Associate Professor of Human Development, Family Studies, and Public Policy; Director, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
219 HHD Building
Introduction & Projects
“I am deeply passionate about considering how we make investments in children and families in a way that is rigorous, effective, and potent -- and also efficient -- recognizing that we are using public resources.”
Max Crowley is a prevention scientist investigating how to optimize investments in healthy development and well-being. This work sits at the intersection of social policy, prevention science and public finance. His program of research is motivated by a desire to increase the use of cost-effective, evidence-based preventive strategies to improve the lives of children and families. To accomplish this, his work aims to:
- strengthen methods for benefit-cost analyses of preventive interventions;
- optimize prevention strategies’ impact; and
- develop best practices for how to translate these investments into evidence-based policy.
In this manner, he seeks to not only understand the costs and benefits of prevention, but aims to develop better interventions and encourage them to be disseminated widely.
His research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and National Institute on Aging as well as the Robert Wood Johnson, Laura & John Arnold, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations.
He is accepting graduate students and postdoctoral trainees for the upcoming academic year.
Impact of the Research-to-Collaboration Model: Testing an Approach to Improve the Use of Research Evidence
A Novel Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Latina Middle School Girls
A Low-Cost RCT for Evaluating the Impact of a Universal Substance Abuse Prevention Model on the Medicaid System
Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes
Support Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trial of Prevention Program Impact on Medicaid Burden
Exploring Legislative Frameworks for Leveraging and Measuring Research Use
Scott, J.T., Prendergast, S., Demeusy, E., McGuire, K., & Crowley, M. (2022). Prevention Science, 23, 1333-1342.
Shipe, S. L., Guastaferro, K., Noll, J. G., Connell, C. M., Morgan, P. L., & Crowley, D. M. (2022). Taking a school-based child sexual abuse prevention program to scale: A cost analysis. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-022-01401-4
Long, E. C., Scott, J. T., Craig, L. E., Prendergast, S., Pugel, J., & Crowley, D. M. (2022). Addiction, 117(8), 2235-2241.
Crowley, D. M., Scott, J. T., Long, E. C., Green, L., Giray, C., Gay, B., Israel, A., Storace, R., McCauley, M., & Donovan, M. (2021). Cultivating researcher-policymaker partnerships: A randomized controlled trial of a model for training public psychologists. American Psychologist, 76(8), 1307–1322. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000880
Crowley, D.M., Connell, C.M., Noll, J., Green, L., Scott, T., Giray, C. (2021). Legislating to prevent adverse childhood experiences: Growth and opportunities for evidence-based policymaking and prevention. Prevention Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01292-x
Long, E.C., Pugel, J., Scott, J.T., Charlot, N., Giray, C., Fernandes, M.A., & Crowley, D.M. (2021). Rapid-cycle experimentation with state and federal policymakers for optimizing the reach of racial equity research. American Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306404
Long, E.C., Smith, R.L., Scott, J.T., Gay, B., Giray, C., Storace, R., Guillot-Wright, S., & Crowley, D.M. (2021). A new measure to understand the role of science in U.S. Congress: Lessons learned from the Legislative Use of Research Survey (LURS). Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16134931606126
Crowley, D. M., Scott, J. T., Long, E. C., Green, L., Israel, A., Supplee, L., Jordan, E., Oliver, K., Guillot-Wright, S., Gay, B., Storace, R., Torres-Mackie, N., Murphy, Y., Donnay, S., Reardanz, J., Smith, R., McGuire, K., Baker, E., Antonopoulos, A., McCauley, M. & Giray, C. (2021). Lawmakers’ use of scientific evidence can be improved. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(9), e2012955118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2012955118
Lansford, J.E., Godwin, J., McMahon, R.J., Crowley, D.M., Petit, G.S., Bates, J.E., Coie, J.D., & Dodge, K.A. (2021). Early physical abuse and adult outcomes. Pediatrics. 147(1). Article e20200873. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-0873.
Kuklinski, M. R., Crowley, D. M., Dishion, T. J., Wilson, M. N., Pelham III, W. E., & Shaw, D. S. (2020). Supporting strategic investment in social programs: A cost analysis of the Family Check-Up. Prevention Science, 21, 256-267. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-019-01077-3
Scott, J. T., Ingram, A. M., Nemer, S. L., & Crowley, D. M. (2019). American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(3-4), 348–358.
Jones, D. E., Bierman, K., Crowley, D. M., Welsh, J., & Gest, J. (2019). Important issues in estimating costs of early childhood educational interventions: An example from the REDI program. Child and Family Services Review, 207, 104498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104498
Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science
Crowley, M., Dodge, K., Barnett, S., Corso, P., Duffy, S., Graham, P., Greenberg, M., Hill, L., Haskins, R., Jones, D., Karoly, L., Kuklinski, M., & Plotnick, R. (2018). Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science. Prevention Science, 19(3), 366-390.
At what cost? Examining the cost-effectiveness of a universal social-emotional learning program.
Hunter, L., Diperna, J., Hart, S., & Crowley, M. (2018). At what cost? Examining the cost-effectiveness of a universal social-emotional learning program. Social Psychology Quarterly, 33(1), 147-154.
