Valerie Maholmes ’80, ’84 MA

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.