Dr. Crowley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and directs the Prevention Economics Planning and Research Program. He is an expert in economic evaluation and the financing of early childhood programs and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine's Committee on the Use of Economic Estimates to Invest in Children, Youth and Families. This work sits at the intersection of human development, economics and public policy. Dr. Crowley leads multiple efforts to increase the use of evidence in the early childhood and health space in a thoughtful manner that will protect children and the public while mobilizing new resources to support evidence-based programming. Dr. Crowley is a frequent consultant and invited speaker on the economics of prevention for initiatives around the country. This includes ongoing consultation to many Federal and State agencies.
Dr. Jones is a Senior Research Associate in the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and Associate Director of the PEPR Program. Dr. Jones has served as program evaluator for a broad array of early childhood programs and published several papers considering the costs and potential return-on-investment from evidence-based programs for children and families. He currently co-leads an evaluation of the potential cost-effectiveness of Army Community Services programs. His work has also examined the public costs related to behavior disorders and substance use. In the last several years he has served as a member of the Society for Prevention Research’s Economic Analysis of Prevention task force, and his work considering valuation of non-monetized program outcomes was incorporated into the Institute of Medicine’s 2014 report, Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary.
Dr. Taylor Bishop Scott is an Assistant Research Professor at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Dr. Scott is the co-developer of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration Model housed at the Center. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to translate of scientific findings for evidence-based policymaking. This particularly includes strategies to promote the well-being of at-risk children via community-based programs and policies. With nearly a decade of experience engaging in policy and community-oriented research partnerships, Dr. Scott leads the PEPR Program’s federal legislative education and outreach efforts. In this role she frequently offers trainings for researchers on how to effectively engage with policymakers to support policymaking. Dr. Scott has sat in leadership positions for a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Community Research and Action and the National Prevention Science Coalition. Dr. Scott holds a PhD in Community Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with certification in Nonprofit Management.
Michael Donovan is the Administrative Data Accelerator's (ADA) Director of Policy and Outreach. He leads the ADA's policy operations and facilitates collaborative projects between government partners and researchers. This includes a new SSRI initiative to build a statewide integrative data system to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. Michael brings nearly a decade of government experience to this role--previously serving at the White House as a Special Assistant to the President overseeing execution of the administration's strategic agenda. Michael is particularly passionate about supporting the use of research for evidence-based policymaking across government.
Ashley Stauffer is the Project & Operations Manager of the Administrative Data Accelerator (ADA) at Penn State University. Ashley provides coordination, strategic planning, and organizational management to the ADA and associated projects. Ashley has a diverse background in social science research, clinical work, and coordination and support of interdisciplinary teams and initiatives. In her previous positions, Ashley has collaborated with research faculty and staff, software engineers, clinicians, lawyers, local police agencies, domestic violence advocates, probation officers, higher education administrators, and others. Ashley is interested in human behavior, group dynamics, organizational systems management, applied research, and the intersection of research, technology and clinical work.
Xueyi (Steven) Xing
Xueyi (Steven) Xing is the lead healthcare data analyst for the Administrative Data Accelerator (ADA). In this role he analyzes health provider and insurance data for a number of projects. Prior to coming to Penn State University, Xueyi was a researcher and instructor for the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, where he taught data management courses and conducted healthcare policy research. His research interests are quantitative research methodology, GIS application, health data management and Bayesian spatio-temporal analysis. Through this work, Xueyi is interested in identifying the effects that related health policies have on specific populations. Xueyi received his Master of Science in Public Health from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Hyun Woo Kim is the lead child welfare data analyst for the Administrative Data Accelerator. He has expertise working high volume longitudinal and multilevel data analysis--with particular interest in causal inference with observational data. He is also passionate about employing innovative data science methods to gain new insights in social science research. Dr. Kim received his PhD in Sociology from Penn State University.
Lori J. Grove is a Medical Record Review Nurse Specialist and Nurse Case Manager for the PEPR program. Her primary role focuses on acquisition, protection and processing of electronic medical record data from health providers. Lori earned her Bachelor’s & Master’s of Science degrees in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University. She has also earned her Board Certification as an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist, dually certified in Adult and Geriatric care by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. She has more than 25 years of expertise in providing hospital nursing care including various nurse administrative positions, as well as a wide variety of community-based nursing services including care management, education and research roles. Lori is has also been a featured writer for local newspapers, and guest speaker on many medical topics for physician, nursing, and other medical professional groups as well as for many community agencies and events.
Yuen Wai Hung
Dr. Yuen Wai Hung is a Prevention and Methodology Training Fellow co-mentored by Drs. Max Crowley and Jennifer Maggs. Dr Hung's research focuses on understanding psychosocial factors and consequences of substance use, and the heterogeneity of program effectiveness using advanced statistical and methodological designs. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between substance use, trauma, and psychopathology symptoms, and long-term program effectiveness on psychosocial outcomes.
Lawrie Green is a Distinguished Graduate Fellow in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. After graduating from MIT with a degree in computer science, she spent almost a decade working as a software engineer. This included R&D at the MITRE Corporation, developing technological solutions for building better government. Prior to her graduate work at Penn State, Lawrie worked on the Georgetown Early Learning Project. Her research interests include family-based interventions, family systems, and the role of technology in conducting social science research