Division Highlights - Child Abuse & Bioethics

The Division of Child Abuse and Bioethics works through the University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program to provide clinical services for suspected cases of child maltreatment and neglect.

Education and research efforts aim to improve the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse victims.

Our faculty also provide consultation on ethical issues in clinical care and research, help frame national and international debates on a variety of bioethical issues, and provide education in ethical issues in health care and human subjects research.

2015 Highlights

  • Barbara Knox, MD, was one of four child abuse pediatricians nationwide selected to participate in a medical working group to develop a national protocol for pediatric sexual assault medical forensic examinations. This project will directly connect the needs of juvenile survivors with an evidence-based, patient-focused national medical-forensic sexual assault examination protocol.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, was selected to guest edit the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma’s special edition journal dedicated to medical neglect in childhood. She also co-directed the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's (APSAC) Preconference Institute on Advanced Issues in Child Sexual Abuse.


  • Barbara L. Knox, MD

    Associate Professor (CHS)

  • Amanda L. Palm, PA-C, LCSW

    Amanda L. Palm, PA-C, LCSW

    Physician Assistant

  • Jessica A. Wipperfurth, SW

    Jessica A. Wipperfurth, SW

    Clinical Social Worker

Grant Support