Richard Gelles, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Policy & Practice
Director for the Center for Research on Youth & Social Policy
Co-Director of the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research

Research Description: 

Dr. Gelles is an internationally known expert in domestic violence and child welfare. He was influential in the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Dr. 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, The Book of David: How Preserving Families Can Cost Children's Lives and Intimate Violence in Families, Third Edition, 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. Most recently, Dr. Gelles co-authored Current Controversies on Family Violence (2005) with M. Cavanaugh and D. Loseke. He is currently in the process of co-authoring another text, Intimate Violence and Abuse in Families.

Contact Information: 

School of Social Policy & Practice
3701 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214

Telephone: 215.898.5541
Fax: 215.573.2099

Email: gelles@sp2.upenn.edu