Rosalynn Carter Symposium Panel on Domestic Violence and Children Chaired by APA

Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH, Associate Executive Director of APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO), was invited to moderate an October 26, 2011, panel on domestic violence and children at the Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy in Atlanta, Georgia. In her opening remarks, Dr. Elmore highlighted APA’s efforts of relevance to the topic, including recent APA task forces on Children and Trauma, Resilience in the Aftermath of War, Child Maltreatment Prevention in Community Health Centers, Sexualization of Girls, and Resilience in African American Children and Adolescents. In addition, she discussed the work of the APA Violence Prevention Office and PI-GRO policy efforts including ongoing support for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and the Violence Against Women Act.

The main plenary for this panel was delivered by psychologist Ileana Arias, PhD, Principal Deputy Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who discussed CDC’s continued focus on violence prevention and early intervention. Other panelists included Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine; Ann Rosewater, MA, California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Wellbeing; and Carrie Johnson, PhD, Seven Generations Child and Family Services, United American Indian Involvement, Inc.