Theodore Paul Cross

1981 …2019
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Research Interests

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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Research Output 1981 2019

Emergency Department Admissions for Child Sexual Abuse in the United States from 2010 to 2016

Helton, J. J., Carbone, J. T., Vaughn, M. G. & Cross, T. P., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : JAMA Pediatrics.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Sexual Child Abuse
Hospital Emergency Service

Families’ Experience of Pediatric Onset Multiple Sclerosis

Cross, T. P., Shanks, A. K., Duffy, L. V. & Rintell, D. J., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 12, 4, p. 425-435 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Multiple Sclerosis
Law Enforcement
Hospital Departments
Nucleic Acid Databases


Helton, J. J., Cross, T. P., Vaughn, M. G. & Gochez-Kerr, T., Mar 1 2018, In : Infant Mental Health Journal. 39, 2, p. 231-241 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Development
Child Welfare
Food Supply
Mental Health

Prosecutors’ Perspectives on Biological Evidence and Injury Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases

Alderden, M., Cross, T. P., Vlajnic, M. & Siller, L., Jun 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of interpersonal violence.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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