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Laskey, Antoinette

Institution: Indiana University
Grant Title: Racial Stereotypes and the Recognition of Child Abuse
Grant Number: K08 HS16564
Duration: 5 years (2006-2011)

Project Description: This research project has three main goals:

  1. Develop a tool that will demonstrate the influence of unconscious racial stereotypes on physicians' diagnosis and information recall in cases of potential abusive head trauma.
  2. Use qualitative techniques to develop and pilot test an educational intervention to decrease the effect of physicians' unconscious stereotypes on the decision to evaluate for abusive head trauma.
  3. Use the intervention in Aim 2 to pilot the effectiveness of reducing unconscious racial stereotypes in physicians' diagnosis in cases of possible abusive head trauma.

Career Goals: Dr. Laskey is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. She received her MD from the University of Missouri, Columbia and served her Pediatric residency there as well. She later earned her MPH at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she also studied forensic pediatrics. Dr. Laskey's goal is to be a highly successful independent clinical researcher in the field of child abuse and health services research. She plans to focus specifically on improving the quality of care for children who may be victims of child abuse through patient-focused research and physicians' decision-making.

Progress to Date: Dr. Laskey completed a large national survey of general pediatricians using a realistic case presentation of a child who presents to medical attention with a clinically ambiguous history of a fracture that may or may be inflicted.

Future Plans: After analyzing the free text data from the pediatrician study, the grantee will adjust the survey as necessary and conduct another national survey of physicians, with family practice or emergency medicine physicians. Dr. Laskey will submit an R01 application and continue to work on manuscript development.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Edna G. Henry Clarian Social Work Values Award, 2005.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Nominating Committee, Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Chair, Governor's Appointee, State Fatality Review Committee.
  • Co-director and creator of the Family Violence Institute at Indiana University.

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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