Dr. Jennifer Parker

June 1, 2011 at 6:45 am

It truly does take a village when embarking on the child advocacy trail and Dr. Jennifer Parker, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, knew this when she led an interdisciplinary faculty team to establish a new minor in Child Advocacy Studies in 2010.

Based on a nationally recognized model from the National Child Protection Training Center, this minor incorporates national child advocacy initiatives designed to end child maltreatment through education. Dr. Parker organized a conference to announce the new interdisciplinary program; to provide training for professionals; and to raise community awareness of the child maltreatment in Spartanburg. This effort led to the creation of many community partnerships and the establishment of a Center for Child Advocacy Studies in the USC Upstate College of Arts and Sciences.

Continuing to bring attention to this critical area of need helps keep USC Upstate students ahead of the curve and focused on creating solutions that can change behavior.