Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Division Data Summary
Research and Training Details
|Number of Faculty||5|
|Number of Joint Appointment Faculty||2|
|Number of Support Personnel||5|
|Direct Annual Grant Support||$318,095|
|Peer Reviewed Publications||7|
Clinical Activities and Training
|Number of Clinical Staff||7|
|Number of Clinical Fellows||2|
|Number of Other Students||43|
Front Row: J Harmony, M Greiner, E Pearl Messer
Back Row: E Duma, B Keeshin, R Shapiro, K Makoroff
The National Crisis of Child Abuse
The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children plays a leading role nationally in the identification of child abuse and the protection of children. Child abuse is a national crisis that drives our commitment to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention to secure child safety. Our priorities include developing and refining clinical diagnosis and treatment, research to drive translational change, training healthcare professionals, and continuing our leadership role in protecting children. The Mayerson Center team includes Cincinnati Children’s physicians, social workers, researchers, and nurses; Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services caseworkers; City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County law enforcement officers; and members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office. Each week, more than 30 children are evaluated by the Center for concerns of child abuse or neglect. Clinical evaluations are multi-disciplinary, collaborative and conducted in an environment created to minimize child and family stress. Our specialty services include forensic interviewing, medical-legal examinations, trauma screening, evidence collection and testimony.
Addressing Behavioral Aspects of Abuse
In a collaborative effort between the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, psychologists Heather Bensman and Erica Messer are providing trauma-informed mental health services. Children evaluated for abuse and neglect through the Mayerson Center can now receive therapy at the center to address symptoms associated with trauma and maltreatment.
Earning National and International Recognition
Kathi Makoroff, MD, was elected President of the Ray Helfer Society, an international honorary society for child abuse physicians. Mary Greiner, MD, was invited to join the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ) Foster Care Expert Advisory Panel. This group sets national standards for quality of care in the child welfare system.
Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children Publications
- A preliminary screening instrument for early detection of medical child abuse. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013; 3:39-44., , , , .
- Utilizing parent-child interaction therapy to help improve the outcome of military families. Children, Youth and Families News. 2013; January., , , .
- Utility of hepatic transaminases in children with concern for abuse. Pediatrics. 2013; 131:268-75., , , , , .
- Prevalence of abusive injuries in siblings and household contacts of physically abused children. Pediatrics. 2012; 130:193-201., , , , , , .
- Clinical predictors of outcome following inflicted traumatic brain injury in children. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012; 73:S248-53., , , , .
- Risk factors for mortality in children with abusive head trauma. J Pediatr. 2012; 161:716-722 e1., , , , , , , , .
- Posterior rib fractures in a young infant who received chiropractic care. Pediatrics. 2012; 130:e1359-62., , .
Faculty, Staff, and Trainees
- Robert Shapiro, MD, Professor
- Leadership Director - Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children; Program Director, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (PSANE)
- Research Interests Child abuse diagnosis,Community indicators of maltreatment, medical child abuse
- Mary Greiner, MD, Assistant Professor
- Leadership Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic-within General & Community Pediatrics
- Research Interests Head trauma, Outcomes of children in foster care
- Kathi Makoroff, MD, MEd, Associate Professor
- Leadership Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics; Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Resident/Medical Student Elective; Medical Director - CME, Chair of CME Committee
- Research Interests Head trauma, bruises as indicators of abuse, Education
- Erica Messer, 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
- Research Interests Child Maltreatment and Neglect
Joint Appointment Faculty Members
- Heather Bensman, PsyD, Assistant Professor (Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology)
- 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
- Kaitlin Riffle, RN, PSANE Coordinator;Educational Specialist
- Melissa Jimenez, MD, PGY-5, Tulane University
- Brooks Keeshin, MD, PGY-7
- 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
- I-InTERACT RCT Study
- Division of Endocrinology » Susan Rose, MD
- Rose Pilot SVS Study
- Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology » Heather Bensman, PsyD
- Psychological Services for Safe and Healthy Families.
Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements
Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children Grants
|Grant and Contract Awards||Annual Direct|
|Training of Marine Corps Therapists in PCIT and CARE|
|Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice|
|U79 SM 061273||09/30/12-09/29/16||$113,241|
|Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment|
|Victims of Crime Assistance|
|Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers|
|Current Year Direct||$318,095|