Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Davis, W.J., Cox, M., Tevington, P., Urban, J.B., & Linver, M.R. (accepted for publication). “That’s Just a Part of Growing Up”: A Study of Non-formal Educators’ Lay Theories of Adolescent Development. Journal of Adolescent Research.

    Chauveron, L., Tevington, P., Urban, J.B., Gama, L., Glina, M., & Linver, M.R. (2021). Exploring adolescent processes in pursuing future aspirations: A qualitative approach. Journal of Early Adolescence. 41(5), 778-802. doi: 10.1177/0272431620961459

    Chauveron, L., Samtani, S., Groner, M., Urban, J.B., & Linver, M.R. (In press). Including diverse stakeholder voices in youth character program evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation. doi: 10.1177/1098214020917218

    Linver, M.R., Urban, J.B., Gama, L., & Swomsley, V. (In press). Predicting positive youth development from self-regulation and sense of purpose. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12621

    Urban, J. B., Archibald, T., Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., Hebbard, C., Linver, M. R., & Trochim, W. M. (2021). Introduction to Relational Systems Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 11-18.

    Trochim, W. M., & Urban, J. B. (2021). Theoretical foundations and philosophical orientation of Relational Systems Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 19-30.

    Urban, J. B., Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., Archibald, T., Hebbard, C., & Trochim, W. M. (2021). The Systems Evaluation Protocol for evaluation planning. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 31-45.

    Urban, J. B., Linver, M. R., Chauveron, L. M., Archibald, T., Hargraves, M., & Buckley, J., (2021). Promoting evaluation in youth character development through enhanced evaluation capacity building: Empirical findings from the PACE Project. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 65-77.


    Chauveron, L. M., Urban, J. B., Samtani, S., Cox, M., Moorman, L., Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., & Linver, M. R. (2021). Promoting evaluation in youth character development through enhanced evaluation capacity building: Empirical findings from the PACE Project. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 79-95.

    Hargraves, M., Buckley, J., Urban, J. B., Linver, M. R., Chauveron, L. M., Samtani, S., Archibald, T., & Moorman, L. (2021). Resonance, stickiness, and the value propositions of evaluation capacity building: Key takeaways and future directions. New Directions for Evaluation, 2021, 97-116.


    Davis, W.J., Rush, A., Tevington, P., Urban, J.B., & Linver, M.R. (2021). Online trainings for non-formal educators: A case study of Boy Scouts of America leaders. American Journal of Distance Education, 35(1), 49-65.

    LaPietra, E., Urban, J.B., & Linver, M.R. (2020). Using cognitive interviewing to test youth survey and interview items in evaluation: A case example. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 16(37), 74-96.

    Urban, J.B., Linver, M.R.., Moroney, D., Nichols, T., Hargraves, M., Roberts, E.D., Quinn, J., Brown, M., Gama, L., Doubledee, R., & Cox, M. (2020). Developing and testing a theory of change for Boy Scouts of America. Applied Developmental Science. Doi: 10.1080/10888691.2020.1844008

    Lich, K.H., Urban, J.B., Frerichs, L., & Dave, G. (2017). Extending systems thinking in planning and evaluation using Group Concept Mapping and System Dynamics to tackle complex problems. Evaluation and Program Planning, 60, 254-264.

    Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J., Urban, J.B., & Zaff, J. (2016). Evaluating programs aimed at promoting positive youth development: A relational development systems-based view. Applied Developmental Science, 20(3), 175-187.

    Trochim, W.M., & Urban, J.B. (2016). Advancing evaluation of character building programs. Commissioned paper for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Workshop on Approaches to the Development of Character. Washington, DC. 

  • Urban, J.B., & Trochin, W.M. (2017). Advancing evaluation of character building programsJournal of Character Education, 13(2), 13-27.
  • Urban, J.B., Burgermaster, M., Archibald, T., & Byrne, A. (2015). Relationships between quantitative measures of evaluation plan and program model quality and a qualitative measure of participant perceptions of an evaluation capacity building approach (PDF)Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 9(20), 154-177. 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 (PDF)Evaluation and Program Planning45, 127-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.03.011
  • 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.
  • Urban, J.B. & Trochim, W.M. (2017). Advancing evaluation of character building programsJournal of Character Education, 13(2), 13-27.
  • Urban, J.B. & Trochim, W.M. (2009). The role of evaluation in research-practice integration: Working toward the “golden spike” (PDF)American Journal of Evaluation, 30(4), 538-553.
  • Urban, J.B., Linver, M.R., Johnson, S.K., MacDonnell, M., Glina, M., Chauveron, L., & Gama, L. (2018) Developing the next generation of engaged youth: Inspire Aspire – Global Citizens in the MakingJournal of Moral Education. 47(1), 104-125. DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2017.1396967

