Douglas Besharov
Norman and Florence Brody Professor


  • Health and wellness
  • Parent involvement
  • Poverty

Douglas Besharov was the first director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1975 to 1979. With staff in Washington, D.C. and each of the 10 federal regions, the National Center supported research, demonstrations, training, technical assistance, and service projects in all parts of the country. From 1991 to 1992, he served as the administrator of the AEI/White House Working Seminar on Integrated Services for Children and Families, a project designed to improve the delivery of services to disadvantaged children and their families. Besharov’s most recent book is “Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the Concerned,” which is designed to help professionals and laypersons identify and report suspected child abuse. He has written or edited 14 other books. He has also written over 150 articles and contributes to The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the American Enterprise Magazine.