Our Affiliates


Center for Violence Prevention


Jeff R Temple

Jeff Temple is a professor, licensed psychologist, and Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on adolescent relationship abuse. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 


Shannon Guillot-Wright

Her program of research focuses on structural violence, with an emphasis on occupational health equity and evidence use in policymaking. She is particularly interested in understanding power, influence, and social change. Her research methodology is ethnographic, including photovoice and digital storytelling. Dr. Guillot-Wright is currently working with migrant fishers in the Gulf Coast, studying how social, structural, and political economic factors influence health.

Child Maltreatment solutions network


The Network's research efforts focus on the causes, prevention, detection, consequences, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Network is dedicated to improving the well­being of children, youth and families, while expanding Penn State’s internationally recognized expertise in research, practice and education. They provide opportunities and support for collaborative and translational science in order to address the complex problems of child maltreatment. Their work covers the spectrum, ranging from research on child development and clinical treatments that foster child health to public policy that promotes child safety and well­being. 

Child Trends

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Elizabeth Jordan

ELizabeth Jordan works across the organization to identify and strengthen connections with end-users of Child Trends research, ensuring that the work reaches these users in ways that are understandable and actionable. Beth also directs several projects across the child welfare, early childhood, and youth development research areas that explore how policies can support or raise challenges for vulnerable children and their families. For example, she leads technical assistance to help state and local organizations use research in their policy outreach efforts. Beth also co-leads a project to better understand ways in which juvenile justice judges incorporate research into their decision making.

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Itzhak Yanovitzky

Itzhak Yanovitzky is an expert in the areas of strategic health communication (persuasion, social marketing, and campaigns), behavior change, and program evaluation. Much of his current research work is focused on enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities to acquire and use the information, tools, and resources they need to initiate, implement and support sustainable change (whether individual or social). 

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Matthew Weber

Matthew’s research examines organizational change in relation to the use of new information communication technologies. He examines organizations from both an internal and external perspective, focusing on the interaction between macro- and micro-level changes. He has studied organizations in a variety of contexts, including an examination of transformation of the news media industry in the United States, an analysis of local newspaper ecosystems, research on technology use in large multinational organizations, and work on social movements.

Family Impact Institute

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

"My primary research interest is in the relationships between work conditions and family life. I have studied differences between small and large workplaces, how adults grow and develop as a result of their work experiences, and how different kinds of organizational policies make it easier or more difficult for workers to be successful at work and at home.

Karen Bogenschneider

Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars. From 1999 to 2014, she served as executive director of the Family Impact Institute, which is currently providing training and technical assistance to 25 states and the District of Columbia that have conducted over 190 seminars on topics such as health care, juvenile crime, school finance, teenage pregnancy, positioning youth for workforce success, youth resilience, and so forth.

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy living


The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living works to advance health and healthy living for children and families through cutting-edge research, innovative community-based programs, and dissemination of evidence-based practices. The Center is comprised of 29 School of Public Health faculty who focus on behavior change, epidemiology, health economics, and biostatistics. The Center is dedicated to new discoveries in child and family health, with current programmatic foci on obesity prevention, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use. The Center also provides professional education and community service through student training opportunities and by hosting community and scientific forums. 

National Prevention Science Coalition


Guided by science, the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives envisions a society that fosters nurturing environments and caring relationships for the well-being of all. Their mission is to prevent social ills and promote wellbeing by translating scientific knowledge into effective and sustainable practices, systems and policies.

Urban Health Collaborative

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Jonathan Purtle

Jonathan Purtle is a policy dissemination and implementation researcher who focuses on issues related to mental health and health equity. His research uses theories and methods from the social sciences to understand how scientific evidence can be most effectively communicated to policymakers and translated into practice.