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

SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters

Jan 13 2016

cramptonThe Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 20th Annual Conference, beginning today in Washington, D.C. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#201 – see us for a special Centennial gift to SSWR attendees!), two of our faculty honored as 2016 SSWR Fellows, and Dr. Claudia Coulton’s participation on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, several faculty, students and alumni are doing the following presentations at the conference.


Claudia Coulton, PhD: Harnessing technology for social good: A grand challenge for social work.

David Crampton, PhD (pictured); Francisca Richter, PhD; and Claudia Coulton, PhD: Integrated data system analysis for the design of a pay-for-success intervention in foster care.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Meeting the grand challenge of big data in child welfare program and policy research.     

Accepted Poster Presentations:

David Biegel, PhD: Social support and recovery: The mediating role of mattering.

Michael Gearhart, MSSA (PhD student); Dan Flannery, PhD; Mark Singer, PhD; Jeff Kretschmar, PhD; and Fredrick Butcher, PhD: ADHD, comorbidities, and trauma symptoms: Predictors of functioning in juvenile justice involved youth.

Jill Kobulsky (PhD student) and David Hussey, PhD: Demographic patterns of early use and initiation of substances among youth in the child welfare system.

David Crampton, PhD, and Susan Yoon (PhD student): Increasing adherence to team decision-making through improved family participation.

Susan Yoon (PhD student): Heterogeneity in developmental trajectories of internalizing behavior problems among children who have experienced early childhood maltreatment.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2016:

  • Margaret Adamek, PhD 1989
  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Moon Choi, PhD 2010
  • Julian Chow, MSSA 1984, PhD 1992
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • Derrick Kranke, PhD 2009
  • Heehyul Moon, PhD 2013
  • Youngsam Oh, PhD student
  • Minso Paek, PhD 2013
  • Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015
  • Phyllis Solomon, PhD 1978
  • Shanta Pandey, PhD 1989


Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice on Future Youth Outcomes

Nov 6 2015

IMG_2333On November 5, 2015, Dr. Claudia Coulton presented the talk “Exploring the Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement on Future Youth Outcomes” at the Mandel School as part of the Schubert Center for Child Studies‘ Conversation Series. This talk discussed a study on 9th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from  2005 to 2008.

The study found that almost 25% of 9th grade students in Cleveland were touched by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems by the age of 18. Youth in foster care had four times the risk of homelessness than non foster care youth. Also, youth with chronic school delinquency (missing more than 10% of school days) had seven times the risk of going to jail.

Joining Dr. Coulton for the discussion were Thomas Pristow (Director of Cuyahoga County Division of Child and Family Services), Kate Lodge (Project Director for A Place 4 Me of YWCA) and Judge Denise N. Rini (Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court).

You can download the Schubert Center’s research brief and the presentation slides from the talk here (PDF). In addition to Dr. Coulton, who is the co-director for the Poverty Center, the presentation and the study had contributions from Center associate director Dr. David Crampton, senior research associate Dr. Seok-Joo Kim, and doctoral graduate assistant Youngmin Cho.

David Crampton to Deliver Keynote Address at Stroke Conference

Sep 18 2015

cramptonDavid Crampton, PhD, an associate professor of social work at the Mandel School who survived a stroke last spring, will deliver the keynote address at “Living Life After Stroke: Inspiration and Hope,” an event presented by the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio on September 25 at the main campus of the MetroHealth Medical Center.

Panel topics include caregivers, vocational planning, and law issues. Attendees must register by September 18 by contacting Shelly Amato, RN, at 216.957.3625.

Dr. Crampton, who is also associate director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is on medical leave through February, 2016.