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Brief Bio

Chad Shenk, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Development & Family Studies and Pediatrics at Penn State. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in pediatrics and trauma exposure and actively sees patients exposed to child maltreatment through Penn State’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Shenk’s basic science research examines the longitudinal pathways linking child maltreatment to the onset of adverse health outcomes across the lifespan. This work identifies risk mechanisms of various health conditions in the child maltreatment population using a multiple levels of analysis approach. His clinical trials and translational research therefore centers on the optimization of treatments applied following exposure to child maltreatment by targeting identified risk mechanisms more directly and effectively.


2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

2007 Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

2007 Predoctoral Intern, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Rochester Medical Center

1998 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University


assessment of pediatric trauma; prospective cohort and clinical trials methodology; long-term health consequences of child maltreatment; etiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders following child trauma exposure

Research Interests

improving methods of risk estimation in child maltreatment research; biological embedding of child maltreatment; identification of transdiagnostic mechanisms across multiple levels of analysis; optimization of preventive and clinical interventions for child trauma


CMAS 465

Child Maltreatment: Prevention and Treatment

CMAS 258

Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies

HDFS 521

Child Maltreatment: Theory, Research, and Impact