Brian K. Bumbarger

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Adjunct Faculty

Founding Director, EPISCenter, and Adjunct Faculty, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Program Areas: Translation, Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information

314 Biobehavioral Health Building


Web Sites


Research Interests

Adolescents, aggression, antisocial, behavior problems, children, classroom management, delinquency, policy/education, gangs, juvenile justice, prevention, prosocial behavior, public policy, risk factors, school violence, violence

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter)

Start Date: 2008
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Prevention Research Center and Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Penn State
Project Web Site

The aim of this project is to determine the feasibility and specific value of an Integrated Data System that will provide relevant actionable information (academic, social/emotional skills, and attendance) to school personnel so they can manage limited resources optimally.

Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
Start Date: 2001
Project Web Site

This project assesses the effectiveness of a model for the diffusion of empirically validated prevention programs focused on adolescent substance abuse and mental health. The project is being conducted in 14 communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania.


Annie E. Casey Foundation
Start Date: 2012

The Prevention Research Center has been awarded a grant to evaluate the implementation of the Evidence2Success pilot. A mixed-method quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Evidence2Success process is planned to be a part of this effort in the first city involved in the project.

Using Multilevel Latent Class Profiles to Inform Justice Reinvestment

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Start Date: 2012

The purpose of this project is to identify the prevalence of preventable precursors of adult crime in existing inmate populations, and to develop latent class-based profiles of youth and schools at high risk of school failure and dropout, delinquency, and future adult criminality.

Recent Publications

Meyer-Chilenski, S., Bumbarger, B., Kyler, S., & Greenberg, M. (2007). Reducing youth violence and delinquency in Pennsylvania: PCCD’s Research-based Programs Initiative. University Park, PA: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University.

Jones, D., Bumbarger, B., Greenberg, M., Greenwood, P., & Kyler, S. (2008). The economic return on PCCD’s investment in research-based programs: A cost-benefit assessment of delinquency prevention in Pennsylvania. Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University.

Dariotis, J.K., Bumbarger, B., Duncan, L., & Greenberg, M. (2008). How do implementation efforts relate to program adherence? Examining the role of organizational, implementer, and program factors. Journal of Community Psychology, 36(6).

Bumbarger, B., & Perkins, D. (2009). After randomized trials: Issues related to dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Journal of Children’s Services, 3(2).

Bumbarger, B., Perkins, D., & Greenberg, M. (2010). Taking effective prevention to scale. In B. Doll, W. Pfohl, & J. Yoon (Eds.), Handbook of youth prevention science. New York: Routledge.

Tibbitts, M., Bumbarger, B., Kyler, S., & Perkins, D. (2010). Sustaining evidence-based interventions under real-world conditions: Results from a large-scale diffusion project. Prevention Science, 11(3), 252–262.

Rhoades, B. L., Bumbarger, B. K., & Moore, J. E. (2012). The role of a state-level prevention support system in promoting high-quality implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(3–4), 386–401.

Bumbarger, B. K., & Campbell, E. M. (2012). A state agency–university partnership for translational research and the dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(4), 268–277.

Bumbarger, B. K. (2013). Understanding and promoting treatment integrity in prevention. In L. M. Sanetti & T. R. Kratochwill (Eds.), Treatment integrity: A foundation for evidence-based practice in applied psychology (1st ed.) (pp. 35–54). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Cooper, B. R., Bumbarger, B. K., & Moore, J. E. (2013). Sustaining evidence-based prevention programs: Correlates in a large-scale dissemination initiative. Prevention Science, Epub ahead of print, 13 pp.

Moore, J. E., Bumbarger, B. K., & Cooper, B. R. (2013). Examining adaptations of evidence-based programs in natural contexts. Journal of Primary Prevention, 34(3), 147–161.

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