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Jenelle Shanley

Assistant Professor    Associate Director of Training, National SafeCare Training and Research Center

Ph.D., 2008, Central Michigan University, Clinical Psychology
M.A., 2006, Central Michigan University, Clinical Psychology
B.S., 2000, University of Washington, Psychology


Evidence-based parent training programs; SafeCare; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Child Maltreatment; Clinical Psychology; Implementation Science; Dissemination; Training, Program and Curriculum Development


Shanley Curriculum Vitae

Jenelle R. Shanley, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Training in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC, which is housed in the Center for Health Development in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where she oversees the training and implementation of SafeCare. Dr. Shanley supervises NSTRC Trainers who conduct training nationally and internationally. She also manages the revisions and enhancements of SafeCare training and implementation efforts. Within GSU, she holds an Assistant Professor position in the School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at GSU, Dr. Shanley received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2008, specializing in child clinical psychology. She completed her postdoctoral training through the APA accredited program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Broadly, her research interests encompass parenting young children and the prevention and treatment of disruptive behaviors and child physical abuse. Specifically, Dr. Shanley is interested in how to effectively disseminate evidence-based programs and enhancing parenting training programs to promote healthy child development. She has published several articles and presented at several professional conferences on parenting and child maltreatment.


Shanley, J.R., Graham, M.L., Lutzker, J.R., Edwards-Gaura, A., Whitaker, D.J., Self-Brown, S. (2013). Lessons learned from national and international implementations of SafeCare®. Institute of Public Health Journal, 5(1), 31-38.

Guastaferro, K.M., Lutzker, J.R., Graham, M.L., Shanley, J.R., & Whitaker, D.J. (2012). SafeCare®: Historical perspective and dynamic development of an evidence-based scaled-up model for the prevention of child maltreatment. Psychosocial Intervention, 21(2), 171-180.

Self-Brown, S., Valente, J., Wild, R.C., Whitaker, D.J., Galanter, R., Dorsey, S., & Shanley, J.R. (2012). Utilizing benchmarking to study the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy implemented in a community setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Published online February 25, 2012 as doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9566-4.

Nelson, M.M., Shanley, J.R., Funderburk, B.W., & Bard, E.A. (2012). Therapists’ attitudes towards evidence-based practices and implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Child Maltreatment, 17(1), 47-55.

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