Sarah Chilenski

Center Research Faculty

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

Research Associate Professor, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Program Area: Translation, Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information


Curriculum Vita

Research Interests

Community context, community-based interventions, measurement, community-based participatory research, prevention of adolescent substance use and delinquency, positive youth development

Examples of Current Prevention Projects


Annie E. Casey Foundation

Start Date: 2012

Evidence2Success on AECF Website

The Prevention Research Center has been awarded a grant to evaluate the implementation of the Evidence2Success pilot. A mixed-method quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Evidence2Success process is planned to be a part of this effort in the first city involved in the project.

Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)

Start Date: 2001

Project Web Site

This project assesses the effectiveness of a model for the diffusion of empirically validated prevention programs focused on adolescent substance abuse and mental health. The project is being conducted in 14 communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Recent Publications

Chilenski, S. M., Bumbarger, B. K., Kyler, S., & Greenberg, M. T. (2007). Reducing youth violence and delinquency in Pennsylvania: PCCD's Research-based Programs Initiative. University Park, PA: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University. [publication]

Greenberg, M. T., Feinberg, M. E., Chilenski, S. M., Spoth, R. L., & Redmond, C. (2007). Community and team member factors that influence the early phase functioning of community prevention teams: The PROSPER project. Journal of Primary Prevention, 28, 485–504.

Feinberg, M. E., Chilenski, S. M., Greenberg, M. T., Spoth, R. L., & Redmond, C. (2007). Community and team member factors that influence the operational phase of local team partnerships in prevention: The PROSPER project. Prevention Science, 8, 214–226.

Chilenski, S. M., Greenberg, M. T., & Feinberg, M. E. (2007). Community readiness as a multi-dimensional construct. Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 347–365.

Chilenski, S. M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2009). The importance of the community context in the epidemiology of early adolescent substance use and delinquency in rural and small town America. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 287–301.

Chilenski, S. M. (2010). We've come a long way baby . . . but we still have a long way to go (Review of M. E. O'Connell, T. Boat, & K. E. Warner (Eds.), Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities). PsycCRITIQUES, 55(16). doi:10.1037/a0019207

Chilenski, S. M., Greenberg, M. T., & Feinberg, M. E. (2010). The community substance use environment: The development and predictive ability of a multi-method and multiple-reporter measure. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20, 57–71.

Chilenski, S. M. (2011). From the macro to the micro: A geographic examination of how the community context associates with early adolescent participation in problem behaviors. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 352–364. [DOI: 10.1007/s10464-011-9428-z]

Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Johnson, L. E., Chilenski, S. M., Mincemoyer, C. C., et al. (2011). Team factors that predict to sustainability indicators for community-based prevention teams. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34(3), 283–291. [doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.10.003]

Ridenour, T. A., Chilenski, S. M., & Reed, E. E. (2012). Developmental momentum toward substance dependence: Natural histories and pliability of risk factors in youth experiencing chronic stress. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 23, Supplement 1(0), S87–S98. [doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.12.016]

Chilenski, S. M., Ang, P. M., Greenberg, M. T., Feinberg, M. E., & Spoth, R. L. (in press). The Impact of a prevention delivery system on perceived social capital: The PROSPER project. Prevention Science, 1–13. http://

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