Childhood Trust

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    Faculty

    A photo of Barbara W. Boat.

    Barbara W. Boat, PhD
    Director, The Childhood Trust

    513-558-9007

    barbara.boat@uc.edu

    Barbara W. Boat, PhD

    Director, The Childhood Trust

    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
    A photo of Erma Olafson.

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

    513-558-4067

    erna.olafson@uc.edu

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

    Erna Olafson, PhD, PsyD

    Director, Child Abuse, Forensic and Forensic Treatment Training

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-558-4067

    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.

    Publications

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