Crowley-Max

Max Crowley

Assistant Professor, HDFS; Director, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative

219 HHD Building
dmc397@psu.edu

Biography

I am a prevention scientist investigating how to optimize investments in healthy development and wellbeing. This work sits at the intersection of social policy, prevention science and public finance. My program of research is motivated by a desire to increase the use of cost-effective, evidence-based preventive strategies to improve the lives of children and families. To accomplish this, our work aims to (1) strengthen methods for benefit-cost analyses of preventive interventions, (2) optimize prevention strategies’ impact and (3) develop best practices for how to translate these investments into evidence-based policy. In this manner, I seek to not only understand the costs and benefits of prevention, but aim to develop better interventions and encourage them to be disseminated widely.

My research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and National Institute on Aging as well as the Robert Wood Johnson, Laura & John Arnold, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations.

I am accepting graduate students and postdoctoral trainees for the upcoming academic year.

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Current Projects

Recent Publications

Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention

Crowley, M., Jones, D. E., Greenberg, M. T., Coffman, D., & Spoth, R. (2014). Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention. Preventive Medicine, 62, 71–77.

The role of social impact bonds in pediatric care

Crowley, M. (2014). The role of social impact bonds in pediatric care. Pediatrics, 134(2), 331–333.

Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness

Jones, D., Greenberg, M., & Crowley, M. (2015). Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness. American Journal of Public Health, 105(11), 2283–2290.

The economics of social capital: Considering the fiscal value of social networks.

Crowley, M., & Green, L. (2016). The economics of social capital: Considering the fiscal value of social networks. In A. Greenberg, T. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.), Promoting civic health of communities through social capital. New York: Springer Publishing.

Considering valuation of noncognitive skills in benefit-cost analysis of programs for children.

Jones, D. E., Karoly, L. A., Crowley, M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Considering valuation of noncognitive skills in benefit-cost analysis of programs for children. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 6(3), 471–507.

Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle.

Crowley, M., & Jones, D. (2016). Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(1), 145–152.

Fostering healthier environments for children and families

Crowley, M., Haskins, R., Howard, E., & Ness, D. (2017). Fostering healthier environments for children and families. In P. Alonzo (Ed.), Knowledge to action: Accelerating a culture of health. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

At what cost? Examining the cost-effectiveness of a universal social-emotional learning program.

Hunter, L., Diperna, J., Hart, S., & Crowley, M. (2018). At what cost? Examining the cost-effectiveness of a universal social-emotional learning program. Social Psychology Quarterly, 33(1), 147-154.

Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science

Crowley, M., Dodge, K., Barnett, S., Corso, P., Duffy, S., Graham, P., Greenberg, M., Hill, L., Haskins, R., Jones, D., Karoly, L., Kuklinski, M., & Plotnick, R. (2018). Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science. Prevention Science, 19(3), 366-390.

Translating prevention research for evidence-based policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration pilot

Crowley, D. M., Scott, T., & Fishbein, D. (2017). Translating prevention research for evidence-based policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration pilot. Prevention Science, 19(2), 260–270. PMCID: PMC5803346

Bringing rigor to the use of evidence in policymaking: Translating early evidence

Crowley, D. M., & Scott, T. (2017). Bringing rigor to the use of evidence in policymaking:  Translating early evidence. Public Administration Review, 77(5), 650–655. https://doi.org/10.1111.puar.1...

Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention

Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3–4), 309–315. PMCID: PMC5729092

A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy

Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy. Child Clinical and Family Psychology Review, 20(1), 87–103. PMCID: PMC5396060

Improving the Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-being and Economic Outcomes

The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study

Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Advancing the power of economic evidence to inform investments in children, youth, and families

Basurto-Davila, R., Brooks-Gunn, J., Brooks, J., Chow, B., Corso, P., Crowley, D. M., Fitzpatrick, J., Karoly, L., Kuklinski, M., Nugent, R., Acosta-Price, O., Miller, T., Sheridan, A., Steurle, E., & Jackson, L. (2016), Advancing the power of economic evidence to inform investments in children, youth, and families. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23481