Approximately 1 in 4 children suffer from child abuse or neglect (CAN) at some point in their lives. The IPRC's researchers work with community partners to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.
The IPRC was home to LONGSCAN, a 20-year study on child maltreatment. Findings were shared with community leaders and stakeholders, including policy-makers at a Federal Congressional Briefing, the NC Child Fatality Task Force, and the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services to improve to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. PI: Dr. Des RunyanLearn More About IPRC's Impact
Anna E. Austin is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. She received an MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health and worked as a Fellow for the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership. Ms. Austin was also a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow at NC DPH|IVPB and received the CDC/CSTE Hillary B. Foulkes Memorial Award. Her research interests include the prevention of child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences, and parenting in the context of substance use.
UNC faculty and students created and lead a Child Maltreatment Research and Practice Network to build linkages between local child abuse and neglect researchers and practitioners. Bi-weekly meetings are held to discuss current developments in and bridging the gap between child abuse and neglect research, policy, and practice within the field of child welfare. IPRC lead contact: Meghan E. Shanahan, PhD