Bio: Janet F. Rosenzweig MS, PhD, MPA
Dr. Rosenzweig holds a BS in Family Studies and an MS in Health Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned certification as a sex educator and brought that perspective to one of the first federally funded child sexual abuse clinical demonstration projects, in Knoxville Tennessee. Dr. Rosenzweig managed additional child welfare programs in Tennessee and Texas before moving to New Jersey where she earned a PhD in Social Work from Rutgers University, focusing on public policy research in child protection. She served in the policy research unit of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, founded one of the first County Commissions on Child Abuse in New Jersey, then served for nine years as the cabinet level Mercer County Director of Human Services and five years as Chair of the State Association of County Human Services Directors. Dr. Rosenzweig left government for Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and served as Executive Director from 2001 – 2007, where she more than doubled the capacity of that organization while continuing to serve on statewide boards and commissions related to child welfare, including 20 years on the Protection Committee and 7 years on the Prevention Committee of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse. She earned an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2008, and then joined the faculty of Montclair State University as a Visiting Associate Professor of Child Advocacy. In 2011, Rosenzweig joined Prevent Child Abuse America as Vice President for Research and Programs, focusing on child sexual abuse prevention and integrating the findings from The Adverse Childhood Experiences Studies into the national prevention work.
As an alumnus of Penn State, Rosenzweig returned to campus many times in the wake of the Sandusky tragedy offering workshops and training for parents, community groups and the school district, and assisted University officials in responding. She authored several modules of the on-line training required for all University faculty, staff and volunteers and is a featured presenter in that series. Her book, The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parents Gide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family and Talking to Your Kids About Sex, Abuse and Bullying was the book club selection at several State College area churches and widely distributed on campus.
Rosenzweig has held teaching appointments at Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and Temple University and currently teaches at The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
She is currently the Executive Director of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), publishers of the journal Child Maltreatment. APSAC serves professionals from law, medicine, social work, mental health, education and allied fields concerned with the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child maltreatment.