Former Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice; Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence
Director for the Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, Department of Child Welfare and Family Violence
Co-Director, Field Center for Children's Policy Practice and Research
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Richard J. Gelles is Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, Director for the Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, Co-Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research, and former Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice. Gelles is an internationally known expert in domestic violence and child welfare and was influential in the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Gelles is the author of the highly influential book The Violent Home, which was the first systematic investigation to provide empirical data on domestic violence. His more recent books have also made a significant impact in the study of child welfare and family violence. He is the author of 24 books and more than 100 articles, chapters and papers.
Gelles, Richard. 2017. Intimate Violence and Abuse in Families 4th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
Gelles, Richard. 2016. “Why the American Child Welfare System is Not Child Centered.” William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 24: 733-753
Gelles, Richard J. 2011. The Third Lie: Why Government Programs Don’t Work—and a Proposal for One that Would. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Loseke, Donilene R., Richard J. Gelles, and Mary Cavanaugh. 2005. Current Controversies on Family Violence 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Gelles, Richard. 1974. The Violent Home: A Study of Physical Aggression Between Husbands and Wives. Beverly Hills, California: Sage Publications, Inc.