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John Lutzker

Professor    Associate Dean of Faculty Development    

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 Center for Healthy Development
Professor of Public Health
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Dr. Lutzker Curriculum Vitae

The Director of The Center for Healthy Development, Professor of Public Health, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Georgia State University, John Lutzker is a leading expert in child neglect and maltreatment prevention.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Developmental and Child Psychology and has worked in a variety of settings including academia (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of California, Irvine, Emory University), and the federal government (CDC as Distinguished Consultant and Chief, Prevention, Development and Evaluation Branch). Lutzker has had over a hundred and sixty published articles, given over 400 presentations nationally and internationally, written 7 books, and given interviews for NPR, ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as a consultant for 60 Minutes.

Lutzker is responsible for developing one of the few evidence-based child maltreatment and neglect prevention programs, SafeCare, which is being implemented throughout the United and other countries internationally. The center’s mission is to promote the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of children, adults, and families with and without disabilities through research, service, and advocacy.

Lutzker teaches courses in social and behavioral aspects of health and intervention and evaluation of health promotion. The Center for Health Development houses the National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Center for Leadership in Disability and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.


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.

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.


Book Chapters

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.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Gaskin, E.H., Lutzker, J.R., Crimmins, D.B., & Robinson, L.(2012). Using a digital frame and pictorial information to enhance Safecare® parent-infant interactions module with a mother with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities,5,187-202.

Guasteferro, K. M., Lutzker, J. R., Jabaley, J. J., Shanley, J. R., Crimmins, D. B. (2012). Teaching young mothers to identify developmental milestones. To appear in International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 5, 187-202.

Aarons, G. A., Green, A. E., Palinkas, L. A., Self-Brown, S., Whitaker, D. J., Lutzker, J. R., Silovsky, J. F., Hecht, D. B., Chaffin, M. J. (2012). Dynamic adaptation process to implement an evidence-based child maltreatment intervention. Implementation Science, 7(32), 1-8.

Lutzker, J. R. (2012). Editorial. Maltreatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Introduction to part I of the special issue. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 5(1), 1-3.

Self, S. R., Fredrick, K., Binder, S., Whitaker, D. J., Lutzker, J. R., Edwards-Gaura, Blankenship, J. (2012). Examining the need for cultural adaptations to an evidence-based parent training program targeting the prevention of child maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1166-1172.

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