Plenary Speakers

June 13, 2018 8:30-10:00 am

The Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong is a national and international leader in child abuse prevention and family strengthening. A native of South (Central) Los Angeles, California, he is the proud father of Amaris Kayla (13 yrs.) a future concert pianist and veterinarian and Daniel LaRue (11 yrs.), a future professional soccer player and nuclear engineer. 

The Rev. Armstrong is in his 18th year of service as the pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ. Shiloh is an urban, multi-generational and multi-cultural, community of faith rooted in the rich and diverse worship traditions of the African Diaspora. He is only the church’s third pastor in the last 114 years!  He is currently leading his congregation in building a new $7M Family Life Center, which is the first phase of $50-plus million urban renewal and community revitalization effort designed to eradicate blight around his church and create a "Stronger Families - Life Empowerment Campus."

His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy), and current doctoral work in Trauma-Informed Care at Liberty University (D.Min. In Pastoral Care & Counseling), have ALL uniquely prepared him to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. 

From 2006-2009, the Rev. Armstrong served as the Director of the Division of (Child Abuse) Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP) for the newly created NJ Department of Children and Families. In this position, he oversaw a budget of greater than $100M+ in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention funding. 


He sees his “global work & life’s call” as striving to assist and equip families to become more resilient by addressing issues BEFORE they get into crisis! 

June 15, 2018 8:30-9:45 am

Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau is Professor with Tenure, Department of Mental Health, and Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


For nearly 30 years she has conducted research involving the development and rigorous evaluation of prevention and intervention programs aimed at addressing youth sexual violence and related youth risk behaviors, including substance abuse and sexual risk behaviors and at improving HIV testing and medication adherence.  She also has conducted substantive research on the effects of legal policies related to youth sexual behaviors.


Her policy research has been funded by a diverse array of agencies and organizations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Open Society Foundation.

As the inaugural director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Dr. Letourneau’s efforts now focus on developing and evaluating child sexual abuse prevention interventions.  One of these projects focuses on the universal prevention of sexual abuse against young children by older children and was recently awarded funding by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH.


Recently, she provided a TEDMED talk on the prevention of child sexual abuse (to be released in September 2016), served as an expert witness to the Australian Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and as a member of the World Health Organization Guidelines Development Group developing Clinical Guidelines for Responding to the Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents.


 Dr. Letourneau’s research has been cited in U.S. state supreme court cases, by state and federal legislators, and widely reported in the media.


 Dr. Letourneau is a member of the Maryland State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and a past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse.   Dr. Letourneau received the award for Outstanding Article in Child Maltreatment in 2007 and Outstanding Research Article in 2008.

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