Kathleen M. BaggettPhD
Dr. Kathleen Baggett is director of the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and an associate professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavior in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Within the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, situated in the School of Public Health, she directs research on promoting nurturing care practices of parents and other caregivers that foster infant and toddler social-emotional health and development. Before joining Georgia State, she obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed a postdoctoral clinical internship in Child and Family Psychology, followed by a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Kansas, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.
She is a Next Generation faculty scholar. Her research is on improving access to effective intervention for increasing parenting and caregiving practices that build infant and toddler social communication and social emotional health and development competencies. To optimize life course trajectories for the youngest and most vulnerable (e.g., infants with neonatal intensive care experiences, low birth weight, child maltreatment risk, social communication challenges, and toddlers with early signs of autism), she studies the application of mobile technology to promote nurturing care practices of high need parents and caregivers (e.g., those who are disadvantaged by extreme poverty, adolescent parenting, maternal depression, histories of child abuse and neglect). Dr. Baggett was a National Institutes of Health LRP award recipient, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, Health and Human Services- Administration for Children and Families and the Health Resources and Services Administration.