    Urban, J.B., Linver, M.R., Thompson, J., Davidson, R., & Lorimer, D. (2018). Evaluating youth character education using Evolutionary Evaluation and the Systems Evaluation ProtocolApplied Developmental Science, 22(4), 245-257. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2017.1285236

  • 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.
  • Urban, J.B., Osgood, N., & Mabry, P. (2011). Developmental systems science: Exploring the application of non-linear methods to developmental science questions (PDF)Research in Human Development, 8(1), 1-25. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2011.549686
  • Urban, J.B. & Mabry, P. (Eds.). (2011). Embracing systems science: New methodologies for developmental science. Research in Human Development, 8(1).
  • Linver, M.R., Urban, J.B., MacDonnell, M., Robers, E.D., Quinn, J., Samtani, S., Doubledee, R., Gama, L., & Morgan, D. (2018). Mixed methods in youth purpose: An examination of adolescent self-regulation and purpose. Journal of Research in Human Development, 15(20, 118-138. DOI; 10.1080/15427609.2018.1445925
  • Linver, M.R., & Urban, J.B. (2018). “My life purpose is…”: Assessment of youth purpose in context. Journal of Research in Human Development, 14(20, 95-100. DOI: 10.1080/15427609.2018.1445927
  • Chauveron, L.M., Linver, M.R., & Urban, J. B. (2015).  Intentional Self-Regulation and Positive Youth Development: Implications for Youth Development Programs.  Journal of Youth Development, 10(3), 89-101.
  • MacDonnell, M., Urban, J.B., & Linver, M.R. (2015).  A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Intentional Self Regulation and Youth Beliefs about the Chances of Achieving Future Aspirations.  Journal of Youth Development, 10(3), 102-114.
  • Bowers, E. P., Geldhof, G. J., Chase, P. A., Gestsdottir, S., Urban, J. B., & Lerner, R. M. (2015). 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.
  • Birnbaum, A., & Linver, M.R. (2012).  Adolescent physical development and health.  In G. L. Creasey & P. A. Jarvis (Eds.), Adolescent development and school achievement in urban communities: Resilience in the neighborhood (pp. 53-64).  NY: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brown, T. L., Linver, M.R., & Evans, M. (2010).  The role of gender in the racial and ethnic socialization of African American adolescents.  Youth and Society, 41, 357-381.
  • 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
  • Brown, T. L., Linver, M.R., Evans, M., & DeGennaro, D. (2009). African American parents’ racial and ethnic socialization and adolescent academic grades:  Teasing out the role of gender.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 214-227.
  • Linver, M.R., Roth, J.L., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2009).  Patterns of Adolescents’ Participation in Organized Activities:  Are Sports Best When Combined with Other Activities? Developmental Psychology, 45, 354-367.
  • 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 Forum37(5-6), 209-263.
  • 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.
  • 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 Practice1(2). Retrieved from
  • Brooks-Gunn, J., Linver, M.R., & Fauth, R.C. (2005). Children’s competence and SES in the family and neighborhood.  In A.J. Elliot & C.S. Dweck (Eds.), Handbook of competence and motivation (pp. 414-435).  NY:  Gulliford Press.
  • Linver, M.R., & Davis-Kean, P.E. (2005).  The slippery slope:  What predicts math grades in middle and high school?  New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development110, 49-64.
  • Linver, M.R., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Cabrera, N. (2004).  The Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory:  The derivation of conceptually designed subscales.  Parenting:  Science and Practice, 4, 99-114.
  • Roth, J.L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Linver, M.R., & Hofferth, S.L. (2003).  What happens during the school day?: Time diaries from a national sample of elementary school teachers.  Teachers College Record, 105, 317-343.
  • Archibald, A.B., Linver, M.R., Graber, J.A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2002).  Parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent eating problems:  Testing reciprocal effects.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 12, 451-461.
  • Linver, M.R., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Kohen, D.E. (2002). Family processes as pathways from income to young children’s development.  Developmental Psychology, 38, 719-734.
  • Yeung, W.J., Linver, M.R., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2002).  How money matters for young children’s development:  Parental investment and family process.  Child Development, 73, 1861-1879.