Jones-Damon

Damon Jones

Associate Research Professor

316B BBH Building
814-865-6020
dej10@psu.edu

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Biography

Damon Jones is an Associate Research Professor at the Center, and has been with the Center since 2009, serving as a program evaluator and methodologist for several family and youth behavioral interventions and prevention programs. His areas of interest include the use of appropriate methodology in the behavioral sciences, and economic evaluation of effective programs in social policy and program evaluation in general so that more of the best programs can reach more people. He is interested in understanding the public costs associated with behavior disorders, and has authored several publications on the potential economic value of effective efforts to improve developmental outcomes in children and youth. He has several years of experience with cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit assessments as well as overseeing several project resource evaluations. 

Damon is passionate about working on projects that have the potential for real impact, rather than engaging in research that is shelved and never leaves academia. He has authored 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also taught statistics and data analysis in the Departments of Health Policy and Administration and Human Development and Family Studies.  He received his Ph.D. in quantitative methods from Vanderbilt University in 2002. When not hard at work, Damon loves to hang out with family, watch sports, or play piano and guitar.

Current Projects

Future Directions in Social and Emotional Learning and Education

"What's next" in innovative strategies to address critical challenges and opportunities in the sustainable scaling of SEL in schools and communities.
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Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes

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Engaging Fathers in Home Visitation: Incorporation of a Co-parenting Intervention

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Perinatal Intervention and Long-Term Outcomes

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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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Promoting Self-Regulation Skills and Healthy Eating Habits in Head Start

This five-year grant, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, involves a res earch team from the University of Wisconsin and Penn State working with Early Head Start programs in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to improve: (1) parents’ sensitive scaffolding of toddlers’ learning, (2) toddlers’ self-regulation skills, such as waiting patiently, and (3) healthy eating habits. The ultimate goal of this prevention program is to enhance school readiness and physical health among children living in poverty.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Experimental support for a family systems approach to child development: Multiple mediators of intervention effects across the transition to parenthood

Feinberg, M. E., & Jones, D. E. (2018). Experimental support for a family systems approach to child development: Multiple mediators of intervention effects across the transition to parenthood. Couple and Family Psychology, 7(2), 63-75.

Family and child outcomes 2 years after a transition to parenthood intervention

Jones, D. E., Feinberg, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. J., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2018). Family and child outcomes 2 years after a transition to parenthood intervention. Family Relations, 67, 270-286. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12309

Long-distance dating relationships, relationship dissolution, and college adjustment

Waterman, E. A., Wesche, R., Leavitt, C. E., Jones, D. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2017). Long-distance dating relationships, relationship dissolution, and college adjustment. Emerging Adulthood, 5(4), 268–279. PMCID: PMC5635840 

Longitudinal links between work experiences and marital satisfaction in African American dual-earner couples

Sun, X., McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Longitudinal links between work experiences and marital satisfaction in African American dual-earner couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(8), 1029–1039. PMID:29309188

Trajectories of mental health-related service use among adolescents with histories of early externalizing problems

Okado, Y., Ewing, E., Rowley, C., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Trajectories of mental health-related service use among adolescents with histories of early externalizing problems. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(2), 198–204. PMCID: PMC5529137

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

Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 751-764. doi: 13894986

Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Roettger, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Sakuma, K. L., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), 56-65. doi: 10927875

Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise

Motamedi, M., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Smith, E. A., & Jones, D. E. (2016). Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 700-709. doi: 13894986

The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression

Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Chote, D. R. (2017). The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression. Psychological Assessment, 29(8), 978–989. PMCID: PMC5357592