I am a full professor and head of the interdisciplinary Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Starting in fall 2020, I will be a full professor and chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy at Montclair State University in New Jersey. 


In 2018-2019 I served as co-chair of Project Inclusion, which is a campus-wide initiative concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion; and I was chair of WPI's first summit on social justice: Launching the Conversation - the 1st Summit on Social Justice in STEM at WPI. 


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

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

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