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The Mayerson Center staff evaluates, treats and prevents child maltreatment. The staff consists of Cincinnati police and sheriff officers, Department of Human Services workers and a victim advocate from the Hamilton County prosecutor's office, along with Cincinnati Children's staff of physicians, nurses and social workers. It collaborates and expedites the diagnosis and investigation of child abuse allegations. Mandated agencies throughout the region also can utilize the center and its resources. For information or appointments call our main line 513-636-7233.
Robert Allan Shapiro, MD Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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.
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.
Lindberg D, Makoroff K, Harper N, Laskey A, Bechtel K, Deye K, Shapiro R. Utility of hepatic transaminases to recognize abuse in children. Pediatrics. 2009;124:509-516.
Berkoff MC, Zolotor AJ, Makoroff KL, Thackeray JD, Shapiro RA, Runyan DK. Has this prepubertal girl been sexually abused? JAMA. 2008 Dec 17;300(23):2779-92.
Lindberg DM, Lindsell CJ, Shapiro RA. Variability in Expert Assessments of Child Physical Abuse Likelihood. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):e945-e953.Adams, J, Kaplan, R, Starling, S, Mehta, N, Finkel, M, Botash, A, Kellogg, N, Shapiro, R. Guidelines for Medical Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused. J Ped Adolesc Gynec. 2007 Jun;20(3):163-72.Wallace GH, Makoroff KL, Malott HA, Shapiro RA. Hospital-based multidisciplinary teams can prevent unnecessary child abuse reports and out-of-home placements. Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jun;31(6):623-9.
Shapiro RA, Makoroff KL. Sexually transmitted diseases in sexually abused girls and adolescents. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct;18(5):492-7.
Heather E. Bensman, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma (e.g., physical/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence); children in foster care; anxiety disorders; individual and family therapy
Heather Bensman, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on child and adolescent psychology, from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, focusing upon the provision of clinical services to children, adolescents and families throughout her training. She began her career at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where she established psychological services within the Referral and Evaluation of At-risk Children (REACH) Clinic.
In 2012, Heather joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a member of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Her primary role involves providing assessment and intervention to patients served by the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She utilizes evidence-based treatments to address the concerns of traumatized children and their families.
PsyD: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2009.
Predoctoral Internship: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 2008-2009.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2009-2010.
Elena M. Duma, MD
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.
Mary V. Greiner, MD Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic
Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic
Child Abuse Pediatrician, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Child abuse; foster care health
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.
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.
Makoroff K, Greiner M, Keeshin B. Sexual Abuse. In: Humphries R, Drigalla D, Stone M, Stephan M, eds. Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatric Emergency Medicine. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014. In press.
Wilson PM, Greiner MV, Duma EM. Posterior rib fractures in a young infant who received chiropractic care. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct 1.
Greiner MV, Lawrence AP, Horn P, Newmeyer AJ, Makoroff KL. Early clinical indicators of developmental outcome in abusive head trauma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Jun; 28 (6): 889-96.
Greiner, MV, Kerrigan JR. Puberty: Timing is Everything. Pediatric Annals. 2006 Dec;35(12):916-22.
Kathi L. Makoroff, MD Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology / Mayerson Center
Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care
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.
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. 4(2), 204-213. 2012.
Boat B, Pearl E, Barnes J, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam F. Childhood cruelty to animals: Psychiatric and demographic correlates. J Aggres Maltreat Traum. 2011.
Pearl ES. Parent management training for reducing oppositional and aggressive behavior in preschool children. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 2009;14:295-305.
Pearl ES. Parent-child interaction therapy with an immigrant family exposed to domestic violence. Clinical Case Studies. 2008;7(1):25-41.
Pearl E, Minnick JL. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). In An Integrated Model for Treatment of Early Childhood Abuse. C. Huff & H.J. Sites (Eds.). Royal Oak, MI: Self-Esteem Shop, 2007.
Pearl, E. S. & Dulaney C. Depressive symptoms and prosocial behavior after participation in a bullying prevention program. Journal of School Violence 5(4), 3-20. 2006.
Julie M. Tiemeier, PsyD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Child trauma, including child abuse and witnessing domestic violence; trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy; parent-child interaction therapy
Dr. Tiemeier received her Doctorate of Psychology from Xavier University after completing a clinical psychology internship at UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center in Sacramento, California. During internship, she learned trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and parent-child interaction therapy, evidence-based treatments for trauma. She then completed her fellowship at Rowan University's CARES Institute in Stratford, New Jersey. Dr. Tiemeier completed an in-depth training of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy with one of its creators and learned another evidence-based treatment called combined parent-child cognitive-behavioral therapy.
PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.
Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center, Sacramento, CA, 2010.
Fellowship: Rowan University, CARES Institute, Stratford, NJ, 2011.
April Barker-Casey, LISW Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Tracy L. Colliers, MSW, LSW Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children
Andrea E. Richey, LSW Social Worker, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children
Cecilia C. Freihofer, LISW Social Worker / Forensic Interviewer, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children
Alexandra Kruthaupt Social Work Assistant, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Heidi A. Malott, LISW-S Clinical Program Manager, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Andrea C. Powers, MSW, LISW Social Worker II, Division of Social Services
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