Theodore Paul Cross

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Ted Cross has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. Dr. Cross’ overarching interest is in developing effective systemic responses to victims of child maltreatment. His current interests include a) well-being and mental health services for children involved with protective services, and b) investigation, prosecution and service delivery in response to child sexual abuse. Among his specific topics of interest are children's advocacy centers, child forensic interviewing, substantiation of child maltreatment, and polygraph testing in child abuse cases. He has served as an expert witness on polygraph testing and maintains a small private practice in child and adult psychotherapy. Dr. Cross is currently an investigator on the Illinois Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, a statewide longitudinal probability study of child well-being, service delivery and child welfare outcomes for children involved with the Illinois Department of Children and Families.


AB, Social Relations, Harvard University, 1978

MA, Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1983

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1987


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