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Donald C. Bross, JD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Family Law


Donald C. Bross, PhD, JD, is Professor of Pediatrics, and a faculty member of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Brought by Dr. C. Henry Kempe to the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1976, Don incorporated, obtained tax exemption and served for over eight years pro bono as the lawyer and parliamentarian for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).  In 1976, Don initiated the discussions that led to incorporation in 1977 of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), for which he served as its first President, later as its pro bono Executive Director, and for the past ten years as Board Member Emeritus.  Don serves on the Kempe Child Protection Team, the State and Regional consultation team on crimes against children, the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Team (reviewing human subject research involving children), and teaches medical students, Pediatric Fellows, Child Psychiatry Fellows, and child welfare and legal professionals active in the Colorado Department of Human Services. Don represented children in court for more than ten years, continues to conduct social science and legal research related to professionals and agencies involved in child protection, pediatric policy, bioethics related to childhood, and pediatric law, and has more than 100 publications. In January, 2013, he became Co-Editor in Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal.

Don graduated with high distinction from Dartmouth College, was awarded a National Institutes

of Mental Health Traineeship in Medical Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, receiving his M.S.  and later his PhD for research on the reporting of sexually transmitted disease by private physicians, published in AJPH.  Awards include the ISCPAN Distinguished Service Award (1994), the Commissioner’s Award, U. S. Department of Human Services, Administration   for Children & Families, for Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (2003) and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Ronald C. Laney  Distinguished Service Award (2011).