in the victim services field.  She has trained OVC staff and VOCA administrators on the use of logic models as a framework for planning programs and interventions. Meanwhile, she continued to apply her expertise in child victims’ issues throughout her fellowship.  She oversaw research and evaluation activities for several projects to assist child victims in Indian country.  Debra also researched and wrote the resource guides that accompany the video series, Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma.  In addition, she wrote an online “toolkit” to support replication of the HALOS project in Charleston, South Carolina.  (The resource guides and toolkit are available on OVC’s web site.) Debra serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Advisor, a publication of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

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Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., MA, LPC

Developmental Pediatric Counselor
Center on Child Abuse and Neglect
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

Workshop Session: Institute C2, B3

Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Developmental Pediatric Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. His clinical interests include children with sexual behavior problems, and adolescents with inappropriate or illegal sexual behavior, evidence-based interventions for trauma-exposed children, and the impact of parental substance abuse on children.

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Susan Wiet




Workshop Session: Institute D

Bio to come.

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Natalie H. Wilcox




Workshop Session: Institute C2

Bio to come.

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Charles Wilson, MSSW

Senior Director
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego
San Diego, CA

Workshop Sessions: I16 Child Welfare/Advocates Forum, Closing Session

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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Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW

Director of Forensic Interviewing Program
Keller Cente
Palo Alto, CA

Workshop Sessions: H4, I16 Forensic Interviewers Forum

Miriam Wolf is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over twenty years of experience in the field of child abuse and neglect. Currently, she works as a program consultant, trainer and curriculum developer in areas such as forensic interviewing, sexual abuse and related topics. Currently the Director of the Forensic Interviewing Program at the Keller Center in San Mateo County, Miriam conducts forensic interviews and serves in courts throughout the Bay Area as an expert witness. She is a frequent presenter at statewide, national and international workshops and conferences. Miriam is an elected board member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CACC) and holds master’s degrees in both social work and special education.

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Jessica Wozniak, PsyD

Clinical Research and Development Manager
Baystate Family Advocacy Center at Baystate Health
Springfield, MA

Workshop Sessions: E3, G3

Jessica Wozniak,PsyD received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and completed her APA accredited internship at Denver Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wozniak is currently the Clinical Research and Development Manager at Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Family Advocacy Center in Springfield, MA, where she is co-principal investigator on her second $1.6 million SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) funded Trauma-Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) dissemination grant. Dr. Wozniak is a clinical child psychologist specializing in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma, and psychological assessment. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford and a Clinical Instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Wozniak is a nationally-approved consultant in TF-CBT. Additionally, she conducts trainings regularly for community organizations and state based agencies as well as presenting at national and international conferences on topics related to trauma informed practices, TF-CBT, and secondary traumatic stress.

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Nick Zadina, MA

Training Specialist
Project Harmony
Omaha, NE

Workshop Session: J13

Bio to come.

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