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
308A Biobehavioral Health Building
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
State College, PA (September 8, 2013) Centre Daily Times
Examples of Current Prevention Projects
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.
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).