Dr. Jennifer Brown Urban

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Family and Child Studies

Dr. Jennifer Brown Urban

Office: University Hall 4205
Phone: (973) 655-6884
Email: urbanj@mail.montclair.edu

           Jennifer Brown Urban headshot

 

Degrees

  • PhD, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • BA, Tufts University

 

Career Appointments 

No information available

 

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles 

* Indicates collaboration with a student(s)

* Urban, J.B., Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., & Byrne, A. (In Press). Relationships between quantitative measures of evaluation plan and program model quality and a qualitative measure of participant perceptions of an evaluation capacity building approach. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. DOI: 10.1177/1558689813516388

Urban, J.B., Hargraves, M., & Trochim, W.M. (2014). Evolutionary evaluation: Implications for evaluators, researchers, practitioners, funders and the evidence-based program mandate. Evaluation and Program Planning, 45, 127-139. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.03.011

Mueller, M.K., Phelps, E., Bowers, E.P., Agans, J., Urban, J.B., & Lerner, R.M. (2011). Youth development program participation and intentional-self regulation skills: Contextual and individual bases of pathways to positive youth development. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 1115-1125.

Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., Bowers, E., Lewin-Bizan, S., Gestsdottir, S., & Urban, J.B. (2011). Self-regulation processes and thriving in childhood and adolescence: A view of the issues. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 133, 1-10.

Gestsdottir, S., Urban, J.B., Bowers, E., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2011). Intentional self regulation, ecological assets, and thriving in adolescence: A developmental systems model. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 133, 61-76.

Urban, J.B., Osgood, N., & Mabry, P. (2011). Developmental systems science: Exploring the application of non-linear methods to developmental science questions. Research in Human Development, 8(1), 1-25. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2011.549686

Urban, J.B., Lewin-Bizan, S. & Lerner, R.M. (2010). The role of intentional self regulation, lower neighborhood ecological assets, and activity involvement in youth developmental outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(7), 783-800. doi:10.1007/s10964-010-9549-y

Urban, J.B. & Trochim, W.M. (2009). The role of evaluation in research-practice integration: Working toward the “golden spike”. American Journal of Evaluation, 30(4), 538-553.

Urban, J.B., Lewin-Bizan, S., & Lerner, R.M. (2009). The role of neighborhood ecological assets and activity involvement in youth developmental outcomes: Differential impacts of asset poor and asset rich neighborhoods. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(5), 601-614.

Urban, J.B. (2008). Components and characteristics of youth development programs: The voices of youth-serving policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and adolescents. Applied Developmental Science, 12(3), 128-139.

Bradshaw, C., Brown, J.S., and Hamilton, S. (2008). Bridging positive youth development and mental health services for youth with serious behavior problems. Child & Youth Care Forum, 37(5-6), 209-263.

Brown, J.S. (2006). Rethinking concept mapping for youth participatory evaluation in the context of youth development programs. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice, 1(2). Retrieved from http://www.nae4ha.org/directory/jyd/index.html

Bradshaw, C., Brown, J.S., and Hamilton, S. (2006). Applying positive youth development and life-course research to the treatment of adolescents involved with the judicial system. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 27(1), 2-16.

Journal Special Issues 

Urban, J.B. & Mabry, P. (Eds.). (2011). Embracing systems science: New methodologies for developmental science. Research in Human Development, 8(1). 

Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., Bowers, E., Lewin-Bizan, S., Gestsdottir, S., & Urban, J.B. (Eds.). (2011). Thriving in childhood and adolescence: The role of self regulation processes. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 133

Invited books, chapters, monographs, and edited volumes 

* Indicates collaboration with a student(s)

Urban, J.B., Osgood, N., Okamoto, J., Mabry, P., & Lich, K.L. (2014). Developmental systems science: Extending developmental science with systems science methodologies. In P.C.M. Molenaar, R.M. Lerner, & K.M. Newell (Eds.). Handbook of Developmental Systems Theory and Methodology. New York: The Guildford Press.

Bowers, E. P., Geldhof, G. J., Chase, P. A., Gestsdottir, S., Urban, J. B., & Lerner, R. M. (In press). Self regulation during adolescence: Variations associated with individual ßà context relations. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). London, UK: Elsevier.

* Trochim, W., Urban, J.B., Hargraves, M., Hebbard, C., Buckley, J., Archibald, T., Johnson, M., & Burgermaster, M. (2012). The guide to the systems evaluation protocol. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Digital Print Services.

