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Jenelle Shanley Chatham

Assistant Professor    Associate Director of Training, National SafeCare Training and Research Center    

Ph.D., 2008, Central Michigan University, Clinical Psychology
M.A., 2006, Central Michigan University, Clinical Psychology
B.S., 2000, University of Washington, Psychology


Evidence-based parent training programs; SafeCare; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Child Maltreatment; Clinical Psychology; Implementation Science; Dissemination; Training, Program and Curriculum Development


Dr. Jenelle R. Shanley Chatham Curriculum Vitae

Jenelle R. Shanley Chatham, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Training in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), which is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Health Development in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Shanley Chatham oversees the training and implementation of SafeCare and supervises NSTRC trainers who conduct training nationally and internationally. She also manages the revisions and enhancements of SafeCare training and implementation efforts. Within Georgia State University, she holds an Assistant Professor position in the School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State, Dr. Shanley Chatham received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2008, specializing in child clinical psychology. She completed her postdoctoral training through the APA accredited program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Shanley Chatham has over 17 years of experience conducting behavioral and social science research to address several public health issues, including child maltreatment, child behavior disorders, and childhood obesity. She has extensive knowledge of and experience with behavioral parent training programs, including the evidence-based programs Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and SafeCare. Dr. Shanley Chatham has significant experience in the dissemination and implementation of these parent training programs, including training, consulting, and providing technical assistance with community-based providers and therapists, and collaborating with agency administration and government personnel to plan, initiate and sustain these programs. Broadly, her research interests encompass parenting young children and improving implementation strategies to address challenges experienced by children and families. Specifically, Dr. Shanley Chatham is interested in examining strategies that enhance evidence-based parenting training programs to better reach families and promote healthy child development. She has published several articles and presented at numerous national and international professional conferences on parenting and child maltreatment.


Shanley, J.R., Graham, M.L., Lutzker, J.R., Edwards-Gaura, A., Whitaker, D.J., Self-Brown, S. (2013). Lessons learned from national and international implementations of SafeCare®. Institute of Public Health Journal, 5(1), 31-38.

Guastaferro, K.M., Lutzker, J.R., Graham, M.L., Shanley, J.R., & Whitaker, D.J. (2012). SafeCare®: Historical perspective and dynamic development of an evidence-based scaled-up model for the prevention of child maltreatment. Psychosocial Intervention, 21(2), 171-180.

Self-Brown, S., Valente, J., Wild, R.C., Whitaker, D.J., Galanter, R., Dorsey, S., & Shanley, J.R. (2012). Utilizing benchmarking to study the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy implemented in a community setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Published online February 25, 2012 as doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9566-4.

Nelson, M.M., Shanley, J.R., Funderburk, B.W., & Bard, E.A. (2012). Therapists’ attitudes towards evidence-based practices and implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Child Maltreatment, 17(1), 47-55.

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