CICM is dedicated to advancing science to prevent child maltreatment and, when prevention is not possible, to effectively intervene to promote healthy outcomes. It is grounded in the idea 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.

The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training (CICM) has assembled an extraordinary group of more than 40 researchers and experts from multiple disciplines and major research universities and organizations across the country with the aims of advancing innovations in modelling complex and dynamic interactions of predictors of maltreatment to improve targeting of prevention and intervention efforts as well as creating a bidirectional path between identification of complex etiological models and real world application of innovative approaches to prevention and intervention.

As part of the award $6,496,050 grant, two large research projects as well as several pilot projects will be funded through the CICM.

Center Director

Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, MSW is the Ralph & Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work at The Brown School and a core professors of the Master of Public Health program at The Brown School. 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 over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books with the majority focused on child maltreatment.