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Surgeon General Appoints FAMU Professor to Child Abuse Review Committee

Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong has appointed Florida A&M University (FAMU) social work professor Robin Perry, Ph.D., to the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee (CADR).

Perry is one of 18 individuals selected to serve on the committee from various state agencies, associations, commissions and professional disciplines. He is appointed to a term ending December 2015.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this important team of experts engaged in meaningful dialog and analyses in the service and protection of children throughout Florida,” Perry said.

CADR is responsible for the analyses of data on child deaths in Florida and for identifying strategies and recommendations for policy and practice changes that will contribute to the prevention of child maltreatment and the tragic deaths of Florida’s most vulnerable children.

After receiving his Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of California-Berkeley in 1999, Perry worked as a researcher in the discipline of child welfare. He has published his findings on topics that range from child abuse prevention to professional training, and the education of child welfare workers.

His research and publications have garnered him national and international recognition. In 2012, Perry received the Pro Humanitate Human Service Professional Development and Training Literary Award for his article titled, “Do Social Workers Make Better Child Welfare Workers than Non-Social Workers?”

Perry previously served as a child protective service investigator and is a former elected official with the Council on Social Work Education, serving on its national nominating committee from 2009-2012.

He currently serves on editorial review boards for the Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment and the Journal of Public Child Welfare.
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