John Leventhal, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT, United States
General Session- Thursday
Dr. John M. Leventhal graduated from Brown University in 1969 and Tufts Medical School in 1973. Since 1973, he has been at the Yale School of Medicine where he is a Professor of Pediatrics with a joint appointment at the Child Study Center.Since 1982, Dr. Leventhal has served as Medical Director of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital's Child Abuse Programs and Child Abuse Prevention Programs. He is an active member of several statewide committees concerning child abuse and prevention and works closely with child protective services and other state and community agencies.Dr. Leventhal is recognized nationally and internationally for his research in the area of child maltreatment, where he has focused on the epidemiology of child maltreatment, perinatal risk factors for abuse and neglect, distinguishing abusive from accidental injuries, and prevention. He has published over 180 peerreviewed articles, chapters and commentaries.From 2001 to 2006, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, The International Journal. This journal, which was begun in 1976 by C. Henry Kempe, was the first medical journal to focus on the problem of child maltreatment.Dr. Leventhal has received several awards for his teaching and mentoring and for his leadership inadvocating for vulnerable children and families. In 2008, he received the George Armstrong Award for his lifetime work in child abuse and academic pediatrics from the Academic Pediatric Association; in 2010, he received the Ray Helfer Society Award from the Helfer Society for his "distinguished achievement in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect;" and in 2011, he received the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association for his dedication to training and mentoring.Currently, he is Past President of the Helfer Society, an international organization for physician leaders in the field of child maltreatment.
Kevin McNeil, MDiv
The Twelve Project, LLC
Lawrenceville, GA, United States
General Session – Friday, Special Session- Friday
Kevin McNeil is a Special Victims Detective, author, educator, and motivational speaker.Throughout his 18-year career as a law enforcement officer and detective, Kevin has testified in court as an expert witness and is responsible for putting together numerous cases for prosecution against sex offenders. Kevin has investigated and solved several high profile media cases; including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases.His years of experience as a police officer and detective allow him to consult with local law enforcement agencies as well as Child Advocacy Centers, hospitals, school systems and state family protective service agencies. He helps agencies measure the effects of abuse and educates the general public on how to recognize and report abuse to the proper authorities.Kevin has been featured on Atlanta Live, Urbancusp Magazine, newspaper articles and talk radio. Kevins' passion is to educate the world on the effects of abuse and how it can be eradicated from our culture.Kevin's speaking topics include:Abuse: America's Silent Epidemic Child Abuse and Its Affect Upon Individuals, Families, and Communities, How to Recognize and Properly Report Child Abuse, Abuse is Everybody's Problem, Understanding Child Abuse Investigations and Why Your Role Matters. Kevin has a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master's of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Arvind Singhal, PhD
Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor
Director Social Justice Initiative
University of Texas - El Paso
El Paso, TX, United States
General Session - Wednesday, G11
Dr. Arvind Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is also appointed, since 2010, as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas, and since 2015, Distinguished Professor 2, Faculty of Business Administration, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. Singhal teaches and conducts research on the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. His outreach spans public health, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship. Singhal is co-author or editor of 14 books, three of which have won awards for distinguished applied scholarship. In addition, he has authored some 180 peer-reviewed essays. Singhal's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, The Dutch Health Research Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the State of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank, UN-FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, U.S. Department of State; U.S. A.I.D., Family Health International, PATH, Save the Children, the BBC World Service Trust, International Rice Research Institute, Voice for Humanity, and private corporations such as Procter & Gamble (U.S.A and Thailand), Telenor AS (Norway), SpareBank (Norway), and others. He has taught previously at Ohio University, University of Southern California, University of California - Los Angeles, and held visiting professorships at the USC Annenberg School; the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Royal Roads University, Canada; Kumamoto (National) University, Japan; Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany; Institut Teknologi (Malaysia), and Bangkok University (Thailand).
Patty Wetterling, BS
St. Joseph, MN, United States
General Session -Tuesday, Special Session -Tuesday
Patty Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11, by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Jacob's remains were discovered on September 2, 2016 on a farm in Paynesville, MN. Since Jacob's abduction, Patty has become a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Patty and her husband Jerry co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) to educate communities about child safety issues. Patty co-founded Team H.O.P.E. a national support group for families of missing children. She also co-authored a book, "When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide," along with four other families and also co-authored the book " Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases", released in 2015. Patty was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the "100 Most Influential Minnesotans of the Century." Patty is past Director of Sexual Violence Prevention for the Minnesota Department of Health and was Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from 2012 - 2015.
