Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Significant Accomplishments

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.