Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge



New! APSAC Advisor Volume 32, Issue 2: Special Issue on Forensic Interviewing

January 01, 2020

APSAC is pleased to bring you the latest issue of the APSAC Advisor, guest edited by Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW, LMSW. This long-awaited Special Issue on Forensic Interviewing provides an update on the most prevalent forensic interviewing structures, as well as articles on other topics important to forensic interviewers. This issue is essential reading for new forensic interviewers, experienced interviewers looking for the latest updates and tools available to the field, and everyone in between.

A Rare Opportunity for Lifetime Membership in APSAC!

September 11, 2020

The APSAC Board of Directors recently voted to open Lifetime Membership for the balance of this year. APSAC Immediate Past President Dr. David Corwin refers to his lifetime membership in APSAC as “One of the best bargains of my life!”. For a one-time payment of $1000. you will have all APSAC member benefits for as long as you live!


Considering taking advantage of this unique opportunity when you renew your APSAC membership! If you renewed on July 1, please contact us and we can convert it to a lifetime membership now.

Announcing Dr. Vince Palusci as Editor-in-Chief of Child Maltreatment as Dr. Daniel Whitaker Ends His Six-Year Tenure

August 12, 2020

After a national search process, Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS has been appointed to a five-year term as Editor-in-Chief of Child Maltreatment succeeding Dr. Daniel Whitaker when his term ends later in 2020. Dr. Palusci is a Professor of Pediatrics at New York University Grossman School of Medicine in New York City, where he chairs the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Child Protection Committee. He is a board-certified general and child abuse pediatrician at Bellevue Hospital and Langone Health. Dr. Palusci is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has served on the APSAC Board of Directors, Center on Child Policy, and boards for APSAC chapters in Michigan and New York. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the APSAC Advisor and Alert. His research has focused on epidemiologic and health issues for child abuse victims and prevention, he has written a number of articles and chapters, and he has edited seven books. He received the Ray E. Helfer Award for child abuse prevention in 2004 from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Alliance for Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.

At the July meeting of the Child Maltreatment Editorial Board, APSAC presented Dr. Daniel Whitaker with a plaque expressing our gratitude for his highly successful six-year term, during which he maintained the journal’s scholarly excellence and raised its impact factor. Please feel free to contact Dr. Palusci at


APSAC Participates in Historic ACEs Project

July 24, 2020

APSAC received a $200,000 California ACEs Aware grant in collaboration with the Academy on Violence and Abuse(AVA), the California chapter of the Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC), and Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc (CIR) to train California Medi-Cal providers about the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to health. ACEs Aware is a program of the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services. $14.3 million was awarded to 100 organizations throughout the state to extend the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. ACEs Aware seeks to change and save lives by helping Medi-Cal providers understand the importance of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and training them to respond with trauma-informed care. Read more about ACES Aware here and our project here.

Introducing The APSAC & Foundling Online Course

July 01, 2020

Child maltreatment work is by nature multidisciplinary; we all share the same goal of ensuring health, safety and justice for children and families. APSAC and the New York Foundling have developed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary Online Course for professionals to help expand their perspective and knowledge base to support effective practice in any child welfare setting.


The course opens with a history of the child maltreatment field presented by Victor Vieth; continues with presentations from physicians, attorneys, psychologists, educators and researchers on practice issues and skills; and concludes with a module on keeping current on best practices, and self-care by Jon Conte and Paul Stern.


Learn from leading experts in child maltreatment and enhance your understanding of the multiple systems, professionals, and interventions that comprise our field!


Learn more and register for the APSAC & Foundling Online Course and view the full brochure. Questions about the Online Course or other APSAC Online Programs? Please feel free to contact us at

Stacie LeBlanc Elected President of APSAC

June 16, 2020

The Board of Directors of the American Professional Society of the Abuse of Children (APSAC) announced today that Louisiana resident Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd is now president of the society dedicated to improving the country’s response to child maltreatment. Past president, David Corwin, says, “APSAC is very fortunate to have Stacie LeBlanc as its new president. Stacie has worked tirelessly with staff, volunteers, and other leaders to help make APSAC the success it is today in serving the professionals who address child maltreatment helping to prevent child abuse and working to end corporal punishment of children by promoting “No Hit Zones.” 

APSAC Welcomes New Editorial Team to the Advisor and Alert

June 15, 2020

The Board of Directors of APSAC is pleased to announce Drs. Lisa Schelbe and Carlo Panlilio as the new editorial team for the APSAC Advisor and the APSAC Alert. Serving as the Editor, Dr. Schelbe is an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Social Work. Her research focuses on young people transitioning out of foster care and services to assist with their transition out of care. Dr. Panlilio, the new Associate Editor, is an Assistant Professor at Penn State’s College of Education and a faculty member for the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. His research focuses on the impact of early maltreatment on self-regulation and later student achievement. Drs. Schelbe and Panlilio first started working together early in their careers as Doris Duke Fellows for the Promotion of Child Well-being.

One of the new editorial team’s first projects is a special issue of the Advisor on the COVID-19 pandemic. The special issue seeks papers that focus on 1) the pandemic’s impact on various child serving systems and their responses, 2) specific child maltreatment risk and protective factors due to the pandemic, and 3) the pandemic’s exposing and amplifying inequities for vulnerable children and families. The special issue seeks to include multiple perspective and new voices; manuscripts representing APSAC’s multi-disciplinary focus are encouraged. View the Call for Papers here.


The APSAC Board is grateful to Dr. Angelo Giardino of of University of Utah School of Medicine and Dr. Christopher Greely of Texas Children’s Hospital for their four years of service to the APSAC Advisor and APSAC Alert and for their work in advancing these publications.


For more information about the APSAC Advisor and to to sign up to receive the APSAC Alert visit:

Now Available: APSAC's 2019 Annual Report

June 09, 2020

APSAC’s 2019 Annual Report is here! Look inside to learn about APSAC’s important work in 2019 and the board members, donors, and partners that made that work possible.


APSAC thanks all whose hard work and dedication led to success in 2019, giving the organization the tools and resources needed to weather the challenges and uncertainty of 2020. 

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APSAC Initiatives and Partnerships

  • The APSAC Center for Child Policy

    The APSAC Center for Child Policy (CCP) works to translate research into usable resources that promote evidence-informed policy-making and best practices for all professions involved in the field of child maltreatment.

    CCP identifies and articulates the most critical and challenging policy and practice issues, convening committees of national experts and practitioners to help and scrutinize and evaluate the best-available research on each issue.


  • The Psychological Maltreatment Alliance 

    The Alliance is dedicated to advancing 
    research, policy, education and practice worldwide. We are organized as a cooperative initiative to provide state-of-the-art theory and research-based knowledge to inform, guide, and empower the public, professionals, and all those who serve children and families at all levels and sectors of society, toward the elimination of child psychological maltreatment. The Alliance is intended to be the world’s primary resource on child psychological maltreatment, its nature, and how to prevent it in ways that protect and promote child well-being, and thereby advance the safety, development, and health of children.

  • The National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment

    The National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment works in collaboration with the US Alliance Against the Hitting of Children, New York Foundling and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Our purpose is to provide up-to-date information about corporal punishment to parents and professionals with the aim of ending this practice in the United States.

APSAC Publications


APSAC Training & Events

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APSAC & Foundling Webinars and Online Course

September 21-24, 2020
APSAC's 27th Colloquium
Virtual Event
Forensic Interview Clinics
Multiple dates and locations

1706 East Broad St., Columbus, OH  43203

Toll Free:  877-402-7722


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