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    Robert Allan Shapiro, MD Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    is interested in the area of child abuse. Recently he has concentrated on studies which describe the degree of consensus between physicians who make the abuse diagnosis. He hopes that his work will increase the degree of certainty when abuse is suspected.

    513-636-0037
    bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

    Robert Allan Shapiro, MD

    Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: bob.shapiro@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; physical training; telemedicine; diagnosis of child abuse

    Biography

    Robert Shapiro, MD, is director of the Child Abuse Team at Children's Hospital Medical Center and director of the Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship.

    Dr. Shapiro's role on the team includes inpatient and outpatient consultations and evaluations for suspected child physical or sexual abuse. These consultations and evaluations are completed in collaboration with a social worker on the team. He also teaches child abuse diagnosis to students, residents and post-graduate fellows.

    Dr. Shapiro's research interests include sexually transmitted infections and fractures caused by abuse. The Child Abuse and Forensic Pediatrics Fellowship he directs is a one-year training program for Pediatricians. The fellowship program emphasizes child abuse clinical, research, educational and administrative expertise and advocacy.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1979.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1992.

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    Faculty

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    Barbara W. Boat, PhD Director, The Childhood Trust

    is an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Childhood Trust.

    513-558-9007
    barbara.boat@uc.edu

    Barbara W. Boat, PhD

    Director, The Childhood Trust

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, N/A

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Phone: 513-558-9007

    Fax: 513-558-4107

    Email: barbara.boat@uc.edu

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Treatment of post-traumatic stress and dissociative disorders; training and utilization of evidenced-based interventions for traumatized children and their families

    Biography

    Barbara Walling Boat, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and director of the Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment.She is also executive director of the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She received her BA in psychology and Spanish at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota, her MA in child behavior and development at the University of Iowa, and her PhD in psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

    In addition to providing evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and adults, supervising trainees, and presenting at national and international conferences, she has conducted research on the use of anatomical dolls in sexual abuse investigationsand currently studies relationships among animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence, including dog bites. She currently is part of a NCTSN grant to assess the effectiveness of a group intervention with incarcerated youth that addresses trauma and grief issues.

    Her special clinical interests are treatment of post-traumatic stress and dissociative disorders and the training and utilization of evidenced-based interventions for traumatized children and their families.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
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    Elena M. Duma, MD

    is part of the education focus group.

    513-636-2277
    elena.duma@cchmc.org

    Elena M. Duma, MD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2277

    Fax: 513-636-7967

    Email: elena.duma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse

    Biography

    Elena Duma, MD, is a physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has been at Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1991, with five years as a clinical staff physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine.

    After receiving an undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Duma did her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. She has been part of the Child Abuse Team since March 1999.

    Dr. Duma's role on the team includes participating in weekly meetings, seeing patients in the Emergency Department as well as inpatient and outpatient units, and participating in weekly team meetings.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1991.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995.

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    Mary V. Greiner, MD Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    is a child abuse pediatrician who is doing clinical research in child abuse and foster care health. She is studying abusive head trauma, with specific interest in the role of diagnostic radiology to determine risk factors for subdural hemorrhages, as well as looking at outcomes of children with head injury. Research in the disparities of foster care health as well as the impact of interventions, such as specialized care and focused screenings, is a second clinical focus.

    513-636-9979
    mary.greiner@cchmc.org

    Mary V. Greiner, MD

    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9979

    Email: mary.greiner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; foster care health

    Biography

    Mary Greiner, MD, is a child abuse pediatrician who is doing clinical research in child abuse and foster care health. She is studying abusive head trauma, with specific interest in the role of diagnostic radiology to determine risk factors for subdural hemorrhages, as well as looking at outcomes of children with head injury. Research in the disparities of foster care health as well as the impact of interventions, such as specialized care and focused screenings, is a second clinical focus

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

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    Brooks R. Keeshin, MD Child Abuse Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    513-636-0037
    brooks.keeshin@cchmc.org

    Brooks R. Keeshin, MD

    Child Abuse Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Academic Information

