Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, MSW,is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director with The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University in Southeastern Virginia. As a clinical and forensic social worker, Dr. Vaughan-Eden serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse. She lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals. Dr. Vaughan-Eden is President Emerita of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW), and on the board of directors of Darkness to Light-End Child Sexual Abuse. She also serves as Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Social Work Education and on the editorial board of numerous other national research journals. Dr. Vaughan-Eden is the recipient of several honors including the 2012 NASW-Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. See
Pearl Berman, PhD, is a Full Professor and the Chair of the Psychology Department at Indiana University of PA. She is also a licensed, clinical psychologist. Her longstanding interest in violence prevention has led her to integrate information and skill building relevant to interpersonal violence into all of her teaching at both the undergraduate and doctoral-level. She is an active member of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV) as well as President Elect and the Senior Co-Chair of the Training and Mentoring Action Team. She is also a member of The National Committee to Prevent Elder Abuse, The Academy on Violence and Abuse, and The American Psychological Association. She has been collaborating with the National Child Protection Training Center to expand their Child Advocacy Studies Program to be a Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Program. She is the incoming Pennsylvania administrator for ChildFirst PA a forensic training program for first responders in cases of interpersonal violence. Dr. Berman has published doctoral-level textbooks for individuals in training to be psychologists, counselors, social workers and therapists and has provided her research and clinical workshops nationally and internationally.
Sandi Capuano Morrison, MA, is the Chief Executive Officer for the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT). Prior to IVAT she was the manager of the city of San Diego, California’s Rape Crisis Center, and a member of the San Diego Sexual Assault Response Team and the San Diego Sex Offender Management Council. She has prior experience as the Director of the Tri-City Mental Health Agency’s IMPACT Batterer Intervention Program in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked with victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, as well as with offenders of domestic violence and sexual assault for the past 20 years in CO, CA and MA. Sandi has been Co-Chair of the IVAT International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma for the past two years. Sandi also served as a former Trauma Intervention Program Volunteer for the city of San Diego assisting family members dealing with natural and violent deaths of individuals of all ages.
Sandi Capuano Morrison
Alan Rosenbaum, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, and the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault at Northern Illinois University. He was founding director of the Marital Research and Treatment Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, from 1986-2002. This program included Men’s Educational Workshop, one of the oldest and largest university based batterer treatment programs in the U.S., as well as anger management programs for men, women, and male adolescents. He has published numerous journal articles, books and book chapters. He co-edited a special issue of Violence and Victims dealing with methodological issues in research involving violence and victims.
Deb Sendek, MA, has over thirty-five years of experience working in the field of child abuse and neglect assessment, treatment and prevention. Deb is a founding member of the United States Alliance to End the Hitting of Children and currently serves on the board of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal violence. She holds a Master’s degree in Child Development, Family Relations and Developmental Psychology and has completed Post-graduate work in Clinical-Child Psychology. Deb has served as the Program Director for the Center for Effective Discipline, a program of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center; Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Ohio; and Director of the Family Support Program, a treatment program for child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse and adolescent sexual offenders.
Kevin Hamberger, PhD, is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, and an affiliate of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Since 1982, he has conducted treatment and research programs with domestically violent men and women, and developed and evaluated health care provider training programs to deliver violence prevention services to patients. He was Principal Investigator on a recently completed three-year CDC-funded project evaluating the impact of a health systems change model of intervention to prevent and end intimate partner violence in primary care settings. He is a past Co-Chair and member of the Wisconsin Governor’s Council for Domestic Abuse and founding member and past Chair of the Wisconsin Batterer Treatment Provider Association.
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Shelly M. Wagers, PhD, earned her degree from the University of South Florida, which is ranked as one of the top 10 programs in criminology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida and is the founder of Internal Power®. Dr. Wagers has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering educational classes, workshops, and seminars in violence prevention and effective criminal justice responses to domestic violence. One focus of her research and experience is on helping people understand the internal motives behind their behaviors, and how these can either enhance or obstruct their interpersonal relationships at home and in their career. A second focus of her work is developing researcher-practitioner partnerships with advocates, law enforcement and the courts to develop and strengthen the criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Wagers worked as a sexual and domestic violence prevention trainer and served as a sworn law enforcement officer in Florida. Dr. Wagers has also consulted with local Domestic Violence Task Forces, conducted multiple trainings for Batterer Intervention Program Clinicians serves as an Associated Editor for a Behavioral Sciences Journal and has consulted with the Virginia Batterer Intervention Certification Board on implementing evidence-based practices in the field. Dr. Wagers has published numerous research articles on domestic violence, authored several book chapters and prepared technical reports for local agencies. She has presented her research on intimate partner violence at numerous national and international conferences and provides ongoing continuing education training to criminal justice professionals.