Mueller, M.K., Lewin-Bizan, S., & Urban, J.B. (2011). Youth activity involvement and positive youth development. In R.M. Lerner, J.V. Lerner, & J.B. Benson (Eds.). Advances in Child Development and Behavior: Positive youth development: Research and applications for promoting thriving in adolescence, Vol 41 (pp. 231-249). Burlington: Academic Press.

National Cancer Institute (2007). Greater than the sum: Systems thinking in tobacco control. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 18. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 06-6085.

Brown, J. (2003). Creativity and the arts. In J.M. Miller, R.M. Lerner, L.B. Schiamberg, & P.M. Anderson (Eds.). Human Ecology: An Encyclopedia of children, families, communities and environments. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Brown, J. (2001). The arts in adolescence. In J.V. Lerner & R.M. Lerner (Eds.). Adolescence in America: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Invited Technical Reports and Articles 

Urban, J.B. (2013). Rethinking Developmental Science across the Life-span/Life-course at the 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development. Retrieved from http://www.sshdonline.org/

Urban, J.B. (2012). Developmental systems science at the 7th biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development. Retrieved from http://www.sshdonline.org/meetings.html

Urban, J.B. (2009). Developmental science meets systems science. Retrieved from http://www.sshdonline.org/

Brown, J.S. (2006). A collaborative approach to understanding the components of successful youth development programs: A dissemination report.  Posted on Cornell University, Family Life Development Center, ACT for Youth web site: http://www.actforyouth.net/documents/Dissemination%20Report%2081.2.2005.pdf


 

 

Presentations

Participation at professional meetings (peer-reviewed presentations)

* Indicates collaboration with a student(s)

+ Indicates also presented at the College of Education and Human Services Research Session

*Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., & Urban, J.B. (2014, April). A mixed methods comparative case study of successful evaluation capacity building. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, Absecon, NJ.

*+ Urban, J.B., Lich, K.H., Wells, R., Lawrence, N., & Kwaja, N. (2013, November). A multi-stakeholder perspective on factors affecting successful transition to adulthood for youth with severe emotional disturbances. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

* Byrne, A., Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., & Urban, J.B. (2013, April). Results of a mixed-methods analysis of evaluation capacity building through evaluation partnerships with STEM programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, Absecon, NJ.

* Burgermaster, M., Birnbaum, B., Urban, J.B., & Liou, D. (2013, March). Disseminating evidence-based nutrition information to PCPs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Urban, J.B., Hargraves, M., & Trochim, W.M. (2012, October). An evolutionary and developmental systems based perspective on “evidence-based programs”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

* Urban, J.B., Burgermaster, M., Spencer, S., Panchoo, K., & Puccio, M. (2012, October). Teaching systems evaluation. Think tank presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Archibald, T., Buckley, J., Urban, J.B., & Trochim, W. (2012, October). Promoting evaluative thinking: The missing ingredient in evaluation capacity building. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., Archibald, T., Hebbard, C., Urban, J.B., & Trochim, W. (2012, October). A demonstration of the Systems Evaluation Protocol for evaluation planning. Demonstration at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

* Archibald, T., Hargraves, M., Burgermaster, M., Urban, J.B., & Trochim, W. (2012, October). Mind the gap: Knowledge, power, and tacit assumptions in the research-practice gap. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

* Fang, M., Hargraves, M., Urban, J.B., Archibald, T., Burgermaster, M., & Trochim, W. (2012, October). Applying the “golden spike” to the research-practice gap: Leveraging evidence by linking it to program logic models. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.

* Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., Urban, J.B., & Trochim, W.M. (2012, May). The role of research-practice integration: Findings and implications of a concept mapping study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, Absecon, NJ.

*+ Urban, J.B., Hargraves, M., Hebbard, C., Burgermaster, M., & Trochim, W.M. (2011, November). Evaluation in the context of lifecycles: ‘A place for everything, everything in its place.’ Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Anaheim, CA.

* Urban, J.B., Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., Hebbard, C., & Trochim, M. (2011, November). The development and validation of rubrics for measuring evaluation plan, logic model, and pathway model quality. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Anaheim, CA.

Trochim, W., Casillas, W., Johnson, M., & Urban, J.B. (2010, November). Using systems thinking in evaluation capacity building: The Systems Evaluation Protocol (SEP). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX.

Urban, J.B. (2010, November). A systems approach to building and assessing evaluation plan quality. Session chair for a panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX.

* Daffin, L. & Urban, J.B. (2010, April). Designing a virtual systems evaluation protocol. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, Galloway, NJ.

