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Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research - Course 1
This intensive course is designed for trained clinicians (e.g., pediatric fellows in child abuse) who are interested in learning basic research skills to enable them to develop research on child maltreatment.
The class will meet for 15 contact hours over a 5 day period and include the following topics. 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 most afternoons with their mentor and a social science graduate student to develop the foundations of a research project focused on child maltreatment. There will be the opportunity to continue ongoing consultation with the mentor after course completion
Preference will be given to child abuse pediatrics fellows. Other clinicians will be admitted by permission of instructor.
Challenges and Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research: An Introduction to Perspectives, Learnings, and Resources - Course 2
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.
Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens - Course 3
The course will introduce participants to key concepts underlying prevention of child abuse and neglect from a public health perspective. The course will include a focus on principles of public health research and practice applied to Child Abuse and Neglect (CA&N) prevention as well as address different aspects of prevention research and evaluation (e.g., policy studies, intervention trials, and program evaluation) with examples from the child abuse and neglect literature. Through readings, lectures, and class discussions, participants will learn about and practice developing conceptual models and logic models and will receive mentoring as they develop their ideas for the design and evaluation of a child abuse prevention intervention. The course is designed for participants already having some familiarity with child abuse and neglect who are interested in gaining basic knowledge of research and evaluation principles from a public health perspective with focus on primary prevention at a community level.
Participants in this course will also join participants in other Kempe Summer Institute courses in attending daily lunch time seminars addressing a range of topics on CA&N research led by prominent leaders in the field. Each participant will leave the course with an outline of a proposed project that has been developed with input from fellow students and from faculty mentors and will receive mentoring online and via Zoom over a period of six months.
Course 1 - Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research
Course 2 - Challenges and Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research
Course 3 - Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation Through a Public Health Lens