Marilyn Barr, BIS


Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

Mrs. Barr is the founder and former executive director for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Mrs. Barr is also the former director of the British Columbia Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program at B.C. Children's Hospital in British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Mrs. Barr has worked in the field of child abuse prevention since 1978 and has a degree in social work, criminal justice, and communications. She developed one of the first prevention programs on SBS/AHT in the world. Barr has directed 12 national and international conferences on SBS/AHT as well as 15 state and national conferences on child abuse and neglect.

Mrs. Barr founded the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Utah and served as its chief executive officer from 1981 to 2003. She also founded the Utah Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1983 and served as president of the board of directors from 1983 to 1987.

Barr's honors and recognition include: the Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); the National Victims' Rights Advocate of the Year (United States Justice Department); National Court Appointed Special Advocates; Child Advocate of the Year Award, San Francisco, California, Freedom Foundation; and National George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in the category of Individual Achievement.