Gregory Aarons, PhD
Department of Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Services Research Center
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States
Dr. Aarons is a clinical and organizational psychologist, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a faculty member in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Dr. Aarons' research, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Centers for Disease Control, focuses on implementation science with emphases on measurement, conceptual frameworks, management and organizational issues, quality of care, policy, and evidence-based practice in public sector mental health, HIV, substance abuse treatment, and social services settings. His research has developed implementation conceptual frameworks (e.g., the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, and Sustainment Framework), measures of individual and organizational factors that influence implementation (e.g., Evidence-Based Practice Attitudes Scale, Implementation Climate Scale), and developed and tested implementation strategies (e.g., the Leadership and Organizational Change Intervention). Dr. Aarons' current grants include an NIMH-funded project focusing on how to effectively implement an evidence-based HIV preventive intervention among high-risk women in Mexico, using an interagency collaborative approach to scaling up evidence-based practice across an entire service system, working across two states and 87 counties to examine the interaction of policy and organizational capacity factors in long-term sustainment of evidence-based practice, developing practical measures of organization leadership and climate, and developing leadership and organizational change strategies to support evidence-based practice implementation. Dr. Aarons’ most current work focuses on improving organizational context and training managers and supervisors to become effective leaders, to create a positive implementation climate, and to successfully lead evidence-based practice implementation in their teams and organizations. Other lines of inquiry involve understanding and improving implementation of evidence-based interventions in low- and middle-income countries.
Joyce Adams, MD
Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD
Tapia Counseling & Psychological, INC
Tempe, AZ, United States
Dr. Adler-Tapia is a licensed psychologist who has worked with individuals encountering trauma,attachment and dissociation. Currently in private practice. Her 30 year career includes providingcounseling, consultation and psychological services for children and families referred by child welfare, and Public Safety Professionals. She has authored several books, chapters, and articles on treating trauma. Dr. Adler-Tapia's volunteer work has included collaborating on the CEBC update and SAMHSA approval for EMDR therapy with children, EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for Arizona, and Mental Health Consultant for PISTLE. She considers her most valuable training to be her marriage of 28 years and the opportunity to parent three active young people.
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief
University of Florida – Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Institute G, Institute I, N17I
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics. He is on the Board of Councilors for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and is on the International Advisory Board for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. He is the President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He served as Vice-chair of the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, was on the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse). Randy has served on state and local child death review committees in Iowa, Georgia and Florida. He was chair of the Committee on Child Abuse for the Georgia and Iowa chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently chairs the Committee in Florida. He has extensive interests in all forms of child abuse, particularly shaken baby syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, prevention, and child death review.
Sandra P. Alexander, MEd.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA, United States
Sandra is a recognized national leader, strategic thinker, and innovator in child abuse prevention with over 47 years’ experience in the public and private sector. Her leadership experience includes Executive Director of two Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters. For the past twelve years, she has been an Expert Consultant/Subject Matter Expert in child maltreatment prevention in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the CDC and currently continues at CDC as a contractor working with KARNA LLC. At CDC, she provided leadership for key child maltreatment prevention initiatives including DVP's BECAUSE KIDS COUNT initiative, Knowledge to Action Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium, a cross-division shaken baby prevention initiative and the Essentials for Childhood initiative. She was a member of the team who developed DVP’s recent technical package for preventing child abuse and neglect. She currently serves as a member of the DVP policy and partnership team leading work to engage the business sector and other partners in prevention. She is a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, the Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect, Prevent Child Abuse America Policy Research and Programs Committee and the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Advisory Committee. She is a past board president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), currently serves on the APSAC Prevention Committee and is the former chair and current prevention advocate of the Atlanta Fulton County Child Fatality Review Committee. She has developed numerous prevention programs and provided training on prevention nationally and internationally, and served as a prevention voice for local and national media. Her early experience in child protective services, adoption and foster care helped inform her prevention work. She authored several book chapters on prevention.
Julie Alley, PsyD
Clinical Improvement Coordinator
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States
Hanan Alshaikh, MD
John Hopkins Aramco Health Care
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
"Since my journey in medicine started and I became a pediatrician, I learned that the art of pediatric medicine is not only about curing disease but most importantly it is about how to amuse these children. Not only are our children the future, they are part of the present too, and so we need to be constant advocates for them at all levels."
•Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), King Faisal University College of Medicine and Medical sciences, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, 1995
•Physician in development program for Saudi Arabia general practitioners at Saudi Aramco Dhahran Health Center. October 1997 - May 2001
•Four-year pediatric residency training at University of Ottawa Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada, July 2001 – June 2005
•American board of Pediatric 2004, re-certification December 2014
•Canadian board of Pediatric 2005
•Fellowship in Quality Improvement Patient Safety, Armstrong institute, Baltimore, USA, September 2014 - September 2015
Cordelia Anderson, MA
Sensibilities Prevention Services
Minneapolis, MS, United States
Cordelia Anderson, MA has been working to promote sexual health and prevent sexual harm, including child sexual abuse, for over 40 years. She's on the board of NCMEC, author of "the Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture" NEARI press, (2011, updated 2017) and has presented at Congressional and Parliamentary briefings in the US and Canada on pornography as a public health concern.