2020 APSAC Award Winners

(Work completed in 2019)

Denese Shervington, M.D.,
M.P.H.
Elissa J. Brown, Ph.D.
Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C.
Bill Forcade, J.D.
Paul C. Graf, M.S.
Rebecca Rebbe, PhD, MSW, EdM
Nora Baladerian,
Ph.D., L.F.M.T.
M. Kay Jankowski, Ph.D.
Karen Schifferdecker, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Rebecca Rebbe, PhD, MSW, EdM

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.

Denese Shervington, M.D., M.P.H.

President and CEO
The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies

Nominator: Stacie Schrieffer LeBlanc, J.D., M.Ed., APSAC President

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.

Elissa J. Brown, Ph.D.

St. John’s University
Professor of Psychology & Executive Director of Child HELP

Nominator: Danielle S. Citera

 

David Chadwick 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.

Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C.

Executive Director
National Children’s Advocacy Center

Nominator: Jeffrey N. Wherry, PhD, ABPD

 

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.

Paul Graf, M.S.

Senior Special Agent, NCIS
Senior Investigator,

US Center for SafeSport

Nominator: Carole Jenny, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

This award recognizes an individual whose dissertation has the greatest potential for making a significant
contribution to the child maltreatment theoretical and applied knowledge base.

Rebecca Rebbe, Ph.D., M.S.W., Ed.M.

A Population-Based Study of Child
Maltreatment-Related Hospitalizations
and Child Protection Responses

Nominator: Melissa Martinson

Lynn Foster-Johnson, Ph.D.
Erin Barnett, Ph.D.

Outstanding Service to APSAC

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

Bill Forcade, J.D.

Jenner and Block LLP – Retired
Former APSAC General Counsel
& Board Member 

 Nominator: Trish Gardner, J.D., APSAC Past President

 

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.

Nora Baladerian, Ph.D., L.F.M.T.

Counseling Center of West Los Angeles
Director, Disability Without Abuse
Project

Nominator: Stacie Schrieffer LeBlanc, J.D., M.Ed., APSAC President

 

Article of the Year in the Child Maltreatment Journal

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

M. Kay Jankowski, Ph.D., Karen E. Schifferdecker, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Rebecca L. Butcher, M.S., M.P.H.; Lynn Foster-Johnson, Ph.D.; & Erin R. Barnett, Ph.D.

Effectiveness of a Trauma Informed Care Initiative in a State Child Welfare System: A Randomized Study

Nominator: Vince Palusci, M.D., Child Maltreatment Journal Editor