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USD Assistant Professor Researches Child Abuse and Neglect

Photo of Kari Oyen. Kari Oyen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of school psychology at the University of South Dakota School of Education.

VERMILLION, SD – Kari Oyen, Ph.D., assistant professor of school psychology at the University of South Dakota School of Education, has been accepted as one of fifteen selected scholars to participate in a summer training program about researching child abuse and neglect, to be held at John Jay College in New York City.

“My goal as both a practitioner and professor is to ensure my work translates into real action that can make a difference for South Dakota children," said Oyen. "I intend to use the knowledge and experience gained from this training to do just that."

Oyen assists USD’s Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment with research regarding child abuse and neglect in South Dakota. Her participation in the training is aided by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Through this training, Oyen will increase informed public awareness about child maltreatment in South Dakota, and help build evidence-based, interdisciplinary partnerships that work together to assist abused and neglected children thrive in school and in life.

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