Esther Deblinger

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Esther Deblinger

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rowan University

Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. is co-founder and co-director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rowan University in Stratford, New Jersey.

Dr. Deblinger has been awarded grants from the Rowan Foundation, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCSBY), the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as other sources. She and her collaborators, Drs. Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino, developed and extensively tested Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment program that has evolved as the standard of care for children and families impacted by trauma. To date, over 350,000 therapists across the world have accessed introductory training in this treatment model through online web-based training developed in collaboration with Drs. Daniel Smith and Ben Saunders.

Dr. Deblinger has co-authored numerous scientific publications and several widely acclaimed professional books on the treatment of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other childhood traumas as well as several children’s books designed to reduce children’s risk of sexual victimization. Her work over the last 30 years has been recognized with awards from Woman’s Day magazine, the state of New Jersey’s Office of the Child Advocate, the New Jersey General Assembly, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

Finally, Dr. Deblinger remains committed to ensuring that therapists, who dedicate that lives to caring for children and families impacted by trauma, receive optimal training, while also receiving support to engage in effective strategies for self-care.

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