Spring Research Symposium

Child Abuse Prevention Research Symposium


The Florida Institute for Child Welfare is proud to partner with the FSU College of Social Work and the USF Florida Mental Health Institute to host a research symposium on child abuse prevention.

The Symposium will take place at The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center in Tallahassee from Thursday, April 26 (1-5pm) to Friday, April 27 (8:30am-3pm).

The Keynote speakers are:

Dr. Sacha Klein Dr. Gary Melton
Dr. Sacha Klein
Michigan State University School of Social Work
Dr. Gary Melton
University of Colorado School of Medicine
April 26 April 27

Sacha Klein, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Michigan State University where she teaches child welfare, social policy, and community and organizational leadership. Her research focuses on child abuse prevention; early care and education for maltreated children; racial/ethnic disparities in child welfare involvement; and neighborhood effects on parenting. Sacha has more than twenty years of social work experience, which includes working on home visiting policy as a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts' Home Visiting Data Performance Initiative and as a Society for Research in Child Development Policy Fellow with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families. Sacha also was the Policy Director for First 5 LA and the Child Welfare Policy Director for the Association of Community Human Services Agencies (ACHSA) in Los Angeles County. She is the author of multiple articles on child welfare and social service policy and practice issues.

Gary B. Melton, PhD is associate director for community development and social policy in the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, professor of pediatrics in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, all located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is currently visiting professor of education and psychology at the University of Virginia. He is adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University and adjoint professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.


Robin J. Kimbrough-Melton
Robin J. Kimbrough-Melton
Colorado School of Public Health
April 27

Robin J. Kimbrough-Melton is research professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University, and executive officer of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association). She has also been a research professor at the University of South Carolina (1995-1999) and Clemson University (1999-2012) and a visiting professor at the University of Virginia (2015-2017).

Join our Institute in a unified effort to raise the standards of Florida’s child abuse prevention services. It is our goal to develop effective strategies and identify barriers to prevention. An investment in the wellness of vulnerable families, through educational and preventive efforts, would positively impact our child welfare system on multiple levels; such as, workforce stability, caseload sizes, resource allocation and improved outcomes. We will learn from professionals who are leading Florida’s prevention work, and we will have presentations from renown and preeminent researchers and practitioners. We look forward to seeing you in April!


Attendance is free but registration is required. Space is limited.

Registration opens February 26, 2018.


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