Founding Director, EPISCenter
Brian Bumbarger is the Founding Director of the EPISCenter.
Brian has been studying the dissemination and replication of evidence-based programs and community prevention coalitions for over a decade. In addition, Brian has been Principal Investigator of randomized trials studying the effectiveness of low-cost interventions to improve the implementation quality of evidence-based programs and the efficacy of using of police officers in the delivery of school-based drug prevention. He is also involved in 10-year, multi-state PROSPER randomized trial testing the efficacy of the Land-grant Cooperative Extension system as a mechanism for diffusing evidence-based programs, and a randomized trial on the adaptation of evidence-based programs for rural schools and communities.
Brian has served as Instructor of Criminal and Juvenile Justice at Penn State; Director of Technical Assistance for the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Drug and Gangs Specialist for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and project manager for the Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools. He has been a member of peer review and expert panels for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Journal of Prevention Science. He has provided training and technical assistance to juvenile justice and social service agencies in nearly every U.S. state and territory, as well as consulting with a number of foreign governments, and has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and state and federal policy papers.