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

This database contains all Research to Practice Briefs published to date. Scroll down to select past briefs by year and title. Click the title to view the full brief. Once a brief appears in the box, you can use the Enlarge button to open the document in a new window or tab (depending on how your browser is set up). This will allow you to view the document with larger print.

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


Developmental Stage of Onset, Poly-Victimization, and Persistence of Childhood Victimization: Impact on Adult Well-Being in a Rural Community‚Ä"Based Study

(Study Authors: Kimberly J. Mitchell, Elizabeth A. Moschella, Sherry Hamby, & Victoria Banyard; Brief Author: Shane A. Kavanaugh, Ph.D., LMHC )

Sexual Abuse and Assault in a Large National Sample of Children and Adolescents

(Study Authors: Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan & David Finkelhor Brief Author: Carl Hanson, MS, MPP)

Inequities in Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma According to Neighborhood Social and Material Deprivation: A Population-Level Study in British Columbia, Canada

(Study Authors: Emilie Beaulieu, Andy Jiang, Alex Zheng, Fahra Rajabali and Ian Pike
Brief Authors: Debangshu Roygardner and Vincent J. Palusci )

From Child Welfare to Jail: Mediating Effects of Juvenile Justice Placement and Other System Involvement

(Study Authors: Sarah Goodkind, Jeffrey Shook, Karen Kolivoski, Ryan Pohlig, Allison Little, and Kevin Kim Brief Author: Bri Stormer, MSW)