Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

As a center focused on preventing abuse and neglect, we understand that child safety and wellness are not limited to the care provided to children within the home. While contending with a global pandemic, we recognize the additional strain and devastating consequences of oppression for communities of color and marginalized groups who lack equitable access to resources, safety, and opportunity. The differential impact of COVID on Black and Indigenous communities and the recent killings of unarmed Black people by police sworn to protect our communities are recent examples that highlight the ongoing broader systemic racism and disparities in our society. This is unacceptable. In order to truly promote child health and wellbeing, we must work together to prevent and otherwise address the disparities and experiences of intergenerational and community trauma that children, particularly Black, Indigenous, and children of color are unduly burdened with. 

We are committed to advancing research that helps identify practices and policies that are not equally responsive to or effective for marginalized children and families and then applying that knowledge to help dismantle systems of oppression by informing policy and practice that uphold the principles of an anti-racist society.  This commitment is demonstrated by focusing on finding solutions to root causes that place children at risk of harm, advancing and supporting best practices in the training of practitioners and researchers, and developing and continuously evaluating practices at the individual, family, organizational, and policy levels — inclusive of the voices of the populations served.   We believe that together we can make a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of children through a dynamic and collaborative process that is accountable to the most vulnerable in society and works to enhance their voices not only in child maltreatment research but in the workforce and the academy.

We believe that research, practice, and training efforts must be related and of equal importance to assure that policy and practice are informed by the latest science.

We will attend to the most pressing needs of the field and employ collaborative real-world approaches in our science.                                                 

We are dedicated to advancing science to prevent child maltreatment and, when prevention is not possible, to effectively intervene to promote healthy outcomes.

CICM Director & Co-Directors

Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD

Center Director for CICM

Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, MSW is the Ralph & Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work at The Brown School and Director of the PhD program. She is a nationally known researcher in child maltreatment and outcomes, child welfare policy, and cross-sector services participation and coordination. She is author and co-author of numerous peer review articles, book chapters and books.  Her latest book co-authored with Brett Drake “After the Cradle Falls: What child abuse is, how we respond to it, and what you can do about it” was aimed at reaching out to the public and policy makers to engage them in efforts to address this significant public health problem. 

Trish Kohl, PhD

Co-Director of CICM & Co-Lead of the Community Engagement Core

Associate Professor at Washington University in Saint Louis

Patricia Kohl’s scholarship is focused on strengthening, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based interventions that improve the quality of care for vulnerable families. Through her research, which is informed by years of clinical practice with children and families, she seeks to close the gap between research and community-based practice.

Nancy Weaver, PhD

Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core (CEC)

Professor at Saint Louis University 

Weaver applies communication and public health principles to promote positive parenting of young children. Whether encouraging correct car seat use or nurturing relationships, she advances strength-based messages that are easy to understand and are highly relevant to caregivers.

Prior Co-Director

David Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD

We want to acknowledge the substantial contributions to our center of our colleague and friend Dr. David A. Patterson Silver Wolf who passed away in May of 2021. He had over 15 years of experience providing clinical services in the substance use disorder treatment field and was founder and director of the Community-Academic Partnership on Addiction, which works with several St. Louis-based organizations to bring science to addiction services.

His newly released book reflected his passion to bring evidence-based and effective approaches to the field.

He brought this same passion and his warmth and humor to our work which we carry forward in our continued efforts to generate and disseminate the best science available in the prevention of child maltreatment and associated downstream outcomes.

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