PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Montana
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Paul Silverman
Professor, University of Montana

Policy Mentor
Sarah Corbally
Program Bureau Chief, Child and Family Services Division, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Behavioral Scientist

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsEconomic Supports for FamiliesFamilies and Family System, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Focus Groups and Interviewing Research


Dr. Whitney Rostad is a behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to the CDC, Dr. Rostad was a postdoctoral research associate 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 oversaw data analysis for various projects evaluating the prevention of child maltreatment and implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare, disseminated results through peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and conference presentations, and assisted faculty in developing and running federally funded grants.

Dr. Rostad graduated from the University of Montana with doctorate and master's degrees in Developmental Psychology. Her research focused on the influence of father-child relationships on adolescent development, and the examination of an attachment-based parenting program in a low-income sample, which was funded by a two-year Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Dr. Rostad's research interests include the intergenerational transmission of caregiving practices, the prevention of child maltreatment, and the dissemination and implementation of parenting interventions.