Qazi Mahmudur Rahman, Counselor, Special Educator and EMDR Psychotherapist, Psychotherapy Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. Rahman is an applied psychologist trainer for teachers and parents at TECSN Model School, Dhaka. He writes extensively on the subject of child abuse, and is currently coordinating a national media campaign to make the public aware of the negative effects on children of punishment. His aim is to develope a national law to prohibit corporal punishment of children in Bangladesh.
Robert M. Reece, M.D., Director of the MSPCC Institute for Professional Education at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Director, Institute for Professional Education; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine; Executive Editor of Quarterly Child Abuse Medical Update; Dr. Reece has worked as a clinician, teacher and researcher in child maltreatment since the early 1970s. He has served on numerous governmental Advisory Boards and Commissions relevant to child abuse and neglect. Program Chair for the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1992-1996 and then Chair of the Section from 1998-2002, he also served on the national Boards and Executive Committees of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Prevent Child Abuse (America), and the National Children's Alliance. Dr. Reece was honored by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) as the "Outstanding Professional in the Field of Child Abuse" in 1997, by Tufts University as an "Outstanding Faculty Member 1998," and by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the "Award of Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children" in 2000. He is a founding member of the Helfer Society, an honorary society for child abuse physicians, and is named in all editions of the peer-reviewed book Best Doctors in America." He was elected to the American Pediatric Society as of January 1, 2003. He has published 39 original articles for medical journals and contributed 20 book chapters.
Olga Reyes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Michael Rich, M.D., MPH; Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor of Society, Health, and Human Development, Harvard School of Public Health; Committee on Public Education, American Academy of Pediatrics; author/co-author of four American Academy of Pediatrics policy statements on media and child health; Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
James Ritchie, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand; Honoury Life Fellow, New Zealand Psychological Society; co-author with Jane Ritchie of Spare the Rod and The Next Generation: Chld Rearing in New Zealand.
Jane Ritchie, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton,
New Zealand. She and her husband, James, have been long-time advocates of
legal change to remove parents' and caregivers' rights 'to use force by way
of correction provided the force used is legal in the circumstances'
(Section 59 of the New Zealand Crimes Act, 1961). They are the authors of
Spare the Rod and The Next Generation: Chld Rearing in New Zealand.
Samuel Ritvo, M.D., Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University; Member, American Psychiatric Assoc. and the American Psychoanalytic Assoc.
Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Director, Safety First Project of the Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco.
Edward D. Rossini, Ph.D., Director, School of Psychology, Roosevelt University.
Louise Marie Roth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona.
Donald Rothberg, Affiliate, Saybrook Graduate School and Buddhist Peace Fellowship, California.
Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., ABPP; Professor and Chair, Department of
Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida.
Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical and Social Psychology, University of Rochester; Dr. Ryan is a clinical faculty member whose research focuses on the effects of social contexts on human motivation, personality development, and well-being.
Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling, Florida Gulf Coast University; specializing in pre-K - 12 comprehensive developmental school counseling.
Delia Saenz, Ph.D., Associate Professsor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University.
Bernadette Saunders, Lecturer, Social Work, Monash University, Australia; Child Abuse and Family Violence Research Unit; publications include: Critical review of the literature on risk assessment in child protection, with Chris Goddard, Discussion Paper on the Physical Discipline of Children with Chris Goddard, Agenda for Change - AACA Conference Outcomes, with Joe Tucci, Chris Goddard, & Janet Stanley (Eds), Agenda for Change - Selected Conference Papers with Joe Tucci, Chris Goddard, & Janet Stanley (Eds).
Daniel G. Saunders, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan. Dr. Saunders focuses his research on family violence; principal investigator for two research projects: "Preventing Injuries from Marital Violence," funded by the Centers for Disease Control, and "The Traumatic Aftermath of Violence Against Wives," funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; served as a program evaluator of services for men who batter, battered women, and their children; currently co-director of the University's Interdisciplinary Research Program on Violence Across the Lifespan.
Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., Professor of Social Policy and Management, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management; Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University. Professor Saxe is an author and/or editor of nearly 200 publications. He has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress and was a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University, Israel. In 1989, Professor Saxe was awarded the American Psychological Association's prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, Early Career.
Robert Schilling, Ph.D., Professor of Social Welfare, School of Public Policy and Social Research, University of California - Los Angeles; formerly professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, where he co-founded and directed the Social Intervention Group. Dr. Shilling has published over 120 publications, including articles in Social Work, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Public Health, and The American Psychologist.
David Schonfeld, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Study, Yale University
School of Medicine; Head of the Subsection of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Director of the Fellowship Program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Yale.
Sanford F. Schram, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Acting Director, Center on Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy, Bryn Mawr College; author of Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare (2002), After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy (2000), and Words of Welfare: The Poverty of Social Science and the Social Science of Poverty (1995).
Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, Faculty Development Director,
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA.
Emily Scott-Lowe, Ph.D., LCSW, instructor of human development, Pepperdine University; therapist in the Student Counseling Center. Dr. Emily Scott-Lowe, together with her husband, Dennis Lowe (also a signatory of this letter) has conducted countless seminars enriching marriages and families throughout the United States and in Europe.
Elizabeth A. Seagull, Ph.D.; Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University; APA Fellow.
