Kiesel publication named Article of the Year

August 28, 2017
Dr. Lisa Kiesel's article,

The Journal of Public Child Welfare has instituted an Article of the Year Award, and the article, “The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence Exposure, and Academic Performance," co-authored by Drs. Kiesel, Piescher and Edleston, has been selected to receive this award from the 2016 volume.  A selection committee from the Journal's Editorial Board reviewed articles published for the year, using the following criteria:

• Scientific merit and practical impact of the paper to the topic
• Quality of research
• Importance or timeliness of topic for child welfare
• Potential to inspire new insights or change current thinking
• Potential to contribute to child welfare knowledge, practice, policy, and/or future research
• Coverage of related literature
• Organization and clarity of ideas

Congratulations to Dr. Kiesel and her co-authors!


This article presents a longitudinal examination of the association between children's experiences of child maltreatment (CM) and intimate partner violence (IPV), alone and in combination, with children's academic performance. Integrated, administrative data from the Minnesota Departments of Education and Human Services were used to obtain a sample of 2,914 children. Data provided an opportunity to study comparisons of single (CM or IPV) and combined experiences (CM-IPV), longitudinally observe the impact of these experiences on academic functioning, and make comparisons to the general population. Results revealed significant differences in school attendance and math and reading performance by adverse experience. Children exposed to CM and IPV, individually or in combination, underperformed at school. IPV-exposed children had the poorest outcomes. Findings highlight the need for dedicated screening for adverse childhood experiences, particularly IPV exposure, and devoting greater educational and social service resources as a means of promoting future school achievement and adult functioning.