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I am a full professor and chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy at Montclair State University in New Jersey. 

In 2016-2017 I was a Congressional fellow, funded by the Society for Research on Child Development / American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology, where I worked for the U.S. Senate on child maltreatment policy issues.  

My research focuses on  program and policy implications of issues that address child and family well-being, largely in the areas of family violence: fatal child maltreatment, under-represented victims of partner violence and helpseeking, children's exposure to partner violence corporal punishment,  and the connection between research and policy. Click here to see the link for my 2016 book, Child Maltreatment Fatalities in the United States: Four Decades of Policy, Programs, and Professional Responses

My recent university leadership (at a prior university) includes serving as co-chair of Project Inclusion, which is a campus-wide initiative concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion; and co-chairing a campus-wide summit on social justice summit.  

  • Read my quote in Mother Jones about the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard Trial.  

  • Read my letter to the editor in the Portland Press Herald about the recent string of child abuse/neglect deaths in Maine. 

  • Read my recent contributions to an article about child abuse/neglect deaths in Maine with the Maine Monitor. 

  • Listen to my guest appearance on Male Victims of Abuse on Central Standard, KCUR - NPR, Kansas City, MO.

  • View my recent testimony at the Maine State Legislature on fatal child maltreatment. (scroll to 1:38:00) 

  • Read this same testimony referenced above here

  • Read my recent "Tribute to Murray A. Straus" published in the Journal of Family Violence.

  • Listen to my interview on NPR's Weekend Edition.

  • Read a review of my book on fatal child maltreatment. 

Photo credit, Matthew Burgos, The Daily Herd, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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