APSAC Advisor

The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology, public health and prevention in the U.S.

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2000-2001 Number 2

Vision for the Future

(Randell Alexander, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Child Abuse, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA)

The medical director sits down at the computer and checks e-mail. About an hour's worth of discussion on the list serve alone. It seems the topic is about getting more time in the medical student curriculum. Maybe later today. He logs into his center's network software - looks like a peer review session in about an hour. Better check yesterday's medical exams.

How to Design a Telemedicine System That Actually Protects Children

(J. M. Whitworth, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Florida School of Medicine, Medical Director, State Child Protection Team Program, Department of Health Children's Medical Services, State of Florida)

New technology allows us to provide a myriad of services at a great distance This is a far cry from the days when the distance of the examiner from a patient was limited by the length of stethoscope tubing.

Telemedicine & Distance Learning in the Child Abuse Intervention Field

(Robert W. Block, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Chief Child Abuse Examiner, State of Oklahoma)

Probably the most widely used distance learning technology is the rapidly evolving field of video conferencing. Once limited to hard-wire or satellite connections, which are very expensive, new Internet technologies can bring reasonably good connections between two or more sites without a great deal of expense or difficulties.

Reflections on Creating Fiscal Solvency & Program Permanency

(Martin A. Finkel, DO, FACOP, Associate Professor and Medical Director Center for Children's Support School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistty of New Jersey)

The opportunity to care for maltreated children and their families is one that few clinicians elect to pursue for a variety of reasons. How do we balance our desire to provide clinical services yet justify inadequate reimbursement to ourselves or our respective practices or institutions?

Colposcopy in the 21st Century

(Nancy D. Kellogg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medical Director, Alamo Children's Advocacy Center)

The use of photocolposcopy is a recent development in the field of child sexual abuse. Research articles and references to photodocumentation with colposcopes in the evaluation of child sexual abuse first appeared in the 1980s (Teixeira, 1981; Woodling, 1986; Heger, 2000).

Computer Graphics in Child Abuse and Neglect

(James Lauridson, MD, Director of Advanced Graphics State of Alabama Office of Prosecution Services; Rob Panish, JD, Deputy Director National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Odgen, Utah)

Telling others about an abused child is an essential step in obtaining justice, attempting prevention, and teaching awareness. Teaching graphics packages are intended to present general concepts to jurors without dealing with specifics of a given case.

Photodocumentation of the Retina in Shaken Baby Syndrome

(Alex V. Levin, MD, FAAP, FAAO, FRCSC & Leslie MacKeen, BSc, OA, CRA, Department of Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto)

Even under the best circumstances, photodocumentation of the pediatric retina can be quite challenging. Yet when attainable, these photographs can be invaluable for the consultative and investigative process in cases of suspected child abuse.

Synchronous Evaluations of Child Abuse

(J. M. Whitworth, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Florida School of Medicine, Medical Director, State Child Protection Team Program, Department of Health Children's Medical Services, State of Florida )

We have been providing synchronous (real-time) evaluations of allegations of abuse from distant sites for the past three years as part of the Child Protection Team Program of the State of Florida, Department of Health, Children's Medical Services Telnet Initiative.

Image Advances in the Care of Abused Children: Techniques, Timelines & Expertise

(Wilbur Smith, MD, Professor of Pediatric Radiology, Wayne State University)

Child abuse investigation done correctly is one of the best examples of a helping, caring team; accurate, timely, and technologically excellent data help any team optimize performance. Recent advances in the imaging diagnosis of physical injury associated with child abuse include 1) enhanced imaging techniques affording improved ability to make the diagnosis, and 2) improvements in information dissemination that allow the most expert person to view the images and communicate findings to the other members of the team so that effective child protection and injury investigation are completed in a timely fashion.

Journal Highlights


The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC s membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.

APSAC Advisor 13(2): Full Issue


2023 Number 2

2023 Number 1

2022 Number 3

2022 Number 2

2022 Number 1

2021 Number 2

2021 Number 1

2020 Number 2

2020 Number 1

2019 Number 3

2019 Number 2

2019 Number 1

2018 Number 4

2018 Number 3

2018 Number 2

2018 Number 1

2017 Number 2

2017 Number 1

2016 Number 2

2016 Number 1

2015 Number 1

2014 Number 2

2014 Number 1

2013 Number 4

2013 Number 3

2013 Number 1 and 2

2012 Number 4

2012 Number 3

2012 Number 1 and 2

2011 Number 4

2011 Number 3

2011 Number 1 and 2

2010 Number 4

2010 Number 2 and 3

2010 Number 1

2009 Number 3 and 4

2009 Number 2

2009 Number 1

2008 Number 3 and 4

2008 Number 2

2008 Number 1

2007 Number 4

2007 Number 3

2007 Number 1 and 2

2006 Number 4

2006 Number 3

2006 Number 2

2006 Number 1

2005 Number 4

2005 Number 3

2005 Number 2

2005 Number 1

2004 Number 3

2004 Number 2

2004 Number 1

2003 Number 4

2003 Number 3

2003 Number 2

2003 Number 1

2002 Number 4

2002 Number 3

2002 Number 2

2002 Number 1

2000-2001 Number 3 and 4

2000-2001 Number 2

2000-2001 Number 1

1999 Number 4

1999 Number 3

1999 Number 2

1999 Number 1

1998 Number 4

1998 Number 3

1998 Number 2

1998 Number 1

1997 Number 4

1997 Number 3

1997 Number 2

1997 Number 1

1996 Number 4

1996 Number 3

1996 Number 2

1996 Number 1

1995 Number 4

1995 Number 3

1995 Number 2

1995 Number 1

1994 Number 4

1994 Number 3

1994 Number 2

1994 Number 1

1993 Number 4

1993 Number 3

1993 Number 2

1993 Number 1

1992 Number 4

1992 Number 3

1992 Number 2

1992 Number 1

1991 Number 4

1991 Number 3

1991 Number 2

1991 Number 1

1990 Number 4

1990 Number 3

1990 Number 2

1990 Number 1

1989 Number 4

1989 Number 3

1989 Number 2

1989 Number 1

1988 Number 1