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, including physical abuse, child torture, sexual abuse, child neglect and medical child abuse.
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.
- Norman Fost, MD, received the 2016 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes, the largest prize in bioethics and clinical ethics.
- Barbara Knox, MD, was selected to participate on the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ (APA) National Child Abuse Prosecution Project Advisory Board, a training initiative operated in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
In addition, she co-directed the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Pre-Conference Institute on Advanced Issues in Child Sexual Abuse. This advanced training institute discusses important current and emerging issues in child sexual abuse for medical providers across the country and internationally.
Finally, she was instrumental in UW Health’s ‘Hitting Hurts' campaign, which aims to educate the public about the risks of using corporal punishment on children. As part of the campaign, UW Health will create "No Hit Zones" in all of its facilities, starting with American Family Children's Hospital.
Associate Professor (CHS)
Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH
Amanda L. Palm, PA-C, LCSW
Jessica A. Wipperfurth, SW
Clinical Social Worker
Esernio-Jenssen D, Knox BL. Using injury algorithms to discriminate physical child abuse from trauma. CME University. www.cmeuniversity.com/course/disclaimer/112319. Published April 1, 2016. Accessed May 2, 1017.
Kudek MR, Luyet F, Herringa RJ, Knox BL. Restrictive diet control as a means of child abuse. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26945192.*
Knox B, Rorke Adams L, Luyet FM. Subdural hematoma rebleeding in relation to abusive head trauma. J Fam Violence. 2016 Oct; 31(7):815-821. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9842-y.
Knox BL, Starling SP, Feldman KW, Kellogg N, Frasier L, Tiapula SL. Child torture as a form of child abuse. J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2016 Sept; 9(3):265. doi:10.1007/s40653-016-0108-x.
Levin A, Luyet FM, Knox BL. Ophthalmologic concerns in abusive head trauma. J Fam Violence. 2016 Oct; 31(7):797-804. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9840-0.
Luyet FM, Wipperfurth, JA, Palm, AL, Knox BL. Skin lesions and other associated findings in children with abusive head trauma. J Fam Violence. 2016 Oct; 31(7):805-814. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9841-z.
Our faculty were principal investigators and/or co-investigators on the following grant during calendar year 2016.
|Fost, Norman (collaborator) with
Schwarze, Gretchen (PI)
|Greenwall (Frank and Anna) Foundation||Failure to Die in Time: Exploration of Experiences and Attitudes of Family Members of Donors Involved in Donation After Circulatory Death|