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​Pamela is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor and attorney.  She joined the Child Maltreatment Policy Resource Center in 2019 as Senior Policy and Law Analyst, one of IHS’ initiatives created through its partnership with the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the New York Founding.   
She was previously the founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Justice Project which provided targeted economic assistance to impoverished children who had also experienced maltreatment. For many years she was a psychotherapist at Lighthouse Youth and Family Services where she specialized in treating attachment and traumatic disorders for young children in foster care, with a particular focus on sexual abuse and child torture survivors.  She consults on complex cases, testifies as a social scientist, and trains child maltreatment professionals in evidence-based methods. 
Pamela is a Certified Trauma Practitioner with the National Institute on Trauma and Loss in Children. She was trained by

Dr. Bruce Perry in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and trained with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to become Certified in Body-Based Trauma Treatment. Pamela studied with Dr. Judith Cohen to become Certified in TF-CBT. She has also studied at the Theraplay Institute, trained in PCIT/CARE, and in Child-Centered Play Therapy. 
Pamela serves on boards and committees at the local, state, and national level. She was a board member of the National Association of Social Workers Ohio from 2016-2020, where she was awarded for Outstanding Service to Social Work in 2019 and 2020, and received the President’s Award for Regional Director of the Year in 2017. She serves on the Amicus Committee of APSAC, has assisted with briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served as lead counsel on amicus briefs before the Ohio Supreme Court.  Pamela has published on “Agency in Vulnerable Families” in the journal Social Work, and “Intrafamilial Child Torture: Training Mandated Reporters” in the APSAC Advisor. She has published numerous white papers on issues in child maltreatment, including intrafamilial child torture, sexual abuse disclosures in young children, and family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Pamela is committed to ending the oppression of maltreated children. 


Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Master of Social Work, University of Cincinnati School of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts, Miami University (Ohio)


Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor, Ohio

Member of the Bar, District of Columbia

Senior Policy and Law Analyst
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