Ph.D., 1996, University of Georgia, Social Psychology with concentration in Statistics and Research Design
M.S., 1993, Villanova University, Psychology
B.A., 1989, State University of New York at Albany, Psychology
Distinguished University Professor
Director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC)
Associate Dean for Research
Daniel Whitaker is the Associate Dean for Research, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health, and Director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), which is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Whitaker received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Georgia and worked as a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 10 years before coming to Georgia State in 2008. His research interests focus on family violence including child maltreatment prevention and intimate partner violence prevention, with an interest in intervention research and implementation science. As Director of NSTRC, he has overseen the dissemination of SafeCare across the U.S. and internationally.
Whitaker’s work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Children and Families, the Administration on Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Whitaker is current Editor in Chief for Child Maltreatment.
Dr. Whitaker teaches courses in Health Promotion and Behavior.
Shanley JR, Graham ML, Lutzker JR, Gaura AE, Whitaker DJ & Self-Brown S. (2013). Lessons Learned from National and International Implementations of SafeCare®. International Journal of Public Health, 5, 31-38.
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.
Eckhardt CI, Murphy CM, Whitaker DJ, Sprunger J, Samper R, Woodard K. (2013). The Effectiveness of Intervention Programs for Perpetrators and Victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Partner Abuse, 4, 196-231.