+ Urban, J.B., Lewin-Bizan, S., & Lerner, R.M. (2010, March). Role of self-regulation and activity involvement in youth developmental outcomes: Implications of living in lower asset neighborhoods. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Urban, J.B., Hertzog, S., & Hebbard, C. (2008, November). The Netway: Using cyber-infrastructure to strengthen evaluations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, Colorado.

Brown, J.S., Phelps, E., Zarrett, N., Li, Y., Zimmerman, S.M., & Lerner, R.M. (2008, March). The role of ecology, context and activity involvement on the developmental trajectories of youth. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Chicago, IL.

Brown, J.S. & Trochim, W.M. (2007, November). The golden spike: Creating the link between research and practice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD.

Colosi, L. & Brown, J.S. (2006, November). Towards a systems evaluation protocol. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Portland, Oregon.

Brown, J.S. (2006, March). A collaborative approach to understanding the components of successful youth development programs. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Francisco, CA.

Brown, J.S. (2005, October). So many ideas, so little time: Statement synthesis in a youth development context. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Toronto, Canada.

Brown, J.S. (2005, October). Rethinking concept mapping for youth participatory evaluation in the context of youth development programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Toronto, Canada.

Brown, J.S. (2005, August). What are the principles of youth development? A collaborative approach. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Bradshaw, C., & Brown, J.S. (2005, April). Social-environmental risk factors and aggression: The role of social-cognitive mediators. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Invited Presentations 

* Indicates collaboration with a student(s)

+ Indicates also presented at the College of Education and Human Services Research Session

+ Raza, H., Urban, J.B., & Lieberman, L. (2014, April). Effect of ideal family size on contraceptive practices. Paper presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.

 + Urban, J.B., Mabry, P.L., Osgood, N., Okamoto, J., & Lich, K.L. (2011, November). Developmental systems science: Extending developmental science with systems science applications. Paper presented at the meeting of the Inductive Developmental Systems Theory Conference, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Urban, J.B. (2011, October). Developmental systems science. In J.B. Urban (Chair), Systems science plenary symposium. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, Providence, Rhode Island.

* Burgermaster, M., & Urban, J.B. (May, 2011). The process of establishing the reliability of a rubric measure: Inter-rater reliability in rubric assessments of STEM program evaluation plans. Poster presented at the annual Montclair State University, College of Education and Human Services Research Session, Montclair, NJ.

Urban, J.B. (May, 2011). Institute on systems science and health alumni panel. Panel at the annual National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH), Pittsburgh, PA.

Urban, J.B. & Nilsen, W. (Chairs), (March, 2010). Session 4. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction, Bethesda, MD.

Urban, J.B. (October, 2009). Developmental theory in action: Extending developmental science with systems science methodologies. Plenary Session of the biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, Ann Arbor, MI.

Urban, J.B. (June, 2009). Concept mapping as a tool for incorporating youth voice. Federal Interagency Work Group on Teen Dating Violence, Washington, D.C.

Brown, J.S. (May, 2007). From theory to practice and back: Finding new ways to integrate research and practice. 2007 Human Development Research Update, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Video and slides available at http://www.ctl1.com/publicaccess/humanecology/hdru-20070531-eng-jb/

Brown, J.S. (August, 2006). Adolescence and positive youth development. Introduction to Human Development, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Brown, J.S. (November, 2005). Positive youth development: Problem-free is not fully prepared and fully prepared is not fully engaged. Risk and Opportunity Factors in Childhood and Adolescence, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Brown, J.S. (September, 2005). What are the principles of youth development: A collaborative approach. Department of Human Development Colloquium Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Brown, J.S. (July, 2005). Youth development: An overview. Human Development: Adolescence & Youth, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Brown, J.S. (November, 2004). Concept mapping as an approach to action research.  Democratizing Research, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Brown, J.S. (April, 2004). Protecting and policing female sexuality: 1880-1920. Female Adolescence in Historical Perspective, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

 

