|Steven R. Marans
Marans has been appointed as Harris Professor
Steven R. Marans, the newly named Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, is
a nationally renowned expert on children facing severe trauma.
As director of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV),
Marans helps thousands of children and their caregivers each year cope with
major upheavals — from domestic violence to school shootings, the 9/11
attacks and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
The NCCEV grew out of the Child Development-Community Policing Program (CD-CP),
which Marans founded in 1991 with the late Dr. Donald J. Cohen. The partnership
between the Yale Child Study Center, the City of New Haven and the city’s
Department of Police Services became a national model of collaborative intervention.
Its success inspired the U.S. Department of Justice to found the NCCEV at the
Yale Child Study Center in 1999.
Today, the NCCEV works to increase public and professional awareness of the
effects of violence on children. It is a primary national resource center for
anyone seeking information about the effects of violence on children and the
initiatives designed to address this problem. It also provides training, technical
assistance and consultation to a variety of collaborative community programs
across the country.
Marans is frequently called on to speak about his work at national and international
meetings. (He was invited by Queen Sofia of Spain to participate in her 10th
International Forum on Children and Violence in Valencia, Spain, in March.)
He has written widely on childhood trauma and is the author of the 2004 book “Listening
to Fear: Helping Kids Cope, From Nightmares to the Nightly News,” a guide
for parents that explores the everyday challenges of growing up.
He holds a B.A. from Beloit College in Wisconsin, an M.S.W. from Smith College
in Massachusetts, certification in child/adolescent psychoanalysis from the
Anna Freud Center in London and a Ph.D. in psychology from University College
in London. He served for a year as a staff child therapist/researcher in child
analysis at the Anna Freud Center before coming to Yale in 1984. He previously
held the Harris Professorship as both an assistant and associate professor,
and received full tenure in 2005. He has joint appointments in the Yale Child
Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry. He is also on the faculty of
the Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Marans served on the U.S. Presidential Commission on Youth Violence, the steering
committee of the National Center for Traumatic Stress and the National Advisory
Commission on Children and Terrorism.
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