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Suspecting Child Abuse: Challenges and Guidance

When Nov 15, 2013
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Benjamin H. Levi


Benjamin H. Levi, MD PhD, is a practicing pediatrician and a philosopher who is a Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Children’s Hospital.  In addition to his other work in bioethics, Dr. Levi is recognized as an expert on ethical and professional concerns regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse.  Dr. Levi has published and lectured widely on this topic, both nationally and abroad.  Dr. Levi is Director of Penn State Hershey’s Center for the Protection of Children; along with colleagues has been instrumental in developing Penn State Children’s Hospital initiatives for the treatment and prevention of child abuse; and is co-creator of Look Out for Child Abuse, an extensive online resource that includes the Commonwealth’s only web-based tool for reporting suspected abuse.

Dr. Levi earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Antioch College; his Master’s Degree in Philosophy, PhD in Philosophy of Education, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois in Urbana; and completed his Pediatrics Residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Levi joined the faculty at Penn State Hershey in 1999, and since that time has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Hinkle Award for Translational Research; 4 awards for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction; an Excellence in Teaching award from Penn State medical students; a prestigious four-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Scholarship; a Community Service Award for his work on child abuse; a Founder’s Award for service to foster children; and a 12-month University Research Sabbatical during which he traveled to New Zealand and Australia, examining their systems for responding to suspected child abuse.

Suspecting Child Abuse: Challenges and Guidance

This presentation will (i) describe the problem of child abuse, particularly as it relates to reporting suspected abuse; (ii) share research findings from the Center for the Protection of Children; and (iii) discuss some of the ethical and practical challenges that arise in our efforts to protect children from abuse.

Part of the Research Ethics Lecture Series.