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
Daniel Whitaker is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences and the Associate Dean for Reserach in the School of Public Health. He also co-directs (with Shannon Self-Brown) the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), which is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development. Whitaker received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Georgia and worked as a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ten 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 co-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 D.J., Self-Brown S., Bielecki J., Cotner, M., Lyons, M., Gurbani, A. (In press). Coaching to Fidelity: Implementing the SafeCare© parenting model. In C. Biel and A. Rau (Eds). Coaching the Home Visiting Space, Brookes Publishing.
Whitaker D.J. Gurbani A, Rao, N. (2023). Interventions to prevent violence in the family. In P. Sturmey (Ed). Violence in Families: Integrating Research into Practice. Springer.
Jaramillo, E.T., Willging, C.E., Saldana, L., Self-Brown, S., Weeks, E.A., & Whitaker, D.J. (2023). Barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based interventions in the context of a randomized clinical trial in the United States: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. 10.1186/s12913-023-09079-2
Self-Brown, S., McFry, E., Perry, E.W., Lee, N., Swanson Rivers, D., Reuben, K., Rao, N., O’Connor, M.H., Feinberg, I., Willging, C., & Whitaker, D.J. (2022). Findings from a structured adaptation process for the SafeCare parenting program to address family needs in a diverse refugee community. Research on Social Work Practice,32, 553-566. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497315221079237.
Whitaker DJ, Self-Brown S, Weeks E, O’Connor MH, Lyons M, Willging C, Lee N, Kumar JL, Joseph H, Reidy D, Rivers D, Rao N. (2021). Adaptation and implementation of a parenting curriculum in a refugee/immigrant community using a task-shifting approach: A study protocol. BMC Public Health, 21, 1084. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11148-2
Whitaker DJ, Self-Brown, Hayat M, Osborne M, Weeks, E., Reidy D, Lyons M. (2020). Effect of the SafeCare© model on parenting outcomes among parents in child welfare systems: A cluster randomized trial. Preventive Medicine. 138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106167 CV https://publichealth.gsu.edu/files/formidable/10/Vita_DWhitaker-Aug-2023.pdf