    N/A

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Email: brooks.keeshin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Trauma; posttraumatic stress disorder; child abuse

    Biography

    Brooks Keeshin, MD, is a child abuse pediatrician and child psychiatrist. As a child abuse clinician-researcher, his primary academic interest is the acute and long-term medical and psychological sequelae of child abuse. Dr. Keeshin has researched neuroendocrine alterations among recently sexually abused teenage girls with and without PTSD and his current research involves assessing both risk factors and interest in child abuse prevention services among families who were concerned about possible abuse, but whose abuse concerns were deemed unsubstantiated. Dr. Keeshin is currently a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, an interdisciplinary fellowship for individuals interested in the prevention of child abuse.

    Education and Training

    BA: Spanish, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics/Adult and Child Psychiatry combined program, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

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    Kathi L. Makoroff, MD Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

    is an adjunct assistant professor, and the fellowship director for child abuse pediatrics.

    513-636-0037
    kathi.makoroff@cchmc.org

    Kathi L. Makoroff, MD

    Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0037

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: kathi.makoroff@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Fellowship: Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.
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    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    is an assistant professor in the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. She has research focus in foster care.

    513-636-4336
    erica.messer@cchmc.org

    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-0204

    Email: erica.messer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care

    Biography

    Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. In September 2004, she joined the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, a joint collaborative of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Childhood Trust, to provide training and consultation to community providers in the area of evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and families. She trains community providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program for non-clinical providers who interact with traumatized children.

    Education and Training

    BA: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1999.

    PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Predoctoral Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, California, 2003-2004.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004-2005.

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    Erna Olafson, PhD, PsyD Director, Child Abuse, Forensic and Forensic Treatment Training

    is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine. She has a special interest in child maltreatment.

    513-558-4067
    erna.olafson@uc.edu

    Erna Olafson, PhD, PsyD

    Director, Child Abuse, Forensic and Forensic Treatment Training

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-558-4067

    Fax: 513-558-4107

    Email: erna.olafson@uc.edu

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    Biography

    Erna Olafson, PhD, PsyDis director of the Program on Child Abuse Forensic and Treatment Training within the Childhood Trust, director of training for the Trauma Treatment Training Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and director of the Forensic Training Institute.

    Dr. Olafson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As Training Director of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Trauma Treatment Training Center, Dr. Olafson trains mental health professionals in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Childhood Traumatic Grief, and Psychological First Aid and provides ongoing consultation to community providers in several states in order to ensure protocol fidelity. 

    The Child Forensic Interviewing Institute directed by Dr. Olafson has trained over 1000 police officers, CAC interviewers, and social work investigators, including those at Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Child Advocacy Center, Hamilton County JFS, elsewhere in Ohio, and in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wyoming, Guam, Belize, Jordan, and Canada. 

    Dr. Olafson's research and presentations focus on childhood maltreatment and family violence. Dr. Olafson and co-author Dr. Barbara Boat received the Pro Humanitate Raskin Child Welfare Article Medal and Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare in 2003 for "Long-Term Management of the Sexually Abused Child: Considerations and Challenges" in Treatment of Child Abuse. As part of a multi-disciplinary forensic team, Dr. Olafson has investigated and reviewed alleged sexual assault, child maltreatment, and family violence cases in over 20 states, federal jurisdictions and in Canada. Dr. Olafson's recent publications include such topics as children's memory and suggestibility, family violence, children's disclosure patterns in child sexual abuse cases, complex trauma in children and adolescents, as well as many others.

    Dr. Olafson has served as co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Justice System Work Group since 2003. The NCTSN Justice group collaborated with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to produce a special issue of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal in 2006 to offer evidence-based information to judges and other justice system professionals about the impact of trauma on children and evidence-based intervention and treatment approaches. Dr. Olafson is on the Advisory Board for the American Prosecutor's Research Institute Half a Nation Finding Words training program on investigative interviewing of children and serves as a trainer for Beyond Finding Words, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Forensic Trainings, and the Ohio Child Welfare Regional Training program. She was Editor-in-Chief of the APSAC Advisor from 2002 to 2004.

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