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Shannon Self-Brown

Professor    Doctoral Program Director    

Ph.D., 2004, Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology
M.A., 1997, University of West Florida, Counseling Psychology
B.A., 1995, University of West Florida, Psychology


Child maltreatment, Family violence, Urban health, Evaluation/Implementation of child maltreatment prevention programs, Examining protective factors for youth exposed to community and family violence


Doctoral Program Director
Professor of Public Health
Associate Director for Research and Development in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC)

Self-Brown Curriculum Vitae

Shannon Self-Brown is a Professor and the Doctoral Program Director in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.  She is the Associate Director for Research and Development in 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, where she she runs several federally funded grants targeting prevention of child maltreatment and implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare and public health. She also serves as the Director of the Ph.D Program in Public Health.

Prior to joining the staff at Georgia State University, Dr. Self-Brown received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Louisiana State University in 2004, with a specialization in child trauma and pediatric psychology. She completed post-doctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in Charleston, SC as an NIMH-Sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Self-Brown completed a Research Fellowship at the CDC in the Division of Violence Prevention from 2006-2008, where she served as a Behavioral Scientist for four cooperative agreements focused on developing and implementing child maltreatment prevention programs utilizing technology.  Her research interests include examining risk and protective factors for youth exposed to community and family violence, child maltreatment, and disaster, as well as the evaluation of dissemination/implementation efforts for child maltreatment prevention programs.


Self-Brown, S., Tiwari, A., Lai, B., Roby, S., & Kinnish, K. (2015). Impact of Caregiver Factors on Youth Service Utilization of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a Community Setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1-9.

Self-Brown, S., Cowart-Osborne, M., Baker, E., Thomas, A., Boyd Jr., C., Chege, E., Jackson, M., Meister, E., & Lutzker, J. (2015). Dad2K: An adaptation of SafeCare to enhance positive parenting skills with at-risk fathers. Journal of Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 138-155.

Self-Brown, S., Lai, B. S., Harbin, S., & Kelley, M. L. (2014). Maternal posttraumatic stress disorder symptom trajectories following Hurricane Katrina: An initial examination of the impact of maternal trajectories on the well-being of disaster-exposed youth. International journal of public health, 59, 957-965.

Cowart-Osborne, M., Jackson, M., Chege, E., Baker, E., Whitaker, D., & Self-Brown, S. (2014). Technology-based innovations in child maltreatment prevention programs: examples from SafeCare®. Social Sciences, 3(3), 427-440, doi:10.3390/socsci3030427

Self-Brown, S., Whitaker, D., Kolko, D., & Berliner, L. (2012). Introduction to the Special Issue on disseminating child maltreatment interventions: Research on implementing evidence-based programs. Child Maltreatment, 17, 5-10. (Refereed)

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