Damon Jones

Center Research Faculty

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2002

Research Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development

Senior Research Associate, Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Department of Human Development & Family Studies

Contact Information

316B Biobehavioral Health Building


Research Interests

Understanding ways to use appropriate methodology to address issues common with quasi-experimental data (such as due to measurement artifacts, selection bias or complex data designs); investigating the public costs related to behavior disorders and the cost-effectiveness potential of family and youth interventions

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Understanding the Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning: Monetary Estimates for Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Start Date: 2013

This study investigates what social-emotional competence outcomes are most predictive of future economically-relevant adult outcomes in order to facilitate future economic evaluation of intervention and prevention programs for children and youth. Results from analyses will help determine what commonly assessed early child emotional, behavioral and social skills outcomes are best candidates for developing shadow prices for valuation in economic studies.

Head Start (Head Start REDI––Research-based, Developmentally Informed)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Start Date: 2003

This project will evaluate the impact of infusing current Head Start programs with social-emotional support curricula (e.g., Preschool PATHS) and language and emergent literacy skill support curricula. A randomized trial will examine the impact on child school readiness at the end of Head Start and on adjustment and achievement in kindergarten and first grade.

Family Foundations: Coparenting and the Transition to Parenthood

National Institutes of Health

HealthWise II/HealthWise Dissemination: Translation to Multiple Schools

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Start Date: 2010

In the second phase of the HealthWise project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Penn State and its partners in South Africa will continue their work to: (1) advance Type 2 translational science and theory building by (2) targeting risk and protective factors for substance abuse and sexual risk (e.g., HIV/AIDS) among 8th- and 9th-grade South African youth.

Recent Publications

Jones, D. E., Bumbarger, B. K., Greenberg, M. T., Greenwood, P., & Kyler, S. (2008). The economic return on PCCD’s investment in research-based programs: A cost-benefit analysis of delinquency prevention in Pennsylvania. Report to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University. [Publication]

Jones, D. E., Foster, E. M. & Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. (2009). Service use patterns for adolescents with ADHD and comorbid conduct disorder. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 36(4), 436.

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D., Greenberg, M. T., Osgood, D. W., & Bontempo, D. (2010). Effects of the Communities That Care model in Pennsylvania on change in adolescent risk and problem behaviors. Prevention Science, 11(2), 163–171. (doi: DOI 10.1007/s11121-009-0161)

Jones, D. E., Godwin, J., Dodge, K. A., Bierman, K. L., Coie, J. D., Greenberg, M. T., Lochman, J. E., McMahon, R. J., & Pinderhughes, E. E. (2010). The impact of the Fast Track Prevention Program on health services utilization by conduct-problem youth. Pediatrics, 125(1), e130–e136. (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-0322)

Penn State Article on This Research ("Participation in Conduct Problem Prevention Program Associated with Reduced Use of Health Services")

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Kan, M. L. & Goslin, M. C. (in press). Effects of a Transition to Parenthood program on parents, parenting, and children: 3.5 years after baseline. Journal of Family Psychology.

Marshall, A. D., Jones, D. E., & Feinberg, M. E. (2011). Enduring vulnerabilities, relationship attributions, and couple conflict: An integrative model of the occurrence and frequency of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology (doi: DOI 10.1037/a0025279). PMID: 21875196

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Bontempo, D., & Granger, D. (2011). Relation of intimate partner violence to salivary cortisol among couples expecting a first child. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 492–502. PMID: 21830223

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Granger, D. A., & Bontempo, D. (2012). Individual and dyadic risk factors moderate adrenocortical response to couple interaction in expectant parents. British Journal of Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12005

Solmeyer, A. R., Feinberg, M. E., Coffman, D. L., & Jones, D. E. (2014). Effects of Family Foundations on coparenting and child adjustment: A mediation analysis. Prevention Science, 15, 213–223. PMID: 23404669

Jones, D. E., Feinberg, M. E., & Hostetler, M. (2014). Costs to implement an effective transition-to-parenthood program for couples: Analysis of the Family Foundations program. Evaluation and Program Planning, 49, 59–67. PMID: 24603052

Feinberg, M. E., Roettger, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Paul, I. (in press). Effects of a psychosocial couple-based prevention program on adverse birth outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal. PMID: 24969352

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Roettger, M. E., Solmeyer, A. R., & Hostetler, M. (in press). Long-term follow-up of a randomized trial of Family Foundations: Effects on children’s emotional, behavioral, and school adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology.

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