Transform – 2022 Summer Research Institute


TRANSFORM’s 2022 Summer Research Institute
August 14-19, 2022
Rochester, NY

This immersive program provided a supportive and creative space for junior faculty to nurture their community partnerships and prepare them as the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers. The program included an opening dinner, four days of interactive programming, and a closing picnic. TRANSFORM sought teams passionate about preventing child abuse and neglect and engaging with their local, state and national partners.

Meet our 2022 Summer Research Fellow/Community Partner Teams!


Location: Rochester Brainery– community classroom and event space

176 Anderson Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Rochester Downtown

390 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


Applicants were early career faculty within 8 years of their first professional position upon completing a Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Ed.D. in a related field (e.g. law, criminology, psychology, sociology, etc.) or within 3 years of completing post-doctorate programs. We welcomed applicants from underrepresented scholars and partners. Applicants applied together with a community partner (e.g., child welfare professionals, court-based providers), who could also commit to attending the in-person Institute.

Speaker bios:

Sheree L. Toth, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Mt. Hope Family Center (MHFC)
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Dr. Toth’s interests are broadly focused in the area of developmental psychopathology. Throughout her career, Dr. Toth has been committed to bridging research and clinical practice and she is committed to promoting greater use of effective services in the community.Consistent with a developmental psychopathology framework, Dr. Toth’s research utilizes a multiple-levels-of-analysis strategy that integrates social, emotional, and psychophysiological processes. As an Associate Editor of Development and Psychopathology and a member of the Child Maltreatment editorial board, she consistently encourages the field to consider the implications of its work for advancing the best interests of individuals struggling with the trauma accompanying maltreatment.

Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D.
McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor, Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota

Through his leadership in research, Dr. Cicchetti has encouraged the field of developmental psychopathology to bridge separations across disciplines and to integrate knowledge bases drawn from normative and atypical development. His work in the area of the causes and consequences of child maltreatment and violence has transformed social policy and provided information on resilience and maladaptation for high-risk children. Through Development and Psychopathology, the journal he founded and edits, he has fostered the publication of stellar empirical research that has applications for normal and atypical populations.

Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)
Director, Susan B. Anthony Center, University of Rochester
Director, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, URMC

Since 1983, Dr. Cerulli has worked with survivors of violence in a variety of capacities including as a counselor, advocate, prosecutor, defense attorney, and researcher. Following a T32, she completed a K01 NIMH randomized control trial (RCT) in Family Court, the first known RCT in such a setting with victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). She has also focused her research and intervention studies on suicide, homicide, and recruitment and retention methods among high-risk vulnerable populations using Community-Based Participatory Research principles.

Wendi Cross, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Director, Clinical Psychology Training Programs
Director, Implementation, Dissemination, Evaluation and Analysis (IDEA) Core
Director, Laboratory of Behavioral Health Skills (LaBHS)
Education Core Director, UR Health Lab
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Cross is a clinical psychologist, the Director of Clinical Psychology Training, an Education Specialist /Researcher at the VA’s VISN 2 (Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY), and an investigator in the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Dr. Cross directs Psychiatry’s Implementation, Dissemination, Evaluation and Analysis (IDEA) Core and co-directs the Laboratory for Behavioral Health Skills, an innovative state-of-the-art education resource. She is also faculty in the UR Health Lab where she collaborates on development and evaluation of technology-based behavioral health interventions and directs the Education Core. She is PI on several grants, has published widely and collaborates with investigators nationally and internationally on a variety of projects focused on training and transfer of training including: the impact of variations in implementer training on crisis lines for suicide prevention, development and evaluation of suicide prevention training for domestic violence crisis line workers, assessing impact of the Veteran’s Crisis Line, fidelity measurement for Common Sense Parenting, the Rochester Resilience Project, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, and group-based HIV prevention interventions.

John Cullen, PhD
Professor of Clinical & Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center
Associate Director, Susan B. Anthony Center, University of Rochester

Dr. Cullen is an Associate Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Research Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester Medical Center. John has a strong commitment to human rights, social justice, and diversity. His work involves community outreach, healthcare disparities, and vulnerable populations. He has effectively negotiated policy change by bringing together various constituencies and providing a voice for those who often are not empowered to speak on their own behalf due to stigma, shame, or fear of reprisal. He worked to add gender identity and gender expression to the University’s non-discrimination policy. Through his efforts, Strong Memorial Hospital has received national recognition as a leader in LGBT healthcare through the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index since 2013. In addition to being a recipient of the 2014 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award, John has received numerous awards and accolades from local, national and international organizations.

Elizabeth Handley, Ph.D.
Research Director, Mt. Hope Family Center
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

Dr. Handley’s research is grounded in the developmental psychopathology framework and explores multilevel and transactional risk and protective mechanisms of development among at-risk children and families. She has data analytic expertise with multiple-levels-of analysis directly applicable to child welfare research, including data analysis with epigenetic, genetic, immune, and neuroendocrine data. Dr. Handley also provides quantitative support and consultation to faculty and students in various departments at the University of Rochester.

Corey Nichols-Hadeed, J.D.
Associate, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV)
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Ms. Nichols-Hadeed’s role in LIVV has primarily focused on exploration of the impact of policy and law on public health outcomes, with a primary focus on safety and injury prevention. The primary goal of this work is to translate what is learned about the impact of policy into actionable practices. Ms. Nichols-Hadeed also has expertise in regulations governing human subject research, conducting research with vulnerable populations in community settings, and coordinating court-based research studies linking victims of intimate partner violence with mental health. This work is centered on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based projects.

Zena Shuber, J.D.
Associate, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV)
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Ms. Shuber’s role at LIVV focuses on translating evidence based research regarding childhood abuse and neglect prevention into transformative practice and policy nationwide through community engagement. Ms. Shuber also has experience comparing and analyzing national laws, policies and standards regarding suicide prevention. Prior to join LIVV, Ms. Shuber worked closely with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in her District Office as a special projects assistant and community liaison regarding women, children and education issues. She began her career as a Cook County Assistant District Attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Division and as a fellow at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy where she focused on International protection of women and children’s rights.

Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Mt. Hope Family Center
Sr. Research Associate, Clinical Director & Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

Dr. Todd Manly has served in Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Evaluator, and Project Director roles on several federally-funded research projects involving the linkages among child maltreatment, domestic violence, poverty, and community violence with preschool and school-aged children as well as adolescents. As Clinical Director at the Mt. Hope Family Center, she has coordinated the implementation of evidence-based treatment models and evaluation of these models in treatment evaluation research. She has conducted numerous trainings on the impact of trauma on children’s development and on implementation of evidence-based trauma treatment for children at high risk for abuse and neglect.