Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kempe Summer Research Institute

We wanted to share this opportunity from The Kempe Center:

Interactive Virtual Learning Experience
August 3 - 7, 2020
Spearheaded by Drs. Desmond Runyan, John Fluke and Carol Runyan, The Kempe Center has developed a series of courses in child abuse research and evaluation in order to expand the researchers and evidence-supported programs in this field. Our aims are to better prepare researchers to apply for NIH and other support for their work and to ensure that practitioners are using the best evidence available to structure interventions and are contributing the evidence base through well-designed evaluations. Instructors include faculty from Kempe and a number of other leading research organizations and universities. The courses include lectures, discussion groups and mentoring by instructors and other visiting professionals.

We are excited to announce that for the August 2020 session we are converting all three courses to a new online format to accommodate the health and safety of our participants.

  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research

  • Course 2: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research

  • Course 3 [MODIFIED DATES]: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens. Exploring Issues of Design, Implementation, and Evaluation 

Modified Self Paced Format
July 27th - August 14th

Course 3 has been modified to a 3 week format to better accommodate working professionals and practice-oriented graduate students. Within each week there will be specific online lectures, readings, and activities required. At the end of each week, there will a live mentoring session to address questions and assist participants in the development of their evaluation plans. Participants will learn basic approaches of public health planning and evaluation by working on creating an evaluation plan for a project of their choosing, ideally one to be carried out in their own work environment. Registered participants will have access to materials from other Kempe Courses. Visit the Kempe Summer Research Institute Website for more information.

Course 1 & Course 2 will still take place from August 3 - 7. To adapt the course to meet our students online learning needs we will limit the length of each day to begin at 9:00 AM (MST) and finish by 3 PM (MST). Many of the core lectures will be converted to pre-recorded, self-paced material that the students will need to complete before class. All pre-recorded material will be during July. During the week-long online virtual learning series each course will meet live via zoom for discussions about readings, pre-recorded presentations and additional short lectures. This will be followed by daily research seminars followed by breakout mentoring groups where students will develop their research or evaluation ideas with Kempe faculty.


  • Heather Keenan, MD, PHD, MPH
  • Joanne Klevens, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Mary Clyde Pierce, MD
  • Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD
  • Brett Drake, PhD

Registration is available for academic credit through the Colorado School of Public Health. For those not seeking academic credit registration is a $150 fee, plus optional $25 for CEUs. 

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