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.


Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Integrating Racial Socialization Into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth

(Study Authors: Isha W. Metzger, Riana Elyse Anderson, Funlola Are, & Tiarney Ritchwood Brief Authors: Michelle Desir, PhD & Donte Bernad, PhD LP)

Socio-Ecological Predictors of Resilience Development Over Time Among Youth With a History of Maltreatment

(Study Authors: Susan Yoon, Kathryn Maguire-Jack, Jerica Knox, Alexa Ploss; Brief Authors: Lindsey Schwanger, MSW)

The Cumulative Prevalence of Termination of Parental Rights for U.S. Children, 2000 - 2016

(Study Authors: Christopher Wildeman, Frank R. Edwards, & Sara Wakefield Brief Author: Ciara M. Collins, MA, LMFT)

Experiences with COVID-19 Stressors and Parents’ Use of Neglectful, Harsh, and Positive Parenting Practices in the Northeastern United States

(Study Authors: Christian M. Connell and Michael J. Strambler Brief Author: Bri Stormer, MSW)