Jenelle R. Shanley, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 277

Dr. Shanley’s research portfolio largely focuses on implementation science with a specific focus on evidence-based parent support programs that target child behavior disorders, child maltreatment, and childhood obesity. Her research interests encompass parenting of young children and improving implementation strategies to reduce barriers to access and engagement in evidence-based parent support programs, with the long-range goal to better reach families and promote healthy child development through broad implementation and sustainability of these programs.

Dr. Shanley has extensive knowledge of and experience with national and international implementations of behavioral parent support programs, including the evidence-based programs Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and SafeCare®. Specifically, her experiences include training, consulting, and offering technical assistance with community-based providers and therapists, and collaborating with agency administration and government personnel to plan, initiate and sustain these programs. She also has significant experience in developing, revisingand adapting parent support curricula both for domestic and international implementations.

Dr. Shanley’s recent research efforts include braiding two evidence-based programs (i.e., Parents as Teachers and SafeCare) and developing alternative modalities of PCIT and SafeCare. She co-authored several related publications, including: “Systematic braiding of two evidence-based parent-training programs: Qualitative results from the Pilot Phase” in the journal Family and Community Health (2017) and “Group versus individual Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A Randomized Control Trial for the Treatment of Conduct Problems in Young Children” in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2016). Dr. Shanley is the co-Principal Investigator of an NIH R21 grant(1R21HD094227-01A1) to assess the parenting culture and service system in Kenya to inform the adaptation and initial implementation of SafeCare for its first implementation in Africa. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at various local, national and international professional conferences on parenting, child maltreatment, and implementation of parenting support programs.

Roles and Interests


Parenting young children, parent-child interactions, parent support programs, evidence-based programs/practices, training community providers, implementation science


  • BS, University of Washington, 2000, Psychology
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2006
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2008
  • Predoctoral Internship (APA accredited), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (APA accredited), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
    • Division 37, Section 1: Section on Child Maltreatment
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
    • Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (DIS-SIG)
  • Global Implementation Society (GIS)
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)
  • Western Psychological Association (WPA)

Selected Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Guastaferro, K., Zadzora, K.M., Reader, J.M., Shanley, J.R., & Noll, J.G. (2019). A Parent-focused Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program: Development, Acceptability, and Feasibility. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 1862-1877.

Guastaferro, K., Miller, K., Lai, B.S., Shanley, J., Kemner, A., Whitaker, D.J., & Luzker, J.R. (2019). Modification to a systematically braided parent-support curriculum: Results from a feasibility pilot. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 1780-1789.

Hawkins, K. R., Apolzan, J. W., Staiano, A. E., Shanley, J.R., & Martin, C. K. (2019). Efficacy of a home-based parent training-focused weight management intervention for preschool children: The DRIVE randomized controlled pilot trial. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51, 740-748.

Guastaferro, K., Lai, B.S., Miller, K., Shanley, J.R., Whitaker, D.J., Self-Brown, S., Kemner, A., & Lutzker, J.R. (2018). Braiding two evidence-based programs for families at-risk: Results of a cluster randomized trial. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 535-546.

Niec, L.N., Barnett, M.L., Prewett, M., Shanley, J.R. (2016). Group versus individual Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A Randomized Control Trial for the Treatment of Conduct Problems in Young Children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Niec, L.N., Shanley, J.R., Barnett, M.L., Baker, S.E., & Solomon, D. (2015). Optimal or typical performance? The impact of instructional set on the behavioral assessment of parent-child interaction. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 105-113.

Funderburk, B., Chaffin, M., Bard, E., Shanley, J., Bard, D., & Berliner, L. (2014). Comparing client outcomes for two evidence-based treatment consultation strategies. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 28, 1-12.

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®. International Public Health Journal, 5(1), 31-38.

Shanley, J. R. & Niec, L.N. (2011). The contribution of the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) warm-up segments in assessing parent-child interactions. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 33(3), 248-263.

Shanley, J. R., & Niec, L.N. (2010). Coaching parents to change: The impact of in vivo feedback on parents’ acquisition of skills. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39(2), 282-287.

Selected Recent Presentations (*denotes student author)

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L.P., Ndetei, D. Ishiekwene, M.N., Mutiso, V., Musyimi, C., Nyamai, D. & Malinda, S. (October 2019). Promoting child wellbeing through partnerships: Stakeholder input to inform cultural adaptations of a parenting program. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) conference, Portland, OR.

Kibuka, N., Shanley, J., Ndetei, D., Mutiso, V. & Armistead, L. (October 2018). Enhancing Early Child Development through a Supportive Parenting Program: Illustration of a New Kenyan Initiative. Paper presented at the AfECN 2018 International Early Childhood Development Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L.P., Mutiso, V., & Ndetei, D. (May 2018). Building a Stakeholder Task Force to Advance Prevention Science: A Case Study Illustrating the Development of a Task Force to Adapt a Parenting Program for Delivery in Kenya. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research 26th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Damashek, A., Fettes, D., Guastaferro, K., Haine-Schlagel, R., Kothari, C., Lutzker, J., Noble, A. Self-Brown, S., Shanley, J., Traube, D., & Whittaker, D. (Coalition for Research on Engagement & Well-being—CREW, Georgia State University) (January 2018). Engagement of Families in Home-Based Parent Support Programs. Symposium papers presented at the 32nd Annual San Diego International Conference, San Diego, CA.

Dickman Jackson, L., Rogers-Brown, J., Shanley, J., & Whitaker, D. (November 2017). Overview of behaviorally-based home visiting program for the prevention of child maltreatment: Evidence base and case for expansion. American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA.

Laxmi, A.*, & Shanley, J.R. (October 2017). Understanding Cultural Context of Parenting to Define Child Abuse and Validate an Existing Measure on Child Physical and Emotional Abuse in South Indian Parents Living in Georgia. Paper presented at the 15th ISPCAN European Regional Conference, Hague, Netherlands.

Shanley, J.R. (August 2016). Implementing SafeCare® to address Child Neglect and Physical Abuse – An Overview of International Implementations. Paper presented at the 21st International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Calgary, Canada.

Shanley, J.R. (June 2016). Adaptation of SafeCare® for Group-Based Formats. Paper presented at the 24th Annual APSAC Colloquium, New Orleans, LA.

Shanley, J.R., Apolzan, J., & Martin, C. (June 2016). Development and Pilot Testing of a Home-Based Weight Maintenance Program for Toddlers and Families. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research 24th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Shanley, J.R. (January 2016). SafeCare as a catalyst for promoting positive parenting in congregate family shelters. Beyond Housing 2016 Conference hosted by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, New York City, NY.