The Child Maltreatment Lab conducts research across various forms of maltreatment, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.  Research efforts include development of assessments and interventions for victims and families, maltreatment prevention, and understanding the correlates and consequences of maltreatment.  The lab has developed and is evaluating a model intervention program based in a Child Advocacy Center, Project SAFE (Sexual Abuse Family Education), which addresses the mental health needs of child victims and their families following sexual abuse.  This effort also includes the development of assessment instruments for evaluating outcomes, such as a weekly problems scale for child victims and their parents, and measures for assessing parent and child expectations for child functioning following sexual abuse.  

Related projects examine the heterogeneous symptom presentation of child and adolescent sexual abuse victims and factors that influence symptom presentation.  Research also addresses maltreatment prevention in Head Start home-based and center-based programs.  The lab’s Head Start research investigates risk factors using an ecological model, explores relationships among risks and substantiated abuse and neglect, and examines the program’s ability to identify and reduce risk.

Dr. Hansen is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).   The lab conducts mental health services, consultation, training, and research through the Family Interaction Skills Clinic (FISC) of the UNL Psychological Consultation Center.  Dr. Mary Fran Flood, the Co-Director of FISC along with Dr. Hansen, contributes to all of the lab endeavors and leads the activities in Head Start settings. 

ABCT's Featured Lab

The Child Maltreatment Lab was chosen as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' (ABCT) first "Featured Lab." Read the full article here.