Cathy Spatz Widom, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and University Professor
Department of Psychiatry
New Jersey Medical School (Newark)
Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom is currently Professor of Psychiatry and University
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical
School (Newark). She is temporarily on leave from her position
as Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the State University
of New York at Albany (SUNY). Since 1986, Dr. Widom has been
studying the long-term consequences of early childhood abuse
(physical and sexual) and neglect. This research began with an
initial focus on the intergenerational transmission of violence
and has expanded systematically to other domains of functioning.
She has received numerous awards for her research, including
the American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral
Science Research Prize for her paper on the cycle of violence
(1989), the ninth Mark Keller Award (with T. Ireland and P. Glynn)
(1996), the Distinguished Contribution to Applied Research in
Psychology and Law from the American Association for Applied
and Preventive Psychology (1997), and the Robert Chin Memorial
Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social
Issues (with Michael G. Maxfield) (1997). Previously, Dr. Widom
taught in the Departments of Psychology and Social Relations
at Harvard University and in Criminal Justice and Psychology
at Indiana University. Dr. Widom has served on the editorial
boards of psychology and criminology journals and is a frequent
consultant on national review panels. She has published extensively
on child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, incarcerated
and noninstitutionalized psychopaths, female criminality, and
prostitution, and she has conducted research in the United States
and abroad. Currently, Dr. Widom serves on the Committee on Law
and Justice at the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences
at the National Research Council (NRC) and is cochair of an NRC
Panel on Juvenile Crime: Prevention, Treatment, and Control.
She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division
41, Law and Psychology) and the American Psychopathological Association.
Dr. Widom holds a doctorate and a master's degree in psychology
and a bachelor's degree in child development and family relationships.