2021 APSAC Award Winners
(Work completed in 2020)

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.

Jodi Quas, Ph.D.

University of California Director,

Graduate Program in Psychological Science

Nominator: Gail S. Goodman, Ph.D.


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.

Joan Meier, Esq.

George Washington University Law School

Founding Director, National Family Violence Law Center,

George Washington

Nominator: Madelyn Simring Milchman, Ph.D.


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.

Tomiko Mackey, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Evidence-Based Assessment of Abused Children Training

Baylor University and National Children's Alliance

Nominator: Jeffrey N. Wherry, Ph.D.

Outstanding Research Article

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

Chantal Cyr, Ph.D.

An Attachment-Based Parental Capacity Assessment to Orient Decision-Making in Child Protection Cases: A Randomized Control Trial

Nominator: Carole Cȏté M. Psy.Ed

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.

Sandra Alexander, M.Ed.

Child Maltreatment Consultant

SciMetrika LLC, Division of Violence Prevention

Nominator: Susan Kelley, R.N., Ph.D.

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.

Chris Wildeman, Ph.D., Frank R. Edwards, Ph.D., Sara Wakefield, Ph.D.

The Cumulative Prevalence of Termination of Parental Rights for U.S. Children 2006-2016

Nominator: Child Maltreatment Editorial Board 

Outstanding Media Coverage

This award recognizes newsprint, broadcast journalism, or media coverage of child maltreatment issues which shows exceptional knowledge, insight and sensitivity.

Peter Samuelson, M.A.

Samuelson Productions

First Star President and Co-Founder

Foster Boy - Producer

Nominator: Lyndsey Collins Wilson

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

This Award recognizes an individual, organization or agency that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of cultural competency in child maltreatment prevention and intervention.

Movement for Black Lives

Nominator: Lisa Fontes, 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.

John Hemphill, Esq.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

Nominator: APSAC Board of Directors