Service

Professional Service: National/ International Societies and Advisory Boards

Sept. 19, 2014 Organizer, Moderator, Society for the Study of Human Development Webinar Series, “The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Multiple Time-Scales in Adult Developmental Inquiry
April 24, 2014 Organizer, Moderator, Society for the Study of Human Development Webinar Series, “Emergence, Self-Organization, and Developmental Science
2012-present Executive Board, Activities Chair, Society for the Study of Human Development
2010-present Advisory Group, Teen Dating Violence Project, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
2010-present Steering Committee, Society for the Study of Human Development
Dec. 13, 2013 Organizer/Moderator, Society for the Study of Human Development Webinar Series, “What We Might Have Missed: Lessons from Diverse Methodologies in the Study of Immigrant Families
Sept. 21, 2012 Organizer/Moderator, Society for the Study of Human Development Webinar Series, “Military Service in the Life Course: Implications for Later-Life Health and Well-Being
June 15, 2012 Organizer/Moderator, Society for the Study of Human Development Webinar Series, “Till Death Do Us Part: Contexts and Implications of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage across Adulthood
2009 Organizer, Society for the Study of Human Development plenary and poster session, Systems Science meets Developmental Science, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Service: Journal Editor

2013-present Associate Editor, Child Development

Professional Service: Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer

2013 Science
2012, 2011, 2005 Journal of Research on Adolescence
2012, 2009 Applied Developmental Science
2012 Journal of Adolescent Research
2012 Research in Human Development
2011 Evaluation and Program Planning
2011 Prevention Science

 Professional Service: Reviewer

2010 Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Handbook on Child Development and Poverty
2010 Application Reviewer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
2009-2009 Grant reviewer, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
2007 Reviewer, American Psychological Society conference poster presentations

University Service

2012-present Member, Center for Research and Evaluation in Education and Human Services Advisory Committee (CREEHS)
2011-present Member, Ph.D. Transition Team/Ph.D. Admissions Committee, Department of Family and Child Studies
2009-present Member, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Family and Child Studies
2011-2012 Co-Course Coordinator, Research Methods for Studying Families and Children (FCST 304), Department of Family and Child Studies
October 2011 Presenter, College of Education and Human Services, Panel on Grant Funding
2011 Member, Search Committee, Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation in Education and Human Services (CREEHS)
2009-2010 Member, Provost’s Series on University Teaching and Learning Program Committee

  Broader Community and Public Service 

2009-present Out-of-School-Time (OST) Scholarship Network
2004-2009 Interviewer, Tufts Alumni Admissions Program

 

Awards 

2009

Institute on Systems Science and Health, System Dynamics Modeling track; University of Michigan Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the CDC Syndemics Prevention Network.

2009

Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH); Washington, DC.

2008-2009

Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science Executive Branch Policy Fellow, Washington, DC.

2007

Human Development Summer Fellowship, Cornell University ($3,000)

2006

 Cornell University Graduate School Travel Grant, Cornell University

2005

 Cornell University Graduate School Travel Grant, Cornell University

2005

 Human Development Summer Fellowship, Cornell University ($3,000)

2005

Graduate Student Pre-Doctoral Research Grant, Cornell University

2001

 Summa Cum Laude, Tufts University

2001

The Priscilla N. Dunne Prize for promise of future achievement in the field of psychology, Tufts University

2001

The Class of 1942 Award Scholarship for those most likely to become outstanding university teachers, counselors, or administrators, Tufts University

2001

The Tufts University Alumni Association Senior Award for academic excellence and outstanding leadership, Tufts University

2001

The Department of Romance Languages Prize

2000

Phi Beta Kappa, Tufts University

2000

The Leonard Carmichael Prize Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement, Tufts University

 

Projects

Funded Grants

July 2014-June 2015

Reflecting on the Laws of Life: A Systems Evaluation Planning Project and Process Evaluation. Role: Project Leader/Principal Investigator (Miriam Linver, co-PI). Funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Total Funds: $195,775.

July 2014-June 2015

Reflecting on the Laws of Life: A Systems Evaluation Planning Project and Process Evaluation. Student-Faculty Scholarship Internal Award, MSU. Role: Co-PI (Miriam Linver, PI). Total Funds: $2,000.

Sept. 2008-July 2015

Phase II Trial of the Systems Evaluation Protocol for Assessing and Improving STEM Education Evaluation. Role: Co-PI (William Trochim, PI). Funded by the National Science Foundation. Total Funds: $2,528,216. Sub-Award to MSU: $326,442.

Oct. 2010-July 2015 Supplemental Award to Phase II Trial of the Systems Evaluation Protocol for Assessing and Improving STEM Education Evaluation. Role: Co-PI (William Trochim, PI). Funded by the National Science Foundation. Sub-Award to MSU: $60,478

 

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Applied Developmental Science
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Developmental Systems Theories
  • Out-of-school Activity Involvement and the Impact on Positive and Negative Indicators of Development
  • Ecological Factors as Context for Development
  • Effective Means of Integrating Research and Practice
  • Evaluation and Program Planning Particularly for Youth Development Programs
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Programs
  • Public Health Programs