Principal Investigator, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, Prevention Science Program
Intervention Research, Research Design, Program Evaluation, Research Synthesis, Quantitative Analysis
Pamela R. Buckley, PhD, is an associate research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also the Principal Investigator of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a globally- recognized registry of experimentally proven interventions promoting rigorous scientific standards for certification that serves as a resource for governmental agencies, foundations, community organizations, and practitioners seeking to make informed decisions about their investments in preventive interventions. Her expertise is in evidence-based decision-making, i.e., the use of scientific evidence to inform decisions about social programs and policies for youth. Her scholarship focuses on interdisciplinary and applied research to understand what works, for whom and in what settings, and in generating reliable evidence concerning responses to educational, health, and social problems. She received the 2023 Society for Prevention Research Nan Tobler Award for her contributions to the summarization or articulation of the empirical evidence relevant to prevention. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Prevention Science and the American Educational Research Journal. Dr. Buckley has worked extensively with large data sets and administrative records, including (most recently) partnering with multiple state agencies to link over 250,000 individual-level records and study policies that equitably and effectively support career-connected education pathways. As a former school psychologist, she also has considerable experience consulting in classrooms with teachers, students, families, and communities.