Donald C. Bross, J.D., Ph.D.
A pioneer in the prevention and treatment of child abuse, specifically in the area of legal issues and legal representation for children, Donald C. Bross has played a significant role in the development of Colorado's child protection programs and laws. His State and Regional Consultation Team (START) provides much needed multidisciplinary consultation to Colorado's child protection professionals and those from other states regarding complex child abuse cases. The efforts of Dr. Bross in Colorado benefit the rest of the country; and, similarly, his national and international efforts benefit Colorado. For example, first a co-founder of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), Dr. Bross subsequently served as a board member as well as in the capacities of President and Secretary. In 2000, he received the first Distinguished Service Award for NACC at the 23rd national conference. Dr. Bross has been active with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and served as Secretary of the Organizing Committee and co-chaired the Scientific Committee for the 14th International Congress on Child Abuse. He was the 1994 recipient of the ISPCAN Distinguished Service Award at the 10th International Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Bross has edited or written eight books and monographs and has authored over 70 articles, chapters, and other publications on child abuse and neglect. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Center for Families and Children and the Courts and as a contributing editor for SCAN Newsletter, Child Abuse Section, American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bross is particularly interested in the effects and limitations of law in protecting children and establishing health policy in general, as well as the issues of law, ethics, and social factors in health care. At the top of his list of ongoing interests is the development of pediatric law.