Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research


Research methods serve as the foundation for everything we know about child maltreatment and its impact on subsequent health and development.  These methods inform the work of scientists, practitioners, and child welfare professionals on issues central to our daily lives, including how we assess child maltreatment during a home safety visit, how we distinguish it from other adverse childhood experiences during a clinical interview, how we demonstrate the risk child maltreatment poses for adverse health in the research laboratory, and how we develop evidence-based interventions in the community.  Despite significant strides in the past several decades, the failure to create and adopt innovative methods has left critical gaps in our understanding of child maltreatment, including a lack of well-characterized prospective research spanning key developmental periods, variation in risk estimates across studies that has increased replication failures of scientific results, a lack of mechanistic research examining risk pathways across different levels of analysis to identify targets for intervention, and limited attention on how to optimize the effectiveness, efficiency, and dissemination of interventions to reach the children at greatest risk and in greatest need.

The Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research conference will present the latest science that is addressing these gaps and advancing the study of child maltreatment into the 21st century. Internationally renowned speakers will present pragmatic solutions to the biggest challenges in our field across a range of topics over two days.  Presentations will be geared toward a diverse audience, including researchers, practitioners, and caseworkers, to facilitate the fastest uptake of novel methods for child maltreatment.

Continuing Education Units will be awarded for attendance at all sessions; 12 for psychologists and 12 for social workers. You must sign in and out each day at the registration table to receive credit, if you do not, your record will not be complete for your hours attended and you will jeopardize getting credit.

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Penn State University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Per the below disclaimer, there will be a section on your registration that you will need to click yes or no to the below:

I understand that the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and The Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”) have issued rules and precautions which may or may not be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and that it is my sole responsibility to follow these and other directives in order to protect myself and others.  I assume any and all risk that I will be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network's annual conference, Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research, and acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. I will not participate in the Program if, in the prior 14 days, I: (i) have experienced any symptom of illness which may be associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath; (ii) am awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; or (iii) have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test, or has exhibited any symptom of illness which may be associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

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