Theodore Cross, PhD
For more than thirty years, Theodore Cross, PhD has been conducting research on the system response to child abuse and neglect. Among the topics of his research are online child sexual abuse material (CSAM), Children’s Advocacy Centers, the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and sexual assault; forensic medical evidence in child, adolescent and adult sexual assault cases; Child Advocacy Studies Training; polygraph testing, particularly in child abuse cases; and wellbeing and permanency for children involved with child welfare. He is the 2018 recipient of the Mark Chaffin Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Ted will discuss international strategies for combatting online CSAM, including stopping CSAM producers from historically advantaged countries from exploiting poor children in historically disadvantaged countries.