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Daniel Francis Perkins, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Youth and Family Resiliency and Policy
  • Director, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
  • Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Affiliate Faculty
Daniel Francis Perkins, Ph.D.
107 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-867-4182
Fax: 814-863-4753

Areas of Expertise

  • Youth and Family Resiliency
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Evidence-based Programs
  • Applied Research and Evaluations
  • Community Collaboration

Education

  1. Ph.D., Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University
  2. M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  3. B.A., Psychology (with High Distinction), The Pennsylvania State University

Vitae

Alternate Contact Information

Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness 
The Allenway Building
311 South Allen Street, Suite 002
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-867-4182
http://www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu/

Responsibilities

  • 75% Research
  • 25% Extension

Research and Extension Areas

  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Fidelity and Adaptation
  • Evaluation: Process and Impact
  • Youth and Family Resiliency
  • PROSPER Model for implementing evidence based programs
  • Youth, adolescent, and family development; resiliency in youth and families; Military family readiness, Type II translational research (implementation science), youth engagement in risk behaviors or in youth programs (sports); intervention and/or prevention programs; intersection between prevention science and promotion; community and civic engagement in youth; evaluations of youth and family strength-based, contextual influences on development; and collaboration and community development

Funding Agencies/Foundations

  • March 2012–August 2013 - Developing Evaluation Plans for Family Readiness Programs.  Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture through a sub-contract with Purdue University
  • October 2011–October 2013 - Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Obesity at the Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • April 2011–December 2012 - Evaluation and Refinement of Reserve Affairs Youth Ribbon Program Currciulum. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • December 2010–June 2012 - Navy Youth Sports and Fitness Research Grant.  Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • July 2010–July 2013 - Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Karre, J., Perkins, D. F., Aronson, K., DiNallo, J., Kyler, S., & Olson, J. R. (In Press). The evolution of a continuum of evidence on evidence-based programs: A new resource for use in military social service delivery. Evaluation Review.


Saathoff-Wells, T., Karre, J., Davenport, K., & Perkins, D. F. (In Press). Flexicution in program evaluation: Developing a two-tier plan to address diverse priorities across the four services’ intensive home visitation programming. Journal of Family Social Work.

Perkins, D. F., Chilenski, S. M., Syvertsen, A. K., Olson, J.R., Mincemoyer, C. M., Berrena E., … Spoth, R. (In Press). Parental involvement of sixth graders role in predicting eighth graders’ attitudes toward school including adjustment and bonding. Youth and Society. Pre-published December 23, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0044118X13512858

Chilenski, S. M., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R. Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., … Spoth, R. L.  (2016).  The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54, 19-29. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Chilenski, S., Olson, J. R., Schulte, J. A., Perkins, D. F., & Spoth, R. (2015). A multi-level examination of how organizational culture relates to readiness to implement prevention and evidence-based programming in community settings. Evaluation & Program Planning, 48, 63-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.10.004

Moeller, J. D., Culler, E. D., Hamilton, M. D., Aronson, K. R., & Perkins, D. F. (2015). The effects of military-connected parental absence on the behavioural and academic functioning of children: A literature review. Journal of Children's Services, 10(3), 291 – 306.

Perkins, D. F., Aronson, K. R., Karre, J., Kyler, S. J., & DiNallo, J. M. (2015): Reducing barriers to evidence-based practice with military families: Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Military Behavioral Health. doi: 10.1080/21635781.2015.1100563

Perkins, D. F., Chilenski, S. M., Syvertsen, A. K., Olson, J.R., Mincemoyer, C. M., Berrena E., Greenberg, M., & Spoth, R. (2015). Parental involvement of sixth graders role in predicting eighth graders’ attitudes toward school including adjustment and bonding. Youth and Society. Pre-published December 23, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0044118X13512858.

Aronson, F. R., Perkins, D. F., & Olson, J. (2014). Epidemiology of partner abuse with military families. Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 379-400.

Greenberg, M., Feinberg, M., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Welsh, J. A., & Spoth, R. (2014). Factors that predict financial sustainability of community coalitions: Five years of findings from the PROSPER partnership project. Prevention Science, 16. 58-67. doi: 10.1007/s11121-014-0483-1.

Chilenski, S. M., Perkins, D.F., Olson, J.R. Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M.E., Greenberg, M.T., Welsh, J.,  Crowley, D.M., & Spoth, R.L.  (2016).  The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54, 19-29. DOI information: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Perkins, D.F., Aronson, K.R., Karre, J., Kyler, S.J., & DiNallo, J.M. (2015): Reducing Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice With Military Families: Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Military Behavioral Health, DOI:10.1080/21635781.2015.1100563

Welsh, J. A., Olson, J., Perkins, D. F., Travis, W. J., & Ormsby, L. (2015). The Role of Natural Support Systems in the Post-deployment Adjustment of Active Duty Military Personnel. American Journal of Psychology, 56, 69-78.
Aronson, K.R., & Perkins, D. F. (2012). Challenges faced by Military Families: Perceptions of United States Marine Corps School Liaisons. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-9.

Kelly, B & Perkins, D. F. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of Implementation Science for Psychology in Education. London: Cambridge Press.
Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. Greenberg, M., Johnson, L., Chilenski, S., Mincemoyer, C., & Spoth, R. (2011). Team Factors that Predict to Sustainability Indicators for Community-Based Prevention Teams. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34, 283-291.

Mincemoyer, C., Perkins, D. F. & Santiago, A. (2008). Exploring the effectiveness of learning communities as a source of technical assistance and professional development among extension educators. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 13 (3).

Perkins, D. F., & Borden, L. M. (2004). A multidimensional ecological examination of a youth development program for military dependent youth. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 27, 49-65.
Villarruel, F. A., Perkins, D. F., Borden, L. M., & Keith, J. G. (Eds.) (2003). Community youth development: Practice, policy, and research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Research Interests

Extension