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Daniel Francis Perkins, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Youth and Family Resiliency and Policy
  • Principle Scientist and Founder, 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

  • April 2011–October 2022 - Evaluation and Refinement of Reserve Affairs Youth Ribbon Program Curriculum. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • December 2010–June 2019 - Navy Youth Sports and Fitness Research Grant.  Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture
  • July 2010–July 2022- Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
  • October 2012-September 2022- Air Force Medical Operations Agency.  Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
  • January 2015-January 2020 – The Veteran Metrics Initiative.  Funded by Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Morgan, N. R., Davis, K. D., Richardson, C., & Perkins, D. F. (2018). Common    components analysis: An adapted approach for evaluating programs.              Evaluation and Program Planning, 67, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.10.009

Olson, J. R., McCarthy, K. J., Perkins, D. F., & Borden, L. M. (2018).  A formative evaluation of a coach-based technical assistance model for youth- and family-focused programming. Evaluation and Program Planning, 67, 29-37.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.11.002

Aronson, K. R., Perkins, D. F., Morgan, N. R., Cox, C. A., & Robichaux, R. (2017). Military family advocacy in the U.S. Army: Program service outcomes and family participation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, pp. 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0864-8.

Chilenski, S. M., Welsh, J., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2017). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 8-19. doi 10.1002/ajcp.12032 

Karre, J., Perkins, D. F., Aronson, K., DiNallo, J., Kyler, S., & Olson, J. R. (2017). A continuum of evidence on evidence-based programs: A new resource for use in military social service delivery. Military Behavioral Health. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2017.1343695

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.

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. Pre-published October 8, 2015 as doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002.

Michalopoulou, L. E., Welsh, J.A., Perkins, D. F., & Ormsby, L. (2016): Stigma and Mental Health Service Utilization in Military Personnel: A Review of the Literature. Military Behavioral Health, 5,

Olson, J. R., Smith, B., Hawkey, K., Perkins, D. F., & Borden, L. M. (2016). Applying coaching strategies to support youth- and family-focused extension programming.  Journal of Extension, 53(3), 1-15.

Perkins, D. F., Syvertsen, A. K., Mincemoyer, C., Chilenski, S. M., Olson, J. R., Berrena, E., Greenberg, M., & Spoth, R. (2016). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth and Society, 48, 739-762. Pre-published December 23, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0044118X13512858.

Welsh, J., Chilenski, S.M., Johnson, L.E., Perkins, D.F., Greenberg, M.T., & Spoth, R.L.  (2016).  Pathways to sustainability:  8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project.  Journal of Primary Prevention, 37, 236-286. doi 10.1007/s10935-016-0421-z

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., Aronson, K. R., & Perkins, D. F. (2015). The effects of military connected parental absence on the behavior of children:  A literature review. Journal of Children Services, 10, 291-306.

Greenberg M. T., Feinberg M. E., Johnson L. E., Perkins D. F., Welsh J. A., & Spoth R. L. (2015). Factors that predict financial sustainability of community coalitions: Five years of findings from the PROSPER Partnership Project. Prevention Science, 16(1),158-67.

Hass, B. E., Mincemoyer, C. C., Perkins, D. F.  (2015). The effects of age, gender, and 4-H involvement on life skill development. Journal of Extension, 53(3), 1-15.

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 behavioral and academic functioning of children: A literature review.  Journal of Children's Services, 10(3), 291 – 306.

Olson, J. R., Welsh, J. A., & Perkins, D. F. (2015).  Evidence-based programming within cooperative extension: How can we maintain program fidelity while adapting to meet local needs? Journal of Extension, 53(3), 1-9.

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 Community Psychology, 56(1-2), 69-78.

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

Borden, L. M., Perkins, D. F., & Hawkey, K. (2014).  4-H youth development: The past, the present, and the future.  Journal of Extension, 52(4), 1-6.

Perkins, D.F., Chilenski, S.M., Olson, J.R., Mincemoyer, C.C., & Spoth, R.L.  (2014). Knowledge, attitudes, and commitment concerning evidence-based prevention programs: Differences between Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development Educators.  Journal of Extension, 52(3), Article# 3FEA6, accessed online at http://www.joe.org/joe/2014june/a6.php

Halgunseth, L. C., Perkins D. F., Lippold M. A., & Nix R. L. (2013).  Delinquent-oriented attitudes mediate the relation between parental inconsistent discipline and early adolescent behavior.  Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 293-302.

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.

Aronson, K., Caldwell, L., & Perkins, D. F. (2011).  Assisting military school-aged children and families with school transitions: The United States Marine Corps School Liaison Program. Psychology in the Schools, 10, 998-1008.

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.

Chauveron, L. M., & Perkins, D. F.  (2009).  Prevention in context: Classroom heterogeneity as a moderator of PATHS effectiveness.  Journal of Children Services, 4(1), 44-58.

Bumbarger, B. K., & Perkins, D. F. (2008).  After randomized trials: Issues related to dissemination of evidence-based interventions.  Journal of Children Services, 3, 55-64.

Research Interests

Extension