Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP
Dr. Vincent Palusci is Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine in New York City where he is a board certified general and child abuse pediatrician at the Bellevue Hospital Frances L. Loeb Child Protection and Development Center.
Dr. Palusci entered private practice in 1987 and later joined the faculty of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University where he was a TRECOS Fellow. After leading hospital child protection teams in Grand Rapids and Detroit, he returned in 2008 to chair the NYU Hospitals Child Protection Committee and to teach students, residents and fellows. He has co-edited six books and authored more than 50 reports and chapters, 40 scholarly articles, and 100 research abstracts on child abuse and neglect, including abusive head trauma, mandated reporting, child death review, prevention, and the effects of maternal drug use on infants. He has provided training nationally and internationally
for physicians, social workers, child protection workers, attorneys and other medical and child welfare professionals and has testified before state, federal and international bodies on the issue of child maltreatment.
Dr. Palusci is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a founding member of the Ray E. Helfer Society. He was appointed to the American Board of Pediatrics Child Abuse Pediatrics Subboard during 2012-2017 and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Child Abuse and Neglect from 2012-2018. In addition, he serves as program chair for the AAP Section on Child Death Review and Prevention. In New York, he is a CHAMP medical provider and serves on the boards of APSAC-New York and Prevent Child Abuse- New York. He was a member of the APSAC Board of Directors during 2008-2014 and Editor of the APSAC Advisor from 2011-2014. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Maltreatment and Pediatric Radiology. In 2004, he received the Ray E. Helfer Award for child abuse prevention from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Alliance for Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.
Dr. Palusci earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers) and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center. He earned a Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2002.
Dr. Palusci will present the keynote, “The Global Movement to End Corporal Punishment.” The presentation will review the history and epidemiology of the use of corporal punishment and physical discipline, the evidence for the short-term and long-term harms, and the alternatives to its use that can be incorporated into professional practice to educate parents and professionals.
Dr. Palusci will also co-present the workshop, “Substance Exposed Newborns: Medical and Legal Issues,” with Frank E. Vandervort, JD. This session will provide an overview of the physiological impacts of in utero exposure to alcohol and drugs (e.g., opioids, cocaine, and marijuana).
Brenda Jones Harden, MSW, PhD
Dr. Brenda Jones Harden is the Alison Richman Professor for Children & Families, at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. She directs the Prevention and Early Adversity Research Laboratory, where she and her research team examine the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, particularly those who have been maltreated or have experienced other forms of trauma.
A particular focus is preventing maladaptive outcomes in these populations through early childhood programs. She has conducted numerous evaluations of such programs, including early care and education, home visiting services, parenting interventions, and infant mental health programs. Dr. Jones Harden is a scientist-practitioner who uses research to improve the quality and effectiveness of child and family services and to inform child and family policy.
Dr. Harden will present the keynote, “Maltreatment of Young Children: Developmental and Practice Implications.” This presentation will focus on the maltreatment of children under five years of age.
Dr. Harden will also present the workshop, “Using Parent-Child Interaction Intervention to Address the Maltreatment of Young Children.” This session will explore parent-child interaction interventions that address maltreatment of young children.
Kendall Wolz, MA, PLPC
Ms. Kendall Wolz is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as Assistant Director of Baptist Friendship House, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children in New Orleans. She graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2018 with a MA Counseling specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Wolz is a current PhD student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of “Brave Girl, Speak,” a blog dedicated to educating readers about childhood sexual abuse and its impacts on victims, the sex offender registries and how to navigate the legal system, and a personal look at the healing journey from trauma. Ms. Wolz is currently working with legislators in NC to ensure that victim’s voices are honored within the legal system, especially in sex offender petition hearings. Ms. Wolz has provided presentations for local, state, and national groups on topics such as: childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and human trafficking.
Ms. Wolz will present the plenary, “Brave Girl Speak: Finding My Voice After Childhood Sexual Abuse.” In this presentation, Ms. Wolz will share her experience of childhood sexual abuse – from the beginning of the grooming process to disclosure – and navigating the legal process to finding healing and hope.
Ms. Wolz will also present the workshop, “Forgotten Victims: Non-Abused Siblings of Sexual Abuse Victims.” This session will explore how abuse impacts all non-offending family members, with a focus on the siblings.
OUT OF STATE PRESENTERS
Caroline J. Kistin, MD, MSc
Dr. Caroline Kistin is a health services researcher and general academic pediatrician at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Her prior research has focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating selective interventions for high-risk families, with a focus on preventing child maltreatment and improving parent and child outcomes. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Kistin is presenting the workshop, “Child Maltreatment Prevention in the Medical Home: Evidence, Challenges, and Opportunities.” This interactive workshop will review the current evidence for prevention interventions that can be delivered in – or referred from – the medical home, as well as the challenges and opportunities for further evaluation and implementation.
Sayida Peprah, PsyD
Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed Clinical Psychologist and trained Birth Doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a Clinical Psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital and correctional settings. She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix and presents and consults on topics of cultural diversity/humility, mental and maternal mental health, through her non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc.
Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health includes serving as a doula mentor, cultural competency instructor and consultant for the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, in Los Angeles. Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of women of color. Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees to improve maternal health including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Maternal Suicide Review Committee and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities.
Dr. Sayida is presenting the workshop, “Strengthening Cultural Humility, Dismantling Implicit Bias,” which focuses on increasing cultural humility, broadening participant’s awareness of their implicit bias (subtle, unconscious assumptions about others) and equiping them with tools to engage with clients in more open, respectful and empathetic ways.
Dr. Sayida will also present, “Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience, A Historical Perspective of Maternal Disparities in the African American Community and Considerations for Leveraging Resilience.” This workshop will focus on increasing a provider’s ability to detect and assess for significant coping vulnerabilities and strengths among African American mothers.