In partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Division of Child Abuse specializes in the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Working with division faculty, medical students, residents, and fellows learn about evaluation and intervention services for children who may have been maltreated. Additionally, the team holds an annual Child Maltreatment Symposium bringing in speakers from across the country to educate physicians and professionals from all disciplines who care for children. The symposium aims to help medical and other professionals expand their knowledge about the identification, intervention, and prevention of child maltreatment. This division offers a fellowship.
Our faculty members are involved in research related to understanding the effects of child abuse and mistreatment and improving behaviors, evaluations, and outcomes, including:
- Emalee Flaherty, MD, currently has a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority which allows children that have suffered maltreatment quicker access to trauma focused therapy.
- Emalee Flaherty and Amanda Fingarson, DO, are co-investigators on a grant “Clinical Decision Rules to Discriminate Bruising Caused by Child Abuse.” Mary Clyde Pierce, MD, ED attending, is the Principal Investigator on that grant.
- Emalee Flaherty, MD, is a consultant on a grant “Evaluating Fact from Fiction in Evaluating Cases of Child Abuse.”
Through Lurie Children’s, Feinberg faculty work with a multidisciplinary team that provides evaluations and intervention services to children who may have been maltreated. The team’s goal is to ensure that all children served by the hospital are in a safe and healthy environment. In addition, the team focuses on education and identifying intervention services. Public education includes Coping with Crying, an ongoing program with the goal of helping parents and caregivers to understand infant crying and to normalize expectations about crying. This intervention will help to prevent future abuse as crying is a common trigger for abuse in infancy. Lurie Children’s lead social worker has provided training to six hospitals across the Chicagoland area.