Child Abuse Evidence: New Perspectives from Law, Medicine, Psychology and Statistics


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Participants : 
  • Introduction by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack
  • Dr. Patrick Barnes, Professor of Pediatric Neuroradiology, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Richard Leo, Hamill Family Chair Professor of Law and Social Psychology, University of San Francisco
  • Keith Maddox Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Cognition Lab, Tufts University
  • Sam Sommers, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab, Tufts University
  • Lunchtime keynote address by Dr. Peter Aspelin, Professor of Medical Radiology, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), introduced by University of Michigan Provost Martha Pollack
  • Maria Cuellar, Ph.D. Student in Statistics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Steve Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kate Judson, Innocence Network Fellow at University of Wisconsin Law
  • Leigh Bishop, Assistant Prosecutor and Chief of the Child Fatality Unit at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in New York
Event Date: 
November 6, 2015
Event Time: 
Honigman Auditorium, 100 Hutchins Hall, Law School
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What counts, or should count, as a clinical indication of child abuse? Missed abuse endangers children, while mistaken attribution of abuse harms families and caregivers. Either problem may be magnified by diagnostic procedures that invite unwitting bias, or by supporting science that is not itself well-supported. This symposium assembles diverse research perspectives shedding light on these possibilities, with commentary from attorneys who defend and prosecute child abuse cases.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Conference Registration:
This symposium is free and open to the public. Please complete the registration form to be counted for planning and catering purposes.

Conference Sponsors: 
The event is supported by the College of LSA Dean’s Office, Law School, and the ADVANCE Program. Other co-sponsors include the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), the Institute for Social Research (ISR), Population Studies Center, the departments of Sociology, Statistics, and Psychology, the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), the department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health, and the Ford School of Public Policy.