Cindy Miller Perrin, Ph.D.
New Section President Looks Forward
Change often brings with it feelings of hope, as we welcome a new American President or make New Year’s resolutions, with a sense of confidence that we can be different and better people. Change can also bring with it a sense of uncertainty about what is to come, especially during times like these when we find ourselves in the midst of war and worldwide economic crisis. Our work in the field of child maltreatment can also sometimes bring feelings of uncertainty and the problems that children and families experience can certainly seem overwhelming at times. I am confident, however, as I enter my new role as President of the Section on Child Maltreatment that we have the powerful assets that we need to make a difference. I am both honored and excited to begin my term as the President of the Section.
One of our greatest assets is the many outstanding
individuals within the Section who dedicate countless hours of their time
and energy to addressing the wide array of clinical, research, training, and
prevention issues posed by the problem of child maltreatment.
I would like to thank Tony Mannarino, who just completed his term as
President of the Section, for his wisdom and leadership these past several
years. I would also like to
express my appreciation to our other outgoing officer, Sandra Graham-Bermann,
One important initiative that I would like to explore as President of the Section is collaboration. The level of expertise and diversity reflected in our membership is remarkable – all domains of the child maltreatment field are represented including practice, research, teaching, advocacy, and a wide range of direct service providers. We have much to share with one another – as well as with other groups addressing related issues. In addition, I believe that we need to increase our membership and find ways to involve all of our members in the activities of the Section. I would like to encourage each of you to identify at least one way in which you can increase your involvement in the Section over the next year. Please feel free to contact me with questions about how you might be involved or about how the Section can better serve you (firstname.lastname@example.org).In closing, I would like to welcome our new incoming officers - President-Elect, Mary Haskett and Member-at-Large, Lisa Jones. In addition, Amie Lemos-Miller has joined the leadership of the Section as the Newsletter Editor. I would also like to welcome any new members and encourage anyone thinking about becoming a member of the Section to join us. Although we can perhaps never eliminate child maltreatment in our society, the Section is dedicated to supporting and promoting scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and advocacy in the area of child maltreatment. Although these are times of great change, they are also exciting and promising times, and I hope that you will join the Section in its efforts to make change that results in safer families and communities.