Viola Vaughan-Eden is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director with The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University in Southeastern Virginia.  As a clinical and forensic social worker, Dr. Vaughan-Eden serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse.  She also lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals.  She has been an invited panelist on two Congressional Briefings – Spare the Rod, Protect the Child: A Reconsideration of Corporal Punishment of Children in Homes and Schools (November 2015) and Protecting Child Safety in Family Court (September 2016).


Dr. Vaughan-Eden is President Emerita of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and serves on the board of directors of various other organizations, including as President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW) and President of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV).  She also serves as Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Social Work Education and on the editorial board or as a reviewer for several other national research journals.


Dr. Vaughan-Eden is the recipient of the 2011 National Children's Advocacy Center's Outstanding Service Award in Mental Health, the 2012 National Association of Social Workers - Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2013 was recognized by the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation for Excellence in Child Advocacy. In 2014, she was honored in her local community by Champions for Children (formally Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads) and in 2015, by Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia (and the former Governor’s Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect).


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