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Dr. Pearl Berman, Dr. Maureen McHugh, and Dr. Christian Vaccaro, in conjunction with MARTI and the IUP Center for Applied Psychology, are organizing the Inaugural REACH Conference, titled “Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma: A Community Health Initiative.”

The conference, which will take place May 20–23, 2014, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), will focus on research about preventing, responding to, and coping with violence and trauma in a variety of contexts, including familial, academic, medical, work-related, and military. This interdisciplinary conference includes panels on research and skill-building as well as panels organized according to sub-themes.

The conference will also feature keynote speakers:

  • David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center – Renowned advocate and expert on child victimization, child maltreatment, and family violence
  • Ed Gondolf, former director of Research at MARTI – Founding president of Domestic Abuse Counseling Center of Pittsburgh and expert evaluator of batterer intervention programs 
  • Coreen Farris, associate behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation – Expert researcher on military sexual trauma, and program evaluator for psychological health following a military deployment
  • Nan Stein, senior research scientist at Wellesley Centers for Women – Director of national research projects on sexual harassment, gender violence, and bullying in schools.
  • Victor Veith, director of the National Child Protection Training Center – Acclaimed trainer of child-protection professionals on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions, and prevention

Call for Papers:

Those organizing the conference are inviting researchers on violence and trauma from all disciplines to submit research papers or posters. Chosen submissions will be included in the conference regular sessions. Submissions should focus on providing insight to preventing, responding to, and coping with violence and trauma through the lens of education, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, family studies, nursing and heath profession, or military studies. Research subtopics can include, but are not limited to, school violence and bullying, sexual and dating violence, child and elder abuse, military trauma, and LGBT abuse and bullying.

Those interested in attending the conference can register for either single day or full conference options.

Approved Continuing Education Units: APA, PA SW, PCB, NBCC, CRCC, Act 48. Also available: 3 Academic Credits through IUP

For more information, please contact Dr. Christian Vaccaro at

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