APSAC Research to Practice Briefs

In order for APSAC to achieve our goal of strengthening practice through knowledge, we must ensure that up-to-date, high quality research results are reaching the practitioners who need it most. To accomplish this, APSAC has assembled cadres of individuals working in psychology, social work, medicine, child welfare, and law to write 2-3 page translational summaries of articles from Child Maltreatment, APSAC's peer-reviewed, quarterly journal. These briefs will be designed to provide clear policy and practice implications of the research useful to people working in different disciplines.

APSAC collaborates with faculty at academic institutions to offer graduate students the opportunity to write briefs that meet our criteria and received feedback from professionals. Such briefs are identified with a "student author."

If you are interested in authoring Research to Practice Briefs or would like to bring them to your classroom as an assignment, contact Bri Stormer at

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In the listing below, click on a year and issue number to see the articles in that publication.


Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Maternal Trauma-Related Cognitions and Toddler Symptoms

(Study Authors: Rebecca L. Babcock Fenerci and Anne P. DePrince; Brief Author: Karen Zilberstein)

The Prevention of Child Maltreatment Through the Nurse Family Partnership Program: Mediating Effects in a Long Term Follow-Up Study

(Study Authors: Eckenrode, J., Campa, M.I., Morris, P.A., Henderson, C.R., Bolger, K.E., Kitzman, H., Olds, D.L.; Brief Author: Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S)

What is Neglect? State Legal Definitions in the U.S.

(Authors: Rebecca Rebbe; Brief Author: Bri Stormer, MSW)

Effectiveness of a Trauma-Informed Care Initiative in a State Child Welfare System: A Randomized Study

(Study Authors: M. Kay Jankowski, PhD; Karen E. Schifferdecker, MPH, PhD; Rebecca L. Butcher, MS, MPH; Lynn Foster-Johnson, PhD; Erin R. Bartneet, PhD Brief Author: Areesah Abdus-Shakur, LMSW)

Early Exposure to Child Maltreatment and Academic Outcomes

(Study Authors: Joseph P. Ryan, Brian A. Jacob, Max Gross, Brian E. Perron, Andrew Moore, Sarlyn Ferguson; Brief Author: Misti Jeffers, MA )

Annual Cost of U.S. Hospital Visits for Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (2018 Student Brief)

(Study Authors: Peterson, C., Xu, L., Florence, C., Parks, S.E. Student Brief Author: Jane I. Smith)

A Pilot Study of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Delivered via Telehealth Technology (2018 Student Brief)

(Study Authors: Regan W. Stewart, Rosaura E. Orengo-Aguayo, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, and Michael A. de Arellano Student Brief Author: Kymber Stanley)

Disentangling the Cycle: Potential Mediators and Moderators in the Intergenerational Transmission of Parent-Child Aggression

(Study Authors: Christina M. Rodriguez, Paul J. Silvia, Samantha Gonzalez, and Maria-Ernestina Christl Student Brief Author: Sunghyun Hong, BS)

Intergenerational Effects of Childhood Trauma: Evaluating Pathways Among Maternal ACEs, Perinatal Depressive Symptoms, and Infant Outcomes

(Study Authors: Christina G. McDonnell and Kristin Valentino Student Brief Author: Jessica M. Ladd)

Depressive Symptom Trajectories Among Sexually Abused Youth: Examining the Effects of Parental Perpetration and Age of Abuse Onset (2018 Student Brief)

(Study Authors: Carlson, M.W. & Ohsri, S. Student Brief Author: Hannah Boussi, MSW Candidate, BSW)

Building Capacity for Trauma-informed Care in the Child Welfare System: initial Results of a Statewide Implementation

(Study Authors: Jason M. Land, Kimberly Campbell, Paul Shanley, Cindy Crusto, and Christian Connell Student Brief Author: Keith Geiselman)