Our Work

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development’s research agenda goals include:

  • CHD CAMPAIGNImproving service delivery;
  • Reducing disparities;
  • Enhancing systemic and workforce capacities;
  • Advancing implementation science;
  • Protecting children;
  • Evaluating quality of life for individuals and families; and
  • Serving as a national leader in collaborations among evidence-based programs in child maltreatment prevention and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The center’s faculty have published 461 peer reviewed articles and professional chapters, 11 books and 8 manuals, and presented 1380 papers, posters, and symposia at regional, national, and international conferences and meetings, are often serve as keynote and other invited speakers, including:

John R. Lutzker


Lutzker, J.R., and Casillas, K.L. (2016). The importance of examining variants of implementation among evidence-based and promising programs to prevent child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Guastaferro, K.M., Lutzker, J.R., and Graham, M.L. (In press). Using a technological augmentation to enhance parent-infant interactions with parents at risk. Child & Family Behavior Therapy.

Morales, Y., Lutzker, J.R., Shanley, J.R., & Guastaferro, K.M. (2015). Parent-infant interaction training with a Latino mother. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development,8,135-145.


Lutzker, J.R., Guinn, A. & Chaffin, M. (September 10, 2015). Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment: What experts and parents say. Invited address of the 4th annual Conference of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Atlanta, GA.

Lutzker, J.R. (May 6, 2015). Child neglect: Tackling the biggest problem in child maltreatment prevention. Invited Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Brian Barger


Barger, B., Campbell, J., & Simmons, C.** (2015). Personality in Autism During Middle Childhood: An analysis using the Inventory of Children’s Individual Differences. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Barger, B., Campbell, J., & Simmons, C. (2014). Measuring Five Factor Personality Traits in Autism During Early Childhood. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 26(6), 775-792.


Rice, C., Barger, B., Noyes, D. & Greer, M. (2015). Early Identification Leading to Early Intervention Services: Data from Concern to Eligibility. Poster presented at the Atlanta Autism Consortium, Atlanta, Georgia.

Barger, B., Rice, C., Shaw, E., Squires, J., Noyes, D. & Kavulic, C. (Panel Presentation submitted to the The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children 2015 annual meeting, Atlanta, GA. 10/11/2015). Use of diagnosed conditions for Part C early Intervention Eligibility.

Kathleen Baggett


Hannah H Schertz, Samuel L Odom, Kathleen M Baggett, John H Sideris (2016). Parent-Reported Repetitive Behavior in Toddlers on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of autism and developmental disorders.

Kathleen M Baggett, Shannon Self-Brown (2016). Special Issue: Technology 2.0 A Focus on the Newest Technological Advances in Child Maltreatment Research. Child maltreatment.

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Jenelle Chatham


Niec, L.N., Shanley, J.R., Barnett, M.L., Baker, S.E., & Solomon, D. (2015). Optimal or typical performance? The impact of instructional set on the behavioral assessment of parent-child interaction. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 105-113.

Morales, Y., Lutzker, J.R., Shanley, J.R., & Guastaferro, K.M. (2015). Parent-infant interaction training with a Latino mother. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 8, 135-145.

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Shanley, J.R. (October, 2014). The SafeCare® Model Parenting Program: An Evidence-Based Program for Child Neglect and Physical Abuse. Invited presentation at the 3rd JUCONI International Conference – For a world without violence. “Strengthening work with children and families affected by family violence: from theory to practice,” Puebla, Mexico.

Shanley, J.R. & Edwards-Gaura, A. (January, 2014). Keeping Evidence-Based Practice Cutting Edge: The SafeCare Model as a Framework for Making Effective Adaptations. Paper presented at the 28th Annual San Diego International Conference, San Diego, CA.

Daniel Crimmins


Crimmins, D. & Heggs, A. (in press). Reaching the unserved and underserved: Medical care in rural and urban settings. In I.L. Rubin, J. Merrick, D.E. Greydanus, & D.R. Patel (Eds.). Rubin and Crocker 3rd Edition: Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Dordrecht: Springer.

Graybill, E., Self-Brown, S., Lai, B., Vinoski, E., McGill, T., & Crimmins, D. (in press). Addressing Disparities in parent education: Examining the effects of Learn the Signs/Act Early parent education materials on parent outcomes. Early Childhood Education Journal. 


Crimmins, D., (2015, September). Implementing Positive Behavior Supports with Fidelity: The Challenge for Us All. Keynote address to the fifth annual Positive Practices Symposium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Crimmins, D., (2015, September). Workshop 1: Developing functional hypotheses for challenging behaviors. Workshop presented to the fifth annual Positive Practices Symposium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Emily Graybill


Graybill, E., Esch, R., Vinoski, E., Truscott, S., Torres, A., Daniel, K., Crenshaw, M., & Crimmins, D. (In Press). Including the family in interdisciplinary team meetings: Communication trend analysis. Small Group Research.

