Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well Being was launched in Fall, 2012. Acting on the recommendation of the President’s Task Force on Child Maltreatment, the Network was established to advance the University’s academic mission of teaching, research, and engagement in the area of child maltreatment. The Network is built on four existing Penn State centers of excellence in the area of children, youth, and families – the Child Study Center (College of the Liberal Arts), the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (College of Health and Human Development), the Center for the Protection of Children (College of Medicine), and the Center on Children and the Law (Penn State Dickinson College of Law). Central to the Network’s development is the hiring of at least 12 faculty members with interdisciplinary expertise in child maltreatment research. Adding new faculty members across multiple colleges and disciplines will advance interdisciplinary research in the prevention, detection, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. A primary focus of the Network is the translation and dissemination of this research to affect meaningful outcomes in combating child maltreatment by informing public policy and assisting in the development and implementation of evidence based programs.
We are in the process of hiring at least 12 new faculty members who will transform our capacity in basic and translational multidisciplinary research.
Significant areas of research include: human development, bio-behavioral health, public policy, criminology, psychology, medicine, education, nursing, human services, and prevention science.
Learn more on the Network Faculty page.