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Cindy W. Christian, MD
Child Abuse Prevention
Cindy W. Christian, M.D, Chair of the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglec and Director of A Safe Place, comes on the show to discuss Child Abuse Prevention Month and to offer parents very practical ways to deal with stress and other pressures without taking it out on their kids. She will discuss soothing a crying baby. What techniques work best, what should parents do if they start to feel frustrated, etc., how new parents should be educated about this so they know what to do.
Cindy W. Christian, M.D. holds The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. She is Director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Christian completed her pediatric residency and child abuse pediatrics fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has spent her career. Dr. Christian devotes much of her clinical and academic work to the care of abused children. She directs the hospital's CARE clinic and provides care to children admitted to the hospital with abusive injuries. She is a faculty director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on Child Abuse and Neglect, and presently serves as the Chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Christian is a founding member of the Ray E. Helfer Society, and is a member of a number of other local and national organizations devoted to the care of abused and neglected children. In 2007, Dr. Christian was named Pennsylvania Pediatrician of the Year by the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This summer, Dr. Christian was appointed as the first medical director for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, leading the development of policies and strategies to improve the health of Philadelphia’s dependent children. Dr. Christian's research and educational efforts are related to the medical evaluation and care of abused children.
Melanie Cole, M.S.