The Help Wanted Prevention Project
The Help Wanted Prevention Project is an online course to provide help to adolescents and young adults attracted to younger children. The course is supported by the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and by RALIANCE. This work was developed by the faculty and staff at the Moore Center in collaboration with other national and international experts, people with sexual interest in children, and survivors of child sexual abuse.
Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Mental Health, and Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Letourneau is an internationally recognized expert whose research has examined child sexual abuse prevention, policy, and practice. Her work has influenced the way children with sexual behavior problems are assessed and treated, legal policies that pertain to youth who sexually offend, and international strategies to address child sexual abuse. As the inaugural director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Dr. Letourneau's efforts now focus on developing, evaluating, and disseminating child sexual abuse prevention interventions. She leads the Help Wanted Prevention Project.
Ryan T. Shields, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Shields is a criminologist with expertise in juvenile justice, punishment, and crime policy. His recent published work has examined policies aimed at youth who have sexually offended, such as juvenile transfer to adult court and registration/notification of youth. Dr. Shields also writes about child sexual abuse prevention and public health approaches to addressing sexual violence. Along with Dr. Letourneau, Dr. Shields is leading the Help Wanted Prevention Project.
Amanda E. Ruzicka, M.A., is Senior Research Associate, Department of Mental Health, and Director of Research Operations, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Amanda has a background in clinical psychology. Her work centers around the development and testing of prevention interventions targeted at youth and young adults. At the Moore Center, Amanda manages the research arm of the Center. She is currently working on the development and evaluation of three child sexual abuse prevention interventions, including the Help Wanted Prevention Project.
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Cierra Buckman, research assistant