Our three coordinated in-person courses feature a state-of-the-art opportunity to learn and are combined with intensive mentoring by national and international experts in the field of child maltreatment. Whether you are a child abuse fellow getting oriented to research (Course 1), a graduate student who wants to better understand where your research fits in this complex and ever changing field from a social welfare perspective (Course 2), or a graduate student seeking to learn how to evaluate large scale primary preventive intervention programs and policies from a public health perspective (Course 3), these courses are designed to help move you to the next stage in your career development. Course credit, for all three courses, is available from the Colorado School of Public Health.
Summer Intensive Courses
WHEN: Monday, August 14th - Friday, August 18th
WHERE: Kempe Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 13123 E. 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045
During the week-long intensive learning series, each course will meet daily for dynamic learning experiences.
COURSE 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research
Course ID: EPID 6652
This intensive course is designed for trained clinicians (e.g., pediatric fellows in child abuse) who are interested in learning basic research skills to enable them to develop research on child maltreatment. The course will address basic concepts in creating a study question and formulating hypotheses, an overview of study designs and their pros and cons and strategies for selecting the design most appropriate to given questions; and basics of statistical inference. We will emphasize study designs and methods most suitable to newer investigators, while introducing more advanced methods in less depth. The morning lectures and discussion are designed explicitly for students who have had little or no recent exposure to research methods and designing their own study.
COURSE 2: Challenges in Child Maltreatment Research
Course ID: EPID 6653
This intensive course is designed for trained researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., public health, social work, behavioral and social sciences) interested in applying their research and disciplinary expertise to examining topics related to child abuse and neglect. Participants are not expected to be experienced in conducting research in the child maltreatment domain.
The course addresses recent issues in child maltreatment research including prevention and intervention systems (social service, health, public health, and legal), the role of evidence-based practices, and social context as it influences our understanding of the problem and the research questions. Information is provided about accessing available data sources, data collection resources, and attention to the ethical issues related to child maltreatment research. While focusing mainly on the North American research experience, the course provides international perspectives consistent with the widening understanding regarding the scope of the problem and the systems that address it. Each participant will be expected to conduct an in-depth literature review on a topic of interest and outline the design of a study to examine that topic.
This course will include intensive and structured mentorship with senior researchers with experience in child maltreatment research. Attendees will meet in small groups in the afternoons with mentors to develop the foundations of a research project focused on child maltreatment. Participants will have the opportunity to continue consultation with the mentors and to meet with mentors and other course participants after course completion.
COURSE 3: Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens
This course provides an overview of key concepts underlying primary prevention of child abuse and neglect from a public health perspective with special emphasis on eliminating disparities. Sessions will include a focus on principles of public health research and practice applied to CA&N prevention efforts as well as sessions addressing different aspects of prevention research and evaluation methods applied to policy studies, intervention trials, and large-scale population-based interventions.
* If you are registering for academic credit through the Colorado School of Public Health visit our registration details tab above for additional information on how to register.
Katrina L. Bledsoe, Ph.D.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Dr. John Melville, MS
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
* If you are registering for academic credit through the Colorado School of Public Health, visit our registration details tab above for additional information on how to register.