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Announcing the Karen J. Saywitz Legacy Award Lecture

March 22, 2021


Noon - 2:00 pm Pacific Time

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The California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) is pleased to announce a new award to

honor the legacy of Karen J. Saywitz, a pioneer in the scientific study of child forensic interviewing and a devoted advocate for children and families.

On March 22, 2021, CAPSAC will be delighted to present this award to one of Dr. Saywitz’s earliest and longest collaborators, Gail Goodman, Ph.D., at UC Davis. Dr. Goodman will present a lecture titled, "Interviewing Children and Adults about Childhood Traumatic Touch: A Tribute to Dr. Karen J. Saywitz".

In this award address, Professor Gail S. Goodman will review Dr. Saywitz’s contributions and her continuing legacy of scientific research on children’s and adults’ memory for genital touch, childhood trauma, and interview protocol development. Factors that affect children’s and adults’ disclosures of and memory accuracy for traumatic experiences (e.g., traumatic symptoms) will be considered. Much of the research focuses on child sexual abuse allegations.

Gail S. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Her research concerns such topics as children’s and adults’ memory for childhood trauma, especially child abuse; developmental psychopathology; attachment and memory; forensic interviewing; and effects of legal involvement and foster care. She served as President of several divisions of the American Psychological Association (e.g., Developmental Psychology, American Psychology-Law Society) and consultant to the Children’s Advocacy Center, Sacramento’s Child Protective Services. She is internationally known for her research on victims and witnesses, which has been cited multiple times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Goodman has published widely and received national and international awards, and numerous federal and private grants for her research.


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