Daniel Max Crowley

NIH Research Fellow

Max Crowley is a decision scientist and health policy researcher studying how to effectively and efficiently protect children and prevent risky health behaviors. Currently, Dr. Crowley is a National Institutes of Health research fellow at Duke University and a research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (Crime).

Crowley’s work benefits from interdisciplinary experience in child development, family-based prevention and public finance, as well as his work in maternal and child health policy at the federal and state levels. He has received multiple national awards for his scholarship and currently co-chairs the Society for Prevention Research’s Task-force on Economic Analyses of Prevention. Crowley also co-leads a new NIH-funded research network around advancing benefit-cost analyses of preventive health services. This work is motivated by a growing need to understand how society can best allocate scarce resources to meet the needs of children and their families to prevent future burdens on health and public systems. His time working in government illustrated that early childhood investments capable of protecting children and reducing strain on social service systems are of particular interest within the evolving economic and political context. To meet the growing demand for estimates of programs’ economic value, his work seeks to design community prevention efforts that strategically invest in youth to reduce risky health behaviors as well as the future burden on social service systems. This includes developing performance-based financing strategies to ensure high-quality program delivery.

Specifically, his work at the Center includes Building the Science of Investing in Early Childhood: The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Universal Home Visiting and Strengthening Benefit-Cost Analyses of Substance Abuse, both with Ken Dodge.

Research Interests

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Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Albert WD, Belsky DW, Crowley DM, Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, Bates JE, Pettit GS, Lansford JE, Dick DM, Dodge KR (Winter, 2014). Can genotype predict response to complex behavioral interventions? Evidence from a genetic analysis of the Fast Track randomized control trial. Can Genetics Predict Response to Complex Behavioral Interventions? Evidence from a Genetic Analysis of the Fast Track Randomized Control Trial. [doi]

  2. DM. Crowley, D.Jones, M. Greenberg, & D. Coffman (2014). Can We Build an Efficient Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic? Assessing the Cost Effectiveness of Universal Prevention. Preventive Medicine.

  3. DM Crowley (2013). Building Efficient Crime Prevention Strategies: Considering the Economics of Investing in Human Development. Criminology and Public Policy, 12(2), 353. [doi]

  4. DM Crowley, LG Hill, MR Kuklinski, DE Jones (2013). Research Priorities for Economic Analyses of Prevention: Current Issues and Future Directions. Prevention Science. [doi]

  5. LA Varvil-Weld, DM Crowley, R Turrissi, MT Greenberg, KA Mallett (2013). Hurting, helping, or neutral? The effects of parental permissiveness toward adolescent drinking on college student alcohol use and problems. Prevention Science. [doi]

Recent Presentations
  1. Assessing the Impact of Universal Prevention in Service Settings: Can We Build a Cost-Effective Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic?, Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, Washington, DC., February, 2013
  2. Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Real-Word Prevention Efforts: Approaches for Estimating the Value of Evidence-Based Programming, Annual Conference of the Society for Prevention Research. Washington, D.C., 6 August 2012
  3. Economic Evaluation within Prevention Science: New Frontiers, Paper symposium organized for the Society for Prevention Research’s Annual Conference. Washington, DC., 6 August 2012
  4. Considering Research Priorities in Economic Analyses of Prevention: Current Issues, Standards, and Future Directions, Scientific Dialogue held at the Society for Prevention Research’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC., 2011
  5. Conducting Economic Analyses in Prevention Research: Methods & Tools for Evaluating the Impact of Prevention, Pre-conference workshop held at the Society for Prevention Research’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC., 2011

Daniel Max Crowley

Daniel Max Crowley
Office: 215 Rubenstein Hall
Phone: (919) 613-9359
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Duke Box 90545, Durham, NC 27708-0545