Principal Scientist and Founder, Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness; Professor, Family & Youth Resiliency and Policy
Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Introduction & Projects
Daniel Perkins’ work involves teaching, research, and outreach through the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service. His scholarship integrates research and practice in three focus areas: (1) Healthy Family Development (increase resiliency through evidence-based, strength-based educational programming); (2) Implementation Science (involves mix-methods hybrid evaluations of preventions and interventions, implementation outcomes, and community-based delivery models, especially in military-connected contexts); and (3) Community Collaboration (promote strategies for mobilizing communities in support of children, youth, and families.)
One of his primary areas of focus is in fostering the well-being of military service members, veterans, and their families through the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. As Principal Scientist and Founder of the Clearinghouse, he is able to facilitate the translation of science into action by providing comprehensive. science-based programs and technical assistance to professionals working with military and veterans families.
Since 2001, Daniel has also co-led (with Janet Welsh) the implementation of PROmoting School/community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) in Pennsylvania and other states, which is an evidence-based University-community partnership model for the delivery, dissemination, and sustainability of evidence-based preventive interventions. Moreover, he led a large-scale longitudinal study of post-911 transitioning veterans, The Veteran Metrics Initiative, leading the effort to distill programs for veterans into their common components and examine the link between components and veteran well-being throughout the transition process from military to civilian life.
As a prevention research scientist more than 20 years, he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a recent recipient of the W.K.K. Kellogg Community Engagement Award for the northeast region. He became interested in prevention research because of its alignment with Extension and the mission of the Land Grant University. Daniel particularly likes working with the Prevention Research Center because he gets to collaborate with colleagues who are innovative and willing to take risks.
Daniel is a proud father of twin girls and one boy, and enjoys spending time with his family, watching them in equestrian and soccer events, watching Penn State sports, hiking all over PA, and hunting.
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Chilenski, S. M., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., & Hoffman, L. (2020). Going the distance: Technical assistance to community prevention coalitions and its impact on prevention coalitions over time. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cpb0000180
Examining the highs and lows of the collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and prevention implementers
Chilenski, S. M., Welsh, J., Olson, J., Hoffman, L., Perkins, D., & Feinberg, M. E. (2018). Examining the highs and lows of the collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and prevention implementers. Prevention Science, 19, 250-259.
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
Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project
Chilenski, S., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(12), 819. doi: 00910562
Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes
Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Greenberg, M. T., Berrena, E., & Spoth, R. L. (2016, In Press). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society.
February 22, 2021
Prevention coalitions benefit from regular technical assistance, new study shows
There is powerful evidence that regularly scheduled contact between technical assistance providers and community prevention coalitions is important to the coalitions’ success, according to a new study led by Sarah Chilenski, Senior Research Associate and Associate Research Professor at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC).Read more.
February 02, 2021
Support of military families essential to military personnel readiness
The report is the result of a study funded by the Office of Military Community and Family Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The study sought to discover what can be learned from the positive experiences of military families and the support provided by the DoD and service branches. The study also documented the challenges of military life, such as frequent moves, exposure to trauma, and economic and other stresses for both parents and their children.Read more.
November 30, 2020
Building bridges to improve drug misuse prevention
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Many agencies at the national, state and local levels are working to address the nation’s drug and alcohol misuse crisis. While this provides numerous opportunities for individuals to receive support, efforts across these agencies are often not closely coordinated.Read more.