Claudia Mincemoyer

Claudia Mincemoyer photo


Ph.D., Penn State, 1997

Professor of 4-H Youth Curriculum Development

Program Area: Translation, Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information

104 Ferguson Building


Phone: 814-863-7851

Fax: 814-863-4753

Department Web Page

Research Interests

Positive youth development, nonformal curriculum, development and evaluation, life skills evaluation, experiential learning, curriculum marketing and delivery strategies

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

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.

Teen-led vs. Adult-led Drug Prevention in Schools via 4-H (EXSELS)

National Institutes of Health
Start Date: 1999

This study was designed to (1) test the relative effectiveness of a teen-led versus adult-led 3-year school-based drug prevention program, Project ALERT; (2) test whether five sets of mediating factors vary as a function of program participation and account for changes in youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; (3) measure the extent to which program implementation factors contribute to the effectiveness of the teen-led and adult-led drug abuse prevention program; and (4) explore the contextual characteristics of program sites and the relationship between those school and community characteristics and implementation of the prevention program. The five-year study is being conducted in ten schools across Pennsylvania using Cooperative Extension Educators as the local project coordinators.

Engaging Youth, Serving Communities After-school Initiative

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
Start Date: 2004

This project will examine barriers to initiating effective 4-H after-school programs, increase the use of existing 4-H after-school resources by 4-H youth educators in counties serving rural youth, support training of after-school providers by Cooperative Extension, and evaluate the effectiveness of 4-H after-school programming.

Recent Publications

Mincemoyer, C. , Perkins, D., & Lilehoj, C. (in press). Perceptions of the Cooperative Extension Service: A community resource for youth and family programs. Journal of Extension.

Mincemoyer, C., & Furry, M. (2003). Financial champions: Guiding youth's financial future. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences (Spring issue), 27-31.

Mincemoyer, C., & Perkins, D. (2003). Assessing youth decision-making skills and influences on decisions. Forum for Family and Consumer Sciences, 8(1).

Mincemoyer, C. (2003). 4-H Volunteers and the Internet:

A partnership for the future. Journal of Volunteer Administration, 21(1), 31-36.

Mincemoyer, C. (2002). 4-H school enrichment: A school and community partnership. School Community Journal, 12(1), 107-116.