Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty4
Number of Joint Appointment Faculty1
Number of Research Fellows1
Number of Support Personnel6
Direct Annual Grant Support$633,003
Peer Reviewed Publications11

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Clinical Staff6
Number of Clinical Fellows3
Number of Clinical Students17
Number of Other Students6
Outpatient Encounters1,587

Division Photo

Group photo of the Division of Mayerson Center
Left to Right: M Greiner, K Makoroff, R Shapiro, E Pearl

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

Awards, Appointments and Publications

This past year the Division published 16 peer reviewed articles and was awarded $516,238 in grants and contracts. Kathi Makoroff, MD, director of our child abuse pediatrics fellowship, was elected vice-president to the Ray Helfer Society and was appointed medical director of the Cincinnati Children’s CME Department. Brooks Keeshin, MD, was awarded a prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. This fellowship supports the creation of new knowledge on the dynamics of abuse and neglect and effective strategies for the prevention of child maltreatment.

CHECK Foster Care Clinic

Mary Greiner, MD, joined the Mayerson Center faculty this year. Greiner completed her Pediatrics training at Wake Forest University and her Child Abuse training at Cincinnati Children’s. In addition to protecting children from abuse, her interests include improving outcomes for children in foster care. Through a joint appointment with the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Greiner has opened the CHECK Foster Care Clinic, an evaluation clinic for Hamilton County children who are placed into foster care.

New Clinical Service

The Division began a new clinical service with the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, providing consultations to the burn surgeons when child abuse or neglect is suspected.

Division Publications

Division Publications

  1. Adams JA, Starling SP, Frasier LD, Palusci VJ, Shapiro RA, Finkel MA, Botash AS. Diagnostic accuracy in child sexual abuse medical evaluation: Role of experience, training, and expert case review. Child Abuse Negl. 2012; 36:383-92.
  2. Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Chard KM, Stevens J, Van Ginkel JB. PTSD in Depressed Mothers in Home Visitation. Psychological Trauma-Theory Research Practice and Policy. 2012; 4:186-195.
  3. Boat BW, Dixon CA, Pearl E, Thieken L, Bucher SE. Pediatric dog bite victims: a need for a continuum of care. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012; 51:473-7.
  4. Boat BW, Pearl E, Barnes JE, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam FW. Childhood Cruelty to Animals: Psychiatric and Demographic Correlates. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 2011; 20:812-819.
  5. Corwin D, Keeshin B. Child Sexual Abuse - Discovery, Professionalization and Institutionalization: 40 Years of Struggle and Progress in the USA. Gender studies and policy review. 2011; 4:6-19.
  6. Greiner MV, Lawrence AP, Horn P, Newmeyer AJ, Makoroff KL. Early clinical indicators of developmental outcome in abusive head trauma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012; 28:889-96.
  7. Keeshin BR, Cronholm PF, Strawn JR. Physiologic changes associated with violence and abuse exposure: an examination of related medical conditions. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2012; 13:41-56.
  8. Pearl E, Thieken L, Olafson E, Boat B, Connelly L, Barnes J, Putnam F. Effectiveness of community dissemination of parent–child interaction therapy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2012; 4:204-213.
  9. Putnam FW. Safe at home?. J Pediatr. 2011; 159:710-1.
  10. Shenk CE, Putnam FW, Noll JG. Experiential avoidance and the relationship between child maltreatment and PTSD symptoms: preliminary evidence. Child Abuse Negl. 2012; 36:118-26.
  11. Strawn JR, Keeshin BR. Successful treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder with prazosin in a young child. Ann Pharmacother. 2011; 45:1590-1.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

Robert Shapiro, MD, Professor
Leadership Director - Child Abuse Team; Program Director, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (PSANE)Training
Research Interests Child abuse diagnosis,Community indicators of maltreatment, medical child abuse
Mary Greiner, MD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic
Research Interests Head trauma, Outcomes of children in foster care
Kathi Makoroff, MD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics; Director, Child Abuse Resident / Medical Student Elective; Medical Director - CME, Chair of CME committee
Research Interests Head trauma, bruises as indicators of abuse, Education
Erica Pearl, PsyD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests PCIT therapy, Trauma in military families
Frank Putnam, MD, Adjunct
Leadership Member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Parental Depression

Joint Appointment Faculty Members

Elena Duma, MD, Assistant Professor (Emergency Medicine)

Clinical Staff Members

  • Mary Pat Burke, BSN
  • Sharon Dickman, BSN, MSN, SANE-P, PSANE Coordinator;Educational Specialist
  • Cecilia Freihofer, MSW, LISW, HIV follow-up specialist
  • Heidi Malott, MSW, LISW-S, Clinical Program Manager;Member of Inter Professional Management Council
  • Andrea Powers, MSW, LISW
  • Andrea Richey, MSW, LSW, Peer Review Facilitator


  • Brooks Keeshin, MD, PGY-7, Utah Primary Children's

Division Collaboration

Emergency Medicine » Berkeley Bennett, MD and
Skeletal survey study looking at utility of head CT in children with single extremity fractures
Emergency Medicine » Elena Duma, MD
Revising the Cincinnati Children's HIV screening policy and how their grant may affect PSANE cases
Department of Radiology » Marguerite Care, MD and James Leach, MD
Benign Enlargement of Subarachnoid Spaces and Abusive Head Trauma
Neurology » Hans Greiner, MD
Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus and Abusive Head Trauma
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics » Robin Gurwitch, MD
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Child Adult Relationship Enhancement for U.S. Marine Corps Families
Childhood Trust; Emergency Medicine » Barbara Boat, PhD and Cinnamon Dixon, MD
Children seen in a Pediatric Emergency Room Department for Dog Bites:  Caregiver Assessment of the Need for a Continuum of Care
Emergency Medicine » Berkeley Bennett, MD
Clinical Decision Rules to Discriminate
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation » Shari Wade, PhD
Division of Endocrinology » Susan Rose, MD
Rose Pilot SVS Study

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Division Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct


Neuroendocrine Markers of PTSD Following Recent Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adolescent Girls

Putnam, F

A Continuum of Trauma Care: Adapting Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Resiliency from Military Families Through Juvenile Justice Systems
U79 SM 05928609/30/09-09/29/12$472,646
Learning Collaborative to Disseminate Trauma and Grief Component Therapy
U79 SM 05428409/30/11-09/29/12$29,600

Shapiro, R

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Grant Agreement
Personal Service Contract
Victims of Crime Assistance
Current Year Direct$633,003