On Thursday, April 19, during the Moore Center’s annual symposium on child sexual abuse prevention, we held our third annual student poster competition that featured research on all aspects of child maltreatment, including child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect, bullying, peer-on-peer harassment and prevention policy and practice.

The purpose of the poster competition is to give students in the field of violence prevention and child maltreatment the opportunity to explore a research topic, gain experience presenting their research and network with other students and professionals.

Student Poster WinnerOur first-place winner was Abhery Das, a MHS candidate in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her poster, A Review of American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Suicide Prevention Programs in the United States presented statistics, risk factors and other data on protecting native children from abuse.

Student Poster Winner 2Our second-place winner was Ann Marie Gustafson, who is also a MHS candidate in the School’s Department of Public Health and is pursuing an MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her poster, Drug Testing for Children Experiencing Suspected Neglect, outlined research on the use of drug screening to identify possible neglect and drug abuse by caretakers. The Baltimore County Department of Health is currently screening children with the aim of guiding policy for child welfare.

Both women were awarded cash prizes during the symposium.