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Kathleen Baggett

Associate Professor    

Ph.D. 2000, University of Kansas, Developmental and Child Psychology
M.S. 1997, University of Kansas, Counseling Psychology
B.A. 1989, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Psychology


Kathleen Baggett, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, joined the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a 2 CI Scholar focused on Child Well-Being and Preventing Toxic Stress.

Dr. Baggett holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, She was a Research Professor and Senior Scientist  at the University of Kansas. As Director of Early Childhood Social-Emotional Health Promotion Research at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a central focus of her work was adapting evidence based interventions for real-world delivery to improve access to parenting and caregiving practices shown to improve social-communication outcomes for infants and toddlers. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Currently, she is the principal investigator of a study funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to examine the effectiveness of a mobile device-delivered parenting intervention to improve outcomes for economically disadvantaged mothers and their very low birth weight babies. Dr. Baggett is also a licensed psychologist and clinical professional counselor with experience providing therapy and guiding in-home parent training and treatment teams for culturally diverse young children with histories of maltreatment and extreme trauma as well as for mothers struggling with depression. 

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