2019 APSAC Award Winners

(Work completed in 2018)

Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Cultural  Competency in Child Maltreatment Prevention and Intervention

This Award recognizes a member who has made substantial contributions to APSAC through leadership and service to the Society.

Walter Lambert, MD

Dr. Lambert has been an active APSAC member for over 20 years. While on the APSAC Board of Directors and in the field, he has been a great contributor and advocate for the advancement of cultural competency. He works tirelessly and to enlighten and bring attention to cultural issues in the field of child maltreatment.

Nominator:  Toni Cardenas, LCSW


Mark Chaffin Research Career Achievement

This award recognizes an APSAC member who has made repeated significant and outstanding contributions to research on child maltreatment over his or her career.

Susan Kelley, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Kelley’s research, publications, insights, teaching and mentorship have influenced and inspired professionals of all disciplines in the child abuse field for decades. Thanks to Dr. Kelley, professionals are making better decisions, providing better care, and expanding necessary resources.

Nominator:  Beatrice Yorker, JD, RN, MS, FAAN



Outstanding Professional 

This award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of child maltreatment and the advancement of APSAC’s goals.

Pam Holtzinger, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Pam Holtzinger exemplifies passion and dedication in every aspect of her professional life – from obtaining funding to create a comfortable forensic services suite, to training law enforcement agencies and CPS investigators,  focusing her dissertation on recognizing signs of strangulation, to developing a course for FNE certification, Pam’s work in the area of child maltreatment is invaluable.

Nominator: Jennifer Veith, MA, NCC, LCPC



Outstanding Frontline Professional

This award recognizes a front-line professional (e.g. child protection worker, law enforcement personnel, mental health counselor or medical professional) who demonstrates extraordinary dedication and skill in his or her direct care efforts on behalf of children and families.

Madelyn Simring Milchman, PhD

Dr. Milchman has made significant contributions to the field through her thoughtful research and forensic practice in the area of Parental Alienation in Child Custody Cases as well as other domains of practice which are hotly contested and which challenge many frontline professionals.

Nominator: Kathleen Faller, PhD, ACSW

APSAC’s Outstanding Media Coverage

This award recognizes a reporter or team of reporters in newsprint or broadcast journalism whose coverage of child maltreatment issues shows exceptional knowledge, insight and sensitivity.  

Chicago Tribune: Betrayed

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Jennifer Smith Richards, Juan Perez Jr. 

This series prompted the Chicago Public Schools to review their policies and procedures, establish an office of Student Protection, review and update background checks on employees and train all educational staff on policies and procedures for recognizing and reporting child abuse.

 Nominator:  Christine Speiser, LCSW

Outstanding Service to APSAC

This award recognizes a member who has made substantial contributions to APSAC through leadership and service to the Society.

Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW

Dr. Eden’s long-standing contributions to APSAC are many. As a member of the board, then president, then president emerita, she has been and continues to be active on behalf of APSAC in many ways. She has contributed through her writing, presenting, training and committee service. Thanks to Viola’s hard work, leadership and forward thinking, APSAC is strong as it grows into the decades ahead.

 Nominator: Lisa Fontes, PhD


Outstanding Research Article

This award recognizes the authors of a research article judged to be a significant advancement to the field of child maltreatment.

Corry Azzopardi, Ph.D.; Rachel Eirich, B.S.; Christina Rash, M.Sc.; Sarah MacDonald, Ph.D.; Sheri Madigan, Ph.D.  (2019).

A Meta-Analysis of the Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure in Forensic Settings.

Nominator:  Lenneke Alink, PhD


APSAC Prevention Award 

This Award recognizes a practitioner or researcher, an agency, or an institution that has made outstanding contributions to the field of  prevention of child maltreatment and to the advancement of APSAC’s goals.

Lori Poland, MA and Richard Krugman, MD

In 2018, Lori Poland and Dr. Krugman conceptualized and operationalized the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (ENDCAN). ENDCAN is the very first foundation (ever) focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect.

Nominator:  Kelli Hughes, JD and Ronald Hughes, PhD, MScSA


Ronald Laney Distinguished Lifetime Service

The Ronald C. Laney Lifetime Service Award is awarded on a periodic and exceptional basis by the Board of Directors of APSAC to an individual who has exhibited a life time of service to others as exemplified by Ron C. Laney.

Ronald Hughes, PhD, MScSA

Dr. Hughes has spent the past 43 years helping public child welfare agencies achieve their mission of safety and permanence for abused and neglected children.  His work has been so thoroughly infused and embedded into child welfare practice that it is often used by academicians, administrators, and direct service practitioners who are unaware of the origins of the practice principles they so heavily rely on.

Nominator: David Corwin, MD


Child Maltreatment Article of the Year

This award is presented in recognition of the very best article, as  selected by the editorial staff, which appears in Child Maltreatment.

David J. Kolko, Ph.D.; Amy D. Herschell, Ph.D.; Barbara L. Baumann, Ph.D.; Jonathan A. Hart, M.S.; Stephen R. Wisniewski, Ph.D.

AF-CBT for Families Experiencing Physical Aggression or Abuse Served by the Mental Health or Child Welfare System: An Effectiveness Trial

Nominator:  Child Maltreatment Editorial Board—award presented by Daniel Whitaker, Ph.D.


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of child maltreatment and to the advancement of APSAC’s goals. 

Barbara Bonner, PhD

 Dr. Bonner’s leadership has had national and international impact in the field of child abuse and neglect.  She has improved the health and well-being of children and families, positively shaped public policy and practice, and advanced training in child abuse and neglect by integrating innovative interdisciplinary approaches.         

Nominator:  The Faculty of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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