Society Awards

The Helfer Award

The Helfer Award is given annually to the member of the Society who has made significant contributions to the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Select the links below for biographical information on the award recipients. Awards were not presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past Award Recipients

The Helfer Teaching Award

The Helfer Teaching Award is presented annually (beginning in 2013) to the member of the Society who has made significant contributions as a teacher of Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Past Award Recipients

Helfer Presentation Awards

The Helfer Presentation Awards are presented annually for the best presentations by regular and scholar members at the Annual Meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nature of the virtual conference, Best Long Presentation awards were not presented in 2020.

Past Award Recipients

Regular Members

Scholar Members

2023 Best Long Presentation: Hank Puls, Public Benefits and Child Maltreatment:  Implications for Prevention and Equity

2023 Best Long Presentation: Dan Lindberg, Angela Bachim, Tagrid Ruiz- Maldonado,Chris Greeley and Kristine Campbell, Resolved: Mandated Reporting Laws Should be Repealed

2023 Best Short Presentation: Angela Bachim & Amanda Small, Factor XIII in Abusive Head Trauma Evaluations 

2023 Best Short Presentation: Katie Johnson, Growing our Field: How to Integrate Early and Longitudinal Exposure to Child Abuse Pediatrics into Medical Education

2022 Best Long Presentation: Christopher Greeley, MD, upSTART: a Community-based, Comprehensive Child Maltreatment Prevention Model

 2022 Best Short Presentation: Dena Nazer, MD, When It's All Fun and Games: Gamification of Child Abuse Medical Education 2022 Best Short Presentation: Anish Raj, MD, It Takes a Village: Creating a Specialized Medical Home For Sex-Trafficked Youth

2021 Best Long Presentation: Dan Lindberg, MD, Christopher Greeley, MD, Nancy Harper, MD, Rachel Berger, MD and Tagrid Ruiz, MD, Resolved: General EDs SHOULD implement EHR-based routine screening for child maltreatment

2021 Best Long Presentation: Katherine Canty, MD, Melissa Jimenez, MD, Catherine DeRidder, MD and Amanda Brownell, MD, A Case(s) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Beyond the Cervical Spine in Suspected AHT

2021 Best Short Presentation: Mary Clyde Pierce, MD and Todd Everson, Lower DNA methylation in the stress response gene, FKBP5: an epigenetic study in young children with abusive versus accidental injuries

2021 Best Short Presentation: Nicholas Lopez,MD, Does hypoxic and reperfusion injury cause intracranial hemorrhage? A retrospective study of drowning and near drowning victims

2020 Best Short Presentation: Christine Barron, MD, Michael Iacone and Jessica Moore, Utilizing a Comfort Therapy Dog as Part of a Multidisciplinary Team for Child Maltreatment Case

2020 Best Short Presentation: Ajay Koti, MD, Subconjunctival Hemorrhages as Sentinel Injuries in Child Physical Abuse

2019 Best Long Presentation: Sandeep Narang, MD and Kajal Sachdev, Understanding Overturned and Exonerated Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases

2019 Best Long Presentation: Angela Bachim, MD, What is Known about the Anatomic Pathology of Subdural Hemorrhages and How Can It Help in Determining Etiology

2019 Best Short Presentation: Alex Levin, MD, Retinal Findings in Children with Increased Intracranial Pressure

2019 Best Short Presentation: Heather Forkey, MD and Sasha Svenson, MD, Taking on the Tough Topic of Trauma

2018 Best Long Presentation: Tom Roesler, MD and Rebecca Girardet, MD, Integrated Med-Psych Programs: a Different Approach to Medical Maltreatment


2018 Best Short Presentation: Gil Binenbaum, MD,Patterns of Retinal Hemorrhage Associated With Cardiac Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

2018 Best Short Presentation: Kirsten Simonton, MD, Coming Out of the Margins: LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

