J. Bart Klika



Chief Research and Strategy Officer



Prevent Child Abuse America


Dr. J. Bart Klika is the Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America. He served as an assistant professor of social work at the University of Montana for the past 5 years. While at UM, Dr. Klika's research focused on the causes and consequences associated with child abuse and neglect in an effort to prevent its occurrence. Additionally, Dr. Klika is a member and co-chair of the Prevention Committee for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and serves on their national Board of Directors. He most recently edited the 4th edition of the APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment. Dr. Klika holds a PhD from the University of Washington, in addition to a MSW from the University of Chicago and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana. In 2011, Dr. Klika was one of the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, a fellowship designed for doctoral students seeking innovations in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. He has provided consultation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on their Essentials for Childhood framework.