David Crampton, PhD

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan
M.S.W., University of Michigan
M.P.P., University of Michigan
B.A., Oberlin College

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164


David S. Crampton is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus on the evaluation of family centered and community-based child welfare practices, with the ultimate goal of protecting vulnerable children through the engagement of families, communities and social service providers. Member of a national team evaluating the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative.
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Course List

  • SPPP 529 Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery
  • SASS 534 Community and Social Development Perspectives

Crampton, D., & Riley-Behringer, M. (2012).  What works in family support services?  In P. Curtis, P. & G. Alexander, (Eds). What Works in Child Welfare? (pp. 81-92 ). Washington, DC:Child Welfare League of America.

Crampton, D. S. (2011). Family group decision making. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 930-936). New York, NY: Springer.

Crampton, D. S., & Coulton, C. J. (2011). The benefits of life table analysis for describing disproportionality. In D. Green, K. Belanger, R. McRoy, & L. Bullard (Eds.) Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy and practice (pp. 45–52). Arlington, VA: CWLA Press.

Crampton, D. S., Usher, C., Wildfire, J., Webster, D., & Cuccaro-Alamin, S. (2011). Does community and family engagement enhance permanency for children in foster care?  Findings from an evaluation of the family to family initiative. Child Welfare, 90(4), 61-77.

Crea, T. M., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). The context of program implementation and evaluation: A pilot study of interorganizational differences to improve child welfare reform efforts. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2273-2281.

Crea, T. M., Crampton, D. S., Knight, N., & Paine-Wells, L. (2011). Organizational factors and the implementation of family to family: Contextual elements of systems reform. Child Welfare, 90(2), 143–161.

Pennell, J., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). Parents and child maltreatment: Integrating strategies. In J. W. White, M. P. Koss, & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities (Vol. 2 Navigating solutions, pp.27–45). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Crampton, D., & Rideout, P. (2010). Restorative justice and child welfare: Engaging families and communities in the care and protection of children. In E. Beck, N. Kropf, & P. Leonard (Eds.), Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation (pp.175–194). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wildfire, J., Rideout, P., & Crampton, D. (2010). Transforming child welfare, One Team Decisionmaking meeting at a time. Protecting Children, 25(2), 40–50.

Crampton, D., & Pennell, J. (2009). Family-involvement meetings with older children in foster care: Intuitive appeal, promising practices and the challenge of child welfare reform. In B. Kerman, M. Freundlich, & A. N. Maluccio (Eds.), Achieving permanence for older children and youth in foster care (pp. 266–290). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Piccola, T. D., & Crampton, D. (2009). Differences in foster care utilization among non-urban counties. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3, 235–253.

Shlonsky, A., Schumaker, K., Cook, C., Crampton, D., Saini, M., Backe-Hansen, E. & Kowalski, K. (2009). Family Group Decision Making for children at risk of abuse and neglect [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3 (Art. No.: CD007984).

In the News

Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

Apr 15 2016

Research ShowCASEOn April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers

Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):

1. Cyleste Collins, Rong Bai, David Crampton, Rob Fischer: “Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation”

2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”

3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”

4. David Crampton, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Rob Fischer: “Integrated Data System Analysis for the Design of a Pay-for-Success Intervention in Foster Care”

5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”

6. Michael C. Gearhart, Daniel J. Flannery, Mark I. Singer, Jeff Kretschmar, Fred Butcher: “Predictors of Functioning in a Juvenile Justice Diversion Program: ADHD, Mental Health, and Trauma”

7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”

8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)

9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):

1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”

2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”

3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”

4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”

5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):

1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”

MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:

“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”

Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare at CWRU on March 11

Mar 4 2016

Snip of conference artworkThe Mandel School and Case Western Reserve University are thrilled to host the 6th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare (CCCOSW), the area’s largest social work conference, on Friday, March 11. This is your opportunity to join hundreds of social workers and other human service professionals as they explore interdisciplinary approaches to social change. Don’t miss this unique chance to learn about new ways for human services to collaborate effectively!

This year’s conference will take place in Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for CCCOSW, click here.

Registration is $50 for working professionals and $20 for social work students as well as retired or unemployed social workers. This cost includes parking, refreshments and lunch. 5.5 social work CEUs are available for an additional $10 but are free for presenters and NASW members. 5.5 PD hours are available for Mandel School students.

The conference theme is “Everyone at the Table: Engaging Communities in Social Change.” Conference sponsors are NASW Ohio, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve, Center for Community Solutions, and the Murtis Taylor Human Services System. The conference coordinator this year was the Mandel School’s own Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987.

The keynote is “A Partnership to Build Trust” presented by Andre Gonzalez, Chief of Police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015, a research associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Mandel School.

The closing plenary speaker is William M. Denihan, Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, who will discuss issues surrounding mental health.

Presenters: Alumni

  • Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015
  • Rosemary Creeden, MSSA 1994
  • Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011
  • Edna Fuentes-Casino, MSSA 2010
  • Joann Hall, MSSA 1989
  • Victoria Marion, MSSA 2003
  • Stacey O’Brien, MSSA 1988
  • Mamadou M. Seck, MSSA 1992, PhD 2007
  • Rachael Sommer, MSSA 2008
  • George S. Tsagaris, MSSA 1976
  • Susan Weaver, MSSA 1977

Presenters: Students

  • Malcolm Burton
  • Gina Collander
  • Rebekah Koduru
  • Erica Sabados

Presenters: Faculty

To get or share the latest updates from CCCOSW, use the hashtag #AtTheTable or tag @CCCOSW, @MandelSchool, @NASWOhioChapter or @CLE_State.

Housing First for Families and Young Adults Program Evaluation

Feb 15 2016

Briefly_Stated_No_16-01_Housing_First_for_Families_and_Young_AdultsThe Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has recently released the Briefly Stated report “Housing First for Families and Young Adults Program Evaluation” on FrontLine Service, Inc.‘s pilot program. The pilot  is based on the best practice Housing First model for single adults, and focuses on providing housing to some of the county’s hardest to serve populations: young adults and families who have had substantial homeless histories as well as a disabling condition.

Data from multiple sources indicated the strength of the program in retaining 89% of clients, with strong indications of housing stability, and some indications of increased income, and indications of increased self-sufficiency and decreased reliance on case managers over time. However the population remains at high risk of homelessness due to their low incomes and high needs for basic goods to maintain stability, and young adults are at risk for being “lost” to the system.

Click here to read the full Briefly Stated report (PDF). The report was written by Cyleste C. Collins, Ph.D. Rebecca D’Andrea, MSSA, Kendra Dean, MSSA, MNO, and David Crampton, Ph.D. Funding for the evaluation was provided through The Sisters of Charity Foundation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Section IV and the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.