Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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U.S. Attorney General
Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice

Vice Chair
J. Robert Flores
Office of Juvenile
Justice and
Delinquency Prevention

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Department of Labor

Chief Executive Officer
David Eisner
Corporation for National
and Community Service

Assistant Secretary
Julie L. Myers
Department of Homeland Security

Steve Preston
Department of Housing
and Urban Development

Margaret Spellings
Department of Education

Michael O. Leavitt
Department of Health
and Human Services

Director John P. Walters
Office of National
Drug Control Policy

Practitioner Members

Larry K. Brendtro
William L. Gibbons
Adele L. Grubbs
Steven H. Jones
Pamela Rodriguez
Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Victor Rodriguez


Cathy Spatz Widom, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and University Professor
Department of Psychiatry
New Jersey Medical School (Newark)

Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom is currently Professor of Psychiatry and University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical School (Newark). She is temporarily on leave from her position as Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY). Since 1986, Dr. Widom has been studying the long-term consequences of early childhood abuse (physical and sexual) and neglect. This research began with an initial focus on the intergenerational transmission of violence and has expanded systematically to other domains of functioning. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral Science Research Prize for her paper on the cycle of violence (1989), the ninth Mark Keller Award (with T. Ireland and P. Glynn) (1996), the Distinguished Contribution to Applied Research in Psychology and Law from the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology (1997), and the Robert Chin Memorial Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (with Michael G. Maxfield) (1997). Previously, Dr. Widom taught in the Departments of Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard University and in Criminal Justice and Psychology at Indiana University. Dr. Widom has served on the editorial boards of psychology and criminology journals and is a frequent consultant on national review panels. She has published extensively on child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, incarcerated and noninstitutionalized psychopaths, female criminality, and prostitution, and she has conducted research in the United States and abroad. Currently, Dr. Widom serves on the Committee on Law and Justice at the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC) and is cochair of an NRC Panel on Juvenile Crime: Prevention, Treatment, and Control. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41, Law and Psychology) and the American Psychopathological Association. Dr. Widom holds a doctorate and a master's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in child development and family relationships.

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