The Alliance is dedicated to advancing research, policy, education and practice worldwide. We are organized as a cooperative initiative to provide state-of-the-art theory and research-based knowledge to inform, guide, and empower the public, professionals, and all those who serve children and families at all levels and sectors of society, toward the elimination of child psychological maltreatment.  The Alliance is intended to be the world’s primary resource on child psychological maltreatment, its nature, and how to prevent it in ways that protect and promote child well-being, and thereby advance the safety, development, and health of children.


Professional Development

Members of The Alliance individually and collectively provide training nationally and internationally on the topic of Psychological Maltreatment for both professional and lay audiences. The Alliance is also creating a Train-the-Trainer model in order to increase the reach of The Alliance’s training efforts. For more information about our training efforts click here.


The Alliance conducts original research on issues related to psychological maltreatment of children, its causes and consequences. For more information about our research efforts click here.



Members of The Alliance work individually and collectively to create change in multiple sectors in order to prevent psychological maltreatment and to promote the well-being of children and families.


Mel Schneiderman, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling

Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.

Director of Research - Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling

Bart Klika, MS

Chief Research Officer

Prevent Child Abuse America

Marla R. Brassard, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Education - Teachers College, Columbia University



Roslyn Murov, M.D.

Chief Psychiatrist - The New York


Stuart Hart, Ph.D.

Principal of Strategic Initiatives - International Institute for Child Rights & Development

Leslie Schmerler, MA

Director - Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling