Center Research Faculty

Jennifer Frank   Current Vita

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Assistant Professor, Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

Contact Information

316C Biobehavioral Health Building

(814) 867-3015


Research Interests

School-based prevention; implementation/adaptation of evidence-based programs; sustainability; developmental psychopathology; family-based interventions; social-emotional learning; mindfulness-based interventions

Online Articles

Zen State: Researchers, Students Link Contemplation with Well-Being

University Park, PA (April 2, 2014) PennStateNews

Research Partnership Brings Mindfulness/Yoga Practices to Schools in Middle East

University Park, PA (January 9, 2014) PennStateNews


Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)

Garrison Institute

Start Date: 2009

Funder: U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences

The current project involves presenting CARE within the context of urban, suburban, and rural districts in central Pennsylvania as part of a two-year study being conducted at the Pennsylvania State University Prevention Research Center to complete the pilot testing and collect preliminary evidence of changes in teacher well-being and classroom outcomes as a result of the CARE program.

Family Life Project/Children in Poverty

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)

Start Date: 2002

Project Web Site

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penn State are examining biological, individual, family and community influences that affect rural children. About 1,400 subjects from selected rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are being studied beginning in infancy and continuing over their first three years.

PA Communities That Care (CTC) Statewide Evaluation

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Start Date: 1998

Under a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the Prevention Research Center is conducting a statewide evaluation of the Communities That Care delinquency prevention initiative.

Penn State Siblings are Special Project

National Institutes of Health

Start Date: 2009

Family Foundations: Coparenting and the Transition to Parenthood

National Institutes of Health

Start Date: 2009

High School Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (HS-PBIS) Development Project

Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Start Date: 2011

Recent Publications

Roach, A. T., Kratochwill, T. R., & Frank, J. L. (2009). School-based consultants as change facilitators: An adaptation of the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) to support implementation of research-based practices. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 19, 300–320.

McIntosh, K., Frank, J. F., & Spaulding, S. A. (2010). Establishing research-based trajectories of office discipline referrals for individual students. School Psychology Review, 39, 380–393.

Todd, A. W., Horner, R. H., Newton, J. S., Algozzine, R. F., Algozzine, K. M., & Frank, J. L. (2010). Effects of team-initiated problem solving on decision-making by school-wide behavior support teams. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 27, 42–59.

Fosco, G. M., Frank, J. L., & Dishion, T. J. (2011). Understanding the influences of deviant peers on problem behavior: Coercion and contagion in peer, family, and school environments. In S. R. Jimerson & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), Handbook of school violence and school safety (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

McIntosh, K., Mercer, S. H., Hume, A. E., Frank, J. L., Turri, M. G., & Matthews, S. (In Press). Factors predicting sustained implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support. Exceptional Children.

Flannery, K. B., Frank, J. L., & McGrath-Kato, M. (In Press). School disciplinary responses to truancy: Current practices and future directions. Journal of School Violence.

Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, L., Griffin, M., Biegel, G., Roach, A.T., Burke, C., Pinger, L., Soloway, G., Frank, J. L., Isberg, R., Sibinga, E., Grossman, L., & Saltzman, A. (In Press). Integrating mindfulness training into K-12 Education: Fostering the resilience of teachers and students. Mindfulness.

Vincent, C. G., Tobin, T. J., & Hawken, L. S. & Frank, J. L. (In Press). Discipline referrals and access to secondary level support in elementary and middle schools: Patterns across African-American, Hispanic-American, and White students. Education and Treatment of Children.