Dr. Stacia Stolzenberg Roosevelt will be speaking on the best practices for talking with children about sexual abuse allegations in family court. She will discuss ways to elicit descriptions of touching, feelings, and clothing placement, while reporting on the best interviewing practices to increase accurate statements about abuse.
Dr. Stacia N. Stolzenberg is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is also a core faculty for ASU's program on law and behavioral sciences. Trained as an applied developmental psychologist who completed a three-year postdoc at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, Dr. Stolzenberg takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying children’s reports of maltreatment, then applying her work to criminal justice systems. Her work focuses on the direct application of developmental science to increasing accurate and complete disclosures from children, without increasing false reporting. To do so, she studies the reporting, investigating and prosecuting of child maltreatment. Furthermore, Dr. Stolzenberg studies children’s competencies and vulnerabilities regarding their cognitive abilities, as they apply to child interviewing.
Dr. William Fabricius will be presenting the newest research on how children's reactions to divorce negatively impact functioning and the most effective treatment approaches that can be implemented to improve outcomes. He will discuss how perceived abandonment or rejection by a parent signals stress hormones that stay in the major systems of the body in various ways and how to apply this research when working with clients.
Dr. William Fabricius is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. One of Dr. Fabricius' areas of research is children’s social cognitive development, in particular the development of children’s “theory of mind.” The topics he studies include young children’s early linguistic references to mental states, preschoolers’ reasoning about knowledge and belief and how that relates to their social behavior, and school-age children’s and high schoolers’ understanding of the interpretative nature of mental processes and how that relates to their understanding of conflict and their aggressive behavior. Another area of research is father-child relationships, especially in divorced families. Dr. Fabricius is interested in the impact of these relationships on children’s health and well–being, and in the implications this research can have for social policy. Part of this work is in the context of a funded longitudinal study of fathers and stepfathers, and includes both quantitative and qualitative methods such as narrative analysis.
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