Fostering healthier environments for children and families
Crowley, M., Haskins, R., Howard, E., & Ness, D. (2017). Fostering healthier environments for children and families. In P. Alonzo (Ed.), Knowledge to action: Accelerating a culture of health. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Jones, D., Crowley, D. M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2017). Improving social emotional skills in childhood enhances long-term well-being and economic outcomes. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University.
A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy
Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy. Child Clinical and Family Psychology Review, 20(1), 87–103. PMCID: PMC5396060
Translating prevention research for evidence-based policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration pilot
Crowley, D. M., Scott, T., & Fishbein, D. (2017). Translating prevention research for evidence-based policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration pilot. Prevention Science, 19(2), 260–270. PMCID: PMC5803346
Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention
Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3–4), 309–315. PMCID: PMC5729092
Bringing rigor to the use of evidence in policymaking: Translating early evidence
Crowley, D. M., & Scott, T. (2017). Bringing rigor to the use of evidence in policymaking: Translating early evidence. Public Administration Review, 77(5), 650–655. https://doi.org/10.1111.puar.12830
The economics of social capital: Considering the fiscal value of social networks
Crowley, M., & Green, L. (2016). The economics of social capital: Considering the fiscal value of social networks. In A. Greenberg, T. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.), Promoting civic health of communities through social capital. New York: Springer Publishing.
Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle.
Crowley, M., & Jones, D. (2016). Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(1), 145–152.
The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study
Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., 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(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002
Advancing the power of economic evidence to inform investments in children, youth, and families
Basurto-Davila, R., Brooks-Gunn, J., Brooks, J., Chow, B., Corso, P., Crowley, D. M., Fitzpatrick, J., Karoly, L., Kuklinski, M., Nugent, R., Acosta-Price, O., Miller, T., Sheridan, A., Steurle, E., & Jackson, L. (2016). Advancing the power of economic evidence to inform investments in children, youth, and families. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23481
Jones, D. E., Karoly, L. A., Crowley, M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Considering valuation of noncognitive skills in benefit-cost analysis of programs for children. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 6(3), 471–507. https://doi.org/10.1017/bca.2015.53
Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness
Jones, D., Greenberg, M., & Crowley, M. (2015). Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness. American Journal of Public Health, 105(11), 2283–2290.
The role of social impact bonds in pediatric care
Crowley, M. (2014). The role of social impact bonds in pediatric care. Pediatrics, 134(2), 331–333.
Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention
Crowley, M., Jones, D. E., Greenberg, M. T., Coffman, D., & Spoth, R. (2014). Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention. Preventive Medicine, 62, 71–77.
October 27, 2022
Bills with research language more likely to advance through legislative processRead more.
September 07, 2022
Researchers analyze costs of child sexual abuse prevention programsRead more.
July 26, 2022
Advancing the relevance of research to policymakers during times of crisisRead more.
July 18, 2022
Venture Equity Project aims to remove barriers for entrepreneurs of colorRead more.
February 07, 2022
Social science policy and communication strategies workshop coming Feb. 21Read more.
September 23, 2021
Getting racial equity research into the hands of policymakers
Racial inequities are enduring and pervasive problems in the U.S. that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to poor public health outcomes.Read more.
September 09, 2021
New survey measures the role of science in U.S. CongressRead more.
February 22, 2021
Helping Congress get the most from research
Research-to-Policy Co-Directors Max Crowley and Taylor Scott are quoted in this Penn State News story.Read more.
January 22, 2021
New Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center partnership tackles access and equity
PRC Director of Social Innovation Meg Small and PRC affiliate faculty member Max Crowley are quoted in this Penn State News story.Read more.
January 20, 2021
Despite advances, behavioral health legislation still lags behind
Max Crowley, Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC), and Taylor Scott, Co-Director of the EIC, are quoted in this story from Penn State News.Read more.
June 21, 2019
Penn State-led national coalition bringing prevention science to life
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over the past four decades, prevention science has grown steadily, producing evidence-based practices and policies that prevent negative medical, social and emotional impacts before they occur. Increasingly, the Penn State-led National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is being recognized for its work translating science to policymakers, educators, practitioners and communities.Read more.
October 02, 2018
Penn State researcher receives federal grant to study early learning program
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A Penn State researcher has a major role in a $3.3 million federal grant award to study the impact of MindUp, an early-learning program aimed at improving children's readiness for kindergarten and later grades.Read more.
September 26, 2018
New behavioral intervention aims to improve research-to-policy translation
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and director of the Penn State Administrative Data Accelerator, has received a $500,000 award from the William T. Grant Foundation to evaluate the impact of behavioral intervention for increasing collaboration between researchers and congressional offices.Read more.
July 19, 2018
Portland State, Penn State partners on $3.3 million grant to study impact of kindergarten readiness program
A Portland State University professor has received a $3.3 million federal grant to study the impact of an early-learning program aimed at improving children's readiness for kindergarten and later grades.Read more.
May 15, 2018
Penn State delegation advocates for social sciences in Washington, DC
A group of Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.Read more.