Damon Jones, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at Penn State’s Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, serving as a program evaluator and methodologist for several family and youth behavioral interventions and prevention programs. A focus of his research has been toward understanding the public costs associated with behavior disorders, which has included authoring several publications on the potential economic value of effective efforts to improve developmental outcomes in children and youth. He has several years of experience with cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit assessments as well as overseeing several project resource evaluations. He also has investigated the long-term links between early “non-cognitive” ability in children and future adult outcomes, with a focus on the benefits of early education. His work has also included investigations of health and mental health service needs for at risk populations, involving design of data collection streams for collecting detailed health services use information. At Penn State, Dr. Jones has also taught statistics and data analysis in the Departments of Health Policy and Administration and Human Development and Family Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods from Vanderbilt University in 2002.