The CEC develops tailored dissemination and training products for practice and policy stakeholders, delivered through national and regional partner networks. The CEC also builds the capacity for new research by engaging community partners and training the next generation of child maltreatment researchers.

The aims of the CEC are to engage research, policy, and practice stakeholders in the translation of research into policy and practice as well as identification of real world policy and practice issues that require research and to provide innovative education and training opportunities to build a pipeline of researchers and practitioners prepared to address the complex issue of child maltreatment.

Co-Directors of the Community Engagement Core (CEC)

Co-Directors Dr. Nancy Weaver,  Dr. Trish Kohl, and Kellie Thompson, MSW lead the CEC for the purpose of translating evidence from the two core research projects into activities for policy stakeholders at the local, state and national levels. 

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.

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.

Kellie Thompson, MSW

Director for the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Kellie Thompson, MSW is the Director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and member of Seneca Nation of Indians. She earned her BA in psychology and gender studies from the University of Notre Dame and is an MSW Buder Scholar alumna from the Brown School. Prior to her current position she was the Assistant Director at the Buder Center and also worked at the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research and the Health Communication Research Laboratory collaborating with tribal epidemiology centers, the National Congress of American Indians and Native faculty from across the country. Kellie is responsible for the overall management and development of Center activities and programs including recruitment, student support services, curriculum, partnerships and research development. Kellie previously taught the Leadership Development and Evaluation in Indian Country course and provides support to all faculty teaching the four AIAN population-specific concentration courses. Her research interests include Indigenous student development, leadership and education and decolonizing social work practices.

Community Stakeholder Advisory Members

This group provides  input from the field on training and research.
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
  • National Parents as Teachers (PAT)

  • Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)
  • St. Louis Center for Family Development

  • St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network
  • Missouri Department of Health
  • Missouri Children’s Division
  • Youth Advisory Board
  • The SPOT
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Family Forward
  • Nurses for Newborns
  • Futures without Violence
  • St. Louis Juvenile Court

PhD Preparedness Initiative

We will host annual summer institutes designed to assist diverse professionals in the field to return for their PhD in Social Work or Public Health.

Indian Child Welfare Specialist Program

In partnership with the Kathryn M Buder Center for American Indian Studies, we will help prepare and support 3 master’s level students annually to work in the area of child maltreatment prevention or child welfare in Indian Country.

Professional Development

The CICM has developed a training opportunity matrix in 4 main topics: 1) Child Welfare Worker Safety, 2) Leadership Development in Child Welfare, 3) Human Trafficking, and 4) Forensic Training.

The training opportunity matrix can be accessed by clicking here: CEC Topical Training Opportunities

Policy Dissemination

In partnership with other capstone centers, the CEC will develop and disseminate empirical data relevent to prevention and intervention policy.  In year 3, we will sponsor a policy forum inviting policy stakeholders at all levels to engage in a discussion of next steps to advance the prevention of child maltreatment.

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