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Transforming the paradigm of child welfare

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2021

Catherine Cerulli*
Department of Psychiatry, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA Susan B. Anthony Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Dante Cicchetti
Institute of Child Development & Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Elizabeth D. Handley
Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Jody Todd Manly
Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Fred A. Rogosch
Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Sheree L. Toth
Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Author for Correspondence: Catherine Cerulli, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, 300 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY14642, USA; E-mail:


As a founder of the field of applied developmental psychology, Dr Edward Zigler promoted public policy that translated scientific knowledge into real-world programs to improve the outcomes of high-risk children and families. Many researchers, practitioners, and public policy proponents have sought to carry on his legacy through integration of empirical research, evidence-based prevention and intervention, and advocacy to address a range of challenges facing families with young children. To advance the field of child maltreatment, a multidisciplinary team of investigators from the Universities of Rochester and Minnesota partnered with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to create the Translational Research that Adapts New Science FOR Maltreatment Prevention Center (Transform). Building on state-of-the-art research methodologies and clinical practices, Transform leverages theoretically grounded research and evidence-based interventions to optimize outcomes for individuals across the life span who have experienced, or may be at risk for, maltreatment. Inspired by the work of Dr Zigler, Transform is committed to bridging science and real-world practice. Therefore, in addition to creating new science, Transform's Community Engagement Core provides translational science to a broad audience of investigators, child-serving professionals, and parental and governmental stakeholders. This article describes Transform's purpose, theoretical framework, current activities, and future directions.

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