2017 Best Long Presentation: Gabrielle Otterman, MD and Joelle Morenoe, Unreasonable Doubt: How Swedish Courts and Agencies Are Undermining the Science in Abusive Head Trauma Cases

2017 Best Long Presentation: Angela Bachim, MD and Catherine Ambrose, Durable? Delicate? An Exploration of the Mechanical Properties of Infant Bone Suggests Baby Bones Are Not as Easy to Break as Some May Think

2017 Best Short Presentation: Mary Clyde Pierce, MD and Kim Kaczor, MD, Bruising Clinical Decision Rule (BCDR) Discriminates Physical Child Abuse from Accidental Trauma: A Validation Study and An Analysis of the Impact of Age Threshold on the Performance of a Bruising Clinical Decision Rule (BCDR) for Discriminating Physical Abuse from Accidental Trauma in Infants 0-12 Months of Age  2017 Best Short Presentation: Jennifer Smith, MD and Romy Cho, MD, Secondary Traumatic Stress: Developing and Implementing a Program to Build Resilience in Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellows 

2016 Best Long Presentation: Tara Harris, MD, Animal Abuse -  An Important Component of Family Violence


2016 Best Short Presentation: Jonathan Thackeray, MDDevelopment of a Statewide Quality Improvement Collaborative on Sentinel Injuries in Infants: The TRAIN Collaborative

2016 Best Short Presentation: Emily Killough, MD, Terra Frazier, MD, Monica Nielsen-Parker, LSCSW, Child Protector - A Smartphone App Decision Tool for Medical and Investigative Personnel

2015 Best Long Presentation: Chris Greeley, MD, Daniel Lindberg, MD, Sabine McGuire, MD, Resolved: Neuroimaging Is Useless for Determining the Timing of Traumatic Brain Injury in Cases With Concern for Abuse

2015 Best Long Presentation: Brooks Keeshin, MD, PTSD in the DSM 5 Era: Implications for the Child Abuse Pediatrician

2015 Best Short Presentation: Chris Greeley, MD, Navigating the Current Media Landscape

2015 Best Short Presentation (three-way tie): Norell Atkinson, MD, Childhood Falls With Occipital Impacts

Hiu-fai Fong, MD, Caregiver Perceptions About Mental Health Services After Child Sexual Abuse

Hillary Petska, MD, Occult Drug Exposure in Children Evaluated for Physical Abuse

2014 Best Long Presentation: John Stirling, MD, Aftermath: Medical Response to Trauma-Related Behavioral Changes

2014 Best Presentation: Sandeep Narang, MD, Expert Witness School

2014 Best Short Presentation: Gil Binenbaum, MD, Vaccinations and Retinal Hemorrhages in Outpatient Eye Examinations


2013 Best Long Presentation: Howard Dubowitz, MD and Wendy Lane, MD, The Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) Model: Promoting Children’s Health, Development and Safety

2013 Best Presentation: Meggan Goodpasture, MD, Establishing a Formal Collaboration Between the Advanced Care Team and the Child Abuse Team to Address Concerns of Medical Child Abuse

2013 Best Short Presentation: Kent Hymel, MD, The Potential Impact of a Future, Validated Clinical Prediction Rule for Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)


2012 Long Presentation: Frank Putnam, "Twenty years of follow-up: a multi-generational study of antecedents & outcomes of child sexual abuse"

2012 Long Presentation: Brooks Keeshin, "Evidence based mental health trauma screening & referral: a primer for child abuse pediatrician"

2012 Short Presentation: Christopher Greeley, "A prospective analysis of rib fractures in infant fatalities"

2012 Short Presentation: Kristine Fortin, "Missed appointments as an indicator of poor control & medical neglect among children with type 1 diabetes"

Committee Awards

In the fall of 2012 the Helfer Executive Committee established a new award program to support the work of Helfer Committees. Two awards were announced on January 1. Please select this link for descriptions of the projects being funded.