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John Lutzker

Professor    Director of Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development    
Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas, Developmental and Child Psychology
M.A., San Francisco State College, Developmental Psychology
B.A., San Francisco State College, Psychology
A.A., College of San Mateo

Biography

Director of The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
Professor of Public Health

Dr. Lutzker Curriculum Vita

The Director of The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University, John Lutzker is a leading expert in child neglect and maltreatment prevention.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Developmental and Child Psychology and has worked in a variety of settings including academia (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of California, Irvine, Emory University), and the federal government (CDC as Distinguished Consultant and Chief, Prevention, Development and Evaluation Branch). Lutzker has had over 170 published articles, given over 450 presentations nationally and internationally, written 7 books, and given interviews for NPR, ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as a consultant for 60 Minutes.

Lutzker is responsible for developing one of the few evidence-based child maltreatment and neglect prevention programs, SafeCare, which is being implemented throughout the United and other countries internationally. The center’s mission is to promote the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of children, adults, and families with and without disabilities through research, service, and advocacy.

Lutzker teaches courses in social and behavioral aspects of health and global maternal and child health. The Mark Chaffin Center for Health Development houses the National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Center for Leadership in Disability and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

Publications
Books

Lutzker, J. R. (2012). In J.R. Lutzker & J. Merrick (Ed.), Applied public health: Examining multifaceted social/ ecological problems and child maltreatment.. New York: Nova.

Whitaker DJ, Crimmins D, Edwards AE, & Lutzker, JR. (2009). Safety training and violence prevention using the SafeCare parent training model. In W. O’Donohue & J. E. Fisher (Eds). General principles and empirically supported techniques of cognitive behavior therapy (pp. 571 – 575). New York: John Wiley.

Whitaker DJ, Crimmins D, Edwards AE, & Lutzker, JR. (2008). Safety training/violence prevention using the SafeCare parent training model. In W. O’Donohue & J. E. Fisher (Eds). Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice. (pp. 473 – 477). New York: John Wiley.

 

Book Chapters

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New (Published)

Edwards-Gaura, A. M., Whitaker, D. J., Lutzker, J. R., Self, S. R., Lewis, E. Programs and Interventions for maltreated children and families at risk: clinician’s guide t evidence-based practice. In A Rubin (Ed.), SafeCare: Application of an Evidence-based Program to Prevent Child Maltretatment.. New York:Wiley.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New (Published)

Crimmins, D. B., VanRie, V., Lutzker, J. R. (2012). Bringing social competence interventions to scale in ASD: our next challenge. In P.F. Gerhardt & D. Crimmins (Ed.), Social skills and adaptive behavior in learners with autism spectrum disorders: Current status and future directions.. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Lutzker, J. R., Chaffin, M. (2012). Safecare®: An evidence-based constantly dynamic model to prevent child maltreatment. In H. Dubowitz (Ed.), Safecare®: An evidence-based constantly dynamic model to prevent child Maltreatment. (10th ed., pp. 93-96). Canberra, Australia: The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Edwards-Gaura, A., Whitaker, D. J., Lutzker, J. R., Self, S. R., Lewis, E. (2011). SafeCare: Application of an evidence-based program to prevent child maltreatment. In A. Rubin (Ed.), A clinician’s guide to evidence-based practice. (pp. 259-272). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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 Health and Human Development, 8(2), 135-145.

Whitaker, D.J.,Rogers-Brown, J.S., Cowart-Osborne, M., Self-Brown, S.,& Lutzker,J.R. (2015). Public child welfare staff, knowledge, attitudes, and referral behaviors for an evidence-based program. Psychosocial Intervention, 24, 89-95.

Self-Brown, S., McFry, E., Montesanti, A., Edwards-Gaura, A., Lutzker, J., Shanley, J., & Whitaker,D. (2014) SafeCare: A Prevention and Intervention Program for Child Neglect and Physical Abuse. In R.M. Reece, R.F. Hanson & J. Sargent(Eds.) Treatment of child abuse: Common ground for mental health, medical and legal practitioners,2nd ed.(pp. 50-58). Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Strong, L., Lutzker, J.R., Jabaley, J.J., Shanley, J.R., Self-Brown, S., Guastaferro, K.M. (2014). Training mothers recovering from substance abuse to identify and treat their children’s illnesses. International Journal of Health and Human Development,7(2), 156-166.

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® International Public Health Journal, 5 (1): 31-38.

Guastaferro, K.M., Lutzker, J.R., Jabaley, J.J., Shanley, J.R., & Crimmins, D.B. (2013). Teaching young mothers to identify developmental milestones. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development,6 (2): 223-233. Adapted and reprinted in: J. Merrick, S. Apler, & M. Morad (Eds.). Disability and Chronic Disease,(pp. 9-37): New York: Nova.

Self-Brown,S., McFry, E., Montesanti, A., Edwards-Gaura, A., Lutzker, J., Shanley, J., & Whitaker,D.(in press) SafeCare: A Prevention and Intervention Program for Child Neglect and Physical Abuse. In R.M. Reece, R.F. Hanson & J. Sargent(Eds.) Treatment of child abuse:Common ground for mental health, medical and legal practitioners,2nd ed. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Strong, L., Lutzker, J.R., Jabaley, J.J., Shanley, J.R., Self-Brown, S., & Guasatferro, K.M. (in press). Training mothers recovering from substance abuse to identify and treat their children’s illnesses. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development.

Lutzker,J.R.,Guastaferro, K.,& Whitaker, D.J.(in press). Invited Editorial. More work to protect children but promising trend data on exposure to violence. Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

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

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