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About The Cullen Center

The Cullen Center was originally formed in 2001 as a project partnership between ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. It was the result of a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which was awarded to ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital in order to create a member site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The NCTSN was established by Congress in 2000 and is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. The NCTSN serves as a national resource and is now comprised of more than 60 centers across the country. This initiative has represented a unique opportunity to contribute to the national agenda to transform our mental health system of care. The Cullen Center remains an affiliate member of the NCTSN. You can learn more by visiting www.nctsn.org.

Bernard Cullen, MD

The Cullen Center was named for Bernard Cullen, MD, a pediatrician who recognized the impact of child abuse and neglect long before the rest of society took notice. Originally from Northern Ireland, Dr. Cullen began his professional career in the early 1950s. For twenty years, he carried a private pediatric practice in south Toledo, until he became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Medical College of Ohio.

In 1973, he founded the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and in 1979 conducted a study which resulted in the establishment of ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s First Steps: Perinatal Coaching program, available to first time mothers after their babies’ delivery. His activism has been recognized by many in our local, state and national community.

Children’s Services recognized him in 1989 “for Life Long Service to Our Children.” The Ohio Senate passed a Resolution in 1990 recognizing his “Achievements in Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Programming.” The same year, the United States Congress recognized him by Proclamation for his “Leadership Role and Accomplishments in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect.” Dr. Cullen passed away in 2010 and The Cullen Center is proud to carry on his name and legacy.