The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development is a university-level research center at Georgia State University committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of children, adults and families through research, service, education, training and advocacy. The center emphasizes bringing scientific innovation into the everyday lives of people and their communities through translational and implementation research.

In an effort to prevent and redress child maltreatment, reduce family violence, and improve the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, the center seeks to:

  • Bring research to practice
  • Influence policy
  • Provide interdisciplinary pre-service education
  • Disseminate best practices information
  • Offer undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary courses and training
  • Bring together scholars of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to find new, collaborative treatment and research methods
  • Lead the field in promoting evidence-based parent training programs

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development houses the Center for Leadership in Disability, the National SafeCare® Training and Research Center, and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

  • Center for Leadership in Disability, translating research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.
  • National SafeCare Training and Research Center, implementing nationwide the SafeCare model, an evidence-based home visitation family support program that has been shown to reduce child maltreatment among families with a history for maltreatment or with risk factors for maltreatment; and
  • Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, focused on changing the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.