William Sears, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor at the University of California School of Medicine Irvine; Dr. Sears, leading exponent of Attachment Parenting, is one of America's most renowned pediatricians. He has been a pediatrician for twenty years. With his wife, Martha Sears, R. N., he is the author of numerous books, including, The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby - From Birth to Age Two, The Attachment Parenting Book: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby, 25 Things Every New Mother Should Know, The A. D. D. Book: New Understanding, New Approaches to Parenting, Becoming a Father: How to Nurture & Enjoy Your Family,
The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe & Satisfying Birth, The Successful Child,
The Family Nutrition Book, and others. Dr. Sears' Web site is AskDrSears.com.
Harry Segal, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Depts. of Psychology & Human Development, Cornell University.
Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Research Center, Tufts- New England Medical Center. Dr. Sege's research involves the development of a health care response to violence involving children and adolescents. He is the author of original research articles, reviews, and textbook chapters advocating an effective health care system role in violence prevention. In cooperation with the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Dr. Sege and his colleagues have developed and distributed education programs for professionals and parents to help reduce the risk of violence and child abuse. Dr. Sege has also advised local, state, and federal agencies concerned with developing a comprehensive policy approach to help understand and reduce violence-related injuries. Dr. Sege is a member of the core faculty of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and its Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Violence.
Amy Shapiro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Elsa G. Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology
Division of Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience, University of Minnesota.
Phillip R. Shaver, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, University of California, Davis; Fellow of APA and APS; Co-Editor, Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications.
Kennon M. Sheldon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri--Columbia; formerly Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (1994 - 1997); Member of American Psychological Association since 1988; author of numerous articles in scientific journals; lead author of the forthcoming book from Yale University Press, Self-determination theory in the clinic: Motivating physical and psychological health.
Harvey Shrum, Ph.D., Re-Entry Coordinator/Instructor (Folsom State Prison); Correctional Logotherapist; Franklin-Covey Reality Workshop Master Facilitator; Intensive Journal intern; Special Education/Secondary/Community College teaching credentials; Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction; M.A. in Secondary Education & Teaching Educationally Handicapped; B.A. in Math & Foreign Languages; serve on 5 boards; writer of self-help & children's books.
Murray Sidman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston; Senior Research Associate of the New England Center for Children; Dr. Murray Sidman is known for his classic research book, Tactics of Scientific Research: Evaluating Experimental Data in Psychology (1960/1988); Among his other titles are Equivalence Relations and Behavior: A Research Story (1993) and Coercion and Its Fallout (2001).
Laurence R. Simon, Ph.D., Professor of International Development; Director, Sustainable International Development Graduate Program and Center for International Development,
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Mark I. Singer, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and Director, Dual
Disorders Research Program; Co-Director, Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.
Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine.
Mary Skinner, M.Ed., Education Program Development Coordinator, Tacoma Community College, Washington.
Peter J. Smith, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Private Practice, Medford, Oregon.
Aletha Solter, Ph.D.; developmental psychologist and director of the Aware Parenting Institute (www.awareparenting.com); author of three books translated into seven languages: The Aware Baby, Helping Young Children Flourish, and Tears and Tantrums; workshop leader for parents and professionals; recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline.
Eli Somer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel; Founder, Israel Institute for Treatment and Study of Stress; Director, Unit for Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies of the University of Haifa; International Director, International Society for the Study of Dissociation.
Paul S. Spear, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, California State University, Chico; Member of APA.
David W. Springer, Ph.D., LMSW-ACP, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor,
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. One of Dr. Springer's main areas interest is clinical assessment and intervention with adolescents and families.
Julian C. Stanley, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology and Director of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), both at the Johns Hopkins University. Fellow of six divisions of the American Psychological Association. Former president of the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the APA Divisions of Educational Psychology and of Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. Fellow, National Academy of Education. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellow, American Statistical Association. Originator (in 1972) of the national talent searches for intellectually talented youth that span the United States and also of many academic summer programs.
Lee H. Staples, Ph.D., MSW, Clinical Professor, Acting Chair, Macro Practice,
Boston University School of Social Work.
William Steele, MSW, Psy.D., Founder and Director of The National Institute For Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), established in 1990. Over 3,000 school and agency professionals have been certified by the Institute as Trauma and Loss School Specialists and Trauma and Loss Consultants. TLC's Structured Sensory Interventions for Children, Adolescents, Parents (SITCAP) are being used for schools and agencies across the country. Dr. Steele has authored numerous books, articles and intervention programs for pre-school through adolescent children.
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., Director, Alfred Adler Institutes of San Francisco & Northwestern Washington
Distance Training in Classical Adlerian Psychotherapy.
William Wren Stine, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Gary Stollak, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University; membership: American Psychological Association, Section 1, Division 12 (Section on Clinical Child Psychology), American Psychological Society, Society for Research in Child Development, American Association of Applied & Preventive Psychology, Michigan and International Associations for Infant Mental Health; primary area of interest: Child and family psychopathology: Etiology, assessment, treatment, and prevention Family violence and maltreatment.
Murray Straus, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Co-Director Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, Durham; author of, among other titles, Beating the Devil Out of Them.
David Szydlo, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine; Education and Curriculum Development; Director for the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence; Senior Clinician for Child Development – Community Policing Program.