Cathy S. Widom

Cathy S. Widom

Cathy S. Widom
Distinguished Professor
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BS,                     Cornell University, Child Development and Family Relationships
MS and PhD,      Brandeis University, Psychology


CATHY SPATZ WIDOM is Distinguished Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College and a member of the Graduate Center faculty, City University of New York. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41 - Law and Psychology), the American Psychopathological Association, and the American Society of Criminology. A former faculty member at Harvard, Indiana, University at Albany (SUNY), and New Jersey Medical School, Widom is co-editor of Journal of Quantitative Criminology and has served on the editorial boards of psychology and criminology journals. She is a frequent consultant on national review panels and has been invited to testify before congressional and state committees. She has published extensively on the long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect, including numerous papers on the cycle of violence. Widom served on the Committee on Law and Justice at the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC) and was co-chair of the NRC Panel on Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice. Professor Widom has received numerous awards for her research, including the 1989 American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral Science Research Prize for her paper on the "cycle of violence”. Since 1986, Widom has been engaged in a large study to determine the long term consequences of early childhood abuse (physical and sexual) and neglect and is currently completing research on the intergenerational transmission of violence.


Honors and Awards

1989  American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Behavioral Science Research

1996  Ninth Mark Keller Award, best paper in Journal of Studies on Alcohol

1997  American Association of Applied & Preventive Psychology Award for Distinguished Contribution to

         Applied Research in Psychology and Law

1997  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children,Outstanding Research Study

1997  Robert Chin Memorial Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

1998  Award for Excellence in Research, The University at Albany (SUNY)

1993  Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 41 (Psychology-Law)

1998  Fellow, American Psycho-pathological Association, President, 2010-2011,

2003  Fellow, American Society of Criminology

2010  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children,Outstanding Article in the Journal of Child