Recently, Dr. Topitzes teamed with Dr. Mersky to co-direct Project Connect, a randomized trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) adapted for use with foster families. Based on study results, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) integrated the modified PCIT model into its community services array. In his role as an ICFW associate director, Dr. Topitzes contributes significantly to the sustainability and expansion of PCIT models within CHW. In addition, he continues to translate other promising approaches to the problem of early trauma, such as brief treatments or group interventions, within child welfare service settings and beyond. He directs the Trauma-Informed Care Graduate Certificate Program at UWM and teaches three courses within the certificate program.
Dr. Topitzes holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned an advanced certificate in prevention science.