As a child abuse physician, I understand that recognizing child abuse requires a multidisciplinary collaboration among doctors, nurses, social workers, child protection workers, law enforcement and attorneys. I direct the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s, which is a best-practice leader in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse.
Diagnosing child abuse during my clinical work in the Pediatric Emergency Department raised my curiosity about how we can better protect children and families by increasing our understanding of child maltreatment.
My research is mostly concerned with improving child health and well-being by adding to our understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress and resilience. I am the executive director of Joining Forces for Children, a strong community collaboration working to build child and family resilience within the greater Cincinnati area. Some of my other research focuses on more accurately diagnosing child abuse.
I have been honored several times for the work I do. I have received the:
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.
Child abuse; telemedicine
Injury Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention
Child abuse diagnostics
Child Abuse Prevention
Cincinnati Children's strives to accept a wide variety of health plans. Please contact your health insurance carrier to verify coverage for your specific benefit plan.
Impact of Screening and Co-located Parent Coaching Within Pediatric Primary Care on Child Health Care Use: A Stepped Wedge Design. Prevention Science. 2023; 24:173-185.
Identifying Predictors of Physical Abuse Evaluation of Injured Infants: Opportunities to Improve Recognition. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1503-e1509.
Parent Perspectives on Co-located Parent Coaching Services within Pediatric Primary Care. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2021; 30:1965-1978.
Providers' Ability to Identify Sentinel Injuries Concerning for Physical Abuse in Infants. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e230-e235.
Co-located Parent Coaching Services Within Pediatric Primary Care: Feasibility and Acceptability. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2021; 35:53-63.
Chlamydia Conjunctivitis in 2 Prepubertal Children: An Uncommon Presentation of Child Sexual Abuse. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020; 36:e473-e475.
Supporting Families Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences Within Child Care Settings: A Feasibility Pilot. Early Childhood Education Journal. 2020; 48:451-462.
Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Pediatric Healthcare Use by 2 Years of Age. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 211:146-151.
Caution Is Required When Using Non-Food and Drug Administration-Cleared Assays to Diagnose Sexually Transmitted Infections in Children. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206:280-282.
Psychological Maltreatment and Medical Neglect of Transgender Adolescents: The Need for Recognition and Individualized Assessment. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2019; 19:72-74.