athy Spatz Widom, faculty member in the School of Criminal Justice since 1990, has become one of the nation's premier experts on the causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect. Her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of violence and neglect, and it has allowed her to comment on the relationship between child abuse/neglect and criminality, as well as on the involvement of alcohol and drugs in this area.
Widom was recently named co-chair of National Academy of Science panel that will study juvenile delinquency and criminal justice. During 1992-93, she was a member of an earlier NAS panel on child abuse and neglect. In addition, she has been invited to testify and consult about these matters in a host of important policy forums, initiated by among others the New York Governor's Office, the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Research Council and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Her research is founded upon a prodigious body of scholarly research, including 16 books and book chapters, 37 journal articles, and more than 100 invited papers, colloquia, and presentations. Her work has been supported by grants from federal government research agencies including the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Mental Health, and NIDA.
Widom's research is considered both innovative and definitive. In 1989 she received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's prize for outstanding behavioral research. Last year she won the "Outstanding Research Study Award" from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and also the Distinguished Contribution in Applied Research in Psychology and Law award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology.
She was also chosen to be one the first four researchers to give an address in the inaugural National Institute of Justice distinguished lecture series aimed at the policy-making community in Washington D.C.
The 1998 Excellence Awards
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