Jennifer Canter, MD, MPH, FAAP, CLCP

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Jennifer Canter, MD, MPH, FAAP, CLCP

Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, New York Medical College



Capital University Law School

CLCP, 2017

Life Care Planning

UMDNJ/Hackensack University Medical Center

Fellowship, 2002

Child Abuse Pediatrics

Montefiore Medical Center

Residency, 2000


State University of New York at Buffalo

MD, 1997

Medical Doctorate

Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

MPH, 1993

Public Health/Epidemiology

Johns Hopkins University

BA, 1992

Public Health


Jennifer Canter, MD, MPH, FAAP, CLCP, is a board-certified general pediatrician and subspecialty board certified in child abuse/forensic pediatrics. Since 2002, Dr. Canter has been the director of clinical and academic programs for forensic/child abuse pediatrics at New York Medical College, the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at WMCHealth (Westchester Medical Center) and the Westchester Institute of Development’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC).  Dr. Canter has well-balanced consulting and expert witness testimony experience in domestic and international criminal, family and civil proceedings in the areas of physical abuse (bruises, burns, fractures, head injury, abdominal injury), neglect (medical neglect, medical child abuse, failure to thrive), fatalities, sexual abuse, sexual assault, abuse in the school setting, abuse in individuals with developmental disabilities and outcomes/future risk of harm subsequent to missed abuse.  Given her interest in long-term health consequences of catastrophic injury, she became a certified life care planner in 2017.  From 2004 to 2018, she served as the co-director of Safe Babies NY, a safe sleep and abusive head trauma prevention program in all New York State. Dr. Canter has conceptualized and consulted on various successful legislative efforts in the areas of safe sleep, child abuse education and abusive head trauma.



Dr. Canter’s research and publications are in the areas of infant fatality prevention, abusive head trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, safe infant sleep, missed child abuse and the use of alternate light in the detection of sub-clinical bruising. She regularly trains child protective service professionals, attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, teachers, and medical providers and participates on regional, state and national levels in policy development in various areas of child abuse and sexual assault.




  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Safe Infant Sleep


  • Life Care Planning


Altman, R. L., Canter. J., Patrick, P. A., Daley, N., Butt, N. K., & Brand, D. A.  (2011).  Parent education by maternity nurses and the prevention of abusive head trauma.  Pediatrics, 128(5), e1164-e1172.

Lombardi, M., Canter, J., Patrick, P. A., & Altman, R.  Is fluorescence under an alternate light source sufficient to accurately diagnose sub-clinical bruising?  (2015).  Journal of Forensic Sciences, 60(2), 444-449,

Canter J, Rao V, Palusci V, et. Al. Interpreting Osteogenesis Imperfecta Variants of Uncertain Significance in the Context of Physical Abuse: A Case Series. Journal of Pediatric Genetics, September 15, 2018. DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1672135.

Canter, J., Rao, V., Patrick, P. A., Alpan, G., & Altman, R. L.  (2015).  The impact of a hospital-based educational video on maternal perceptions and planned practices of infant safe sleep.  Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 20(3), 187-192,

Rao, V., Canter, J.  (2015).  The interpretation of repeat positive results for gonorrhea and chlamydia in children.  Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 28(4), e109-12.

Canter, J., Rao, V. B., Palusci, V. J., Kronn, D., Manaster, M., Altman, R.  (2018).  Interpreting osteogenesis imperfecta variants of uncertain significance in the context of physical abuse: a case series.  Journal of Pediatric Genetics.

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