Daniel Francis Perkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy
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Daniel F. Perkins is a Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy at the Pennsylvania State University. He is Director of an applied research center, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State (http://www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu/). The Clearinghouse is an interactive, knowledge-based platform for helping professionals supporting military families to support their program implementation and assessment activities. The Clearinghouse is specifically designed to promote and support: (1) the use of research-based decision-making; (2) the selection, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices; (3) the evaluation (process and outcome) of programs and the identification or creation of measures and metrics; and (4) the continued education of professionals assisting military families. Daniel is also interested in hybrid evaluations of preventions and interventions, implementation science, and community-based delivery models.
Dr. Perkins has been designing and evaluating strengths-based family and youth development programs in 4-H and Cooperative Extension and leading complex projects for more than 20 years. In addition, he is also an affiliate faculty member of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. Within the field of prevention science, in particular, Dr. Perkins examines Type II Translational research that is, examining the transitioning of evidence-based programs tested in tightly control environments to their large-scale expansion into real-world settings. He is currently investigating the utilization of technical assistance and the role of other contextual factors in contributing to long-term implementation quality and sustainability of evidence-based programs. This current research, the PROSPER project (Spoth, Greenberg, Bierman & Redmond, 2004), is a large-scale randomized trial of a University-community partnership model for delivery, dissemination and sustainability of evidence-based preventive interventions.