Sandy Wurtele, Ph.D.

Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Wurtele is the author of educational and scholarly materials for professionals, parents, and children. Thoroughly evaluated, her Body Safety Training workbook is available in different teaching formats and languages. Dr. Wurtele has provided training and consultation to a number of national and international organizations (in Portugal, Curacao, and Canada). She served on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Education Standards Task Force for developing Guidelines for Programs to Reduce Child Victimization and currently serves as the Child Protection Consultant for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington (DE) along with the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee.

She has conducted over 25 workshops/presentations to professionals in youth-serving organizations, authored or co-authored 82 articles in scholarly journals, 18 chapters in edited books, published 3 books for parents on CSA prevention, 2 books for professionals, and is currently writing a textbook entitled Sex Crimes Against Minors. Dr. Wurtele has also received $234,000 in funding for research on CSA prevention, including a FIRST Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the recipient of the 2009 William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Award, given in recognition of her work in preventing CSA.

Latest Works

Safe Connections

Safe Connections: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation

 All Books

Safe Connections

Off Limits: written primarily for parents and other caretakers, and secondarily for professionals who work with youth.

Recent Publications

Wurtele, S. K. (2009). Preventing sexual abuse of children in the 21st century: Preparing for challenges and opportunities. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18, 1-18.

Recent Presentations

Dr. Wurtele presented a 2-day workshop on preventing CSA in Lisbon, Portugal for the Portugese Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.


William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma.