Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute: Challenges and Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research - Course 2


8/5/2019 – 8/9/2019

Monday, August 5th - Friday, August 9th, 2019


$200 for Standard Registration, No Cost to first-year fellows in approved child abuse pediatrics fellowships


Anschutz Medical Campus
13070 E 19th Ave
Education 1 Building (Room TBD)
Aurora, CO   80045

Primary Competency

Analytical/Assessment Skills

This intensive course is designed for trained researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., public health, social work, behavioral. and social sciences) who are interested in applying their disciplinary expertise to examining topics related to child abuse working. The course content does not assume that participants bring experience in carrying out research in the child maltreatment domain. It will provide basic background on the child abuse problem from multiple perspectives and facilitate cross-disciplinary exploration of controversies and related unanswered research questions, drawing on the recent IOM report and published calls for research. 

The class will meet for 15 contact hours over a 5-day period. The class addresses prevention and intervention systems (social service, health, public health, and legal), the role of evidence-based practices, and context as it influences our understanding of the problem and the research questions.  Included is information about accessing available data sources, data collection resources, and attention to the ethical issues related to child abuse research. While focusing mainly on the North American research experience, the course provides international perspectives consistent with the widening understanding regarding the scope of the problem and the systems that address it. Each participant will be expected to conduct an in-depth literature review on a topic of interest and outline the design of a study to examine that topic.

In addition to didactic sessions, this course will include intensive mentorship with a senior researcher with experience in child abuse research.  Attendees will meet in the afternoons with mentors to develop the foundations of a research project focused on child maltreatment. Participants will have the opportunity to continue consultation with the mentor after course completion.

The last day to register for this training is June 7, 2019

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Learning Objectives

Competency: Child Maltreatment Research Issues

  1. Define different types of child abuse and neglect;
  2. Describe the epidemiology of major child abuse and neglect problems in the US and globally;
  3. Identify the range of outcomes and consequences both proximal and distal that maltreated children experience;
  4. Develop a clearer understanding of the rationale for the range of child maltreatment research agendas;
  5. Describe the attributes and limitations of selected data resources for conducting child abuse and neglect research;
  6. Identify legal/ethical issues associated with the study of child abuse and neglect in the US.
Length of Learning Opportunity
1 week
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