Ms. Anderson provided technical assistance through a federally funded child welfare implementation center and to sites implementing community partnerships for protecting children and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative. She also conducted monitoring of and provided support to jurisdictions under court order to improve child welfare systems. Ms. Anderson previously worked as a direct practice social worker as a member of the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She was a consultant to and clinical director at the Baptist Home for Children and Families (now the National Center for Children and Families) in Bethesda, MD, and a member of the clinical faculty at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Services.
Gary Barker, Ph.D., M.P.P., is director of gender, violence, and rights at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this role, he oversees ICRW’s research, policy analyses, and programmatic work to develop solutions that address the underlying causes that lead to violence against women, including the involvement of men and boys. Dr. Barker is a social scientist with more than 15 years of experience researching gender equality, men and masculinities, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. He also is an expert in exploring the links between men and violence in conflict and post-conflict settings in parts of Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Prior to joining ICRW, Dr. Barker was founding executive director of Instituto Promundo, a nongovernmental organization based in Brazil that works to promote gender equality and reduce violence against children, youth, and women. He also has served as a consultant to the World Bank and many United Nations agencies. Dr. Barker was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 and awarded an Individual Projects Fellowship from the Open Society Institute. He is a founding co-chair of MenEngage, a global alliance of international organizations that work to engage men and boys to promote gender equality.
Jeffrey Edleson, Ph.D., is professor and director of research at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published more than 100 articles and 10 books on domestic violence, groupwork, and program evaluation. Dr. Edleson is co-author, with the late Susan Schechter, of Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (NCJFCJ, 1999). Better known as the “Greenbook,” this best-practices guide has been the subject of six federally funded and numerous other demonstration sites across the country. Dr. Edleson also has conducted intervention research and provided technical assistance to domestic violence programs and research projects across North America as well as in several countries in other parts of the world. Dr. Edleson’s research, policy, and practice interests have earlier focused on research on batterer intervention programs. In recent years his work has focused primarily on the impact of adult domestic violence on children