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Maholmes, VALERIE

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We develop and promote, within the broad program mission of the NICHD, specific projects designed to foster and expand research and research training in the areas of pediatric trauma (including maltreatment and injury) and critical illness. In collaboration with colleagues at NICHD, NIH ICs, and other agencies, we initiate and conduct conferences and workshops to assess the state of the science on relevant topics, identify gaps in our knowledge, and develop strategies to fill those gaps.





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Dr. Valerie Maholmes is currently the Acting Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  She also manages the Child and Family Processes/Child Maltreatment and Violence Research Program in the Child Development and Behavior Branch at NICHD.  She serves on numerous federal interagency working groups including the NIH Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group (co-chair); the Behavioral Health Coordinating Committee’s subcommittee on Trauma & Early Intervention,  The Federal Interagency Working Group on Child Maltreatment, the Teen Dating Violence Working Group and the PL 10995 Working Group on Children and Adversity. 

Prior to joining the staff at NICHD she was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine in the Child Study Center's  School Development Program where for nearly 13 years she provided an array of educational, clinical and technical support services to schools in low-income neighborhoods and communities around the country.  In 1999 she was named the Irving B. Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry.  

In 2003, Dr. Maholmes was awarded the prestigious Executive Branch Science Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She currently serves on its Communications & Policy Committee. 


Featured Items:

Maholmes, V., & King, R (2012).  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty.  Oxford University Press: New York, NY

Maholmes, V. (2012), Adjustment of Children and Youth in Military Families: Toward Developmental Understandings. Child Development Perspectives, 6: 430–435. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2012.00256.x

Maholmes, V., (2012) Why study poverty? In Maholmes & King (eds).  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty, Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

McCardle, P., McCune, S., Griffin, James A., Maholmes, V. (2011).  How Animals Affect Us: Examining the influence of human-animal interaction on child development and human health. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC

 Maholmes, V., Nicholson, CE, Haverkos, L., Boyce, C (2008).  Research Directions in Child Neglect and Exposure to Violence.  Protecting Children. 22, 10-17

Maholmes, V., & Lomonaco, C (2010) Applied Research on Child and Adolescent Development: A Practical Guide.  Taylor & Francis: Mahwah, NJ

 A United States Government Interagency Approach to Assisting the World's Most Vulnerable Children. (PDF - 1.27 MB)

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  Contagion of Violence Workshop Summary October 3, 2012/  Forum on Global Violence Prevention External Web Site Policy

Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium: Research on Child Neglect, Progress Over a Decade


Publications (PubMed):

Title Authors Publication Date
Protecting children outside of family care in low and middle income countries: What does the evidence say?Maholmes V,Fluke JD,Rinehart RD,Huebner GChild Abuse Negl2012 Oct
Understanding the nature and consequences of children's exposure to violence: research perspectives.Price LN,Maholmes VClin Child Fam Psychol Rev2009 Jun
Children's exposure to violence.Maholmes V,Prinz RJClin Child Fam Psychol Rev2009 Mar
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