Experts Available to Discuss Child Abuse and Prevention

Article ID: 601101

Released: 2-Apr-2013 9:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Psychological Association (APA)

Expert Pitch

Psychologists Help Raise Awareness During April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month


Throughout National Child Abuse Prevention Month, psychologists with expertise in child abuse and prevention are available to discuss related topics, including:

• Parental training for at-risk families
• Prevention of shaken-baby syndrome
• Evidence-based child welfare programs
• How housing can impact child welfare


Sharon Portwood, PhD, JD
Institute for Social Capital
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Work phone: (704) 687-7916 or (704) 687-3296
Cell phone: (980)254-2345

Expertise: Executive director of Institute for Social Capital and professor of public health services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Can speak about child abuse and trauma, family violence, psychology and law, public policy, therapeutic jurisprudence and violence prevention.

Karen S. Budd, PhD
Family and Community Services
DePaul University, Chicago
Work phone: (773) 325-2020

Expertise: Professor of psychology and director of clinical training at DePaul University and director of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program at DePaul's Family and Community Services. Can discuss training to strengthen parenting skills and decrease risk of child abuse and neglect and forensic assessment of parenting capability in child protection cases.

John Lutzker, PhD
Center for Healthy Development
Georgia State University, Atlanta
Work phone: (404) 413-1284
Home phone: (770) 841-0522

Expertise: Center for Healthy Development, professor of public health at Georgia State University. Can discuss evidence-based skills training for parents to prevent child abuse.

Preston A. Britner, PhD
University of Connecticut
Work Phone: (860) 486-3765

Expertise: Professor of human development and family studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut. Can speak about the intersection of housing and child welfare; primary prevention of child abuse and neglect through the promotion of positive parenting practices; preventing traumatic brain injury (shaken baby syndrome); social policy and law affecting children and families; and family-focused, community-based programs.

David J. Kolko, PhD, ABPP
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, Penn.
Work phone: (412) 246-5888

Expertise: Professor of psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the Special Service Unit at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Can speak on assessment and treatment of family conflict, child physical abuse and children’s behavior problems, as well as efforts to disseminate evidence-based interventions to community-based, child welfare or mental health settings.


An estimated 1,545 children died of neglect or abuse in 2011 and some 681,000 children were victims, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau. Psychologists help child abuse victims recover and they are also heavily involved in raising public awareness and developing effective prevention programs. For more information, visit:

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