Graybill, E., Varjas, K., Meyers, J., Dever, B., Greenberg, D., Roach, A., & Doddridge, C. (In Press) Demographic trends and social justice advocacy experiences of gay-straight alliance advisors. Journal of LGBT Youth.


Graybill, E. (2015, July). Strategies for practicing cultural competence as a mental health educator. Presented at the Systems of Care Academy, Stone Mountain, GA.

Graybill, E., Truscott, S., Crimmins, D., Vinoski, E., Baker, K., Crenshaw, M., & Heggs, A. (2015, July). The intentional and meaningful inclusion of self-advocates as mentors and colleagues in a LEND program: Accommodations and lessons learned. Poster presented at the Autism CARES Meeting, Bethesda, MD.

Lillie Huddleston


Espinel, W., Charen, K., Huddleston, L., Visootsak, J. &  Sherman, S. (2015). Improving Health Education for Women Who Carry an FMR1 Premutation. Journal of Genetic Counseling. doi: 10.1007/s10897-015-9862-4

Visootsak, J., Huddleston, L., Buterbaugh, A., Perkins, A., Sherman, S., and Hunter, J. (2015). Influence of Congenital Heart Defect on Psychosocial and Neurodevelopment Outcomes in Children with Down syndrome. Cardiology in the Young. doi:10.1017/S1047951115000062


O’Hara, A. & Huddleston, L. (2014, August). Home-based Parent Training for Young Children with ASD. Workshop presented at the Institute for Educating All Students Conference, St. Simons, GA.

Huddleston, L. (2015, April). Positive Behavior and Visual Supports Project: Partnership with Babies Can’t Wait. Lecture presented at the Autism Conference and Exposition of Georgia. Macon, GA.

Andrew Roach


La Salle, T.P., Meyers, J., Varjas, K, & Roach, A.T. (2015). A cultural ecological model of school climate. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, (ahead-of-

print), 1-10.

Roach, A. T., Kurz, A., & Elliott, S. N. (2015). Facilitating opportunity to learn for students

with disabilities with instructional feedback data. Preventing School Failure: Alternative

Education for Children and Youth, 59, 168-178.


Kearny, M., Truscott, S.D., Davis, D., & Roach, A.T. (2015, February). Intellectual humility and morality: How they influence consultation. Poster presented at the National

Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention: Orlando, FL.

Talapatra, D., Roach, A.T., Varjas, K.M., Crimmins, D.B., & Houchins, D. (2015,

February). Getting involved in transition services for students with intellectual

disabilities. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual

Convention: Orlando, FL.

Shannon Self-Brown


Self-Brown, S., Cowart-Osborne, M., Baker, E., Thomas, A., Boyd Jr., C., Chege, E., Jackson, M., Meister, E., & Lutzker, J. (2015).  Dad2K: An

adaptation of SafeCare to enhance positive parenting skills with at-risk fathers.  Journal of Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 138-155.

Self-Brown, S., Lai, B. S., Harbin, S., & Kelley, M. L. (2014). Maternal posttraumatic stress disorder symptom trajectories following Hurricane Katrina: An initial examination of the impact of maternal trajectories on the well-being of disaster-exposed youth. International Journal of Public Health, 59, 957-965.


Self-Brown, S, & Lutzker, J. (April, 2015).  SafeCare:  History, Outcomes, &Dissemination.  9th BASPCAN International Congress.  Edinburgh, Scotland.

Self-Brown, S. (January, 2015).  Parallel Play in the Implementation of Evidence-Based practices for maltreated youth and their families.  Workshop presented at the 29th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.  San Diego, CA.

Daniel Whitaker


Whitaker DJ, Brown J, Cowart M. Self-Brown S. (2015). Public child welfare staff knowledge, attitudes, and referral behaviors for an evidence based parenting program.  Psychosocial Interventions, 24, 89-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2015.06.001

Whitaker DJ, Murphy CM, Eckhardt CI, Hodges AE, Cowart M.  (2013). Effectiveness of primary prevention efforts for intimate partner violence.  Partner Abuse, 4, 175-195.


Whitaker DJ, Westheimer M, Hippert S, Silver R, Wessel C, Lowell D, Lent L. (May 7th, 2015).  Strategic Alliances Among National Home Visiting Models Strengthen the Field. OpeningPlenary for the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs, Washington, DC.

Whitaker DJ (September, 2014). Large scale implementation of the SafeCare© model to prevent child neglect and abuse. Invited presentation at the 2nd Annual Australian Implementation conference, Sydney Australia, September 18, 2014.