Meg Small

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Center Research Faculty

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1992

Director of Social Innovation; Director, Health and Human Development Design for Innovation Lab; and Research Associate, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

Program Areas: Family Science & Intervention; School-based Prevention Research; Translation, Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information

308A Biobehavioral Health Building


Phone: 814-865-5207
Fax: 814-865-2530

Research Interests

Understanding the factors that allow organizations to successfully adopt and sustain evidence-based interventions; developing and testing methods that allow organizations to use data when making programmatic decisions; determining the role of the private sector in prevention science.

Online Video and Articles

Focus on Research: Group Wants to Help Penn State Students Experience Penn State, Centre County

State College, PA (September 8, 2013) Centre Daily Times

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Innovative School Processes for Intelligent Re-Engineering (INSPIRE)

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

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.

Recent Publications

Brener, N. D., Simon, T. R., Anderson, M., Barrios, L. C., & Small, M. L. (2002). Effect of the incident at Columbine on students’ violence-and suicide-related behaviors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(3), 146–149.

Graczyk, P. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Small, M. L., & Zins, J. E. (2006). Serving all children: An implementation model framework. School Psychology Review, 35(2), 266–274.

Ferrer-Wreder, L., Palchuk, A., Poyrazli, S., Small, M. L., & Domitrovich, C. E. (2008). Identity and adolescent adjustment. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 8(2), 95–105.

Patrick, M. E., Rhoades, B. L., Small, M., & Coatsworth, J. D. (2008). Faith-placed parenting intervention. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 74–80.

Ransford, C. R., Greenberg, M. T., Domitrovich, C. E., Small, M., & Jacobson, L. (2009). The role of teachers’ psychological experiences and perceptions of supports on the implementation of a social and emotional learning curriculum. School Psychology Review, 38(4).

Small, M. L., Morgan, N., Abar, C., & Maggs, J. L. (2011). Protective effects of parent-college student communication during the first semester of college. American Journal of College Health, 59(6), 547–554.

Abar, C., Morgan, N., Small, M. L., & Maggs, J. L. (2012). The impact of parent alcohol-related messages on daily college student alcohol use and consequences. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73(1).

Small, M. L., Bailey-Davis, L., Morgan, N., & Maggs, J. L. (2012). Changes in eating and physical activity behaviors across seven semesters of college: Living on or off campus matters. Health Education and Behavior, 39(6).

Small, M. L., Morgan, N., Bailey-Davis, L., & Maggs, J. L. (2013). The protective effects of parent-college student communication on dietary and physical activity behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(5).

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