Crowley-Max

Max Crowley

Assistant Professor, HDFS

219 HHD Building
dmc397@psu.edu

Biography

Max studies the economics of investing in healthy development. He directs the Prevention Economic Planning and Research Labs within the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, and the Administrative Data Acccelerator, located in the Prevention Research Center. His work is generally focused on preventing illness and criminal behavior through evidence-based investments in childhood and adolescence. This includes utilizing advanced analytic designs, administrative data and technological solutions to optimize preventive strategies.

This work sits at the intersection of human development, economics and public policy. His research focuses primarily on (1) strengthening economic evaluations of preventive interventions, (2) facilitating evidence-based policy-making through strategic investments in preventive services, and (3) evaluating the utility of performance-based financing to access new resources for improving health. 

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Current Projects

A Novel Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Latino Middle School Girls

In this economic evaluation of an augmented reality-based intervention for preventing risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy in Latina youth, we will be evaluating the potential health benefits and cost savings to the healthcare system, including studying benefits to Medicaid. This project is being funded by an NIH grant to the University of Miami; Dr. Crowley is the PI on the Penn State subcontract.
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A Low-Cost RCT for Evaluating the Impact of a Universal Substance Abuse Prevention Model on the Medicaid System

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Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes

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Support Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trial of Prevention Program Impact on Medicaid Burden

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Early Life Stress and the Environmental Origins of Disease: A Population-based Prospective Longitudinal Study of Children in Rural Poverty (Family Life Project)

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Recent Publications

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

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

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