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During the holiday season when families gather together, Antoinette Laskey, MD, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Family Health at University of Utah Health and Medical Director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital, wants to begin a conversation with parents about safe and effective ways to discipline children. 

A recently published article in JAMA Pediatrics concluded that releasing report cards earlier in the week could reduce the incidence of child abuse. Laskey believes this finding misses the pointchildren are being beaten. 

Laskey responded to her peers in an editorial in the same issue of JAMA Pediatrics that will publish online on December 17.

While corporal punishment remains prevalent in American culture, medical literature confirms that it is harmful to a child’s development. Laskey is available to discuss effective discipline techniques that are age dependent and ways to regain control to have a happy and safe holiday season.

Dr. Laskey’s clinical interests relate to the evaluation and management of the potentially abused child. Her research interests include cognitive errors in decision making related to child maltreatment, child fatalities and prevention programs related to unsafe sleep practices and child abuse.

Dr. Laskey completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics as well as a research and clinical fellowship and her master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.