Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff

National Expert on the Effects of Physical Punishment during Childhood to visit Hampton Roads, January 10-12


Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, Associate Professor in Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, will be in Hampton Roads to present the latest research on child wellbeing and effects of physical punishment.  Her appearances are being sponsored by Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, In Support of Children of Old Dominion University and General Academic Pediatrics of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD).

Among her presentations and meetings, Dr. Gershoff will be a guest on the WHRV noon talk show, HearSay, hosted by Cathy Lewis; will address the Family Violence and Child Advocacy group of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation; the Department of Human Services of the City of Norfolk; and present at EVMS Grand Rounds at CHKD’s Brickhouse Auditorium.

Gershoff, a developmental psychologist, conducted a meta-analysis of all the research on physical punishment and examined the effects that physical punishment has on children.  She reports that the more children are physically punished, the more likely they are to have behavior problems, mental health problems and be physically abused.

President of Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, Angie Bezik, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for child advocates in Hampton Roads.  Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is privileged to be able to work in collaboration with General Academic Pediatrics at CHKD and In Support of Children, ODU to bring Dr. Gershoff, a preeminent researcher in the US and abroad on children’s wellbeing and healthcare issues, to the region.”


For further information, or to attend an event, contact Melynda Ciccotti, Executive Director, at the Champions office, 757 440-2749.


You can find out more about Dr. Gershoff and her work here.



Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has served the Hampton Roads region since 1983 in the quest to prevent child abuse and neglect. Champions For Children focuses its efforts and resources on public awareness, education and advocacy for the prevention of all forms of child abuse and neglect. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.


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