Institute of Behavioral Science Room 383
University of Colorado Boulder
483 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0483


IBS Associations

  • Principal Investigator, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, Prevention Science Program

Research Interests

Intervention Research, Research Design, Program Evaluation, Research Synthesis, Quantitative Analysis

Brief Biography

Dr. Buckley is a Senior Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also the Principal Investigator of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (Blueprints), 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 testing social programs designed to prevent antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development. She has extensive knowledge of the prevention science literature and expertise in the design and implementation of evaluation research projects. Dr. Buckley has experience in conducting systematic reviews (she is certified as a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer in Group Design – versions 3.0 and 2.1, and has a detailed understanding of Blueprints scientific standards for determining effectiveness). She has been the PI or Co-PI on $5.9 million worth of funding from federal (e.g., Institute of Education Sciences) and private (e.g., Arnold Ventures, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab) foundations and has authored over 50 refereed publications, book chapters and technical reports. 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.