National Conferences

The Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy sponsors an annual national conference on child abuse and neglect and advocacy.  Many of these conferences have been made possible through funds provided by the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) formerly NJ Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). They feature nationally known professionals in the field of Child Advocacy. They offer presentations, workshops, and poster presentations.

2015 Conference

Investigative Interviewing of Children: The Intersection of Practice, Policy, and Research

Date: May 20, 2015

Location: Montclair State University, Conference Center, University Hall

2015 Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Abstract submission: March 13, 2015

The McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy, in partnership with New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency, is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Call for Abstracts. This year’s conference is titled: Investigative Interviewing of Children: The Intersection of Practice, Policy and Research. From allegations of abuse to decisions about custody, protective care, and reunification, children’s testimony plays a key role in child protection and permanency. The aim of this year’s conference is to provide New Jersey’s helping professionals with the latest research and training on investigative interviewing of children.

All abstracts submitted should bring a fresh perspective to new and/or existing knowledge regarding investigative interviewing. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and appreciate all your efforts in the application process.

Possible workshop/paper topics include, but are not limited to

  • Evidence based interviewing techniques
  • Disclosure processes of abuse
  • Interviewing aids
  • Interviewing in non-abuse contexts
  • Interviewer training and support
  • Children’s language and memory
  • Interviewing children with special needs
  • Suggestibility

Types of presentations accepted:

  • Presentations for a practice or research audience including, but not limited to:Practical field presentationsPractical field presentations
    • New educational and/or training initiatives
    • Empirical studies
    • Case studies and/or other practice based research
    • Forensic, social work, anthropological, medical, psychological, sociological, legal, and educational perspectives
    • Panel Discussion
  • Symposium
  • Poster and/or paper presentation

The following must be submitted in a Word document for consideration: 

  • Presenter(s) Curriculum Vitae (résumé)
  • Brief biographical sketch: include titles, degrees, educational background, awards, participation in other conferences, etc.
  • Contact information: full name, email address, work phone number and alternate phone number, organization or agency name
  • 300 - 500 word abstract

By EMAIL (preferred method):   Attach your Word document and send to

By MAIL:  

CHAD Conference Committee
Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy    
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Dickson Hall Rm. 301
Montclair, NJ 07043

Submission Deadline:

All submissions must be received by  March 13, 2015 

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission.

Any questions regarding the conference please contact:

Jacqueline Catalano at 973-655-4188 or email