Valerie Maholmes serves as the acting chief of the Pediatric
Trauma and Critical Illness Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where she manages the
Child and Family Processes/Child Maltreatment and Violence Research Program in
the Child Development and Behavior Branch. She also serves on numerous federal
interagency groups dealing with child maltreatment, abuse and neglect.
She previously taught at the Yale School of Medicine in the
Child Study Center’s School Development Program where for nearly 13 years she
provided educational, clinical and technical support to schools in low-income
neighborhoods and communities around the country. In 1999 she was named the
Irving B. Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry.
In 2003, Maholmes was awarded the prestigious Executive Branch Science Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Maholmes received a BA in English and an MA in counseling from Montclair State and after graduation, returned to the University to work as an Educational Development Specialist.