Mark Chaffin, PhD

Renowned Scholar in Child Maltreatment Joins Georgia State

Posted On February 26, 2014
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Mark Chaffin, a pre-eminent scholar in child maltreatment, parenting, implementation science and services for disadvantaged and populations with disabilities has accepted a Second Century Initiative (2CI) faculty position at the Georgia State University School of Public Health.

A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, and scientific reviewer for several federal agencies, Chaffin has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in his career.

Chaffin is a psychologist and professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was the founding editor of Child Maltreatment, one of the two leading journals in the field and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has been on the editorial boards of or a reviewer for 17 other journals. Chaffin is a three-time recipient of the Pro-Humanitate Literary Award for Outstanding Published Article in the Field of Child Welfare and Child Maltreatment. He was the primary investigator on the largest and longest treatment outcome trial in the field of child maltreatment, studying some 2,200 families statewide in Oklahoma over seven years and employing the SafeCare service model now headquartered at Georgia State.

Chaffin is the third scholar to join the faculty of the School of Public Health as part of 2CI. He will be housed in the school’s Center for Healthy Development. Building on the university’s strategic plan, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, 2CI enhances critical mass around common research themes at Georgia State. Other 2CI faculty members in the School of Public Health include Associate Dean for Research Laura Salazar, who focuses her research efforts on the intersection of sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence, and Associate Professor Lee Mobley who examines health policy and risky behavior from a spatial population science and health economics perspective.