Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Ph.D.

Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
209 C Ferguson Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Evaluation
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Human Decision Making
  • Behavior Change Theories and Frameworks
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Survey Methodology
  • Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida
  • M.S., Agricultural and Extension Education with a Dual Title in International Agriculture and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

Brief Bio: Dr. Kumar Chaudhary's research focuses on human dimensions of natural resource management and application of program evaluation and assessment principles to formal and non-formal educational settings. He studies the human dimensions using a holistic approach by understanding different factors that affect human behavior including applications of various behavior change theories and frameworks to promote natural resource management in most effective and efficient ways. For research on the application of evaluation and assessment principles, Dr. Kumar Chaudhary focuses on evaluation capacity building (ECB), identification of effective and innovative evaluation approaches to assess the impact of programs in both formal and non-formal settings, and application of social network analysis (SNA) to agriculture-related disciplines. For ECB, he focuses on approaches to strengthen the individual and institutional capacity of non-formal and formal educators to systematically evaluate their educational programs.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

29.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Diaz, J., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Assan, E. (2020). Evaluation capacity building in the nonformal education context: Challenges and strategies. Evaluation and Program Planning, 79. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101768 

28.Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Krimsky, L. (2020). Water source as a driver of landscape irrigation conservation behavior: A statewide Florida study. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 146(8), 04020061-1-10. 

27.Diaz, J., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Assan, E. (2020). Expanding evaluation competency research: Exploring competencies for program evaluation using the context of non-formal education. Evaluation and Program Planning, 79. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101790. 

26.Samantaray, S. K., Devadarshini, C., Patro, A., Panda, P. K., Giri, B., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2020). A comparative analysis on knowledge and adoption level of farmwomen regarding fruit and vegetable preservation technologies: A micro study by KVK, Ganjam-I. Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 39(17), 57-63. doi: 10.9734/cjast/2020/v39i1730753

25.Diaz, J., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Jayaratne, K. S. U., & Warner, L. A. (2019). Program evaluation challenges and obstacles faced by new extension agents: Implications for capacity building. Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 4FEA1. Retrieved from

 24.Radhakrishna, R., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Tobin, D. (2019). Linking extension program design with evaluation design for improved evaluation. Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 4TOT1. Retrieved from

 23.Diaz, J., Jayaratne, K. S. U. & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2019). Evaluation competencies and challenges faced by early career extension professionals: Developing a competency model through consensus building. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. doi: 10.1080/1389224X.2019.1671204 

 22.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., & Ali, A. (2019). Using perceived landscape benefits to segment residential landscape irrigation users. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 38, 318-329. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2018.12.008

 21.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Lamm, A. J. & Warner, L. A. (2018). Using cognitive dissonance to theoretically explain water conservation intentions. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59 (4), 194-210. doi:10.5032/jae.2018.04194

 20.Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Radhakrishna, R. (2018). Social Network Analysis (SNA): A methodology to explore diversity and reach of cooperative extension programs and its stakeholders. Journal of Extension, 56 (6), Article 6FEA1. Retrieved from

 19.Warner, L. A., Lamm, A., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2018). Florida residents’ perceived role in protecting water quantity and quality through landscape practices. Landscape and Urban Planning, 171, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.11.007

 18.Warner, L. A., Diaz, J., & Kumar Chaudhary, A., Gusto, C., & Ali, A. (2018). Capturing outcomes often overlooked: A pilot evaluation of Florida individual contact teaching. Journal of Extension, 56(3), Article 3FEA2. Retrieved from

 17.Warner, L. A., Ali, A., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2018). Can dissatisfaction relative to perceived importance affect extension clients’ landscape management practices? Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(1), 7-20. doi:10.5032/jae.2018.01007

 16.Warner, L. A., Diaz, J. M., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2018). Informing urban landscape water conservation extension programs using the behavioral research. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(2), 32-48. doi:10.5032/jae.2018.02032

 15.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., & Stofer, K. (2017). Online certificate program moves participants to advanced stages of concern for social marketing. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(4), 210-224. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.04210

 14.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., Borisova, T., Dukes, M. D., Galindo-Gonzalez, S., Harder, A. & Wilber, W. (2017). A standardized approach to the evaluation of statewide landscape water conservation programming. Journal of Extension, 55(5), Article 5FEA5. Retrieved from

 13.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., Rumble, J. N., & Cantrell, R. A. (2017). Using the theory of planned behavior to encourage water conservation among Extension clients. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 185-202. doi: 10.5032/jae.2017.03185

 12.Radhakrishna, R., Olson, B., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2017). A conceptual model for selecting extension delivery methods to plan better programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(3), 132-142. Retrieved from  

11.Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Lamm, A. J., Rumble, J. N., & Momol, E. (2017). Using home irrigation users' perceptions to inform water conservation programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 101-119. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.03101 

 10.Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Rumble, J. N., Lamm, A. J., & Momol, E. (2017). Using audience segmentation to tailor residential irrigation water conservation programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(1), 313–333. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.01313

 9.Warner, L. A., Ali, A., Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2017). Perceived landscape benefits influence engagement in urban landscape irrigation and fertilization best practices. HortTechnology, 27(3), 424-430. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH03614-16

 8.Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Israel, G. D. (2016). Influence of importance prompt and box size on response rate and response quality of open-ended questions in mixed mode surveys. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 140-159. Retrieved from

 7.Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Galindo-Gonzalez, S. (2016). Extension participants and non-participants differ in water conservation normative beliefs, intentions, and behaviors. HortTechnology, 26(6), 852-861. doi: 10.21273/HORTTECH03484-16

 6.Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Lamm, A. J. (2016). Using importance-performance analysis to guide extension needs assessment. Journal of Extension, 54(6), 6FEA1. Retrieved from

 5.Kumar Chaudhary, A., Van Horn, B., & Corbin, M. (2015). StrongWomen® program evaluation: Effect of strength training exercises on physical fitness of participants. Journal of Extension, 53(4), 4RIB2. Retrieved from

 4.Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Warner, L. A. (2015). Promoting behavior change using social norms: Applying a community based social marketing tool to extension programming. Journal of Extension, 53(3), 3TOT4. Retrieved from

 3.Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Radhakrishna, R. (2015). Extension and research faculty perspectives of extension-research integration: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(3), 79-92. Retrieved from

 2.Ingram, P. D., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Jones, W. T. (2014). How do biracial students interact with others on the college campus? The College Student Journal, 48(2), 297-311. Retrieved from

 1.Ingram, P. D., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2014). Self-identity of biracial children: What role do parents play? Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(2). Retrieved from