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APSAC Announces New Board Members

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s (APSAC) is proud to announce two new board members who will begin serving their term in July of 2015. Mel Schneiderman, PhD, Senior Vice President, New York Foundling, who will be serving his first term as Director and David Corwin, MD, Psychiatrist, University of Utah, who will be serving his second term as Secretary.

Dr. Schneiderman is currently Senior Vice President, Mental Health Services at New York Foundling, a large child welfare agency in New York City and is the co-founder and Director of the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection. Dr. Schneiderman has published several articles in peer review journals including the APSAC Advisor and has presented at National APSAC Conferences. In collaboration with Dr. Amy Baker he coauthored the book “Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Child Abuse” published by Roman and & Littlefield. He is the past President of the APSAC-New York State Chapter and currently serves on the Board of APSAC-New York where he chairs its program committee. As chair of the program committee he has developed conferences and workshops on a variety of child maltreatment issues including a conference held this spring entitled, “Trauma and Adolescence.”

Dr. Corwin serves as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, evaluator and/or expert witness addressing child abuse cases throughout the United States and other countries including Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Israel, South Korea and Thailand. Dr. Corwin is a founder of APSAC’s California’s State Chapter and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC & APSAC), and the Ray E. Helfer Society and the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA). As liaison from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he chaired the transition of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse between 2009 and 2011. Dr. Corwin has ongoing interest in the evaluation, mitigation and prevention of the adverse health impacts associated with exposure to violence and abuse across the lifespan and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Academy on Violence and Abuse which is dedicated to increasing the education of health professionals about and research on the health impacts of violence and abuse. In 2012, he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and described as the "Father of APSAC" by APSAC's first President, Jon Conte, PhD, during Dr. Conte's address on the history of APSAC celebrating its 25th Anniversary. In early 2012, the AVA released a new DVD for which Dr. Corwin served as the Executive Producer. That DVD, entitled the Adverse Childhood Adversity (ACE) Study, features plenary addresses by Drs. Vincent Felitti, Rob Anda and Frank Putnam along with individual interviews of Drs. Fetitti, Anda and David Williamson, the epidemiologist at the National Center for Disease Prevention and Research who first introduced Drs. Felitti and Anda in 1990 beginning the collaboration that became the ACEs Study. The DVD is over four hours long and is the most comprehensive description of the development and findings from the landmark ACEs Study on which there are now more than 60 publications. Dr. Corwin continues his teaching, networking, program development, professional society leadership, clinical and forensic consultation as a member of the Pediatrics' faculty at the University of Utah, School of Medicine.


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