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Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic

The Child Sexual Abuse Clinic is located at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Family Advocacy Center at One Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT.

The Clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments of children who may have been sexually abused. Services include the following.

Forensic Interviews:
Trained social workers meet with children to obtain information regarding the sexual abuse allegation. The interviews are conducted in a neutral, child-friendly environment. It is recorded using state-of-the-art equipment to allow medical staff, police and DCF to observe the interview as it occurs.

Medical Interviews & Examinations:
Specially trained pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners document the child’s medical history, as well as the history of the sexual abuse concern. The child also receives a complete physical exam.

Child Life:
A trained professional who specializes in child development provides age-appropriate preparation for the forensic interview and medical examination. The child life specialist may also provide direct support of children during the physical examination.

Family Advocacy:
A social worker helps to support families and helps link them to community resources.

To make a referral to the Clinic, or for more information, please call 203-688-2468. All services are free of charge.


John M. Leventhal, MD
Director, Child Abuse Program
Lisa Pavlovic, MD
Medical Director

Paula Schaeffer, MA
Program Coordinator

Janet L. Murphy, MSN, APRN, CPNP, SANE-P
Medical Examiner

Andrea G. Asnes, MD, MSW
Medical Examiner

Beth A. Moller, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Medical Examiner

Leah Smith, LCSW
Forensic Interviewer
Clinical Social Worker

Maria Silvai, LCSW
Forensic Interviewer
Clinical Social Worker

Rebecha Sullivan, LCSW
Forensic Interviewer
Clinical Social Worker

Monica Vidro, LCSW
Forensic Interviewer
Clinical Social Worker

Victoria Isaacson, MA, CCLS, NCC
Child Life Specialist
Sheila Rivera, RMA
Senior Administrative Assistant & Medical Assistant

Vanessa Finnerty, MS,CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist