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 Kempe Interdisciplinary Research Institute

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation Through a Public Health Lens - Exploring Issues of Design, Implementation, and Evaluation


Every: Monday from 1:30 - 2:50 PM (Mountain Time) Untitled design.jpg
From: Monday, January 27th - Monday, April 13th  

Offered through the Colorado School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Kempe Center, this one-credit online course is designed for practice-oriented graduate students and practicing professionals seeking countinuing education.
  • Introduce participants to key public health concepts, focusing on primary prevention strategies at the community and policy levels
  • Consider how primary prevention from a public health perspective differs from other approaches
  • Address basic skills in understanding and evaluation research evidence
  • ​Facilitate development of skills in program planning and evaluation of community based and policy interventions 
Live online sessions will occur on ten Mondays between January 27th and April 13th. Time 1:30 - 2:50 Mountain Time (3:30 - 4:50 Eastern Time; 2:30 - 3:50 Central Time; 12:30 - 1:50 Pacific Time). For those not seeking academic credit registration is a $100 fee, plus optional $25 for CEUs*.


Kempe Interdisciplinary Research Institute

August 3 - 7, 2020
Anschu​tz Medical Campus, University of Colorado 

  • Expand the pool of scholars trained to conduct child maltreatment research, increasing knowledge and the evidence base
  • Provide research training to clinicians working in the child maltreatment field 
  •  Three Courses
  • National and international participants representing multiple disciplines
  • Mentoring
  • Graduate course credit available
  • Limited, competitive scholarships available​
  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research - Designed for Child Abuse Clinicians to develop research skills 
  • Course 2: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research -Designed for trained researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., public health, social work, behavioral and social sciences) who are interested in applying their disciplinary expertise to examining topics related to child abuse working. 
  • ​Course 3: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens— Exploring Issues of Design, Implementation, and Evaluation  Designed for public health and social science graduate students/postdocs
For more information on how to prepare for the course and what to expect from attending, see our expectations overview: HERE


*Participation without the awarding graduate credit is subject to a $250 participation fee.  

*Current CU Denver Graduate Students Registering for Academic Credit register for the course through the University Website HERE

*Non-CU Denver Students Registering for Academic Credit must complete the Colorado School of Public Health non-degree Application Process HERE

All  students  registering for academic credit must also complete the "Kempe General  Course Registration" form above after completing registration through the school. 


CEUs are available for $25 and provided upon registration. Participants may earn up to 15 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. 


 If you have any questions in regards to the registration process please email: 




 COURSE 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research

  • Course ID: EPID 6652  (Course 1 Syllabus Overview)
  • A course for child abuse professionals new to research
  • This intensive course is designed for trained clinicians (e.g., pediatric fellows in child abuse) who are interested in learning basic research skills to enable them to develop research on child maltreatment.
  • Course director:  Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics, U of Colorado School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health​

 COURSE 2: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research

  • Course ID: EPID 6653  (Course 2 Syllabus Overview)
  • This intensive course is designed for trained researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., public health, social work, behavioral. and social sciences) who are interested in applying their disciplinary expertise to examining topics related to child abuse working. The course content does not assume that participants bring experience in carrying out research in the child maltreatment domain. It will provide basic background on the child abuse problem from multiple perspectives and facilitate cross-disciplinary exploration of controversies and related unanswered research questions, drawing on the recent IOM report and published calls for research. 
  • The class will meet for 15 contact hours over a 5-day period. The class addresses prevention and intervention systems (social service, health, public health, and legal), the role of evidence-based practices, and context as it influences our understanding of the problem and the research questions.  Included is information about accessing available data sources, data collection resources, and attention to the ethical issues related to child abuse research. While focusing mainly on the North American research experience, the course provides international perspectives consistent with the widening understanding regarding the scope of the problem and the systems that address it. Each participant will be expected to conduct an in-depth literature review on a topic of interest and outline the design of a study to examine that topic.
  • In addition to didactic sessions, this course will include intensive mentorship with a senior researcher with experience in child abuse research.  Attendees will meet in the afternoons with mentors to develop the foundations of a research project focused on child maltreatment. Participants will have the opportunity to continue consultation with the mentor after course completion.  
  • Course Director: J. Fluke, PhD, Research Professor of Pediatrics, U. of Colorado school of Medicine; Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health​

 COURSE 3: Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens

  • Course ID: EPID 6654  
  • Exploring issues of design, implementation & evaluation
  • The course will introduce participants to key concepts underlying prevention of child abuse and neglect from a public health perspective. The course will include a focus on principles of public health research and practice applied to Child Abuse and Neglect (CA&N) prevention as well as address different aspects of prevention research and evaluation (e.g., policy studies, intervention trials, and program evaluation) with examples from the child abuse and neglect literature. Through readings, lectures, and class discussions, participants will learn about and practice developing conceptual models and logic models and will receive mentoring as they develop their ideas for the design and evaluation of a child abuse prevention intervention. The course is designed for participants already having some familiarity with child abuse and neglect who are interested in gaining basic knowledge of research and evaluation principles from a public health perspective with focus on primary prevention at a community level.
  • Participants in this course will also join participants in other Kempe Summer Institute courses in attending daily lunch time seminars addressing a range of topics on CA&N research led by prominent leaders in the field. Each participant will leave the course with an outline of a proposed project that has been developed with input from fellow students and from faculty mentors and will receive mentoring online and via Zoom over a period of six months. 
  • Course Co-Directors: Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health and Meghan Shanahan, MPH, PhD, Assistnt Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health





 Scholarship Opportunities

The Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute is pleased to be able to offer financial scholarships to eligible and highly qualified students in the form of support for travel expenses. A limited number of scholarships will be provided up to $1,100, to attend the intensive summer session. Priority for scholarships include under-represented graduate students with diverse backgrounds/perspectives and first-year fellows in approved child abuse pediatrics fellowships.  We will try to cover as many as possible but anticipate that we will have no more than 20 scholarships.






 Center Location and Parking on Campus

The Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute will kick off the morning of Monday, August 3rd at The Kempe Center. Classes will be presented on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. Students will be provided with additional location information for their specific courses as the date approaches.  
  • The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect
    The Gary Pavilion at Children’s Hospital Colorado
    13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
  • Students driving can park free of charge across the street from the Kempe Center in Lot 10 off Victor Street at Children’s Hospital for parking map:  Access Here
  • CU Denver Anschutz Campus Map:  Access an interactive campus map HERE where you may identify buildings, parking, where to dine on campus, etc.​

 Course Materials

The course materials will be accessible on the internet via “Canvas.” Please check back at a later date for additional information on specific materials for each course.​​1


The Kempe Center negotiated a special nightly rate of $149 at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Denver at Anschutz Medical Campus. This rate includes a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.
  • If interested in booking your stay during the course, use the following link: Book your group rate for Kempe Group
  • ​Or call (720) 859 - 1100 and mention the Kempe rate. 
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott 
    13400 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011 ​