Kempe Interdisciplinary Research Institute

Kempe Interdisciplinary Research Institute

WHEN: Monday, August 3rd - Friday, August 7th

W​HERE:​ New Virtual Format!


  • Expand the pool of scholars trained to conduct child maltreatment research, increasing knowledge and the evidence base.
  • Provide research training to clinicians working in the child maltreatment field.
  • Increase the capacity of community-based practice in applying evidence based strategies to preventive efforts and adding to evidence through high quality evaluation planning. 


  • Three Courses
  • National and international participants representing multiple disciplines
  • Mentoring
  • Graduate course credit available through the Colorado School of Public Health
  • Limited, competitive scholarships available​​, with emphasis on under-represented groups


  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research - Designed for Child Abuse Clinicians to develop research skills.
    • Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics, U of Colorado School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health; Daniel Lindberg,MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Course 2: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research - Designed for trained researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., public health, social work, behavioral and social sciences) who are interested in applying their disciplinary expertise to examining topics related to child abuse working.
    •  John Fluke, PhD, Research Professor of Pediatrics, U. of Colorado School of Medicine; Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health; Barbara Fallon PhD, Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare, University of Toronto
  • Course 3: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens: Exploring Issues of Design, Implementation, and Evaluation - Designed for working professionals and practice-oriented graduate students
    • Meghan Shanahan, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Injury Prevention Research Center; and Carol Runyan, PhD Professor, Colorado School of Public Health and Emeritus Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

To adapt the course to meet our students online learning needs we will limit the length of each day to begin at 9:00 AM (MST) and finish by 3 PM (MST). Many of the core lectures will be converted to pre-recorded, self-paced material that the students will need to complete before class. All pre-recorded material will be during July. During the week-long online virtual learning series each course will meet live via zoom for discussions about readings, pre-recorded presentations and additional short lectures. This will be followed by daily research seminars followed by breakout mentoring groups where students will develop their research or evaluation ideas with Kempe faculty.


Given the challenges faced during COVID-19 and expecting that Course #3 will appeal mostly to working professionals and practice-oriented graduate students, we have decided to structure course #3 over an extended time frame of three weeks, July 27th - August 14th. Within each week there will be specific online lectures, readings, and activities required. At the end of each week, there will a live mentoring sessions to address questions and assist participants in the development of their evaluation plans.  Participants will learn basic approaches of public health planning and evaluation by working on creating an evaluation plan for a project of their choosing, ideally one to be carried out in their own work environment. Lessons will focus on basic principles of public health practice with a focus on primary prevention; evaluation planning with focus on developing a logic model, defining intervention goals and objectives, and evaluation questions, and strategies for assessing how the intervention was carried out and what impact it may have; and tips on seeking funding. By the end of the three weeks, participants should have a draft plan, with input from other participants and the instructors, in a form ready to expand into a funding application or be implemented.


The Center is proud to host a number of leading experts for the week long institute and will be offering daily 1 hour seminars from our distinguished guests on child maltreatment research from various professional perspectives. This year we are excited to announce the following speakers:

  • Heather Keenan, MD, PHD, MPH
  • Joanne Klevens, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Mary Clyde Pierce, MD
  • Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD
  • Brett Drake, PhD

General registration for the Kempe Interdisciplinary Research Institute is a $150 participation fee. CEUs are available for an Additional $25. Registration is also available for credit through the Colorado School of Public Health (tuition fees apply). Details for all registration options are listed below.