Who We Are
The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse was founded in 2012 with a generous gift from the Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Julia Moore family, who courageously decided to fund a research center that would create, through rigorous science, a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse.
The Moore family purposefully “seated” this Center within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a leading international authority on public health, the School is dedicated to protecting health and saving lives. The School works to keep millions around the world safe from violence, illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field, and educating tomorrow’s scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life.
Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Mental Health and the inaugural director at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. For more than 30 years, she has conducted research involving the evaluation of clinical practice and legal policy related to adult and adolescent sexual offending. Read her biography here.
Our work at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse addresses many different aspects of child sexual abuse. Priority focus areas include:
- Assessing the state of prevention activities and resources at the federal level and developing policy recommendations to align those resources with best prevention practices
- Developing and testing primary prevention programs that target potential victims, potential perpetrators, parents and other adult caregivers, and bystanders
- Empirically evaluating the effects of current sex crime policies.
Please see our annual report for more information about our work.