The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $6.4 million grant to prevent child maltreatment and promote healthy development among victims of child abuse and neglect through a center based at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Polity Research and Training will assemble more than 40 researchers and experts from multiple disciplines and major research universities and organizations.
“Child abuse and neglect is a widespread and complex problem, linked to a number of negative downstream outcomes and incurring substantial costs,” said the center’s leader, Dr. Mellissa Jonson-Reid, the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work Research at the Brown School. Her team includes faculty from several disciplines across Washington University and Saint Louis University.
The center will have a major emphasis on community engagement and training, including the Community Engagement Core, which will be co-directed by Dr. David Patterson Silver Wolf, associate professor at the Brown School, and Dr. Nancy Weaver, professor of behavioral science and health education at the Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice. It will engage community, practice and policy stakeholders in the development of research; develop innovative means of dissemination of knowledge to the practice and policy community; and execute a number of educational and training programs to build the next generation of practitioners and researchers.
[Photo: Dr. Melissa Jonson-Reid]