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
Director of The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
Professor of Public Health
John R. Lutzker is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. He has published 180 articles and chapters, 8 books, has delivered 481 international and national professional presentations, and is a Past-President of Division 33 of the APA in which he is a Fellow in five Divisions. Among his awards are the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Kansas, Outstanding Research Career Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and Visiting Scholar in Practice, Emory University School of Law, Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy. He is on the editorial boards of seven professional journals. Among his media appearances he has been interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as a consultant for 60 Minutes on CBS. His research involves the prevention of child maltreatment, and parents with intellectual disabilities. He is the Founder of SafeCare®, an evidence-based model for prevention and intervention of child maltreatment with a footprint in 28 U.S. states and 6 other countries.
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, 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
Rostad, W.L., Lutzker, J.R., & Guastaferro, K.M. (2016). Practices Targeting Child Neglect: The use of SafeCare® to enhance parenting skills to reduce neglect. In R. Gardner (Ed.) Tackling child neglect: Research, policy and evidence-based practice. (pp. 278 – 309). London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Walsh, J.H. Lutzker, J.R., Guastaferro, K.M., & Whitaker, D.J. (2016). A preliminary analysis of the relationship between hazards in the home and the potential for abuse with families at risk. 9(3) 00-00, International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health.
Guastaferro, K., Lutzker, J.R., & Benka-Coker, M.L. (2016). Introduction in K. Guastaferro, J.R. Lutzker, & M.L. Benka-Coker (2016). Maltreatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (pp. 1-8). AAIDD: Washington, DC.
Guastaferro, K., Benka-Coker, M.L., & Lutzker, J.R. (2016). A story of mothers with IDD: Relationships and social networks. In J.R. Lutzker, K. Guastaferro, & M.L., Benka-Coker, Maltreatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (pp. 188—208) AAIDD: Washington, DC.
Guastaferro, K., Miller, K., Shanley Chatham, J.R., Whitaker, D.J., McGilly, K., & Lutzker, J.R. (2017). Systematic braiding of two evidence-based parent- training programs: Qualitative results from the Pilot Phase. Family and Community Health, 40(1), 88-97.
Guastaferro, K., & Lutzker, J.R. (2017). Getting the most juice for the squeeze: Where SafeCare and Other Evidence- based programs need to evolve to better protect children. In D.M. Teti (Ed.), Parenting and family processes in child maltreatment and intervention. Springer: Cham, Switzerland.
Guastaferro, K., Miller, K., Lutzker, J.R., Whitaker, D.J., Lai, B.S., Shanley Chatham, J., & Kemner, A. (in press). Implementing a Braided Home-based Parent Support Curriculum: Lessons Learned. Psychosocial Intervention.
Lutzker, J.R., McGill, T., Whitaker, D.J., & Self-Brown, S. (2017). SafeCare®: Preventing Child Neglect through Scaling-up and Examining Implementation Issues of an
Evidence-based Practice. In R. Alexander (Ed.), Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention (2,2): Societal, Organizational, and International Approaches. (pp. 243 – 258). St. Louis: STM Learning.