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Robert Block, M.D., Professor Emeritus,University of Oklahoma and Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Robert BlockDr. Robert Block is an emeritus professor of pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as president-elect in October 2010 and served as president from October 2011 through October 2012.

Dr. Block received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the O.U. College of Medicine faculty since 1975. As a faculty member, Dr. Block has been nominated for the Aesculapian teaching award six times, winning on three occasions. Dr. Block has been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his work in the field of Child Abuse and the Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In October, 2013 he was inducted into the Tulsa, Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed sub-board on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009 and continued to serve on the sub-board through 2012. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Block is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Oklahoma AAP Chapter and a former member and chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Dr. Block is the immediate past president and current board chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education and academic research on the health effects of violence and abuse.

Dr. Block was appointed Oklahoma’s first chief child abuse examiner in 1989 and served in that capacity until October 2011. He was a past Chair and member of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board from 1992 through September 2011. He has been a member of the medical team for the Tulsa Children’s Justice Center and served as a past president and member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Network, Inc. He is now an Emeritus Director. Dr. Block has authored several papers and a textbook and has delivered over 2,000 public presentations. Dr. Block is married to Sharon Block, a retired science teacher and registered nurse. They have two married daughters, Erika Mays and Andrea Wooldridge, and two wonderful grandchildren.

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Daniel Garrabrant, Special Agent,Federal Bureau of Investigation

Biography coming soon!

Nancy Henderson, M.D.   
Nancy HendersonDr. Henderson serves as the medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital System. She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She spends many of her days addressing one of the most difficult issues facing children: child abuse. For a decade, this pediatrician has performed child abuse medical exams at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She has the skills, patience, warmth and compassion to calm an anxious child, while gathering facts and medical evidence without further traumatizing the child. Just as importantly, she serves as an expert witness in Family and Criminal Court. Her testimony is often instrumental in the prosecution of child molesters.

Anna Salter, Ph.D., Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Biography coming soon!

Victor Vieth, J.D.  

Victor ViethVictor Vieth, J.D., serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a program of Gundersen Health system.  It is a state-of-the-art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU).  

NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year.  

Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  

Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.  

Mr.Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.

For more information about the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), visit www.ncptc.org.


Mark your calendar!

March 27, 2015
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Location
University Readiness Center
USC Upstate

Pre-Conference Workshops
March 26, 2015
Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom
USC Upstate

Contact Information
Dr. Jennifer Parker
Program Director

Ms. Shawn Masto